B’chol Dor Va’Dor -- In Every Generation

In every generation it is every person’s duty to regard him/herself as though he/she personally had come out of Egypt, as it is written: “You shall tell your son on that day: This is on account of what the L-rd did for me when I came out of Egypt.” It was not only our ancestors whom the Holy One redeemed from slavery; we, too, were redeemed with them, as it is written: “He took us out from there so that He might take us to the land which He had sworn to our ancestors.”

Beyond the Feeling
Essential to the Passover experience is the understanding that one should feel that the miracles that G-d performed for our ancestors were for us as well. Passover is our opportunity to feel personal redemption. Rabbi Moses ben Maimon (Rambam/ Maimonides - 1135 - 1204 C.E., Spain) stated that a person must make him/herself appear as if he/she is currently leaving the oppression in Egypt. As a result, some families have the custom of putting matzah on their shoulders and walking around the table.

Your Thoughts: This is an excellent place in the Seder to take a moment and reflect upon moments when you, personally, felt G-d’s hand influencing your life:

haggadah Section: Maggid - Beginning
Source: National Jewish Outreach Program's Beginners' Haggadah