Last night, on the 19th of April, year 2019/5579, over 30 comrades and their children gathered to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover in Houston, Texas. We were inspired by some Red Sidarim in the recent past, and the subsequent proliferation of these across the world, resulting in over 35 known Red Seders this year, gathered by our diasporic comrades in jewdas. The internationalism and solidarity of this diaspora was truly felt in our Seder last night.
In our opening letter found in the Haggadah below, we tasked ourselves with having a "Seder which overcomes its own limits". As vapid as that sounds, we could not have come closer to this than we did. From those of us for whom this was our first Seder, to those of us who have attended many before, this was a truly magnificent moment that forged new bonds and strengthened old ones.
There will indeed be a Red Seder in Houston in 2020. We want to build on what was so great this year, and hopefully open this up to new comrades, and continue to involve the youngest. Let each year serve to sum up the experience of the previous year, and renew our commitment to each other as comrades.
We want to add a reminder of the 4 promises we made to each other, bonded by 4 glasses of wine, and for us, 4 sets of 4 questions:
"We will lead each other, we will deliver each other from oppression, we will redeem each other with outstretched arms, and we will take each other as our people. "
Below is our Haggadah which was made for this event. There are a couple of typos, we include it here in its original form regardless. We hope this is of use to people who study Haggodot, or are writing their own. It contains a great deal of original content, after reviewing several Soviet, feminist, social justice, humanist, minimalist, etc., Haggadot and not finding exactly what we needed. Our version of "who knows one" was particularly popular and fun. However, as the newest jewdas Haggadah recently came out, we could not help ourselves but to read from it, specifically pages 36, 53-56. It is a hilarious Haggadah, diaspora and revolution inspired, and likely very offensive to Zionists and Philo-Semites alike. Highly recommended to read this at your Zionist family's Seder, if you have the chutzpah. Without it, we would have indeed had less moments of laughter than we did, and we were grateful to read from the same book as so many others like ourselves around the world last night.
Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom,
Space City Red Seder