On That Very Day
April 19, 2019
The night of the first seder
כל דיכפין ייתי וייכל
All who are hungry come and eat
any time after 7 PM
Celebrate the struggle of all oppressed people to be free.
And speaking of free, there will be no charge.
If you want to bring food or drink, great.
If you want to make a donation, beautiful. Just come. You'll be welcome
April 19, 1943
the night of the first seder
the last chapter of the Jewish armed struggle in the Warsaw Ghetto begins
If you have no plans for the first seder night, please join New Yiddish Rep. Our free, informal seder celebrates the struggle of all oppressed people to be free, remembering that on April 19, 1943, on the night of the first seder, the last chapter of the Jewish armed struggle began in the Warsaw Ghetto. If you want to bring food or drink, great. If you want to make a donation, beautiful. Just come, you'll be welcome, but reservations are strongly recommended because seating is limited.
This will not be a formal seder, so don't expect one. Eat, drink and schmooze; there are no restrictions or rules, except not to infringe on anyone else's celebratory impulses. Sing "Khad Gadyo" if you like, or "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," Phil Ochs or The Beatles. Quote the Haggadah, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, or Lao Tzu. Eat matzo or bread.
"...during the Easter Holidays of 1940, pogroms lasting several days were instigated. The German Air Corps engaged Polish hoodlums for 4 zloty per "working day"... On the fourth day the Bund militia carried out revenge actions. Four major street battles resulted...Comrade, Bernard Goldsztejn commanded all of these battles from his hide-out.It was...our determined stand that momentarily checked the Germans' activities and went on record as the first Jewish act of resistance."
- From The Ghetto Fights by Marek Edelman
Read the entire, remarkable eyewitness account.