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for the first seder.

John: I try to use a different Haggadah
every year, but my favorite remains the
Maxwell House Haggadah I used as a
child.

Diane: My favorite Haggadah is the Art
Scroll Haggadah. It's very easy to follow.

Staci: I have used different Haggadahs
to make our own. My main resource has
been Art Scroll.

#8) How does the secular community
respond to this holiday. Are there typically
news reports about Pesach on television,
magazines, newspapers?

John: Typically, Jewish holidays are not
publicized in the United Kingdom as
they are in the United States. My experi-
ence is that very few gentiles are aware of
when Pesach comes. If they are, they
associate it with Easter and the Last
Supper.

Diane: The newspapers here, secular
and religious alike, have their stories
about Passover seders being planned,
Passover food drives and even compara-
tive baskets of costs for Passover supplies
at different grocery chains. If the gov-
ernment is importing a specific food
item to meet Passover needs, usually
potatoes or apples, that also is reported
in the press.
_
The press further carries a story
reporting on the Chief Rabbinate's sale
of chametz (food made with leavening)
to a gentile. The newspapers usually also
have special Passover supplements.

Staci: The religious editor of the Atlanta
paper is Jewish, so there is usually an
article about Passover. The TV news will
sometimes announce what night
Passover begins and why we celebrate it.

Roberta: Newspapers and TV run
stories about Pesach and highlight
some families and their observances.
The weekly food sections have
recipes and photos. Local papers
have pages where businesses and
politicians put in ads wishing the
community a happy Passover.

Ione: The secular community is out-
standing in the overall awareness and
respect for the celebration. Some
seders are shown on television by
local stations. The print media also
are very generous in their coverage
of this holiday and all the major
Jewish activities throughout the year.
How WE CELEBRATE on page 82

This Passover
SomeoneYou Know
Might Find Liberation
rapeJuice.
In GrapeJuice.

O

n Passover we're supposed to celebrate
our freedom by drinking the traditional
Four Cups of wine.

But many fine Jewish people among us and at
our Seders shouldn't be drinking wine at all. Ever.
The fact is, for people in recovery from chemical
or substance addiction, drinking wine or any al-
coholic drink, or even being pressured to, isn't
freedom but oppression.

A lot of very well-meaning Jewish people simply
don't know that a person in recovery may not and
should not use ANY potentially addicting sub-
stance. Ever. Even on Passover.

Some very good Jewish people who are actively
now going out of slavery could use all the help
we can give them, to reach their liberation and
freedom.

People in recovery are very welcome at our Seder
and deserve to be there, and deserve to be free.
They need our supportencouragement warmth,
and trust.

They don't need our wine.

This year on Passover let's ALL celebrate our lib-
eration and the freedom we all want and deserve.

People in recovery should n't be pressured or even

allowed to drink even one cup of wine forthe Four
Cups. And Jewish Law is very clear about that.

According to Jewish Law, for people in recovery
grape juice is just fine, just the right thing to help
them find their freedom on Passover.The Jewish
community has to face the unleavened truth that
for some people wine or alcoholic drinks on Pass-
over —or anytime— may be as forbidden as
Chametz. So please make grape juice avail-
able on your Seder table.



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