Welcome to the third annual Potluck Seder. We are so happy you were able to join us to celebrate the second night of Passover.

We have come together this evening for many reasons. We are here because Spring is all around, the Earth is reborn, and it is a good time to celebrate with family and friends. We are here because we are Jews and friends of Jews. We are here to honor the Jewish nation’s deep historic roots and its old important memories.

We are here to remember the old story of the liberation of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt – a great struggle for freedom and dignity. We are here because the struggle for human freedom never stops. We are here to remember all people – Jews and non-Jews – who are still struggling for their freedom.

Let us sing: HEE-NAY MA TOV Group sings: Hee-nay ma tov oo-ma na-yeem She-vet a-kheem gam ya-khad. Wonderful is it when brothers and sisters live together in Peace.

Let us all light the candles together: The celebration of Passover represents the perennial rebirth and survival of the Jewish people and the world of nature. The light of these candles symbolizes a renewal of life, a reaffirmation of freedom.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel (Shabbat v’)Yom Tov.

haggadah Section: Introduction