This post was written by Ashley Brazil, co-President of DePaul Interfaith. Ashley is graduating this June with a degree in Sociology.
A few nights ago I attended my first Passover Seder. I didn’t know what to expect but I knew there would be food so I was excited. The vent was an incredibly affecting one.
Passover is the Jewish festival or remembering their history as a people. While at the Seder, learning about the symbolic foods, listening to the prayers and songs that go along with the ritual meal I couldn’t help but be touched by the significance it had for me as an African American. The central idea of remembering the trials and perseverance of ancestors is something that resonated with me and called to mind my family celebrating Watch Night every New Year’s Eve. The similarities were so uncanny that with the help of a simple Google search I found that I’m not the only one seeing the connection between Jews and African Americans. Continue reading