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Introduction

As Jews we recognize the beginning of a new day at sunset with lighting of the candles. Tonight, as we light the candles we leave the ordinary routine of our daily life and enter this special celebration of our ancestors and the freedoms we enjoy today.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה, יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ, מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֺלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֺתָּיו, וְצִוָֽנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל יוֹם טוֹב

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha'olam asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav, v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Yom Tov.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Creator of the Universe,
who has sanctified us with laws and commanded us to celebrate the creation of lights.

Introduction
It is one of life's joys that each year Jews celebrate the holiday of Pesach -

its message of freedom - its response to suffering - its hope for renewed life.

United with family and dear friends, Jews celebrate the holiday of Pesach -

with gratitude for blessings - for love - for freedom.

Kadesh
Source : Original

The Four Cups of Wine:

Traditionally each cup is linked to a promise made by God in these verses:

So say to the children of Israel: I am Adonai, and I will take  you out of the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments; and I will take you to Me as a people, and I will be to you a God; and you will know that I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the burdens of the Egyptians.(Exodus 6 :6-7)

לָכֵן אֱמֹר לִבְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, אֲנִי יְהוָה, וְהוֹצֵאתִי אֶתְכֶם מִתַּחַת סִבְלֹת  מִצְרַיִם, וְהִצַּלְתִּי אֶתְכֶם מֵעֲבֹדָתָם; וְגָאַלְתִּי אֶתְכֶם בִּזְרוֹעַ נְטוּיָה, וּבִשְׁפָטִים גְּדֹלִים  וְלָקַחְתִּי אֶתְכֶם לִי לְעָם, וְהָיִיתִי לָכֶם לֵאלֹהִים; וִידַעְתֶּם, כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, הַמּוֹצִיא אֶתְכֶם, מִתַּחַת סִבְלוֹת מִצְרָיִם.

These verses contain four phrases describing liberation:

v'hotzeti, וְהוֹצֵאתִי I will take you out

v'hetsalti,  וְהִצַּלְתִּי, I will deliver you

v'ga'alti, וְגָאַלְתִּי , I will redeem you

v'lakakhti, וְלָקַחְתִּי, I will take you to me

FDR's Four Freedoms

The four cups can also be associated with the Four Freedoms  first articulated by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 6, 1941, which were an inspiration for were Universal Declaration of Human Rights and were explicitly incorporated into its preamble. 

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression--everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in their own way--everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want--which, translated into universal terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants--everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear--which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor--anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb. 

(President Franklin Roosevelt, adaptation and commentary by A. Mendelsohn)

 

Kadesh
Source : Traditional Haggadah Text

The following Seder is for a weeknight. (On Shabbat we add the words in parentheses)

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.

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

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר בָּחַר בָּנוּ מִכָּל עָם וְרוֹמְמָנוּ מִכָּל לָשׁוֹן וְקִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו. וַתִּתֶּן לָנוּ יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ בְּאַהֲבָה (שַׁבָּתוֹת לִמְנוּחָה וּ) מוֹעֲדִים לְשִׂמְחָה, חַגִּים וּזְמַנִּים לְשָׂשׂוֹן, אֶת יוֹם (הַשַׁבָּת הַזֶה וְאֶת יוֹם) חַג הַמַצוֹת הַזֶה, זְמַן חֵרוּתֵנוּ (בְּאַהֲבָה), מִקְרָא קֹדֶשׁ, זֵכֶר לִיצִיאַת מִצְרָיִם. כִּי בָנוּ בָחַרְתָּ וְאוֹתָנוּ קִדַּשְׁתָּ מִכָּל הָעַמִּים, (וְשַׁבָּת) וּמוֹעֲדֵי קָדְשֶךָ (בְּאַהֲבָה וּבְרָצוֹן,) בְּשִׂמְחָה וּבְשָׂשׂוֹן הִנְחַלְתָּנוּ. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי, מְקַדֵּשׁ (הַשַׁבָּת וְ) יִשְׂרָאֵל וְהַזְּמַנִּים.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam, asher bachar banu mikol’am, v'rom'manu mikol-lashon, v'kid'shanu b'mitzvotav, vatiten-lanu Adonai Eloheinu b'ahavah (shabatot limnuchah u) moadim l'simchah, chagim uz'manim l'sason et-yom (hashabat hazeh v'et-yom) chag hamatzot hazeh. Z'man cheiruteinu, (b'ahavah,) mikra kodesh, zeicher litziat mitzrayim. Ki vanu vacharta v'otanu kidashta mikol ha’amim. (v'shabat) umo’adei kod’shecha (b'ahavah uv'ratzon) b'simchah uv'sason hinchaltanu. Baruch atah Adonai, m'kadeish (h’shabbat v') Yisrael v'hazmanim.

Praised are you, Adonai, Lord our God, Ruler 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, this [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. Praised are you, Adonai, Who sanctifies [Shabbat], Israel and the festivals.

On Saturday night include the following section:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא מְאוֹרֵי הָאֵשׁ. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם הַמַבְדִיל בֵּין קֹדֶשׁ לְחֹל, ין אוֹר לְחשֶׁךְ, בֵּין יִשְׂרָאֵל לָעַמִּים, בֵּין יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי לְשֵׁשֶׁת יְמֵי הַמַּעֲשֶׂה. בֵּין קְדֻשַּׁת שַׁבָּת לִקְדֻשַּׁת יוֹם טוֹב הִבְדַּלְתָּ, וְאֶת יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי מִשֵּׁשֶׁת יְמֵי הַמַּעֲשֶׂה קִדַּשְׁתָּ. הִבְדַּלְתָּ וְקִדַּשְׁתָּ אֶת עַמְּךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל בִּקְדֻשָּׁתֶךָ. ,בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי הַמַּבְדִיל בֵּין קֹדֶשׁ לְקֹדֶשׁ

( Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, borei m'orei ha-eish.

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.)

(Praised are You Adonai our God Lord of the universe who created the lights of fire.

Praised are you, Adonai, Lord our God, Ruler 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. Praised are you, Adonai, who distinguishes between degrees of sanctity.)

Say this Shehechiyanu blessing the first Seder night only:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶה

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam,
she’hecheyanu v'ki'manu v'higi-anu laz'man hazeh.

Praised are you, Adonai, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe,
who has sustained us, maintained us and enabled us to reach this moment in life.

Urchatz
Source : Original

Ritual hand-washing in preparation for the seder |  urchatz  | וּרְחַץ 

OThis is a moment to cleanse and refresh, so that we can begin the seder intentionally.

Pause, take a deep breath, and center yourself in this present moment.

Before you wash your hands, reflect on whatever may be distracting you and keeping you from being fully present.

As you wash your hands, imagine washing away that distraction, leaving your mind clear to engage fully in tonight's ritual.

 
Karpas
by Debra
Source : Telling the Story: A Passover Haggadah Explained

In ancient times our people were farmers and shepherds. In this festive season, we are meant to feel a connection with the food we eat from the land and to remember that we are surrounded by blessings and miracles no less majestic than those our ancestors witnessed thousands of years ago. Spring reminds us that we are again given a chance for renewal; a new chance to create peace and goodness in our world. We dip karpas - greens - to symbolize this renewal. The salt water symbolizes the bitter tears shed by our ancestors in slavery

Each person takes greens, dips them in salt water and recites the following:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה                                                     

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, borei p'ri ha-adamah.

We praise You, Adonai, Sovereign of Life, Who creates the fruit of the earth.

Eat the Karpas.

Yachatz
Source : A Way In Jewish Mindfulness Program

A WAY IN Jewish Mindfulness Program

Haggadah Supplement

MATZAH

Bread of Affliction, Bread of Hope and Possibility

Ha lachma anya— This is the bread of affliction our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt.

As we go through the seder, the matzah will be transformed. It will cease to be the bread of affliction and it will become the bread of hope, courage, faith and possibility.

