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Introduction
Source : Rabbi Nadav Caine

What is different about this night?  On this night, we're going to reflect on our story of freedom through music.  We'll go back and forth from the ritual actions of Four Questions, Motzi, Maror, 10 Drops, and so on, to and from listening to our story and its meaning through musical expression.  In so doing, our job is to  experience  the seder in a different way, not as reading, not as discussion, but as the expression of the heart.  It's one thing to hold a piece of matzah and say, "This is the bread of the poor person" justaposed with "this karpas is a luxurious appetizer," and it's quite another thing to hear this juxtapostion through the music of Iowa songwriter legend Greg Brown's "Whodu Thunk It?" which is a plaintive song about how the "living with just enough" attitude [the simple matzah was enough] of our youth gives way to our taking-for-granted bourgeois middle-class ways of good wine and nice homes.   Instead of reading these sections, we experience the meaning of their juxtaposition. Or we answer the child's question of why we're doing this by rehearsing artists like Bob Marley who embraced the Exodus narrative by saying, "Because all we ever have are these Redemption songs."  

So take the musical journey with us, and open your hearts to the Musical Experience of the Haggadah.

Introduction

The Cast & Credits

Program Advisor, Lead Vocals, Guitar: Neil Alexander

Keyboard: Cliff Monier. Percussion, Vocals: Cary Kocher.

Music arrangements and production: Cliff Monier, Cary Kocher, Neil Alexander

Thanks to Neil, Cliff and Cary not only for your performances but also for your astounding critical contributions in producing and performing the underlying music tracks.

And thanks to everyone participating or singing along!

Kadesh

When doing the Seder on a night that is not the beginning or end of Pesach, recite only:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָפֶן

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam, borei p'ri hagafen.

Karpas

Reclining at dinner, drinking wine, and getting to eat karpas , a Greco-Roman appetizer, is freedom? Seriously?

The first part of the seder is a wicked satire that mocks the fool's answer to the central question of the Seder, "What is freedom?"

Imagine one of the great Rabbis of the Sanhedrin in antiquity, watching the Sages imprisoned and tortured by the Romans, watching senseless massacres of Jewish women and children by their Roman oppressors. Imagine him turning to a Roman citizen --the only truly "free" person in the world by their definition-- and asking, "Tell me, What is it like to be a Roman citizen, to be free?" Now imagine the answer: "This is what a free person gets to do. We get to recline on pillows while we eat; we get served; we drink as much wine as we can hold in an elaborate drinking game called a 'symposium,' and we get to eat karpas , appetizers!"   What would a Jew think of that?

They'd think: "You who are free are idiots! If we were free, we'd use our freedom not for appetizers, but for education, for making a better society, for building a safety net for our elderly, sick, and poor, not for lemonade and appetizers!

The Jewish answer to "What is freedom?" is that Freedom is about What You Do With Your Freedom. How you answer that question depends on Your Story, your Maggid, from mitzrayim to a chance to use your freedom.

A person today who has never suffered might define freedom as what it looks like: a new car, hundreds of followers on social media, fashionable clothes, a large house, early retirement.... Those are the pillows, wine cups, and karpas of today.

Only the person who identifies with oppression knows that the real answer to the seder's central question is: "Real freedom is using your freedom to serve God."

Take the karpas, dip it into salt-water, and recite:     בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam, borei p’ri ha’adamah.

Blessed are You, Lord, our God, Ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the earth.

Yachatz
Source : Traditional

Take the middle matzah and break it into two, one piece larger than the other.

The larger piece is set aside to serve as Afikoman. This is traditionally hidden, by the leader of the Seder for the children to “steal” or “find” and then ransom for a something at the end of the Seder.

The smaller piece is put back, between the two matzot. This smaller piece, along with the top matzah is what will be used for the “Motzi-Matzah” and “Korech”

Maggid - Beginning

Maggid:  Ha Lachma Anya

Raise the tray with the matzot and say:

הָא לַחְמָא עַנְיָא דִי אֲכָלוּ אַבְהָתָנָא בְּאַרְעָא דְמִצְרָיִם. כָּל דִכְפִין יֵיתֵי וְיֵיכֹל, כָּל דִצְרִיךְ יֵיתֵי וְיִפְסַח. הָשַׁתָּא הָכָא, לְשָׁנָה הַבָּאָה בְּאַרְעָא דְיִשְׂרָאֵל. הָשַׁתָּא עַבְדֵי, לְשָׁנָה הַבָּאָה בְּנֵי חוֹרִין.

Ha lachma anya dee achalu avhatana b'ara d'meetzrayeem.

This is the bread of affliction, which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are in need, come and share the Pesach meal. This year, we are here. Next year, in the land of Israel. This year, we are slaves. Next year, we will be free.

Who'da Thunk It?

(Music by Greg Brown; Words Modified by Rabbi Nadav Caine)

Used to say I could live on matzah, and we could and we did
Living in tents, Welcoming the stranger, In the wilderness!

Now we say we could live on matzah, but it's not true.
We can't live on matzah because we don't want to!
We want cake and cookies, artisan breads, don't give me macaroons!
We want cake and cookies, artisan breads, don't give me macaroons!
And I say Hey Hey Hey Hey, Who'da Thunk it?
Hey Hey Hey Hey, Ha Lachma Anya!

Used to say I could live without karpas, and we could and we did
We were slaves in Egypt, Ate the bread of affliction, And called on our God!

