Pesah, Matzah, and Marror
We know what those symbols are for:
Remember the sacrifice,
Hold sacred the flight,
Taste the bitterness without any delight.
Each year at our seder on the table we see
Items that don’t belong traditionally.
We do this to encourage our children to ask,
“What makes this night different?” and
“What is our task?”
We hope the sunflower will spark such a query
So we can explain to the young and the weary
That our sisters and brothers, both Jewish and other
Want to live freely in peace with each other.
So why the sunflower this year on our table?
To pray for those who might not be able
To celebrate Pesah this year as free Jews,
To live in Ukraine however they choose.
We hope in this symbol that our children will learn
That’s it’s peace we all want, it’s for freedom we yearn.
On this seder night we hope and we pray
That God will bring peace to Ukraine today.
So tonight as this sunflower graces our table
Let us pledge to raise funds, to send food if we’re able
So the freedom we celebrate and the story we hear
Will inspire us to help others make this a better year.