Posted By lantoniou on March 10, 2013
Before I head out on a whirlwind tour that takes me to Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, and Sydney, (really, it does – click here for some of my stops), I am preparing for Passover, which begins the evening of March 25th this year and ends on April 2nd.
Passover’s ritual meal, the seder, is a ritual that is over 3,000 years old. The key elements of the ritual include discussions and narratives on the concepts of slavery and freedom. For kinky Jews, there is no better time to sit down and share a meal with like-minded friends and talk about power dynamics, and what consensual slavery can mean in our lives today.
Over a decade ago, my wife and I wrote our own haggadah, the book used for the telling of the Passover story. This, too, is traditionally Jewish: there are thousands of different haggadahs in use around the world, reflecting the cultures, communities, and traditions in each of those places. We Jews are encouraged to “add to the story,” in fact – anything to keep the tradition of Passover alive and meaningful in the world.
Our Passover haggadah is called Avadim Hayeinu, a phrase from the Passover ritual that means “Once We Were Slaves.” Our haggadah focuses elements of the traditional Passover story through the lens of the leather power dynamics in our community.
For those of you looking for a new way to look at Passover, or interested in rituals that reflect slavery, power, and freedom, please take a look at our haggadah. If you would like a copy, you can download it, or email me at Laura (at) Lantoniou (dot) com, and I’ll send you a copy. Chag Sameach!