The most emotionally poignant moment of the Seder comes when we recount the 10 Plagues. As we name each one, we spill out wine from our cup. Drinking wine elevates our joyous celebration. Knowing that our freedom is blood-stained, even if justified, demands that our joy be diminished. All the more so for suffering borne of injustice. At the Seder and in our lives, we must remain aware of others’ suffering, identifying, even in a small way, with their pain. As our empathy gives rise to conscience, our striving for a better world can begin.
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