Now we say we could live without karpas, it's not true.
We can't live without karpas because we don't want to!
We want egg rolls and salad, tapas, guacamole, and I'm going to dip twice!
Egg rolls and salad, tapas, guacamole, and I'm going to dip twice!
And I say Hey Hey Hey Hey, Who'da Thunk it?
Hey Hey Hey Hey, Ha Lachma Anya!

Used to say I could live without reclining, and we could and we did
As long as we were together, on a wooden bench, what did it matter?
Now we say we could live without reclining but it's not true.
We can't live without reclining, no! Because we don't want to.
Get me a lazy boy, a sectional, and a home theater!
Get me a lazy boy, a sectional, that's where I'll eat dinner!
And I say hey hey hey hey, what happened to the maror?
And I say hey hey hey hey, Who'da thunk it?
And I say Hey Hey Hey Hey, Who'da Thunk it?
Hey Hey hey hey Ha Lachma Anya!
Hey Hey Hey Hey, Who'da Thunk it?
Hey Hey hey hey Ha Lachma Anya!

-- Four Questions
Source : Traditional

                 Maggid – Four Questions

מַהנִּשְּׁתַּנָה

?מַה נִּשְּׁתַּנָה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל הַלֵּילוֹת

Mah nish-ta-na ha-lai-lah ha-zeh mikol ha-lei-lot?

Why is this night of Passover different from all other nights of the year?

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין חָמֵץ וּמַצָּה, הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה - כּוּלוֹ מַצָּה

She-b'chol ha-lei-lot anu och'lin cha-meitz u-matzah. Ha-laylah hazeh kulo matzah.

On all other nights, we eat either leavened or unleavened bread, why on this night do we eat only matzah?

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין שְׁאָר יְרָקוֹת, - הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מָרוֹר

Sheb'chol ha-lei-lot anu och'lin sh'ar y'rakot. Ha-lai-lah h-azeh maror.

On all other nights, we eat vegetables of all kinds, why on this night must we eat bitter herbs?

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אֵין אֶנוּ מַטְבִּילִין אֲפִילוּ פַּעַם אֶחָת, - הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה שְׁתֵּי פְעָמִים

Sheb'chol ha-lei-lot ein anu mat-beelin afee-lu pa-am echat.Ha-lai-lah hazeh sh'tei p'ameem.

On all other nights, we do not dip vegetables even once,
why on this night do we dip greens into salt water and bitter herbs into sweet haroset?

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין בֵּין יוֹשְׁבִין וּבֵין מְסֻבִּין, - הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלָנו מְסֻ

Sheb’khol ha-lei-lot anu och-leem bein yo-shveen u-vein m’su-been, ha-lailah hazeh kulanu m’subeen.

On all other nights, everyone sits up straight at the table, why on this night do we recline and eat at leisure?

-- Four Questions

To start the process of answering "Why is this night different?" we begin with a frame for the Seder: these are redemption songs that teach us our identity.

Redemption Song
(Music by Bob Marley; Words Modified by Rabbi Nadav Caine)

Old Midianites, says the Rabbi, Sold Joseph to Egypt
Minutes after they took him
From the bottomless pit
But his hand was made strong By the [outstretched] hand of the Almighty
We recount in this generation, triumphantly


Won't you help to sing these songs of freedom?
'Cause all we ever have...Redemption songs, Redemption songs

Emancipate from mental slavery, we Jews must free our minds
Have no fear of being Jewish, don't say you have no time
How long shall we ignore our prophets, while they stand aside and look?
We'll build a new Jerusalem, We've got to fulfill the Book

Won't you help to sing these songs of freedom?
'Cause all we ever have...Redemption songs, Redemption songs

Our ancestors survived the Holocaust, pogroms and oppression,
We have to stand up for justice, teach the world our lesson.
How long shall we ignore our prophets, while they stand aside and look?
They tell us what God wants from us, we've got to fulfill the book

Won't you help to sing these songs of freedom?
'Cause all we ever have...Redemption songs, Redemption songs

Won't you help to sing these songs of freedom?
'Cause all we ever have...Redemption songs, Redemption songs

These songs of freedom, songs of freedom.

-- Four Children

NO EGYPT NO CRY (Music Bob Marley with words modified by Rabbi Nadav Caine)

No, Egypt, no cry, No, Egypt, no cry, No, Egypt, no cry, No, Egypt, no cry. 

The wise one asks, "What are the laws that God requires of thee?"
Tell him there's a Seder, and an Afikomen, and in between we eat!
The wicked one says, “What's this mean to you”? But not “to me”!
The simple one adds, “What's this mean at all?" The fourth stares silently.

No Egypt No Cry, No Egypt No Cry,

Here Little Darlin Don't Shed No Tears. No Egypt No Cry.

Said, I remember when we used to build towers and roads in Egypt
Oppression hurt like a bitter herb; our taskmasters they beat us.
Good friends we have, oh, good friends we've lost along the way
In this great future, you can't forget your past, so dry your tears, I say

Ev’ry things gonna be alright, ev’ry things gonna be alright (x 4)
No Egypt, no cry, No, Egypt, no cry
Here, little darlin', don't shed no tears, No Egypt, no cry

Said, God freed us, helped us cross the sea, and drowned our oppressors,
Then Aaron would light the fire lights, as Miriam sang through the nights
Then we would bake our matzah, of which I'll share with you
Our history is our purpose, so we've got to push on through

Everything's gonna be alright, Everything's gonna be alright (x4)

Here little darlin’ don’t shed no tears.

