(By Rabbi Dan Liben, to the tune of "There's No Business Like Show Business")
There's no Seder like our Seder,
There's no Seder I know.
Everything about it is Halachic
Nothing that the Torah won't allow.
Listen how we read the whole Haggadah
We speak some Hebrew
'Cause we know how.
There's no Seder like our Seder,
Come listen to our tale:
Moses took the...
At this point in the Seder, traditional Jews would open the door and literally shout angry words at their enemies: " Sh'foch ha-Matcha... May God pour out His wrath on them!" It was directed toward those who had persecuted them and had accused the Jewish community of a blood libel -- of making matzoh with the blood of Christian children. Opening the door at this juncture gave the Jewish family the excuse to open the...
(To the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame!")
Take me out to the Seder, take me out to the crowd.
Feed me some soup with a matzah ball
I don't care for the parsley at all
And let's, root, root, root for the leader, that he will finish his spiel
Oh it's one, two, ten plagues you're out at the Seder meal!
Take me out to the Seder, take me out to the...
Passover is an educational holiday, but it can be a little -- or a lot! -- confusing for people who haven't celebrated it their whole lives. This Haggadah was created to both instruct and celebrate the holiday according to a blended tradition of Judaism and Humanism, touch upon themes of equality as they relate to all people, celebrate breaking the bonds of that which enslaved us in history and still enslaves us in the...
We have now told the story of Passover…but wait! We’re not quite done. There are still some symbols on our Seder plate we haven’t talked about yet.
The shank bone represents the Pesach, the lamb sacrifice made in the days of the Temple for the Passover holiday. In fact, the holiday is called the Pesach, from the Hebrew word meaning “to pass over,” because God "passed over" the houses of our ancestors in...
As we now transition from the formal telling of the Passover story to the celebratory meal, we once again wash our hands to prepare ourselves. In Judaism, a good meal together with friends and family is itself a sacred act, so we prepare for it just as we prepared for our holiday ritual, recalling the way ancient priests once prepared for service in the Temple.
Some people distinguish between washing to prepare...
The traditional Passover (also known as "Pesach") Seder , which means “order” in Hebrew, begins on Erev Pesach -- that is, before sundown -- during the first full moon in the first month of the lunar year. It is an eight-day springtime holiday that usually occurs in March or April on our modern Gregorian calendar.
The Passover meal is called a Seder because we go through 14 specific steps -- in a...
Break the middle matzah on the matzah plate.
We break the matzah and hide one part (the Aﬁkomen). We recognize that liberation is made by imperfect people, broken, fragmented — so don’t be waiting until you are totally pure, holy, spiritually centered, and psychologically healthy to get involved in tikkun (the healing and repair of the world). It will be imperfect people, wounded...
We are grateful that we are together on this night as a family ~ Dayenu
We are grateful that we are together to share this moment ~ Dayenu
We are grateful that we are together, alive and healthy ~ Dayenu
We are grateful that we are able to eat together ~ Dayenu
We are grateful that we have a light...
[Raise the cup. All sing or recite Dayenu:]
Had You taken us out of slavery, but not torn the Sea apart for us, it would have been enough for us!
Had You brought us through it dry, but not sunk our oppressors in its midst, it would have been enough for us!
Had You sunk our oppressors in its midst, but not freely fed us manna, it would have been enough for...
Let us all refill our cups.
Glass is lifted for all to see.
This is the cup of hope.
The seder tradition involves pouring a cup for the Hebrew prophet Elijah. For millennia, Jews opened the door for him, inviting him join their seders, hoping that he would bring with him a messiah to save the world.
Yet the tasks of saving the world - once ascribed to prophets, messiahs and gods -...
The seder plate holds the main symbols of a traditional Passover seder-- the shank bone, egg, karpas, charoset, and maror. The Kabbalists of the Middle Ages added hazeret, another kind of bitter lettuce. And in recent years feminists have added an orange on the seder plate to symbolize women's leadership roles and full empowerment in Jewish life.
The artichoke however is a new development. What is an artichoke?...
It is customary to begin the Passover meal with hard-boiled eggs flavored with salt water. The egg is symbolic of new life, and of hope; the salt water, a symbol of tears. Eggs, unlike other foods, harden when they are cooked, symbolic of our faith being tempered and hardened by the forces of our history.
May we reflect on our lives this year and soften our hearts to those around us. Another...
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