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Rab Laura Ge//er and o#ers at le fem/nist Seder were redeemed from the land of Egypt for the sake of righteous women". It was Jewish women who kept having children despite Pharaoh's threat to drown the baby boys. Jewish midwives risked their lives to save male infants, and it was Miriam who watched over her brother, Moses, as he floated down the Nile and then arranged for "her mother to nurse him. Across the Red Sea, it was women, the Torah says, that erupted in spontaneous joy and began singing and dancing in praise of G-d for their miraculous deliverance from the hands of the Egyptian army. In the desert, while the rest of the children of Israel lost faith in Moses and in G-d, and began worshipping a golden calf, it was women who refused to par- ticipate and who refused to allow their gold and silver to be used to make the pagan idol. Years later, in their merit, it was the jewelry of Jewish women that was used to fashion the kiyor, the mirrored sink, that was used in the mishkan, the desert tabernacle. According to Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel, this year many families will be placing an orange on the Seder plate symbolizing the impact of women's experiences in Judaism. "Susana Heschel was giving a speech in Florida, the orange state, about women's inclusion and some guy stood up and said 'the day a woman belongs on the pulpit is the day an orange belongs on a Seder plate,'" Rabbi Geller explains. Many families are also placing a cup of water on the table for Miriam, Moses' sister, since she was responsible for nurturing the Hebrews from "Miriam's Well". It was the water from Miriam's well that helped the Israelites survive in the desert. In light of Miriam's role in Judiasm there will be two cups on the Seder table: one cup for Elijah and one for Miriam. Although these are not customary rituals, Rabbi Geller says, "Judaism has always been evolving and it's ok to create new customs." Temple Emanuel hosted a feminist Seder this past Sunday where over 100 women attended and read from a feminist Haggadah-the prayer book used for the Seder. "It was fun, energetic and challenging," Rabbi Geller says. While each family introduces new customs into their homes, this year every- one should carry the custom of praying for those who are still in bondage. GETTING INVOLVED FROM HOME The key is to let the government know you're aware of the Shiraz 13 and to demand their release. The following is a list of government officials who could help in the diplomatic process. By simply writing a letter demanding the release of the 13 and sending it to the following people you can raise awareness and contribute to the release of the prisoners. President William Jefferson Clinton The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20500 Secretary Madeline Albright Department of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520 Vice President Albert Gore Office of the Vice President Building Washington, DC 20501 His Excellency Kofi Anan United Nations Secretariat New York, New York 10017 Fax #: 212-963-4879 His Excellency Francois V. Bujon Embassy of France 4101 Reservoir Road, NW Washington, DC 20007 Fax #: 202-944-6166 DOES THE INCLUSION OF MIRIAM BREAK TRADITIONAL LAW? Send us an e-mail at editor@bhweekly.com HOLIDAY GREETINGS To all of Bunni and I I II III Wishing you the Beverly Hills Meals On Needed (310) our friends: Happy Holidays! Murray Fischer I I I I I i Sweet Blessings of this joyous Holiday Season- Wheels. Volunteers 423-3517. Happy Pesach to the entire community from Stephen and Bonnie Webb I The Telephone Connection wishes everyone a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter! May your Passover be liberating. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills The Beverly you and Hills Historical Society wishes[ yours a HOPPY Easter!!! I I I .... Wishing all of our neighbors a happy Q Pesach and joyous Easter. Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Lunn and family II II II II I II I !"" I!'" " i Pa,sover and Easter holidays my Beverly Hills clients. to all of omf Beverly Hills neighbors. Tom Levyn Amy Hertz I I I I I I II I III I HII I Happy Passover and Happy Easter wishes from Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association i I I I I I III II [ I III II I [ [111 [ II At this holiday season, wishing everyone a happy Passover. Hadassah Southern California Metro ARC Office. I I Last week's cover story "Larceny on La Peer" indicated that a Maryin Monroe serigaph stolen from the Carol Lawrence Ga//ery was painted by artist Leroy Neiman. In fact, the serigraph was painted by artist Michae/ Bryan. April 20-26, 2000 11