Here little darlin’ don’t shed no tears. No Egypt no cry

-- Exodus Story

As the Israelites suffered from being given more slave work than they could accomplish with the quota of straw & bricks, and as they went hunrgy while their oppressors' bellies were full, God instructed Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand that the Israelites be allowed to go into the wilderness for a 3 day "Chag" Dance Festival [the root meaning of "Chag" is "dance in a circle"] to Y-h-v-h (shortened by some to "Jah").

Them Belly Full (But We Hungry):  Music by Bob Marley.  Words Modified by Rabbi Nadav Caine

(Na-na-na-na, na-na na na-na; na-na-na-na na-na na na-na) x 2
Them belly full but we hungry, a hungry mob is an angry mob
Slavery, the work it tough, they give us bricks but it ain't enough
We're gonna dance to Jah music, dance
We're gonna dance to Jah music, dance
Forget your troubles and dance, forget your sadness and dance

Pharaoh wants our boys to die, the Israelites they start to cry
And now the weak must get strong, they say oh what a tribulation,
My belly full but me hungry. A hungry mob is an angry mob
Slavery, the work it tough, they give us bricks but it ain't enough
We're gonna dance to Jah music, dance
We're dancin to Jah music, we're dancin'
 
Them belly full but we hungry, a hungry mob is an angry mob
Slavery, the work it tough, they give us bricks but it ain't enough

Slavery (CONG: work it tough)
And all the bricks (CONG: it ain't enough)
A hungry mob (CONG: angry mob)
A hungry man (CONG: angry man)

Slavery (CONG: work it tough)
And all the bricks (CONG: it ain't enough)
A hungry mob (CONG: angry mob)
A hungry man (CONG: angry man)

-- Ten Plagues

Death Don't Have No Mercy (Classic folk blues by the Reverend Gary Davis; Words Modified by Rabbi Nadav Caine)

Death don't have no mercy in Egypt land
Death don't have no mercy in Egypt land,
He’ll come to your house, blood and frogs on the floor,
Lice and beasts coming through your door,
Death don't have no mercy in Egypt land.

Death won’t give you time to get ready in Egypt land
Death won’t give you time to get ready in Egypt land 
Well he’ll come to your fields, he won't stay long,
Death is killing everything on all fours,
Death don't have no mercy in Egypt land.

Death will leave you standing and crying in Egypt land,
Death will leave you standing and crying in Egypt land
He'll give you boils as darkness drops.
Then hail and locusts will take your crop,
Death will leave you standing and crying in Egypt land.

Death will take your family in Egypt land,
Death will take your family in Egypt land,
Come to your house, he won't stay long,
Put blood on the door, Or find your oldest gone.
Death don't have no mercy in Egypt land.

Death don't have no mercy in Egypt land.
I said Death don't have no mercy in Egypt land. 

-- Ten Plagues

These are the Plagues that the holy one, blessed be he, brought upon Egypt.

Blood | Dom | דָּם

Frogs | Tzfardeyah | צְפֵרְדֵּע

Lice | Kinim | כִּנִים

Beasts | Arov | עָרוֹב

Cattle Plague | Dever | דֶּבֶר

Boils | Sh’chin | שְׁחִין

Hail | Barad | בָּרד

Locusts | Arbeh | אַרְבֶּה

Darkness | Choshech | חשֶׁךְ

Slaying of First Born |Makat Bechorot | מַכַּת בְּכוֹרוֹת

-- Cup #2 & Dayenu

Dayenu דַּיֵינוּ - Sing the italicized..

Ilu hotzi hotzi anu, hotzi anu mimitzrayim, hotzi anu mimitzrayim, DAYENU
(Chorus:) Day day ye nu, day day ye nu, day day ye nu dayenu dayenu dayenu
Day day ye nu, day day ye nu, day day ye nu dayenu dayenu 

Ilu natan natan lanu, natan lanu et hashabbat, natan lanu et hashabbat, DAYENU
Ilu natan natan lanu, natan lanu et hatorah, natan lanu et hatorah, DAYENU
Ilu heech nee, heech nee sanu, heech nee sanu, l’eretz Yisrael, heech nee sanu, l’eretz Yisrael, DAYENU

 

[If God had just brought us out of Egypt, it would have been enough for us!  If God had just [done that and] just given us Shabbat, it would have been enough for us!  If God had just done that and given us the Torah, it would have been enough for us!  If God had done all that, and just brought us to Eretz Yisrael, it would have been enough for us!]

אִלוּ הוֹצִיאָנוּ מִמִצְרַים , וְלֹא נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַשַׁבָּת, דַּיֵינוּ.

אִלוּ נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַשַׁבָּת,  וְלֹא נַָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַתּוֹרָה, דַּיֵינוּ.

אִלוּ נַָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַתּוֹרָה, וְלֹא הִכְנִיסָנוּ לְאֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל, דַּיֵינוּ.

The Second Cup of Wine

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָפֶן.

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, borei p’ri hagafen.

-- Cup #2 & Dayenu

The telling of our story is a failure if all it teaches is about the past and present, but not about the future. The goal of the seder is not just to know how we got free, but to embrace how we are to use that freedom, which is in in service of God. God redeemed us for a purpose, a purpose which requires us to use our freedom. These lyrics underscore the service in Oneness we are to use our freedom for.

