THE FOLLOWING SEDER IS FOR A WEEKNIGHT. ON SHABBAT (FRIDAY NIGHT) WE ADD THE PARAGRAPHS IN BOLDFACE. OTHER BLESSINGS ARE ADDED BELOW WHEN THE SEDER FALLS ON SATURDAY NIGHT.
THE SEDER (order) OF THE FOUR CUPS OF WINE (OR GRAPE JUICE) WE DRINK DURING THE PASSOVER SEDER ARE FOUND IN EXODUS 6:6-8 : RESCUE, REDEMPTION, COVENANT and RETURN.
I am HASHEM, and I shall take you out from under the burdens of Egypt, I shall RESCUE YOU from their service; I shall REDEEM YOU with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I shall TAKE YOU TO ME FOR A PEOPLE AND I SHALL BE A GOD TO YOU and you shall know that I am HASHEM YOUR GOD, Who takes you out from under the burdens of Egypt. I shall BRING YOU to the land about which I raised My hand to give it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and I shall give it to you as a heritage -- I am HASHEM.
POUR 1ST CUP OF WINE (OR GRAPE JUICE)
רָיְהִי עֶרֶב וַיְהִי בֹקֶר יוֹם הַשִּׁשִּׁי. וַיְכֻלּוּ הַשָׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ וְכָל צְבָאַָם. וַיְכַל אֱלֹקִים בַּיוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה וַיִּשְׁבֹּת בַּיוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי מִכָּל מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה. וַיְבָרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אוֹתוֹ כִּי בוֹ שָׁבַת מִכָּל מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר בֶָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת
(Vay'hi erev vay'hi voker yom hashi-shi. Vay'chulu hashamayim v'ha-aretz v’choltzva’am. Vay’chal Elohim bayom hashvi’i, m'lachto asher asah, vayishbot bayom hashvi-i, mikol-mlachto asher asah. Vay'vareich Elohim, et-yom hashvi’i, vay'kadeish oto, ki vo shavat mikol-mlachto, asher-bara Elohim la-asot.)
(“And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Now the heavens and all their host were completed. And on the seventh day God finished His work of creation which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, for on that day God rested from His work and ceased creating.)
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָפֶן
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam, borei p'ri hagafen.
Blessed are you, Adonai, our God, King of the universe, who has created the fruit of the vine.
Blessed are you, Adonai, our God, King of the universe, Who has chosen us from among all people, and languages, and made us holy through Your mitzvot, giving us lovingly [Shabbat for rest] festivals for joy, and special times for celebration, this [Shabbat and this] Passover, [given in love] this sacred gathering to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt. You have chosen us, You have shared Your holiness with us among all other peoples. For with [Shabbat and] festive revelations of Your holiness, happiness and joy You have granted us [lovingly] joyfully the holidays.
Baruch atah Adonai, m'kadeish (h’shabbat v') Yisrael v'hazmanim.
Praised are you, Adonai, Who sanctifies [Shabbat], Israel and the festivals.
On Saturday night include the following section:
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, borei m'orei ha-eish.
(Blessed are You Adonai our God King of the universe who created the lights of fire.)
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam, hamavdil bein kodesh l'chol bein or l'choshech, bein Yisrael la-amim, bein yom hashvi-i l'sheishet y'mei hama-aseh. Bein k'dushat shabat likdushat yom tov hivdalta. V'et-yom hashvi-i misheishet y'mei hama-aseh kidashta. Hivdalta v'kidashta et-am'cha yisra-eil bikdushatecha. Baruch atah Adonai, hamavdil bein kodesh l'kodesh.)
Blessed are you, Adonai, our God, King of the universe, who makes a distinction between the holy and profane, light and darkness, Israel and the nations, Shabbat and the six workdays. You have made a distinction between the holiness of Shabbat and the holiness of the festival, and You have sanctified Shabbat above the six work-days. You have set apart and made holy Your people Israel with your holiness. Blessed are you, Adonai, who distinguishes between degrees of sanctity.)
Say this Shehechiyanu blessing the first Seder night only:
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam,
she’hecheyanu v'ki'manu v'higi-anu laz'man hazeh.
Blessed are you, Adonai, our God, King of the universe,
who has sustained us, maintained us and enabled us to reach this moment in life.
DRINK THE CUP OF RESCUE
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