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Like an orange on a Seder plate

our lesbian Haggadah

by Ruth Simkin

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  • 15 Currently reading

Published by R. Simkin in [Canada] .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Haggadah -- Adaptations.,
  • Seder.,
  • Passover -- Prayer-books and devotions.,
  • Jewish lesbians -- Prayer-books and devotions -- English.

  • Edition Notes

    StatementRuth Simkin.
    GenrePrayer-books and devotions., Prayer-books and devotions
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsBM674.795 .S56 1999
    The Physical Object
    Pagination63 p. ;
    Number of Pages63
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL79144M
    ISBN 100968477909
    LC Control Number99183195
    OCLC/WorldCa40574894


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Now, each year at Passover, we give to an orange the place of honor on our Seder plate. About the Author Dr. Ruth Simkin grew up in a wonderful, warm, large, Jewish family, where the traditional holidays were celebrated.5/5(1).

: Like an Orange on a Seder Plate (): Simkin, Ruth: Books/5(3). It honors all women who paved their way despite all the difficulties encountered.

Any person in the world who is marginalized has hope in the orange. We no longer accept patriarchy or invisibility. We are all equal. Now, each year at Passover, we give to an orange the place of honor on our Seder Plate.

The "learned rabbi" responded, stroking his beard, "A woman should be on the bimah like an orange should be on the Seder plate!"Now, each year at Passover, we give to an orange the place of honor on our Seder haggadah is a script for sharing the Passover Seder together in a contemporary, woman-affirming manner.

bima(podium) like an orange belongs on the seder plate." ItÕs a wonderful story, and it is clear that the orange does now belong on the seder plate. But, then, as we get to the part of the seder where the foods on the seder plate are explained, the person talking about the orange has a slightly different.

Reviewed in the United States on Octo The title of this book is an adaptation of a practice among some feminists of putting an orange on the seder plate in protest, based on a certain rabbi's sexist statement that "a woman belongs on the pulpit like an orange on the seder plate."Reviews: 2.

like an orange on the seder plate The story goes that a rabbi said to a female professor, “A woman belongs on the bimah, (in a place of leadership in the congregation) as much as an orange belongs on the seder plate.”.

But regardless of the importance of feminist symbols in our traditions, neither of those stories are the true origin of the orange on the seder plate. According to Heschel, the orange represents not the inclusion of women but of gay and lesbian Jews.

As Heschel tells it, the idea originated from an early Jewish feminist practice she came across while speaking at Oberlin College, where some Like an orange on a Seder plate book. The real story behind the orange on the seder plate I present you here with the real story of why people put an orange on the Seder plate.

by Anita Silvert on Ma I love setting the Passover table. Play. Pronounced: BEE-muh, Origin: Hebrew, literally “stage,” this is the raised platform in a synagogue from which services are led and the the Torah is read. [podium of a synagogue] as an orange on the seder plate. A woman’s words are attributed to a man, and the affirmation of.

Now, each year at Passover, we give to an orange the place of honor on our Seder plate. This haggadah is a script for sharing the Passover Seder together in a contemporary, woman-affirming manner. It is truly a celebration for all.

See details- Like an Orange on a Seder Plate: Our Feminist Haggadah by Ruth Simkin. The title of this book is an adaptation of a practice among some feminists of putting an orange on the seder plate in protest, based on a certain rabbi's sexist statement that "a woman belongs on the pulpit like an orange on the seder plate.".

As she spoke, an elderly rabbi stood up and declared, “A woman belongs on the bimah like an orange belongs on the seder plate.” Thus to show support for the changing role of women in American Jewish society, the tradition of placing an orange on the seder plate began, and Heschel became a household name at many Passover celebrations around.

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This text explores what it is like to be part of both /5(4). Penina / FoodPix / Getty Images. The Passover seder is laden with symbols, many of which — like the bitter herbs (horseradish) that represent the bitterness of enslavement and the vegetable (usually parsley) that's dipped in saltwater to remind us of the tears of slaves — are found on the seder plate.

Many families and congregations have begun adding an orange to the seder plate as a way of acknowledging the role of people who feel marginalized within the Jewish community. Professor Susannah Heschel explains that in the s, feminists at Oberlin College placed a crust of bread on the seder plate, saying, “There's as much room for a lesbian in Judaism as there is for a crust of bread on.

"Like the artichoke, which has thistles protecting its heart, the Jewish people have been thorny about this question of interfaith marriage. Let this artichoke on the seder plate tonight stand for. Over the years, as Heschel's custom spread throughout the Jewish community, a myth developed around it.

The story went that she had added the orange to the seder plate after a man shouted at her that a woman belongs on the bimah (pulpit) as much as an orange on a seder plate. The orange has come to represent the empowerment of Jewish women. While the Seder plate components are a longtime tradition, the concept of adding an orange to support LGBTQ inclusion is a recent addition.