One (Music: U2, Words modified by Rabbi Nadav Caine)

Is it getting better, or do you feel the same
Is freedom too hard for you
Now you got no one to blame

We say: One God, One Tribe
We all had to leave, In the night
It's one love, We get to share it
It leaves you baby, If you don't care for it

Did God disappoint you?
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had God
And you want your children to go without?

It's not too late, Tonight, To drag our past out, Into the light
We're one tribe, But we're not the same
We get to carry each other, Carry each other, One

Have you known the taste of injustice,
Of meaning what we just said?
Do you crave your freedom,
And freedom for all the rest?
Did God ask too much, More than a lot
You got your freedom,, Is that all you got?
We're one tribe, But we're not the same
We serve Ha-Shem, Then we do it again!

God says: Build yourselves a temple!
Love the higher law
Build yourselves a temple, Love the higher law
He asks us to enter, But then we want to crawl
And we can't be holding on, 
To what you got, If all you got is yours

One God, One blood, One tribe
You got to do what you should, One life, With each other, Sisters Brothers

One life, But we're not the same, 
We get to carry each other
Carry each other... One.

Motzi-Matzah

Take the 3 matzot - the broken piece between the two whole ones – hold them in your hand and recite the following blessing:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם הַמּוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, hamotzi lechem min ha-aretz.

Praised are you, Adonai, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who provides sustenance from the earth.

Before eating the matzah, put the bottom matzah back in its place and continue, reciting the following blessing while holding only the top and middle piece of matzah.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל אֲכִילַת מַצָּה.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu al achilat matzah.

Praised are you, Adonai, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who has taught us the way of holiness through commandments, commanding us to eat matzah.

Break the top and middle matzot into pieces and distribute them everyone at the table to eat a while reclining to the left.

Maror

Maror מָרוֹר -  Now dip some maror into the charoset, but not so much that the bitter taste is neutralized. Recite the following blessing and then eat the maror (without reclining):

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל אֲכִילַת מָרוֹר.

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu al achilat maror.

Praised are you, Adonai, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who has taught us the way of holiness through commandments, commanding us to eat the bitter herb.

Korech כּוֹרֵךְ

Make a "Hillel sandwich" of matzah, maror, and charoset.  This way reminds us of how, in the days of the Temple, Hillel would make a sandwich of the Pashal lamb, matzah and maror, in order to observe the law “You shall eat it (the Pesach sacrifice) on matzah and maror.”

Tzafun
Source : Dr. Ron Wolfson

(This has worked amazingly well at every Seder I've ever done, since it was first taught to me by Prof. Ron Wolfson.)

Preparation Before the Seder: Decide ahead of time where the Afikomen will be hidden. Choose a location outside of the search zone. (E.g. "refrigerator".) Make sure the name of the location is not too short: you want a long name like "Refrigerator" or "File Cabinet" or "Linen Closet" so that the number of letters is almost the same as the expected number of participants.) Take a deck of identical index cards, and on each one write a single letter of the location. (E.g. On one write "R" and on one write "E" and on one write "F" and keep going.) Make sure for letters like "p" and "b" that you indicate what is the top and what is the bottom so there's no confusion as to what letter it is. Keep a blank index card in your pocket. Pick a search zone. (E.g. living room, den and bathroom.) Hide each index card somewhere in the search zone. Make sure to make some kid-friendly for finding.

At the Seder: Quietly disappear at some point and hide the Afikomen in the previously decided location. Make sure it's outside the search zone and that no one will accidentally find it.

Instructions to Participants: Show the hunt participants the blank index card from your pocket, and explain that you've hidden these cards, with a letter on each, in the search zone. Make sure to tell them exactly how many there are! (So in our example, R-E-F-R-I-G-E-R-A-T-O-R, it will be 12. For a location like "File Cabinet," it's 11.) If they find a card, they are to return to you and put the card on the floor and start trying to spell out the name of the location. It's one card maximum per person, so they may not return to the search zone to find more. (This way even the youngest children can get a chance to find one.)

During the Hunt: As hunters return with cards, they all together try to spell out the name using the cards. It's a team cooperative activity. (You may have to go help, with hints, the last ones unable to find a card find the final remaining cards.) Once they spell out the name correctly (you may have to give hints, like "it's two words: the first starts with F and the second starts with C..."), they can go fetch the afikomen. At that point, be prepared to give ALL of them a prize. I have successfully used glow necklaces, chocolate covered matzah, or individually wrapped, small fair-trade KP chocolates.

Divide up the Afikomen and everyone eats a bite!

Bareich

Pour the third cup of wine and recite Birkat Hamazon (Blessing after the Meal).

שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת:בְּשׁוּב יהוה אֶת־שִׁיבַת צִיּוֹן הָיִ֫ינוּ כְּחֹלְמִים. אָז יִמָּלֵא שְׂחוֹק פִּינוּ וּלְשׁוֹנֵנוּ רִנָּה, אָז יֹאמְרוּ בַגּוֹיִם, הִגְדִּיל יְיָ לַעֲשׂוֹת עִם אֵלֶּה. הִגְדִּיל יְיָ לַעֲשׂוֹת עִמָּנוּ, הָיִינוּ שְׂמֵחִים. שׁוּבָה יְיָ אֶת שְׁבִיתֵנוּ, כַּאֲפִיקִים בַּנֶּגֶב. הַזֹּרְעִים בְּדִמְעָה בְּרִנָּה יִקְצֹרוּ. הָלוֹךְ יֵלֵךְ וּבָכֹה נֹשֵׂא מֶשֶׁךְ הַזָּרַע, בֹּא יָבֹא בְרִנָּה נֹשֵׂא אֲלֻמֹּתָיו.

