As we thank God for the many people and their hands that produce our food, we can be thankful for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Fair Food Program. Publix Supermarket needs to hear from us that it is time to change.
On any given day in the United States, 80,000 prisoners are held in some form of isolation or solitary confinement. Many prisoners and human rights activists consider this a form of psychological torture -- torture, in our own prisons, in our own country.
As the seder begins, we say metaphorically, "This year, we are slaves. Next year, may we be free people." Let us hope that by next Passover, our feasts of liberation will be made without slave labor and that more people will be free.
The Purim story has a happy ending, with enemies vanquished and Mordechai replacing his adversary Haman in a position of leadership. People of faith have a responsibility to ensure that today's story has a positive outcome.
We must make ethical buying choices because it is the right thing to do. But we can't end there. We must raise our voices and tell the corporations that we will not eat or wear the products of exploitation.
We must not lose sight of our goal of maintaining safety while promoting American values through embodying them in laws and behavior. Our country should be focused on ending terrorism, not on terrorizing others.
The UDHR is both inspiring and challenging. Inspiring because of the ideal world it describes, insisting even that "Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized."