Emerging from Narrow Places: Passover and the Stories of LGBTQ Jews

At Passover, we retell the story of the Israelites’ journey to freedom from mitzrayim, “a narrow place.” Telling the story of this journey, the very act of giving voice to our struggle and our redemption through the ritual of the seder, is at the center of the holiday. In the LGBTQ community, we know how powerful it can be to tell our stories—we know that storytelling, and the retelling of our journeys toward freedom, can be a sacred act.

Passover is also a time for us to reflect on the mitzrayim we face today: what are the narrow places from which we must emerge? What are the ways in which we must move toward freedom from transphobia and heterosexism in our families, our workplaces, our Jewish communities? What steps do we need to take to bring us farther along on this journey?

This Passover, Keshet invites you to celebrate the stories of LGBTQ Jews and reflect on our—and our community’s— journey from mitzrayim to freedom.

In this collection, we offer readings and rituals for your seder, reflections on Jewish text, personal stories, and more. We hope that with these resources, you find inspiration for your journey! Download your free copy of Keshet’s LGBTQ Celebratory Passover Resource Guide.

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