The Final Night of Passover

Last night J Proud held the Stonewall Seder. The Stonewall Seder’s Haggadah is told in the queer perspective.

This Seder was really beautiful and I enjoyed every moment of it. Instead of using the other half of matzo for the afikomen, we were asked to search for something in our immediate vicinity that tells a story about our identity. I chose a sticker book and shared my Happiness Box Project and scrapbooking story. I drank the four cups of wine and at the end of the night, I helped Elijah finish his cup.

I decided to name myself “The Simple Child” since the Seder has four children.
1. The Wise Child, the one who asks about the specific meaning of the Seder.2. The Rebellious Child, who is the child that asks why the Seder is important.3. The Simple Child, who is the child that asks what does this mean and tells the story of Exodus.4. The Child who does not know what to ask, and this child instructs us to open up and explain.

Last week, Aaron (from my Synagogue) named himself “Rebellious Child.” I liked what Aaron did and I remind myself of the Simple Child. so I was the Simple Child for the Stonewall Seder. 🙂

I also read the third reflection and said the prayer for the third glass of wine. Galia let me read and I was so proud of myself. 

I shared this story with Kathleen and this was her sweet response! “Well Miss Jessica, I believe that you have finally found your tribe.  I am really happy for you.” I really have and I’m happy too.

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “The Final Night of Passover”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    Thanks for sharing your experiences on the final night of Passover as you joined your new group of friends taking part in the Stonewall Seder, a tradition involving religious rituals, food and song, and the Haggadah – legends, parables and storytelling rendered from the queer perspective. I’m glad the occasion afforded you the opportunity to tell about your HBP and your scrapbooking. The pictures you posted tell the story of an evening of dignity, respect, reverence, fellowship, goodwill and acceptance. The food looks delicious. I am verklempt.

    Have a wonderful week, dear friend JM!


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