And it begins with a breaking.

YACHATZ: Breaking the Matzah

Reader:

Each person is invited to hold a piece of matzah, to mindfully feel its weight, notice its color, its shape and texture.

Resting the matzah on our open palms, we remember that the Passover story teaches that oppression and suffering result from fear and the unwillingness to open one’s heart to the pain and the experiences of others.

It was fear that brought about the enslavement of the Israelites and it was the hardening of the heart that kept the Israelites, the Egyptians and the Pharaoh in bondage. From fear and a hardened heart came violence, anguish and grief.

One person lifts the plate of three matzot. We all take a moment of silence and then call out the beginning of the prayer:

Ha lachma anya – This is the bread of affliction our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt.

We return to silence and each raise up a piece of matzah.

We maintain silence while all, at the same time, break our matzot in half.

We listen to the sound of the bread of affliction cracking open.

As we hold the two pieces in our hands we set an intention to break open and soften our hearts:

All:

May our eyes be open to each other’s pain.

May our ears be open to each other’s cries.

May we live with greater awareness.

May we practice greater forgiveness.

And may we go forward as free people—able to respond to ourselves and each other with compassion, wonderment, appreciation and love.

We place the matzah back on the plate and continue the prayer:

Let all who are hungry come and eat.

Let all who are in need join us in this Festival of Liberation.

May each of us, may all of us, find our homes.

May each of us, may all of us, be free.

II. Later in the seder, after we have told the story, we say the blessing over the matzah and prepare to eat it for the first time. We take a moment and acknowledge our capacity for healing and love:

Reader:

Every time we make a decision not to harden our hearts to our own pain or to the pain of others, we step toward freedom.

Every time we are able to act with compassion rather than anger, we stop the flow of violence.

And each moment we find the strength and courage to see ourselves in each other, we open possibilities for healing and peace.

This is the bread that we bless and share.

All:

May all who are hungry come and eat.

May all who are in need join together in this Festival of Freedom.

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Maggid - Beginning
Source : www.rabbijosh.com

Yom Kippur is a deeply personal holiday in many respects. It is the day when we each, individually, account for our actions and renew our relationship with God. It has a national aspect as well, but this is in large measure subordinated to the personal—this despite the fact that the holiday is generally observed in large communal settings, most notably synagogue. Passover, by contrast, is our national holiday. While there is an important individual aspect to it, the thrust of the holiday is national renewal and remembrance of the national narrative. In contrast to Yom Kippur, Passover is observed primarily in the home, not in the synagogue.

Whereas the Yom Kippur ritual is fixed and essentially unchanging from year to year, the Seder invites and encourages play and change within its structure. The Kohen Gadol performed the same ritual year after year in the ancient Temple, and we read the same words about his activities year after year. But the Haggadah of the Seder is reprinted with new commentaries, new midrash, new ideas every year, and no two seders ever look the same.

The Mishnah draws a further comparison between the two holidays in analyzing the preparation undertaken for each:

We do not worry that a mouse may have dragged hametz from house to house or from place to place, for if we did, we would have to worry that hametz had been dragged from courtyard to courtyard or from city to city, and there would be no end to the matter. (Mishnah Pesachim 1:2)

Seven days before Yom Kippur they would take the High Priest from his house to the Palhedrin Chamber. They would appoint another priest to act in his stead in case he became unfit to perform the service. Rabbi Yehudah says: They would even appoint another wife for him, in case his wife died, since the Torah says, “And he will atone for himself and his household” (Lev. 16). His wife is his household. The Sages replied, “If so, there would be no end to the matter.”

The discussion of the Rabbis in both these cases elaborates on one of the challenges common to both Pesach and Yom Kippur: the yearning for finality and the insecurity of uncertainty. Despite all our cleaning, despite all our preparations, nothing is static—hametz could land on our doorstep as we begin the seder, something could happen to the High Priest’s wife as he enters the Holy of Holies. These things are beyond our control, and yet we worry lest they happen. The position of Rabbi Yehudah, and the unspoken position rebutted by the Mishnah in Pesachim, give voice to these doubts and uncertainties: batten down the hatches, take every possible precaution, you can never be too prepared. But then the voice of reality sets in, and the Sages rule: If so, there would be no end to the matter.

We are likely not worried about mice, and we are not concerned today that something might happen to the High Priests. Yet our insecurities remain: Did we clean enough? Did we ask for forgiveness from everyone whom we wronged? We can always do more. Yet the Torah responds to human needs on human scale: At a certain point, we have to say enough is enough. At Yom Kippur, that exercise is known as accepting forgiveness, truly believing that God has granted selicha and mechila. At Pesach, it comes in the form of bitul: on the morning before Passover, we relinquish ownership of all our hametz, such that, as Maimonides says, we could see a loaf of bread on our dining room table and have no thought that it belongs to us.

Yom Kippur and Pesach are two moments of our most intense encounters with the Jewish calendar, when we are challenged to find the point of integration between ourselves and the larger covenantal community of the Jewish people throughout space and time—a community that includes Jews throughout the ages and the God who took us out of Egypt and forgives us year after year. Each holiday emphasizes a different dimension of this process, but the endpoint in both is renewal and temimut, integrity.

Maggid - Beginning
Source : Traditional

Maggid – Beginning

מגיד

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. Kol deechfeen yeitei v'yeichol, kol deetzreech yeitei v'yeefsach. Hashata hacha, l'shanah haba-ah b'ara d'yisra-el. Hashata avdei, l'shanah haba-ah b'nei choreen.

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.

Refill the wine cups, but don’t drink yet.

-- 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
Source : National Center for Jewish Healing, Holiday Resource Sampler, Volume 1: Passover

Why Is This Night Different?

Each one of us is obligated to consider ourselves as coming out of Egypt. Here are some questions for our individual journey of liberation....

- What in my life do I experience as "Egypt" this year?

- In what ways have I been set free?

- Mitzrayim, the Hebrew word for Egypt, means a "narrow place." How could my "narrow place" function as a place for growth?

- In what ways could I confront and express my powerlessness?

What specific practical actions can I take?

What outside my control can I trust to liberate myself?

If I created three personal symbols from my own story which parallel those of the seder - the paschal lamb, matza, and the bitter herb -what would they be?

What is my prayer as I take the steps in my journey of liberation?

 

From "The Outstretched Arm", Volume 2: Issue 1, Spring, 1999

-- Four Children
Source : Adapted from Peace and Justice Haggadah
My Angry Self – Violent and oppressive things are happening to me, the people I love and people I don’t even know. Why can’t we make the people in power hurt the way we are all hurting?

Expressing our anger, releasing our anger, knowing and claiming our anger is an important step in the process of liberation, but hatred and violence can never overcome hatred and violence. Only love and compassion can transform our world. 

My Ashamed Self – I’m so ashamed of what people are doing that I have no way of dealing with it!

We acknowledge our feelings of guilt, shame and disappointment in order to not be paralyzed by these strong emotions. We transmute these forces, using the fire of injustice to fuel us in working for change. We also remember and celebrate the amazing, ordinary people around the world who are working to dismantle oppression together everyday.

My Fearful Self – Why should I care about other people when they don’t care about me? If I share what I have, there won’t be enough and I will end up suffering.

We must challenge the sense of scarcity that we have learned from capitalism and our histories of oppression. If we change the way food, housing, education, and resources are distributed, we could all have enough. 

Martin Luther King said: It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.

My Compassionate Self – How can I struggle for justice with an open heart? How can we live in a way that builds the world we want to live in, without losing hope?

This is the question that we answer with our lives. Compassion is the foundation upon which we can build loving communities, dedicated to the lifelong journey toward liberation. We are all blind and constricted in certain areas, and we are all wise and liberated in others. Compassion allows us to forgive ourselves and each other for our imperfections, and to release the judgments that keep us from fully experiencing love.

Each of us contains the angry one, the ashamed one, the frightened one, the compassionate one. When we can acknowledge all four of them, we are able to stay on the long and winding path toward personal liberation.

-- Exodus Story
Source : The Velveteen Rabbi's Haggadah for Passover, assembled by Rachel Barenblat

1.


Once upon a time our people went into galut, exile, in the land of Egypt. During a famine, our ancestor Jacob and his family fled to Egypt where food was plentiful. Through a complicated set of plot twists, his son Joseph had risen to high position in Pharaoh's court, and our people were well-respected and well-regarded, secure in the power structure of the time.

2.


Generations passed and our people remained in Egypt. As rulers came and went, a new Pharaoh ascended to the throne. He felt threatened by the strangers in his people's midst, and ordered our people enslaved.

In fear of rebellion, Pharaoh decreed that all Hebrew boy-children be killed. Two midwives named Shifrah and Puah defied his orders, claiming that "the Hebrew women are so hardy, they give birth before we arrive!" Through their courage, a boy survived.

Fearing for his safety, his family placed him in a basket and he floated down the Nile. He was found and adopted, by Pharaoh's daughter, who named him Moshe because  min ha-mayim m'shitihu, from the water she drew him forth. She hired his mother Yocheved as his wet-nurse. Thus he survived to adulthood and was raised as Prince of Egypt.

3.

Although a child of privilege, as he grew he became aware of the slaves who worked in the brickyards of his father. When he saw an overseer mistreat a slave, he struck the overseer and killed him. Fearing retribution, he set out across the Sinai alone. 

God spoke to him from a burning bush, which though it flamed was not consumed. The Voice called him to lead the Hebrew people to freedom. Moses argued with God, pleading inadequacy, but God disagreed. Sometimes our responsibilities choose us. 

4.

Moses returned to Egypt and went to Pharaoh to argue the injustice of slavery. He gave Pharaoh a mandate with resounds through history: Let my people go.

Pharaoh refused, and Moses warned him that Mighty God would strike the Egyptian people. These threats were not idle: ten terrible plagues were unleashed upon the Egyptians. Only when his nation lay in ruins did Pharaoh agree to our liberation.

5.

Fearful that Pharaoh would change his mind, our people fled, not waiting for their bread dough to rise. (For this reason we eat unleavened bread as we take part in their journey.) Our people did not leave Egypt alone; a "mixed multitude" went with them.  From this we learn that liberation is not for us alone, but for all the nations of the earth.

Even Pharaoh's daughter came with us, and traded her old title ( bat-Pharaoh,  daugther of Pharaoh) for the name Batya, "daughter of God."

Pharaoh's army followed us to the Sea of Reeds. We plunged into the waters. Only when we had gone as far as we could did the waters part for us. We mourn, even now, that Pharaoh's army drowned: our liberation is bittersweet because people died in our pursuit. 

7. 

To this day we relive our liberation, that we may not become complacent, that we may always rejoice in our freedom. 

-- Exodus Story
Source : http://hartman.org.il/Blogs_View.asp?Article_Id=659&Cat_Id=273&Cat_Type=Blogs

By Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman

Our rabbis teach that all Jews must see themselves as if they had come out of Egypt. The Exodus from Egypt is not a story of a distant past but a living memory which must shape our present lives and identities as Jews.

Memory is a tricky thing in which we are not merely passive recipients of past events, but active participants in shaping the memory and determining its features. The critical question we have to ask ourselves is what story we choose to tell. What do we remember from Egypt and most importantly what do we take away from that memory as a foundation block for contemporary Jewish life?

The Exodus story, as retold by our tradition, has many facets, each weaving its own narrative and moral lesson. The most dominant and common one portrays our liberation from Egypt as a story of Jewish election. It tells of our suffering in Egypt, of a God who remembers God’s covenant with our forefathers, and who reaches down with a mighty hand and outstretched arm and with great miracles to free us and to make us God’s inheritance and chosen people.

In telling the story we remember the liberation, so we can bask in the light of God’s love and care and feel the pride and dignity of being God’s chosen people. We count, relish, magnify, and multiply each miracle as evidence both of God’s unique love for us and as a foundation for the promise of things yet to come.

This story has served us well, especially in the darkest moments of exile as we awaited our next liberation story. It served to create a pride of membership even when our precarious political status seemed to suggest that we were the abandoned child. As our freedom and power increased with the rebirth of Israel and our newfound acceptance in the Western world the pride taken from the story served and serves as an ongoing catalyst for our people to strive for excellence and to define ourselves by our achievements. It is a story which embeds us with a sense of dignity and self-worth in which to be a Jew and to be mediocre is viewed as a contradiction in terms unworthy of the people who were freed by God from Egypt.

This story, however, can and at times has a darker side. Pride can be the mother of arrogance, and chosenness, instead of serving as a catalyst for achievement, can be the foundation for entitlement. The story of God’s love can give birth to a sense of superiority and a denigration of those who were not the recipients of that love.

In truth this darker side can be found throughout our tradition, as the Exodus story was sometimes used to discriminate between Jew and non-Jew. It even finds its way into the ending of the traditional Passover Haggadah with the calling for God to pour out God’s wrath upon the nations that do not know God. 

As we tell the story it is important that we own this part as well, for to ignore it will allow it to fester and to influence our soul. It is only when a symptom of an illness is recognized that appropriate acts can be instituted to activate healing.

As a part of this healing there is a dimension of the Exodus which rarely enters into the telling of the story or the traditional Haggadah, but which had significant impact on the Jewish moral code. It is the part of the story that precedes the liberation and which speaks of our humble and suffering past. It obligates us to use this memory as a catalyst for responsibility toward all who are in a similar circumstance. 

If the first story unites us with fellow Jews, the second places us forever in the midst of the community of sufferers. It tempers our pride with a measure of humility to ensure that arrogance and entitlement never become our inheritance. It channels our drive to achieve into areas which do not merely service our own interests but the needs of all, especially the downtrodden and forgotten.

If the prayer, “Pour out Your Wrath,” is the personification of our darker side, then the beginning of the Haggadah, “This is the bread of affliction, which our forefathers ate in the land of Egypt. All who are hungry, let them come and eat. All who are needy, let them join us at our table,” is meant to serve as its antidote.

Both, however, are present in our story. It behooves our people, whose liberation story serves as a catalyst for excellence, that we recognize that it is our responsibility to determine which side of the story we tell and which side we allow to define our future as a people. It is true that we were once slaves; now, however, we are free. As a free people the power is now in our hands to be a force for good or for evil. It is in our hands to show that Jewish pride and a sense of God’s love for us need not lead to arrogance and blindness to the needs and rights of others. It is in our hands to determine which story will define us as a people. Here too mediocrity and being Jewish must be a contradiction in terms.

-- Exodus Story
Source : American Mussar

The Hebrew word for Egypt is translated as “narrow place.” Slavery in Egypt confined us to a narrow place, with constrictions on our physical, emotional, and spiritual lives. The Exodus is the story of liberation from the things that hold us back.

Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlov (1772-1822) said, “The Exodus from Egypt occurs in every human being, in every era, in every year, and in every day.” I admit it – the quote gives me chills. What an amazing opportunity we have every day – to liberate ourselves from what holds us back. Each choice we make, we face is an opportunity for liberation. This raises the question: how do we liberate those who are not free to choose?

Gesher Tsar Me'od 

Kol Ha'olam kulo
Gesher Tsar me'od
Gesher Tsar me'od
Gesher Tsar me'od -

Kol Ha'olam kulo
Gesher Tsar me'od - 
Gesher Tsar me'od.

Veha'ikar - veha'ikar
Lo lefached - 
lo lefached klal.

Veha'ikar - veha'ikar
lo lefached klal.

The whole world is a very narrow bridge, 
and the most important thing is not to be afraid. 
 

-- Ten Plagues
Source : Machar

Leader:
Let us all refill our cups.

[Take turns reading. Each person is invited to read a grouped set of lines - or to pass.]

Tonight we drink four cups of the fruit of the vine.
There are many explanations for this custom.
They may be seen as symbols of various things:
the four corners of the earth, for freedom must live everywhere;
the four seasons of the year, for freedom's cycle must last through all the seasons;
or the four matriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, and Rachel.

A full cup of wine symbolizes complete happiness.
The triumph of Passover is diminished by the sacrifice of many human lives
when ten plagues were visited upon the people of Egypt.
In the story, the plagues that befell the Egyptians resulted from the decisions of tyrants,
but the greatest suffering occurred among those who had no choice but to follow.

It is fitting that we mourn their loss of life, and express our sorrow over their suffering.
For as Jews and as Humanists we cannot take joy in the suffering of others.
Therefore, let us diminish the wine in our cups
as we recall the ten plagues that befell the Egyptian people.

Leader:

As we recite the name of each plague, in English and then in Hebrew,
please dip a finger in your wine and then touch your plate to remove the drop.

Everyone:

Blood - Dam (Dahm)
Frogs - Ts'phardea (Ts'phar-DEH-ah)
Gnats - Kinim (Kih-NEEM)
Flies - Arov (Ah-ROV)
Cattle Disease - Dever (DEH-vehr)
Boils - Sh'hin (Sh'-KHEEN)
Hail - Barad (Bah-RAHD)
Locusts - `Arbeh (Ar-BEH)
Darkness - Hoshekh (KHO-shekh)
Death of the Firstborn - Makkat B'khorot (Ma-katB'kho-ROT) 

[Take turns reading. Each person is invited to read a grouped set of lines - or to pass.]

In the same spirit, our celebration today also is shadowed
by our awareness of continuing sorrow and oppression in all parts of the world.
Ancient plagues are mirrored in modern tragedies.

In our own time, as in ancient Egypt, ordinary people suffer and die
as a result of the actions of the tyrants who rule over them.
While we may rejoice in the defeat of tyrants in our own time,
we must also express our sorrow at the suffering of the many innocent people
who had little or no choice but to follow.

Leader:

As the pain of others diminishes our joys,
let us once more diminish the ceremonial drink of our festival
as we together recite the names of these modern plagues:

Hunger
War
Tyranny
Greed
Bigotry
Injustice
Poverty
Ignorance
Pollution of the Earth Indifference to Suffering

Leader:
Let us sing a song expressing our hope for a better world. 

-- Cup #2 & Dayenu

Appreciate what do you have

Dayenu is a song all about appreciating what we have, what we’ve been given, and what we've fought for. 

Fight for what we still need

The original text of the song goes through the story of the exodus and after each step says “danyenu,” it would have sufficed.The traditional "Dayenu" recounts everything the Israelites were thankful for as they left Egypt. The message is that just one of these events that led to their freedom, "it would have been enough."

Dayenu is a call to collective action. A call to join together to fight for justice, like a living wage, free health care, or ending oppression We do continue to fight until we are freed from the deepest roots of our chains.  

Dayenu

Ilu ho-tsi, ho-tsi-a-nu,
Ho-tsi-anu mi-Mitz-ra-yim
Ho-tsi-anu mi-Mitz-ra-yim
Da-ye-nu!
(Had we not been taken out of Egypt, it would've been enough!)

Chorus:
Da-da-ye-nu,
Da-da-ye-nu,
Da-da-ye-nu,
Da-da-ye-nu,
Da-ye-nu Da-ye-nu

Ilu na-tan, na-tan la-nu,
Na-tan la-nu et-ha-Sha-bat,
Na-tan la-nu et-ha-Sha-bat,
Da-ye-nu!
(Had we not been given the Sabbath, it would have been enough!)

(Chorus)

Ilu na-tan, na-tan la-nu,
Na-tan la-nu et-ha-To-rah,
Na-tan la-nu et-ha-To-rah,
Da-ye-nu!
(Had we not been sent the Torah, it would have been enough!)

(Chorus)

Translation:

Had we been taken out of Egypt and not had judgment executed upon the Egyptians, it would've been enough.
Had judgment been executed upon the Egyptians and not upon their idols, it would've been enough.
Had judgment been executed upon their idols, and not their firstborn, it would've been enough.
Had judgment been executed upon their firstborn, and we had not received their wealth, it would've been enough.
Had we received their wealth, and not had the sea split for us, it would've been enough.
Had the sea been split the sea for us, and we had not been led through it to dry land, it would've been enough.
Had we been led to dry land, and our enemies not drowned in the sea behind us, it would've been enough for us.
Had our enemies drowned, and our needs not have been provided for in the desert for 40 years, it would've been enough.
Had we been supported in the desert and not been given bread, it would have been enough.
Had we been given bread and not been given the Sabbath, it would have been enough.
Had we been given the Sabbath and not been brought to Mount Sinai, it would have been enough.
Had we been brought to Mount Sinai and not been sent the Torah, it would have been enough.
Had we been sent the Torah and not been brought to Israel, it would have been enough.
Had we been brought to Israel and not been built the Holy Temple, it would have been enough

-- Cup #2 & Dayenu

Please raise your glass, and stand or sit as is your custom, for the second cup of wine.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה __ ____ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָפֶן

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

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

Rachtzah
Source : Velveteen Rabbi

Before eating, we wash our hands, thanking God for the commandment which impels us to mindfulness. What does washing our hands tell us? That we can become clean; that our bodies are sacred and deserving of care.

We wash our hands not to absolve ourselves of responsibility, but to affirm the need to make our hands holy. At this season of freedom and rebirth, we consecrate our hands to the task of building freedom for all who suffer.

בָרוּךְ אַתָה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶר קִדְשָנוּ בְמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָנוּ עַל נְטִילַת יָדָיִם

Baruch atah, Adonai, eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav, v'tzivanu al n'tilat yadayim.

Blessed are You, Source of all Being, who sanctifies us with Your commandments, and

commands us to wash our hands.

Motzi-Matzah
Source : Traditional

Motzi-Matzah מוֹצִיא

Take the three matzot - the broken piece between the two whole ones – and 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
Source : Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield in http://elmad.pardes.org/2016/04/the-pardes-companion-to-the-haggadah/

The question of why we eat maror would at first glance appear to be an obvious one. When I probe a little deeper, however, two questions emerge for me. First, why would I want to evoke pain and suffering on a night when I want to feel celebratory? My second question goes to the ritual itself. How is eating lettuce or horseradish supposed to help me experience or relate to the bitterness of slavery? No matter how much fiery hot horseradish we put in our mouths, it seems to me we are not any closer to understanding the experience of the Israelites in Egypt.

I believe that our use of maror at the seder is less about experiencing the hardships of Egypt, but rather an opportunity to experience and reflect how we can meaningfully engage sorrow and pain in both our personal and national lives. Suffering and sadness are part of everyone’s story. It is the unavoidable price we pay for being vulnerable and limited. We need tools and opportunities to integrate the hard and painful parts of our lives into our story without allowing them to erase all the joy and gratitude we still want to experience.

The Baal HaTanya (Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady, 1745-1812) draws a fascinating distinction between two types of sadness. The first he refers to as bitterness, a form of regret or sadness that emerges from a sense that things are broken, or less than ideal. This form of sadness is positive, he says, because it emerges from a place of idealism, hope, and a powerful desire to change. We are “bitter” because we sense that a vital and healthy part of ourselves is not finding expression in the world. It is precisely our capacity for hope and transformation that makes this type of sadness possible. Our sense of loss is informed by our appreciation for a whole. The second type of sadness is depression. This type of sadness “closes our hearts” with despair, numbs our feelings, and blocks out all joy. From this perspective, perhaps we eat maror to explore how to move from a sadness that holds us back to a sadness that can lead to growth and change. When dealing with hard things I often find I am choosing between allowing sadness to dominate my mood or trying to ignore it and put it aside altogether. The narrative of the seder refutes this false dichotomy. We don’t deny the difficulties and pain, but maybe we can put it into a wider context that includes joy and gratitude. We make room for sadness but we don’t let it take over. We eat the maror with the matza.

Another approach emerges from a comment of Rabbi Yeshayahu Horowitz (1568-1630) in a drasha about Pesach. Commenting on the talmudic requirement to chew the maror as opposed to just swallowing it, he writes that our teeth represent 32 levels of wisdom, and that by chewing the maror with our teeth we sweeten it. As opposed to denying difficulty or sadness we must engage it and reflect upon it. Although I am never grateful for going through the painful moments of my life, I am sometimes surprised at what they teach me about myself and who I am. Both as individuals and as a people, we are products of our challenges as much as our successes; sadness as well as joy. While I cannot deny the hard feelings associated with the difficult or sad moments of my life, I can “sweeten” them by accepting them as an essential part of my story. The suffering in Egypt and the memory of that suffering was part of what made the Jewish people.

 Our eating of maror and talking about slavery might also carry with it a lesson about the negative power of shame. I don’t like sharing my stories of pain or difficulty. They often feel like stories of failure. It often feels like my pain is a result of my inadequacy in managing my life or lack of success. If I were a better person, more capable, wiser, more powerful, my story would be all about happiness. Sadness becomes associated with failure. By including the pain and humiliation in our national story of birth and redemption we are reminding ourselves that pain, sadness, and difficulty are part of everyone’s story. I don’t need to paper over it or pretend it’s not there. My challenge is to include fully the hard parts of my story, both individually and nationally, and still feel joy and gratitude. Our plates include bitter herbs right next to the matza and the wine.

Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield teaches Talmud, Halakha and Jewish Thought.

Maror
Source : Traditional

Maror מָרוֹר

Now take a kezayit (the volume of one olive) of the maror. Dip it 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.

Koreich

As we combine the bitter marror with the sweet charoset in the Hillel sandwich, we are reminded that life is never all good or all bad. The sad mixes with the happy, the trials temper the triumphs, and, just as we break a glass at a wedding, we take time in every Jewish celebration to acknowledge that life is never perfect. Let's take some time now to reflect on the "oys and joys" of Jewish life as we enjoy our sandwich.

Shulchan Oreich
Tzafun

Just as we search for the afikoman, we seek out the injustice in our societies, the hidden as well as the revealed, and organize to transform these dark places into ones filled with light. We seek within ourselves for the places where we are complicit in injustice and pledge to do better. And we search out the places where we are hurt or angry and wash these away, so we may proceed with calm and renewed determination.

Bareich

שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלות 
בְּשׁוּב ה' אֶת שִׁיבַת צִיּון 
הָיִינוּ כְּחלְמִים: 
אָז יִמָלֵא שחוק פִּינוּ 
וּלְשׁונֵנוּ רִנָּה 
אָז יאמְרוּ בַגּויִם 
הִגְדִּיל ה' לַעֲשות עִם אֵלֶּה: 
הִגְדִּיל ה' לַעֲשות עִמָּנוּ 
הָיִינוּ שמֵחִים: 
שׁוּבָה ה' אֶת שְׁבִיתֵנוּ 
כַּאֲפִיקִים בַּנֶּגֶב: 
הַזּרְעִים בְּדִמְעָה בְּרִנָּה יִקְצרוּ: 
הָלוךְ יֵלֵךְ וּבָכה נשא מֶשֶׁךְ 
 הַזָּרַע בּא יָבא בְרִנָּה נשא אֲלֻמּתָיו:

Shir hamaalot,
b'shuv Adonai et shivat Tziyon hayinu k'chol'mim.
Az yimalei s'chok pinu, ul'shoneinu rinah.
Az yom'ru vagoyim: Higdil Adonai laasot im eileh.
Higdil Adonai laasot imanu, hayimu s'meichim.
Shuvah Adonai et sh'viteinu kaafikim baNegev.
Hazor'im b'dimah b'rinah yiktzoru.
Haloch yeileich uvachoh, nosei meshech hazara,
bo yavo v'rinah, nosei alumotav.

A pilgrim song. When God restored the exiles to Zion it seemed like a dream. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with joyful song. Then they said among the nations: "God has done great things for them." Yes, God is doing great things for us, and we are joyful. Restore our fortunes, O God, as streams revive the desert. Then those who have sown in tears shall reap in joy. Those who go forth weeping, carrying bags of seeds, shall come home with shouts of joy, bearing thier sheaves.

Bareich

The Third Glass of Wine

The blessing over the meal is immediately followed by another blessing over the wine:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן

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

We praise God, Ruler of Everything, who creates the fruit of the vine.

Drink the third glass of wine!

Hallel
Source : Tovah Leah Nachmani in http://elmad.pardes.org/2016/04/the-pardes-companion-to-the-haggadah/
Praising as a spiritual practice

How is this Hallel on seder night different from all other Hallels? What are we aiming to accomplish in this Hallel of seder night?

Unlike every other holiday Hallel, the Hallel of the seder (and in synagogue) is sung at night. Unlike other Hallels, it is sung without an introductory blessing, and it is recited sitting down. Unlike every other Hallel, this Hallel is divided into two parts by eating! 

Why is Hallel sung at night? Perhaps because the miracle of the Exodus began at night with the first Passover meal, and the killing of the firstborns in Egypt. And perhaps because on other holidays there is no immediate miracle involved, whereas on this night we are not only retelling but reliving the night where our nightmare ended and our glorious national future began.

On seder night we don’t need to be told, “Praise now!” And we don’t need to stand up. In this Hallel we are spontaneously cheering the miraculous moment when Pharaoh in pajamas shouts to Moshe that every last Israelite should leave his country. We are rooting for God Who made it happen back then, on this very date and time of night. We are rooting for God Who is making it happen in perhaps less overt ways, today.

The Jerusalem Talmud claims that this Hallel is not “recited”, rather it is belted out in the kind of song which suits a miraculous moment of reclaiming our lives after a national near-death experience. It is a current, relevant, real singing of salvation, said by Jews worldwide, every year.

The first part of the Hallel is sung joyously straight after recounting the painful and bitter experiences of affliction which morphed into freedom to leave our oppressive reality.

The second and longer part of the Hallel is sung an hour or more later − after we are stuffed with food and drowsy from three cups of wine! 

This makes our eating not an act of satisfying a growling stomach, rather a glorious meal of gratitude. Thanksgiving dinner, you might say. A sanctified expression of extolling God.

It is not for us, God! It is not for us, rather for Your honorable reputation!” begins the second part of the Hallel, the Great Hallel, which follows our festive meal.

Is anyone listening? Is anyone still awake at this late hour? Are most people at the seder chatting by now, or cleaning up the kitchen? One year at our seder when I saw people nodding off, and losing steam, I ran to the toy box and pulled out big colorful pom poms for all the children and a few adults to shake crazily while we sang the Hallel .

In preparation for Hallel, a few good Yoga stretches might be in order after the meal to jumpstart people for the grand finale, because singing the Great Hallel could be the climactic moment of the entire night! 

It is for me.

On this night I attempt to identify with the pain and tortures of the darkest nights of history. On this night, in contrast, I feel more a deep connection to my modern reality in which I am SO blessed to be living, no matter how great the daily challenges around us and within me.

What are we aiming to accomplish in the Hallel? Hallel literally means PRAISE. It weaves verses and psalms of thanking praise with praising praise. In parts of Hallel we are THANKING God with all our heart and soul for taking our families out of Egypt, and for redeeming us from our narrow straits and stuck places, our own personal egypts. Singing Hallel in this case becomes a resounding TOAST of gratitude to the living God who performed spectacular signs and wonders and miracles on behalf of our ancestors – so that we can be here today.

But in other parts of Hallel we are not thanking, rather PRAISING God. Which is greater - praising or thanking? When I thank someone, I am recognizing and acknowledging what they have done for ME. But when I praise someone, or when I commend them on an action, an attitude or a character trait unrelated to me, I am seeking out and seeing them more fully for who they are. Not just for what they have done for me.

