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March 22, 1996 - Image 86

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-03-22

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With these words, Jews all over the globe open their homes to one another to partake in the traditional Passover meal. Whether
traditional or secular, Conservative, Humanist, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, or Reform, Jews around the world unite in recalling the
wonderous redemption of our enslaved ancestors. The Haggadah demands that all Jews imagine themselves being personally deliv-•
ered from slavery. We are taught: "And you shall explain to your child on that day, it is because of what the Lord did for me when I,
myself went forth from Egypt." (Ex. 13:8) According to midrash (Jewish lore), every Jew living and yet to be born, stood together at
Sinai and joined in the ancient pledge made by our forebears in the wilderness of Sinai.

Passover reflects the most unifying moment in our people's history. The Jewish Unity Committee of the Jewish Community Council
encourages you to emphasize this theme during your Seder. Here are some suggestions:

Include the words to the song "We Are One" during your Passover Seder before "Yachatz" — breaking the middle matzah. Breaking
bread together forms a special bond between people and is a symbol of friendship and unity. Unlike the matzah, the People of
Israel will not be divided.

CI Encourage your synagogue, religious school and youth group to teach "We Are One" and include it in your services. The music has
been distributed to synagogues and schools and is available at the Jewish Community Council.

Invite Jewish family, friends and/or neighbors to your home to share in your Passover Seder. Discuss the meaning and importance
of Jewish Unity.

We are linked by history, a shared purpose and a common destiny. The Jewish Unity Committee came together to build bridges among
Jews and to foster an environment of mutual respect which will encourage communication and unity among us.


Remember how we fled our homes
In the middle of the night
Right across those stormy waters
We held on with all our might
It took a lot of faith
Just to believe we had the right

Remember how we wandered
All those years without a home
We had to suffer the intolerance
No place to call our own
But we always had each other
When it hurt to be alone


We are one, Am Echad
Do not try to separate us
We are one, Am Echad
Like the waters in the sea
We are one, Am Echad
In the eyes of them that hate us
(Though what fortunes might await us)
And to the One who did create us
You and me

Remember how we sang the song
Of freedom in our land
And the promise of the future
Seemed to sparkle in our hand
United in our vision
We returned to make a stand

But a different kind of persecution
Now afflicts our soul
We've become our own oppressors
As we struggle for control
Did we forget the very truths
That made our people whole

Isn't it time we should live with each other
Building a world hand in hand
Never too late to forgive and discover
Only with love can we build
The Promised Land

Remember how it all began
With a vision that was new
And together how we sacrificed
To make the dream come true
Compared to all we share my friend
Our differences are few

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For more information, contact the Jewish Community Council at (810) 642-5393.

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The words to the song We Are One were written by Robbie Solomon and are reproduced with permission. The song is performed by SAFAM on its album
entitled Peace by Piece. For this and all other SAFAM albums and songbooks please write to - SAFAM, 36 Hamlin Road, Newton Centre, MA 02159


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