THE SEDER is not just a celebration of Jewish emancipation. When we tell our story of freedom from slavery, and the exodus from Egypt, we are reminding ourselves not just of the past, but the present too.
It’s a global disgrace that today, there may be as many as 46 million people living in modern slavery. Freedom is not just a concept. Pesach is not just a metaphorical moment. With the number of modern slaves increasing year on year — for example, through the recruitment of child soldiers, sex trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude — a lack of freedom is a stain of shame on our modern world.
The Passover Seder is the most universal of Jewish moments, and by no coincidence the most observed Jewish custom in Britain. We should be driven to observe the Seder not just because of our desire to celebrate our freedom, but through our determination that others should share in it.
As Jews, we accept our responsibility to bring freedom where there is oppression, and our share of culpability when we don’t speak up against it.
For me, the Seder is an opportunity to start to rectify some of the most pressing concerns in our world.