Some say that praising God is the most exalted spiritual practice there is. Some say it is like a spiritual elevator, bringing us to Higher Realms.** Toasting God with our glasses raised high Hallel is a way of saying that what You, God, do for me and what You did for my ancestors before ,me is unforgettable, but it is only a part of what You fully are, and what You desire in this world which is infinitely infinite.

The Passover story is our story, but it is also part of a larger universal story − called in our tradition the “Springtime of the World”. It is a story which has an ethical monotheistic beginning and an ethical monotheistic aim. In our own small way we hunger to to be partners in this aim when we ask, “how I can use my God given gifts and talents to to contribute to God’s world and the people who share it?"

Perhaps this is the reason we can interrupt our Hallel chorus by eating a meal on seder night. Because our Passover feast is not just chicken soup and brisket, rather it is a meal of spiritual practice. Using matza and haroset, together with maror, we are celebrating on this night the greatness of God, and the belief in our ability to partner with God to bring about the ultimate triumph of good over evil.

We needed this belief in the past, we need it in the present and it looks as if we’re going to need it big time as we look to the future.

Make Hallel the highlight of your seder

Discuss how we have partnered with God since last Pesach to bring about a more ethical family, community, or beyond

Invite your guests to sing, and even get up and dance in praise of God

Make a spiritual practice of praising by seeking out the good qualities and genuinely commending people we meet at the seder

Invite people around the table to close their eyes, or to look around − and to first thank and then praise God in their own words

Hallel
Source : JewishBoston.com

The Cup of Elijah

We now refill our wine glasses one last time and open the front door to invite the prophet Elijah to join our seder.

In the Bible, Elijah was a fierce defender of God to a disbelieving people. At the end of his life, rather than dying, he was whisked away to heaven. Tradition holds that he will return in advance of messianic days to herald a new era of peace, so we set a place for Elijah at many joyous, hopeful Jewish occasions, such as a baby’s bris and the Passover seder.

אֵלִיָּֽהוּ הַנָּבִיא, אֵלִיָּֽהוּ הַתִּשְׁבִּיאֵלִיָּֽהוּ, אֵלִיָּֽהוּ,אֵלִיָּֽהוּ הַגִּלְעָדִי

בִּמְהֵרָה בְיָמֵֽנוּ יָבוֹא אֵלֵֽינוּ

עִם מָשִֽׁיחַ בֶּן דָּוִד

עִם מָשִֽׁיחַ בֶּן דָּוִד

Eliyahu hanavi
Eliyahu hatishbi
Eliyahu, Eliyahu, Eliyahu hagiladi
Bimheirah b’yameinu, yavo eileinu
Im mashiach ben-David,
Im mashiach ben-David

Elijah the prophet, the returning, the man of Gilad:
return to us speedily,
in our days with the messiah,
son of David.

Nirtzah
by HIAS
Source : HIAS Seder Supplement
I will take you to be my people... ...

When we rise up from our Seder tables, let us commit ourselves to stamping out xenophobia and hatred in every place that it persists. Echoing God’s words when God said, “I take you to be my people,” let us say to those who seek safety in our midst, “we take you to be our people.” May we see past difference and dividing lines and remember, instead, that we were all created b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God. May we see welcoming the stranger at our doorstep not as a danger but as an opportunity – to provide safe harbor to those seeking refuge from oppression and tyranny, to enrich the fabric of our country and to live out our Jewish values in action. Blessed are You, Adonai Our God, who has created us all in Your image.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן

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

Blessed are You, Ruler of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine. 

Nirtzah
Source : David W. Aston

Counting the Omer

On the second night, the Omer is counted:

. בָרוךְ אַתָה ייָ אֱלֹהֵינו מֶלֶךְ העֹולָם אֲשֶר קִדְשָנו בְמִצְוֹותָיו וְצִוָנו עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר.

הַיֹום יֹום אֶחָד לַעֹמֶר.

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha’omer.

Hayom yom echad la’omer.

Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, who sanctifies us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.

Today is one day of the Omer.

Nirtzah
Source : Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder

May we all be released from the narrow places that constrict us. May the slavery and oppression that exists in all corners of the world be ended. May we recall the suffering of the past and be inspired to make the world a better place. Happy Passover, and may we all find the freedom and redemption we need.

Conclusion
Source : Foundation for Family Education, Inc.

By Rabbi Goldie Milgram The Torah and Pesach are road maps to the Promised Land of our dreams. How does this work? When we choose to make a major life change from a situation that feels oppressing, after the initial elation we often notice a major glitch. Our resumes suddenly have as their most recent entry: "experienced slave." It seems colossally unfair after all the stress of deciding to leave that we don't find ourselves in the promised land. Like the Israelites, we too need to be reformatted through the knowing pains and growing pains which come during the wilderness periods after major departures. (Divorces, job changes, emigrations.) This process adds valuable new experience and skills to the resume of our soul. We can recreate ourselves and attain the promised lands of our dreams. We are energized and supported to do this through our awareness of connection to The Source and nurtured and comforted by the sacred stories of our Jewish tradition, which point the way. Love and blessings for a sweet season of increased freedom for all.

Songs

(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 people out into the heat
They baked the matzah
While on their feet
Isn't that a story
That just can't be beat?
And now it's time to go!

Songs
Source : Adapted by Brandi Ullian

(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 crowd.

Maror and matzah and charoset time

We'll get tipsy off four cups of wine

Oh let's root, root, root for Elijah, that he will soon reappear.

And we'll hope, hope, hope that we'll meet once again next year!

Songs
Source : Time of Israel

Songs
Pharaoh's Nile (tune of "Gilligan's Island") by Randi and Murray Spiegel, Passover 1995 Just lean right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip That started back in ancient times while under Pharaoh's whip. Well Moses was a pious man, God made him brave and sure Though Pharaoh was a mighty man, his heart was not pure, his heart was not pure. Old Pharaoh started getting tough, the Jews were harshly bossed If not for the courage of the fearless few our people would be lost, our people would be lost. They cried to God please rescue us, conditions here are vile. Send Moses, and Aaron, too, to save our children and wives. We'll leave this land at God's behest Here on Pharaoh's Nile. So God said Moses take your staff and with your brother go To Pharaoh you will plead your case to let my people go. Well Moses, he sure did his best, but Pharaoh was not moved Til God sent down ten dreadful plagues and His power was proved, His power was proved. The frogs, the lice, and even boils, could not make Pharaoh bend 'Til slaying of the first born males threatened Pharaoh's life to end, threatened Pharaoh's life to end. The Jews escaped miraculously, when God helped them to flee, Egyptian armies followed them, but drowned in the deep Red Sea. So this is a tale of our ancestors, they wandered a long, long time. They had to make the best of things, it was an uphill climb. So join us here each year my friends, it's sure to be worthwhile Retelling how the Jews escaped, far from Pharaoh's Nile. Words copyright (c) 1995 by Randi and Murray Spiegel. Permission is hereby granted to reproduce this material in any non-profit medium provided that its content is not altered and this notice is appended. We would appreciate receiving a copy of any publication in which it appears: Randi Spiegel, 48 Roosevelt Street, Roseland, NJ 07068 / rspieg{at_sign_here}yahoo.com
Songs
Source : Randi and Murray Spiegel, Passover 2000
Leaving on a Desert Plane (tune of "Leaving on a Jet Plane") by Randi and Murray Spiegel, Passover 2000 All our bags are packed, we're ready to go We're standing here outside our doors We dare not wake you up to say goodbye But the dawn is breakin' this early morn' Moses is waiting, he's blowing his horn We're planning our escape so we won't die You'll miss me, as you will see You've been dealt a harsh decree You held us like you'd never let us go We're leaving from this great strain We pray we won't be back again God knows, can't wait to go. There's so many times you've let us down Your many crimes have plagued our town I tell you now they were all mean things Every place I go, you'll shrink from view, Every song I sing will be 'gainst you I won't be back to wear your ball and chain You'll miss me, as you will see You've been dealt a harsh decree You held us like you'd never let us go We're leaving through a wet plain We hope we won't be back again God knows, can't wait to go. Now the time has come to leave you One more time, let me diss you Close your eyes, we'll be on our way Dream about the days to come When you'll be left here all alone About the time when I won't have to say You'll miss me, as you will see You've been dealt a harsh decree You held us like you'd never let us go We're leaving all our bread grain We know we won't be back again God knows, can't wait to go. Words copyright (c) 2000 by Randi and Murray Spiegel. Permission is hereby granted to reproduce this material in any non-profit medium provided that its content is not altered and this notice is appended. We would appreciate receiving a copy of any publication in which it appears: Randi Spiegel, 48 Roosevelt Street, Roseland, NJ 07068 / rspieg{at_sign_here}yahoo.com
Songs

Adir hu, adir hu ...

Chorus:
Yivneh veito bekarov,
Bimheirah, bimheirah,
Beyameinu beka'rov.

Ehl benei, Ehl benei
Benei veit-cha beka'arov.

Bachur hu, gadol hu, dagul hu (chorus)

Hadur hu, vatik hu, zakai hu (chorus)

Chassid hu, tahor hu, yachid hu (chorus)

Kabir hu, lamud hu, melech hu (chorus)

Nora hu, sagiv hu, iizuz hu (chorus)

Podeh hu, tzadik hu, kadosh hu (chorus)

Rachum hu, shaddai hu, takif hu

Yivneh veito bekarov,
Bimheirah, bimheirah,
Beyameinu beka'arov.
Ehl benei, Ehl benei
Benei veit-cha beka'arov!

Songs

To the tune of “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift:

I stay up too late
Got 4 cups on my brain
That’s what people say, nuu-nuuu
That’s what people say, nuu-nuuu

I go on too many rants
But I can’t make any sense
At least that’s what people say, nuu nuuu
That’s what people say, nuu nuuu

But I keep leaning
Can’t stop, won’t stop eating
It’s like I got this freedom
In my mind
Singing, “Dayenu all night.”

‘Cause the seder’s on a plate, plate, plate, plate, plate
Mitzrim gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Marror, just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, Shake Marror off

Afikomen gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the matzahs gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake
Marror just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake marror off, I shake it off

I never miss a step
Leaving Egypt was a Shlep
And that’s what they don’t see, mmm-mmm
That’s what they don’t see, mmm-mmm

I’m kiddushing on my own (kiddushing on my own)
I make the rules up as I go (rules up as I go)
And that’s what they don’t know, oy vey
That’s what they don’t know,oy vey

But I keep Leaning
Can’t stop, won’t stop dipping
It’s like I got this freedom
In my mind
Singing, “Dayenu, all night.”
‘Cause the seder’s on a plate, plate, plate, plate, plate
Mitzrim gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Marror, just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake Marror off (Oy, Oy)
Afikomen gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the matzahs gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake
Marror just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake marror off, I shake Marror off
Shake Marror off, I shake it off, (marror)
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,(marror)
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,(marror)
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off(marror)

Hey, hey, hey
Just think while you’ve been leaning down and out about the Pharoah and the dirty, dirty plagues of the world,
You could’ve been getting down to this sick vort.

My afikoman lost by my new girlfriend
She’s like “Oh, my god!” but I’m just gonna break.
And to the fella over there with the Elijah good hair
Won’t you lean on over, baby? We can shake, shake, shake

Yeah ohhh

‘Cause the seder’s on a plate, plate, plate, plate, plate
Mitzrim gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Marror, just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off (Oy, Oy)
Afikomen gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the matzahs gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake
Marror just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake marror off, I shake it off (marror)

Shake Marror off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off, (marror)
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off, (marror)
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off (marror)

Shake Marror off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,(marror)
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,(marror)
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off(marror)

Shake Marror off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off (you’ve got to),
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off, (marror)
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off(marror)

- See more at: http://www.bangitout.com/seder-songs-2015-shake-marror-off/#sthash.rN7RGqnI.dpuf

Songs

For the late night singing at your seder – a few ballads – here is one:

To the tune STAY WITH ME by Sam Smith

Guess it’s true, I’m not good at the 4 questions
But I still need to ask, cause of redemption
These seder nights never seem to go to plan
I just want you to leave, will u skip to the end?

Oh, won’t you seder with me?
‘Cause we’re all going free
This ain’t shmura, it’s clear to see
But darling, lean with me

Why is this seder so political?
No, it’s not a good look, get some self control
And deep down I know I stained my shirt
But you can lean with me so chrain doesn’t hurt

Oh, won’t you eat matzah with me?
‘Cause you got the afikomen yasee
This ain’t shmura, it’s clear to see
But darling, lean with me

Oh, won’t you sing Chad Gad Ya with me?
‘Cause 2 zusim is all I need
This ain’t shmura, it’s clear to see
But darling, lean with me

- See more at: http://www.bangitout.com/seder-songs-2015-stay-with-me/#sthash.iYbNbo1F.dpuf

Songs
Source : Irvine SobelmanJenny Sobelman & Martha Ackelsberg

(to the tune of “I Could Have Danced All Night”)

I could have eaten more,
I could have eaten more,
but it’s afikomen time.

The Seder rituals
and all those victuals,
the evening was sublime.

I had my matzo with charoset
and matzo dipped in chocolate too.

I drank down all my wine
and now I’m feeling fine.
How good to share this meal with you!

Songs

Passover Song Parodies

Eser Makkot (The Ten Plagues)

(Sung to the tune of “Michelle”)

(by Gary Teblum)

Es-ser Makkot

these are plagues of which we must take note

Eser Makkot

Es-ser Makkot

Blood and frogs and lice and cattle disease

Cattle disease

Please free them, please free them, please free them

that's what God tried to say

But Pharoah wouldn’t sway

It was not until that tenth plague came that he’d

understand

Es-ser Makkot

Locusts, hail and darkness o’er the land

Over the land

God needs to, God needs to, God needs to

God needs to make Pharoah see

Oh, what might come to be

Until we jews give him the blues, Pharoah, he’ll be mean

We hate you

Please free them, please free them, please them

You should know by now

You’ll let them go some how

Until you do new plagues will brew so you’ll understand

Es-ser Makkot

Blood and frogs and lice and first borns did die

First borns did die

And you will say the only words we want for you to

understand

Go from my land.

Yesterday

(Sung to the tune of “Yesterday”)

(by Gary Teblum)

Yesterday

We were slaves in Egypt yesterday

Now be thankful that we’re free today

We must remember yesterday

Slavery

Pharoah kept us all in slavery

We were working hard as hard can be

Oh yesterday saw slavery

Why we couldn’t go, I don’t know

He made us stay

Then God set us free

Now we teach ‘bout yesterday

Yesterday

We were brought forth so that we could pray

Now I need to teach the kids to say

We must remember yesterday

Why we couldn’t go, I don’t know

He made us stay

Then God set us free

Now we teach ‘bout yesterday

Yesterday

We were brought forth so that we could pray

At the seder, teach the kids to say

Why we remember yesterday

Hardened Heart

(Sung to the tune of “A Hard Day’s Night”)

(by Gary Teblum)

He had a hardened heart

And he would not let us go

He had a hardened heart

And here’s what you should know

Each time a plague did them in

Moshe thought he would win

But Pharoah’s mind stood tight

You they know slaved all day

Building the pyramids was their thing

And they waited for Moshe to say

I’ve heard from Pharoah as the king

Though every day they may moan

Soon they can put down that stone

And they will feel okay

To our home, that’s where we’re headed tonight

A new home, get there and we’ll be alright

Yeh

He had a hardened heart

And he would not let us go

He had a hardened heart

And here’s what you should know

Each time a plague did them in

Moshe thought he would win

But Pharoah’s mind stood tight

Though every day they may moan

Soon they can put down that stone

And they will feel okay

To our home, that’s where we’re headed tonight

A new home, get there and we’ll be alright

Yeh

He Freed Us

(Sung to the tune of “She Loves You”)

(by Gary Teblum)

He freed us, yeah, yeah, yeah

He freed us, yeah, yeah, yeah

He freed us, yeah, yeah, yeah

You think you’re not so free

Well, it was so yesterday-yi-yay

It’s just like you were there

And he told us what to say-yi-yay

You know he freed us,

and you know that can’t be bad

Oh yes, he freed us,

and you know we should be glad

God said you must act so

As if you were there too

And then God says you’ll know

How we maintain the glue

You know he freed us,

and you know that can’t be bad

Oh yes, he freed us,

and you know we should be glad

Oh, he freed us, yeah, yeah, yeah

He freed us, yeah, yeah, yeah

With a God like that

You know we should be glad

You know he freed the Jews

He brought us from that land

As if you were there too

Grab on to his hand

You know he freed us,

and you know that can’t be bad

Oh yes, he freed us,

and you know we should be glad

Oo, he freed us, yeah, yeah, yeah

He freed us, yeah, yeah, yeah

And with a god like that

You know we should . . . be glad

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahhhhh.