Shir Hama’alot, b’shuv Adonai et shee-vat Tzion, ha-yeenu k’chol meem. Az y’ma-lei s’chok pee-nu u’l-sho-nei-nu reena, az yo-m’ru va-goyim, heeg-deel Adonai la-asot eem eleh. Heeg-deel Adonai la-asot eemanu, ha-yee-nu s’mei-cheem. Shuva Adonai et sh’vee-tei-nu, ka-afee-keem ba-negev. Ha-zor-eem b’deem-ah b’reena yeek-tzo-ru. Ha-loch yei-lech u-va-cho no-sei me-shech hazara, bo yavo v’reena, no-sei alu-mo-tav.

When the Lord returns us from exile back to Zion, it will be as though in a dream. We will laugh and sing with joy. It shall be said around the world: “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord did great things for us, and we shall rejoice. God, restore our fortunes. We shall be like streams in the Negev. Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. Though the farmer bears the measure of seed to the field in sadness, he shall come home with joy, bearing his sheaves.

Leader: רַבּוֹתַי נְבָרֵךְ. Rabotai n’vareich.

Participants: יְהִי שֵׁם יְיָ מְבֹרָךְ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם. Y’hee sheim Adonai m’vo-rach mei-atah v’ad olam.

Leader: יְהִי שֵׁם יְיָ מְבֹרָךְ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם. בִּרְשׁוּת מָרָנָן וְרַבָּנָן וְרַבּוֹתַי נְבָרֵך (אֱלֹהֵינוּ) שֶׁאָכַלְנוּ מִשֶּׁלוֹ.

Y’hee sheim Adonai m’vorach mei-atah v’ad olam. Beer-shut maranan v’rabanan v’rabotai, n’vareich (Eloheinu) she’achalnu mee-shelo.

Participants: בָּרוּךְ (אֱלֹהֵינוּ) שֶׁאָכַלְנוּ מִשֶּׁלוֹ וּבְטוּבוֹ חָיִּינוּ. Baruch (Eloheinu) she’achalnu mishelo uv’tuvo chayinu.

Leader: בָּרוּךְ (אֱלֹהֵינוּ) שֶׁאָכַלְנוּ מִשֶּׁלוֹ וּבְטוּבוֹ חָיִּינוּ. Baruch (Eloheinu) she’achalnu mishelo uv’tuvo chayinu.

All together: בָּרוּךְ הוּא וּבָרוּך שְׁמוֹ. Baruch hu u-varuch sh’mo.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, הַזָּן אֶת הָעוֹלָם כֻּלּוֹ בְּטוּבוֹ בְּחֵן בְּחֶסֶד וּבְרַחֲמִים הוּא נוֹתֵן לֶחֶם לְכָל בָּשָׂר, כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ. וּבְטוּבוֹ הַגָּדוֹל תָּמִיד לֹא חָסַר לָנוּ וְאַל יֶחְסַר לָנוּ מָזוֹן לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד. בַּעֲבוּר שְׁמוֹ הַגָּדוֹל כִּי הוּא אֵל זָן וּמְפַרְנֵס לַכֹּל וּמֵטִיב לַכֹּל וּמֵכִין מָזוֹן לְכָל בְּרִיּוֹתָיו אֲשֶׁר בָּרָא. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, הַזָּן אֶת הַכֹּל.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, hazan et ha-olam kulo b’tuvo, b’chein b’chesed uv-rachamim, hu noten lechem l’chol basar, ki l’olam chasdo, uv-tuvo hagadol, tamid lo chasar lanu v’al yechsar lanu mazon l’olam va’ed. Ba-avur sh’mo hagadol, ki hu Eil zan um’farneis lakol, u-meitiv lakol u-meichin mazon l’chol-b’riyotav asher bara. Baruch atah Adonai, hazan et hakol.

Praised are you, Adonai, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who nourishes the whole world. Your kindness endures forever. May we never be in want of sustenance. God sustains us all, doing good to all, and providing food for all creation. Praised are you, Adonai, who sustains all.

נוֹדֶה לְךָ יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ עַל שֶׁהִנְחַלְתָּ לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ אֶרֶץ חֶמְדָּה טוֹבָה וּרְחָבָה, וְעַל שֶׁהוֹצֵאתָנוּ יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם וּפְדִיתָנוּ מִבֵּית עֲבָדִים, וְעַל בְּרִיתְךָ שֶׁחָתַמְתָּ בִּבְשָׂרֵנוּ, וְעַל תּוֹרָתְךָ שֶׁלִמַּדְתָּנוּ, וְעַל חֻקֶּיךָ שֶׁהוֹדַעְתָּנוּ, וְעַל חַיִּים חֵן וָחֶסֶד שֶׁחוֹנַנְתָּנוּ, וְעַל אֲכִילַת מָזוֹן שָׁאַתָּה זָן וּמְפַרְנֵס אוֹתָנוּ תָּמִיד בְּכָל יוֹם וּבְכָל עֵת וּבְכָל שָׁעָה.

