The American Jewess on Liberation and Freedom
Passover is the holiday of liberation and freedom. What do these terms and this holiday mean to us as Americans? This Go & Learn guide features an editorial from the April 1897 issue of The American Jewess exploring the meaning of Passover in relation to the Fourth of July. The editor, Rosa Sonneschein, asks what it means for Jews to celebrate Passover in the context of American religious and national freedom.
- We should exercise our freedom by taking part in human rights movements such as the feminist, civil rights, and labor movements.
- One of the ways that we make the miracle of the Exodus continually relevant is by considering the meaning of liberation and freedom in our own lives, as Jews, as Americans, as women and as men.
- Rosa Sonneschein was the first American Jewish woman to offer a strong and consistent critique of gender inequities in worship and synagogue leadership.
- What are the parallels between the Passover and Fourth of July narratives?
- What are some of the main reasons why Rosa Sonneschein established The American Jewess? What problems did she seek to address?
How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. "The American Jewess on Liberation and Freedom." (Viewed on July 8, 2020) <https://jwa.org/teach/golearn/mar06>.