According to. Glossary, bibliography, index. "No one practicing Judaism would place leavened bread on the seder plate. But in the early s, that is precisely what some Jewish lesbians began doing at Passover - placing a crust of bread on their seder plates to represent their alienation from a tradition that had always rendered them 'other'".

Time Period. The six traditional items on the Seder Plate are as follows: Maror and Chazeret. Maror and Chazeret – Bitter herbs symbolizing the bitterness and harshness of the slavery that the Hebrews endured in Ashkenazi tradition, fresh romaine lettuce or endives (both representing the bitterness of the Roman invasions) or horseradish may be eaten as Maror in the fulfilment of the mitzvah of.

I like the colors on the table, too. There’s the green of the parsley, and the red of the Manischewitz horseradish (don’t judge me-I don’t like the stuff anyway, and I only use enough to make the blessing. But it looks nice on the plate). And then there’s the orange.

It’s right on the seder plate, where it’s been for almost 20 years. Put an orange on the Seder plate The myth goes like this: In the early s, Susannah Heschel—a popular Jewish scholar (and feminist)—was giving a.

Dispelling the Urban Legend of the Orange on the Seder Plate. By Rabbi Robyn Frisch. If you, like me, are past the age of 40, you may remember years ago hearing the claim that Little Mikey of LIFE cereal fame died from the explosive effects of mixing Pop Rocks candy with soda pop. Or you may have heard that children’s television show host Mr.

Rogers (Fred Rodgers) always wore long-sleeved. In the early s, Susannah Heschel responded to homophobia by suggesting that we put an orange on our seder plates to remind us of the struggles of gay and lesbian Jews.

Over time, adding a bright flash of citrus to seder plates has come to represent gender and sexual liberation writ large in Judaism.

[Read more about the orange in this excerpt from Anita Diamant's Pitching My Tent.] Miriam’s Cup. A decade later, the ritual of Miriam’s Cup emerged as another way to honor women during the seder. Miriam’s Cup builds upon the message of the orange, transforming the seder into an empowering and inclusive experience.

Feminist seders have become all the rage of late, with pro-women Pesach stances including putting an orange on the seder plate (after an elderly male rabbi reportedly said: “A. The most familiar version of the story features Susannah Heschel, daughter of Abraham Joshua Heschel and scholar in her own right, giving a speech about the ordination of women clergy.

From the audience, a man declared, “A woman belongs on the bima like an orange belongs on the seder plate!” However, Heschel herself tells a different story. The first time I saw an orange on the Seder plate, I was told this story about it: A woman was studying to become a rabbi.

An orthodox rabbi told her that a woman belongs on the bima (pulpit) like an orange belongs on the Seder plate. When she became a rabbi, she put an orange on the plate. A wonderful story. At the next Passover, I placed an orange on our family's Seder plate.

During the first part of the Seder, I asked everyone to take a segment of the orange, make the blessing over fruit, and eat it as a gesture of solidarity with Jewish lesbians and gay men, and others who.

Passover seder plate featuring an orange. Passover seder plate featuring an orange. Skip to main content Sharing Stories Inspiring Change. Explore Topics. Activism.

Boycotts Book Club Educator's Updates Podcast This Week in History Enter your email. Contact Us Jewish Women's Archive One Harvard Street Brookline MA   The second annual women’s seder on April 5, which I helped organize, was nothing like the first.

While the seder’s theme was the same — a focus on the women of the Exodus story — the nature of the gathering decidedly was not. Though women’s seders have been going on for decades in the Bay Area, I had never been to one until last year.

So instead of worrying about having every seder plate item, Leivenberg suggests reimagining the harder-to-get foods. For example, instead of tracking down a. Susannah Heschel (born 15 May ) is an American scholar and the Eli M.

Black Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. The author and editor of numerous books and articles, she is a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards, including four honorary doctorates.

Heschel's scholarship focuses on Jewish and Christian interactions in Germany during the. The next year, Heschel put an orange on her seder plate and shared that she chose the orange “because it suggests the fruitfulness for all Jews when lesbians and gay men are contributing and active members of Jewish life.” The seeds of the orange, like other items on the seder plate.

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The orange on the seder plate is both a playful and a reverent symbol of Judaism’s ability to adapt and thrive. It also celebrates the abundant diversity of creation. After all, God, who made the heavens and the earth, and dinosaurs and lemurs and human beings, is clearly a lover of variety and change—not to mention oranges.

Adding an orange to your seder plate is a tradition that began to recognize the important of LGBTQ inclusion in the Jewish community, and has expanded to symbolize the importance of embracing and including other marginalized groups in our community --. The Shalom Center suggests that celebrants include both an olive and orange on their seder plates.

“Why this olive?” reads the group’s “Freedom Seder for the Earth” Haggadah.In order to show that women DO belong on the bimah—that women have the right to a place in Jewish ritual and in Jewish leadership—Heschel and others began to place oranges on their seder plates.

(According to another version of the story, the man yelled: “A woman belongs on the bimah like a piece of bread belongs on the seder plate.