Miriam's Daughters Now shows a group
of Jewish feminists [includes
Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Bella
Esther Broner, Phyllis Chesler, etc.] creating new rituals:
Tashlich, Bat (Girl) Naming Ceremony.
These women pioneered the creating of new
rituals and demonstrate how traditions can be updated to make women full
One is the Presence in our Midst.
"…So it’s time to go back again, and find something
out about the original exodus, which didn’t mention women. And by replacing us,
reincorporating us, in our myth, in our mythic, in our religious context, we
make another shape for ourselves."
"In New York City leading feminists come together for their ninth women’s seder.
They bring a woman’s perspective to an ancient story of oppression, freedom, and
liberation. They remember the exodus from Egypt in the light of their own
"There’s something very special about asking the four questions from a woman’s
point of view. And, the question that particularly got to me, is that question
about why are our mothers so bitter? Because they are in the kitchen, and they
are doing the preparation, and they don’t participate in the liturgy?"
“Why is this telling different from traditional tellings?”
“Because this telling, this Haggadah, deals with the exodus of women.”
"In the past, women never conducted a seder. In the past, the story recounted
never mentioned women. This seder is different from other seders. It is their
Transcript from Miriam’s Daughters Now, by Lilly
Rivlin Productions, 1986.
Statements & Articles related to the Feminist Seder:
JEWISH WOMEN AND THE FEMINIST REVOLUTION
Evolution Of The Feminist Seder, by Debra Nussbaum Cohen,
April 14, 2000
Telling the Seder's
Story In the Voice of a Woman
www.miriamscup.com | History First
Esther Broner: A Weave of Women, 2013