We thank you, Adonai, Lord our God, for having given a beautiful, good, and spacious land; for having taken us out from the land of Egypt and redeemed us from the house of slavery; for Your covenant which You sealed in our flesh; for Your Torah which You taught us; for the life, grace and kindness You have granted us; and for the food with which You always sustain us.

וְעַל הַכֹּל יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ אֲנַחְנוּ מוֹדִים לָךְ וּמְבָרְכִים אוֹתָךְ יִתְבָּרַךְ שִׁמְךָ בְּפִי כָל חַי תָּמִיד לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד. כַּכָּתוּב, וְאָכַלְתָּ וְשָׂבָעְתָּ וּבֵרַכְתָּ אֶת יְיָ אֱלֹהֶיךָ עַל הָאָרֶץ הַטֹּבָה אֲשֶׁר נָתַן לָךְ. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, עַל הָאָרֶץ וְעַל הַמָּזוֹן.

​וּבְנֵה יְרוּשָׁלַיִם עִיר הַקֹּדֶשׁ בִּמְהֵרָה בְיָמֵינוּ. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, בּוֹנֵה בְרַחֲמָיו יְרוּשָׁלָיִם. אָמֵן.

Uv’nei Y’rushalayim ir hakodesh bimheira v’yameinu. Baruch atah Adonai, boneh v’rachamav Y’rushalayim. Amein.

The Blessing after the Meal concludes by drinking the Third Cup of wine, while reclining to the left.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָפֶן.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, borei p'ri hagafen.

Praised are you, Adonai, Lord of the universe, who has created the fruit of the vine.

Bareich

THE CUPS OF ELIYAHU AND MIRIAM

Fill the Cup of Elijah on the table with wine and the Cup of Miriam with water. Traditionally the youngest children open the door for Elijah. Everyone joins in singing "Eliyahu Ha-Navi" and then the door is closed.

Eliyahu Ha-navee, Eliyahu Ha-tish-bee, Eliyahu, Eliyahu, Eliyahu Ha-giladee

Bim Heira B’yameinu Yavo eileinu, Eem mashiah ben David, Eem mashiah ben David

Eliyahu Ha-navee, Eliyahu Ha-tish-bee, Eliyahu, Eliyahu, Eliyahu Ha-giladee

Hallel

Betzeit yisrael mimitzrayim,    בְּצֵאת יִשְׂרָאֵל מִמִּצְרָיִם
beit Ya'akov meam loez.    בֵּית יַעֲקֹב מֵעַם לֹעֵז.

Betzeit yisrael mimitzrayim,    בְּצֵאת יִשְׂרָאֵל מִמִּצְרָיִם
beit Ya'akov meam loez.    בֵּית יַעֲקֹב מֵעַם לֹעֵז.
Haytah (haytah) yehudah lekodsho   הָיְתָה יְהוּדָה לְקָדְשׁוֹ
Yisrael mamshelotav.  יִשְׂרָאֵל מַמְשְׁלוֹתָיו.

Hayam (hayam) ra'ah vayanos,   הַיָּם רָאָה וַיָּנֹס
hayarden yisov leachor.   הַיַּרְדֵּן יִסֹּב לְאָחוֹר.
Heharim rakedu cheilim,   הֶהָרִים רָקְדוּ כְאֵילִים
gevaot kivnei tzon.    גְּבָעוֹת כִּבְנֵי צֹאן.

Mah lecha hayam (mah lecha hayam) ki tanus (ki tanus),  מַה לְּךָ הַיָּם כִּי תָנוּס
hayarden (hayarden) tisov leachor (lisov leachor).   הַיַּרְדֵּן תִּסֹּב לְאָחוֹר.
Heharim (heharim) tirkedu cheilim (tirkedu cheilim),  הֶהָרִים תִּרְקְדוּ כְאֵילִים
gevaot (gevaot) kivnei tzon (kivnei tzon).  גְּבָעוֹת כִּבְנֵי צֹאן.

Milifnei adon (milifnei adon) chuli aretz (chuli aretz),  מִלִּפְנֵי אָדוֹן חוּלִי אָרֶץ
Mlifnei (milifnei) eloah ya'akov (eloah ya'akov).  מִלִּפְנֵי אֱלוֹהַּ יַעֲקֹב.
Hahofechi hatzur (hahofechi hatzur) agam mayim (agam mayim), הַהֹפְכִי הַצּוּר אֲגַם מָיִם
Chalamish (chalamish) lemayeno mayim (lemayeno mayim).  חַלָּמִישׁ לְמַעְיְנוֹ מָיִם.

When Israel came forth out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;​
Judah​ became God's sanctuary​, Israel God's dominion.​
The sea saw it, and fled; the Jordan turned backward.​
The mountains​​ skipped like rams, the hills like young sheep.
What has come upon you, the sea, that you flee? The Jordan, that you turn backward?​
The mountains​​, that you skip like rams; the hills, like young sheep?
Tremb​le, earth, at the presence of the Master, at the presence of the God of Jacob;
Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

Hallel
Source : Dr. Neil Alexander

The Fourth Cup of Wine

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָפֶן.

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam, borei p’ri hagafen.

