In the Temple Days the spiritual pilgrimage reached its climax at the 15 stairs leading up to the Holy of Holies. On these steps the musicians of the tribe of Levi played and sang Shir HaMa'alot, the 'Song of the Steps.' Reaching a spiritually worthwhile destination requires a process, an effort to achieve new heights. One cannot expect to sense the power of the seder without strenuous preparations beforehand. We are grateful tonight for the preparation that has come before, not just today, or this week, but the generations who have paved the way for us to be here today. Let's take a moment now, to share what we are grateful for today.

haggadah Section: Introduction