Yes, You Can And Should Bring Beyonce Into Your Seder
The 37-year-old icon’s voice whisks over the melody of “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” the African American national anthem, like a flag planted triumphantly on a battlefield. It’s a moment — during the legendary performer’s famed 2018 performance at the Coachella music festival — of profound power, freedom, thanksgiving, and pride.
Forget your grandpa’s stale rendition of “Go Down Moses” or your family’s tradition of skirting around America’s shameful history of black slavery — this moment belongs at your seder.
When it comes to the best recipe for charoset, the be-all-end-all melody to sing The Order of the Seder, or strategy for finding the Afikomen, so many of us feel confident — Passover is the most celebrated Jewish holiday, after all (take that, ritzy, present-filled Hanukkah.) But when we want to infuse our Seders with difficult discussions about real freedom — and perhaps reflect on the way communities of people not represented around our table experience enslavement — many of us feel like the child who does not know how to ask. For black Jews, simply being acknowledged may not even be on the table.