I Felt It Through The Pesach Wine

(Music: I Heard it through the Grapevine; altered lyrics by Neil Alexander- parentheses indicate background voices)

Ooh, I bet you're wondrin' how I knew, the four questions and the answer, too.
I can't believe all the matzah I bought, for the next few days, my bowels won't move a lot.
It took me by surprise, I must say (I must say). The seder lasted till the very next day (very next day).
Don't you know, I felt it through the pesach wine. My body's startin' to recline.
Ooh, you drink four cups of wine. And I'm just about to lose my mind! Honey, honey, yeh.
(Can you tell me how much longer till we eat the matzah, yeh, yeh, yeh, yeh) x2
I know you wash and then you dip the chive. Hide the Afikoman, give the kids some jive.
That poor Pharaoh, he don't care. Got frogs and vermin in his underwear!
You could have told me about the chrain (about the chrain), made me gag but now my sinuses drain (sinuses drain).
Don't you know, I felt it through the Pesach wine. I'm gettin farshikert before its time.
Ooh, you drink full cups of wine. And I'm just about to lose my mind! Honey, honey, yeh.
(Can you tell me how much longer till we eat our dinner, yeh, yeh, yeh, yeh) x 2
People say your charoset is sure lookin' fine.  And Janice, your soup is simply divine!
But my kmish bread's crusty and old, my matzo ball's sinking to the bottom of the bowl.
Do you plan to bench and bench and sing (bench and sing), or ya gonna blow off everything (everything)!
Instead, I felt it through the pesach wine. I'm gettin' sleepy but I'm feelin' fine 
Ooh, I've had 4 cups of wine. and I'm just about to lose my mind! Honey, honey, yeh.....
(Can you tell me how much longer till we see Elijah, yeh, yeh, yeh, yeh)
(Can you tell me how much longer till we daven Hallel, yeh, yeh, yeh, yeh)
(Can you tell me how much longer till we sing Chad Gadya, yeh, yeh, yeh, yeh)
Honey, honey, I know....that it's going too slow...
[unison at end] So I felt it thru the pesach wine.

Hallel
Source : Sony/ATV and Google Music

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Now, I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do ya?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah, 

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the hallelujah

Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah, 

You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to ya?
There's a blaze of light in every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken hallelujah

Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah, 

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool ya
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the lord of song
With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah,

Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah, 
Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah, 
Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah 

Nirtzah
Source : Matisyahu

Jerusalem (Matisyahu, Slow Acoustic Version)

Jerusalem, if I forget you, Fire not gonna come from me tongue
Jerusalem, if I forget you, Let my right hand forget what it's supposed to do

Jerusalem, if I forget you, Fire not gonna come from me tongue
Jerusalem, if I forget you, Let my right hand forget what it's supposed to do

In the ancient days, we will return with no delay, Picking up the bounty and the spoils on our way
We've been traveling from state to state, And them don't understand what they say
Three thousand years with no place to be, They want me to give up my milk and honey
Don't you see, it's not about the land or the sea, Not the country but the dwelling of God's majesty

Jerusalem, if I forget you, Fire not gonna come from me tongue
Jerusalem, if I forget you, Let my right hand forget what it's supposed to do

Jerusalem, if I forget you, Fire not gonna come from me tongue
Jerusalem, if I forget you, Let my right hand forget what it's supposed to do

Rebuild the temple and the crown of glory, Years gone by, about sixty
We were burned in the oven in this century, And the gas tried to choke, but it couldn't choke me

Will not lie down, I will not fall asleep, So they come overseas, yeah they're trying to be free
Erase the demons out of our memory, Change your name and your identity

Afraid of the past and our dark history, Why is everybody always chasing we?
Cut off the roots from your family tree, Don't you know that's not the way to be!

Jerusalem, if I forget you, Fire not gonna come from me tongue
Jerusalem, if I forget you, Let my right hand forget what it's supposed to do!

Jerusalem, if I forget you, Fire not gonna come from me tongue
Jerusalem, if I forget you, Let my right hand forget what it's supposed to do

Caught up in these ways, and the worlds gone craze
Don't you know it's just a phase
Case of the Simon says
If I forget the truth then my words won't penetrate
Babylon burning in the place, can't see through the haze
Chop down all of them dirty ways,
That's the price that you pay for selling lies to the youth
No way, not OK, oh no way, not ok, hey
Ain't no one gonna break my stride
Ain't no one gonna pull me down
Oh no, I got to keep on moving

Jerusalem, if I forget you, Fire not gonna come from me tongue
Jerusalem, if I forget you, Let my right hand forget what it's supposed to do

Jerusalem, if I forget you....

לְשָׁנָה הַבָּאָה בִּירוּשָׁלָֽיִם      NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM!

  L’shana haba-ah L’shana haba-ah  L’shana haba-ah biy’rushalayim! (repeat!)

Songs
Ki Lo Naeh

Ki lo na’eh, ki lo ya’eh.

Adir bimlucha, bachur kahalcha, g’dudav yomru lo: l’cha u’l’cha, l’cha ki l’cha, l’cha af l’cha, l’cha Adonai hamamlachah, Ki lo na’eh, ki lo ya’eh.

Dagul bimluchah, hadur kahalachah, vatikav yom’ru lo: l’cha u’l’cha, l’cha ki l’cha, l’cha af l’cha, l’cha Adonai hamamlachah, Ki lo na’eh, ki lo ya’eh.

Zakai bimluchah, chasin kahalachah taf’srav yom’ru lo: l’cha u’l’cha, l’cha ki l’cha, l’cha af l’cha, l’cha Adonai hamamlachah, Ki lo na’eh, ki lo ya’eh.

