Friday, April 11, 2008

FOR OUR DARFURI BROTHERS & SISTERS: A PASSOVER MANDATE TO BEFRIEND OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THEIR TIME OF TRIBULATION


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To share with my planetary brothers and sisters:

Received from:
Ruth Messinger, ruthmessinger@ajws.org

As we prepare to celebrate Passover we remember our mandate to "befriend the stranger for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."

For me, the Jewish experience of oppression and genocide means that we have a particular responsibility to stand in defense of all victims of persecution and affliction.

It also means that we must respond to the countless "strangers" around the world who so urgently need our help - especially the people of Darfur.

As the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan enters its sixth year and reaches levels of violence not seen since the beginning of the conflict, the people of Darfur need to know that they are not alone.

Please respond to the "strangers" in Darfur by making a gift to AJWS in honor of Passover. Once you've made your gift we'll send you a link to a special certificate: the perfect companion or alternative to an afikomen gift, and an excellent way to pass on the tradition of "befriending the stranger" to those who'll be sharing your Seder.

As you taste the bitter herbs this Passover, I hope you will remember the people of Darfur who have yet to find their own freedom. For the sake of the people of Darfur, I turn to you.

Wishing you and your loved ones a sweet and meaningful holiday.

Sincerely,

Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger
President, AJWS

P.S. You may want to use this special Passover reading at your Seder. Click here to download it now.


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