Passover Publications & Resources
Reader: Some of you may wonder
why an orange has been included on the Seder plate. Years ago,
when women were first being admitted to the rabbinate,
AXELROD, the Hillel rabbi at Brandeis
University in the 1960’s, established this annual award for
non-violent resistance to tyranny. He
named it after the midwives who resisted and outsmarted Pharoah and
saved the Hebrew infants from drowning. (In
Tel Aviv the maternity hospital is located at the intersection
of Shifra and
Iraqi Jews tell the tale that in one country the king was always chosen in a special way. When the old king died, a bird called the ‘bird of good fortune.’ Would be released. On whomsever’s head it landed, the people would place the crown making him their next ruler.
Once the bird of good fortune landed on the head of a slave. That slave had been a simple musician who entertained at the master’s parties. His costume consisted of a feathered cap and a belt made of the hooves of sheep.
When the slave became king, he moved into the palace and wore royal robes. However, he ordered that a shack be constructed next to the palace and that his old hat, belt and drum be stored there along with a giant mirror.
The king replied: “Once I was a slave and now I’ve become a king. From time to time I want to remind myself that I was once a slave lest I grow arrogant and treat with disdain my people and you, my ministers.”