 

Yachid bimluchah, kabir kahalachah limudav yom’ru lo: l’cha u’l’cha, l’cha ki l’cha, l’cha af l’cha, l’cha Adonai hamamlachah, Ki lo na’eh, ki lo ya’eh.

Moshail bimluchah, nora kahalachah savivav yom’ru lo: l’cha u’l’cha, l’cha ki l’cha, l’cha af l’cha, l’cha Adonai hamamlachah, Ki lo na’eh, ki lo ya’eh.

Anav bimluchah, podeh kahalachah, tzadikav yom’ru lo: l’cha u’l’cha, l’cha ki l’cha, l’cha af l’cha, l’cha Adonai hamamlachah, Ki lo na’eh, ki lo ya’eh.

Kadosh bimluchah, rachum kahalachah shinanav yom’ru lo: l’cha u’l’cha, l’cha ki l’cha, l’cha af l’cha, l’cha Adonai hamamlachah, Ki lo na’eh, ki lo ya’eh.

Takif bimluchah, tomaich kahalachah t’mimav yom’ru lo: l’cha u’l’cha, l’cha ki l’cha, l’cha af l’cha, l’cha Adonai hamamlachah, Ki lo na’eh, ki lo ya’eh.

Because it is proper for Him, because it befits Him. Mighty in sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty, rightly select. His minions say to Him: “Yours and Yours, Yours because it is Yours, Yours and only Yours— Yours, Adonai, is sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty!” Exalted in sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty, rightly glorious.​ His faithful ones say to Him: “Yours and Yours, Yours because it is Yours, Yours and only Yours— Yours, Adonai, is sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty!” Blameless​ in sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty, rightly powerful.​ His generals say to Him: “Yours and Yours, Yours because it is Yours, Yours and only Yours— Yours, Adonai, is sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty!” Singular in sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty, rightly strong. His learned ones say to Him: “Yours and Yours, Yours because it is Yours, Yours and only Yours— Yours, Adonai, is sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty!” Exalted in sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty, rightly awesome. Those who surround Him say to Him: “Yours and Yours, Yours because it is Yours, Yours and only Yours— Yours, Adonai, is sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty!” Humble in sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty, rightly saving. His righteous​ ones say to Him: “Yours and Yours, Yours because it is Yours, Yours and only Yours— Yours, Adonai, is sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty!” Holy in sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty, rightly merciful.​ His multitude​s say to Him: “Yours and Yours, Yours because it is Yours, Yours and only Yours— Yours, Adonai, is sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty!” Strong in sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty, rightly supportiv​e. His perfect ones say to Him: “Yours and Yours, Yours because it is Yours, Yours and only Yours— Yours, Adonai, is sovereign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ty!”

Songs

As the music pauses for the animal sounds, everybody make those animal sounds!  [Alternatively, you can assign various participants the roles of goat, cat, dog, stick, fire, water, ox, butcher, and angel of death. Every time it's mentioned, they have to make the sound! (Baaa, meow...).] 

Along came the kid [ baaa] that my father bought for two zuzim, chad gadya, chad gadya!

Then along came the cat [ meow !] that ate the goat [ baaa !], that my father  bought for two zuzim, chad gadya, chad gadya!
Then along came the dog [ woof !] that bit the cat [ meow!] that ate the goat [ baaa !], that my father  bought for two zuzim, chad gadya, chad gadya!
Then along came the stick [ snap !] that beat the dog [ woof!] that bit the cat [ meow!] that ate the goat [ baaa !], that my father  bought for two zuzim, chad gadya, chad gadya!
Then along came the fire [fire sound ] that burned the stick  [ snap !] that beat the dog [ woof!] that bit the cat [ meow!] that ate the goat [ baaa !], that my father  bought for two zuzim, chad gadya, chad gadya!
Then along came the water [ water sound ] that quenched the fire  [fire sound ] that burned the stick  [ snap !] that beat the dog [ woof!] that bit the cat [ meow!] that ate the goat [ baaa !], that my father  bought for two zuzim, chad gadya, chad gadya!
Then along came the that ox [ ox sound ] that drank the water  [ water sound ] that quenched the fire  [fire sound ] that burned the stick  [ snap !] that beat the dog [ woof!] that bit the cat [ meow!] that ate the goat [ baaa !], that my father  bought for two zuzim, chad gadya, chad gadya!
Then along came the butcher [ sound ] that slew the ox  [ ox sound ] that drank the water  [ water sound ] that quenched the fire  [fire sound ] that burned the stick  [ snap !] that beat the dog [ woof!] that bit the cat [ meow!] that ate the goat [ baaa !], that my father  bought for two zuzim, chad gadya, chad gadya!
Then along came the Angel of Death [ sound ] that killed the butcher [ sound ] that slew the ox  [ ox sound ] that drank the water  [ water sound ] that quenched the fire  [fire sound ] that burned the stick  [ snap !] that beat the dog [ woof!] that bit the cat [ meow!] that ate the goat [ baaa !], that my father  bought for two zuzim, chad gadya, chad gadya!
Then along came the Holy One and smote the Angel of Death  [ sound ] that killed the butcher [ sound ] that slew the ox  [ ox sound ] that drank the water  [ water sound ] that quenched the fire  [fire sound ] that burned the stick  [ snap !] that beat the dog [ woof!] that bit the cat [ meow!] that ate the goat [ baaa !], that my father  bought for two zuzim, chad gadya, chad gadya!