Tonight we celebrate our freedom from slavery.
Tonight we wish for freedom for all people.
Tonight I will be at the house of two leathermen.
They know I am kinky but don't get the D/s.
They do have a dungeon.
They just like to play.
Tonight we will speak
of freedom from bondage
and I'll try not to think
of the chain round my ankle.
I will always remember
the chain round my ankle.
You own me, master.
I am your slave
and in bondage I am free.
Early in tonight's seder, my eyes were drawn to this commentary in the margin.
from A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah
published by The Reconstructionist Press
The seder includes numerous contrasting symbols: parsley in salt water and bitter maror in sweet charoses; death in the shank bone next to the egg of life on the seder plate; matzah both as a symbol of freedom and bread of affliction. What is the connection between these contradictions and freedom?
Human beings are deeply conditioned to crave the pleasant and the sweet and avoid the unpleasant. This is a natural tendency. However, to be free means relating fully to all experience and choosing how to act because we wish to realize our values and commitments.
As free beings tonight we embrace all experience and are not shaken or driven by our fears and desires to make our experience conform to our expectations. We are free insofar as we do not automatically identify pleasant and unpleasant with good and bad, with desirable and undesirable, with true and false. Freedom entails a perspective that is wider than our likes and dislikes.
---Sheila Peltz Weinberg