We’re now over one seventh of the way through the Omer!
Today’s Omer-related inteligibility comes from the blog of Rivy Poupko Kletenik, All Things Jewish.
The article addresses the idea of making the seder more gender-inclusive without adding extraneous foods to the seder plate and symbols to the seder table. What follows is the intro paragraph to the article. I encourage everyone to check out the rest of the article.
On one hand the placing of the orange on the Seder Plate arose as a way of making an important statement, “all Jews have a place at the table.” Miriam’s Cup filled with water tells the story of her song, her well and her role in the Exodus. Both of these are important nuances and messages for Seder night. However, on the other hand my first reaction is to recoil at a practice that changes the essential “look” of the traditional Seder Plate or Seder table. I guess this is an instance where my feminism collides with my deep sense of tradition. At Pesach time I am very attached to the notion that the table and the traditions continue to look the same.