This post is part of our Passover series, in which we think about the application of our age-old Passover story and traditions to the crucial issues we face today. For ways to infuse your seder with social justice, see our holiday guide.
Each year our seders culminate in the same jubilant cry, “Next year in Jerusalem!” Indeed the entire night can be seen as build-up to that promise, a journey toward freedom. But at the same time it is a profound retelling of oppression. We are commanded not only to remember that we were slaves in the land of Egypt, but to tell the story as if it happened to us personally: to say, “This is what the Lord did for me when he brought me out of the land of Egypt.”