... Understood this way, the fifth promise is transformed from a divine promise we await, to a divine promise that if we ourselves act, then the fifth promise will be fulfilled.
That clarion call is the modern message of the fifth cup (now cups – for Elijah and Miriam): even amidst celebration we must never rest on laurels or close our eyes to all that remains undone. We must take up our tools and build that better future. After all, too many remain bound, hopeless, unable even to yearn for a better future. For them, and so for all of us, the fifth cup remains undrunk.
But symbols only matter if, well, they matter. It’s too easy to let the fifth cup’s urgent call fade along with the taste of parsley dipped in tears. How do we stay mindful when Torah’s narrative goes elsewhere and the Pesach dishes are packed away? ...
I had the joy and the privilege of coauthoring this week's Torah commentary for Builders Blog. This year we're blogging through the Torah cycle with an eye toward building an ethic of social justice and a world worthy of the divine.
Read the whole post at Builders Blog: Our Cup Undrunk For Now, co-written with R. David Evan Markus.