All My Leaven

(Sung to the tune of “All My Lovin”)

(by Gary Teblum)

Search my house and I’ll find it

Tomorrow I’ll miss it

The feather will help me be true

And a candle as well

Means that then I can sell

And I’ll sell all my leaven to you

I’ll find crumbs in the kitchen

The kinder will pitch in

I’ll try not to leave any clue

And then while its away

I’ll eat matzah each day

‘cause I sold all my leaven to you

All my leaven, I will sell to you

All my leaven, Rabbi, I’ll be true

I’ll find crumbs in the kitchen

The kinder will pitch in

I’ll try not to leave any clue

And then while its away

I’ll eat matzah each day

‘cause I sold all my leaven to you

All my leaven, I will sell to you

All my leaven, Rabbi, I’ll be true

All my leaven, All my leaven

Woo, all my leaven, I will sell to you

THE ORDER OF THE SEDER

(Sung to the tune of "It's A Small World")

(by Gary Teblum)

We wash our hands

And we bless the wine

Greens put in salt water

Dippings so fine

There's so much that we see

Celebrating we're free

It's our Pass-Over seder.

(chorus)

It's our Pass-Over seder

It's our Pass-Over seder

It's our Pass-Over seder

It's our Passover seder.

We break the matzah

Four questions are asked

We tell the story

About our past

The motzi we say

Because that is the way

Of our Pass-Over seder.

(chorus)

It's our Pass-Over seder

It's our Pass-Over seder

It's our Pass-Over seder

It's our Passover seder.

I WILLNOT LET THEM GO

(Sung to the tune of "Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho")

(by Gary Teblum)

Oh no, Oh no

I will not let them go

I will not let the Jews go free

Oh no, Oh no, Oh no.

Oh No, Oh no.

I will not let them go

Your people will not leave this land

Oh no, Oh no.

Our Passover Things

(Sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music)

Cleaning and cooking and so many dishes

Out with the hametz, no pasta, no knishes

Fish that's gefillted, horseradish that stings

These are a few of our Passover things.

Matzah and karpas and chopped up haroset

Shankbones and kiddish and yiddish neuroses

Tante who kvetches and uncle who sings

These are a few of our Passover things.

Motzi and maror and trouble with Pharoahs

Famines and locusts and slaves with wheelbarrows

Matzah balls floating and eggshell that clings

These are a few of our Passover things.

When the plagues strike

When the lice bite

When we're feeling sad

We simply remember our Passover things

And then we don't feel so bad.

There's No Seder Like our Seder

(Sung 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

It's all in Hebrew

'Cause we know how.

There's no Seder like our seder,

We tell a tale that is swell:

Moses took the people out into the heat

They baked the matzoh

While on their feet

Now isn't that a story

That just can't be beat?

Let's go on with the show!

Take Us Out of Egypt

(Sung to the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game")

Take us out of Egypt

Free us from slavery

Bake us some matzoh in a haste

Don't worry 'bout flavor--

Give no thought to taste.

Oh it's rush, rush, rush, to the Red Sea

If we don't cross it's a shame

For it's ten plagues,

Down and you're out

At the pesach history game.

Afikomen

(Sung to the tune of "Oklahoma")

Aaaaa.......fikomen! what a very special Pesach treat.

A dessert we share, we can't compare, So much joy from just a hunk of wheat!

Thaaaaaaa........t is why we hide it early on from everyone A custom that we get, from

Kosher chefs, to convince us eating Matzah's fun. On a shelf or hidden away Floor or

sofa, 'neath Uncle Sid's toupee. It's too much work, to search for your dessert Yes, I'm

looking for Afikomen Afikomen, oy, vey, gevalt.....let's check the couch!!AFIKOMEN!!!

The Ballad of Mo Amramson

(Sung to the tune of "The Ballad of Jed Clampett")

Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Mo,

His people they were slaves to the evil Pharoah,

Until one day he was lookin' at a bush,

And he heard the voice of G-d, though he wasn't a lush---

The LORD, that is,

I AM,

The Big G.

Next thing you know, Mo's talkin' to Pharoah,

Mo says, "G-d said you gotta let my people go!"

But the king says, "No, they always will be slaves to me!"

So G-d sent down ten big plagues on Pharoah's whole country---

Blood 'n frogs, that is,

Pestilence,

Special effects.

When the first borns died, Pharoah sent the Jews away,

They ran and ate some matza on that very happy day,

So now we have our Seder to commemorate that feat---

We drink some wine and talk a lot, we sing and also eat!

Matza, that is,

Maror too.

And good food.

Y'all come back now, y'hear!

Don't Sit on the Afikomen

(Sung to the tune of "Glory, Glory, Halleluyah")

My Dad at every Seder breaks a Matza piece in two

And hides the Afikomen half-A game for me and you

Find it, hold it ransom for the Seder isn't through

'till the Afikomen's gone.

Chorus:

Don't sit on the Afikomen.

Don't sit on the Afikomen.

Don't sit on the Afikomen.

Or the Meal will last all night

One year Daddy hid it 'neath a pillow on a chair

But just as I raced over, my Aunt Sophie sat down there

She threw herself upon it-Awful crunching filled the air

And crumbs flew all around

Chorus

There were matza crumbs all over-Oh, it was a messy sight

We swept up all the pieces though it took us half the night

So, if you want your seder ending sooner than dawn's light,

Don't sit on the Afiko-o-men

Chorus

Elijah

(Sung to the tune of "Maria")

Elijah!

I just saw the prophet Elijah.

And suddenly that name

Will never sound the same to me.

Elijah!

He came to our seder

Elijah!

He had his cup of wine,

But could not stay to dine

This year--

Elijah!

For your message all Jews are waiting:

That the time's come for peace

and not hating--

Elijah--

Next year we'll be waiting.

Elijah!

Gilligan's Exodus

(Sung to the theme from "Gilligan's Island")

Recline right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip.

that started many years ago in old, ancient Egypt.

The Jews were forced to work as slaves, they suffered that ordeal.

We celebrated their Exodus with a three hour meal, a three hour meal!

The Pharoah was an evil dude, his wrath would not replent

If not for the effort of the fearless jews.....we'd all be keeping Lent(2x)

They landed in the desert after parting the Red Sea

With Moses, and Aaron too, each Israelite and his wife

A movie star, the Professor and Miriam.........here on Passover night!!

I've Been Cooking for this Seder

(Sung to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad")

I've been cooking for this seder

Erev Pesach day

Making matzah balls and kugel

So we'll feast as well as pray

Can't you smell the pareve sponge cake

It rises up so little without yeast

Can't you hear our voices singing

At this joyous Pesach feast

Mama, you can cook

Mama, you can cook

Milchidik and fleishidik and pareve, too

Mama, you can stew

Mama, you can stew

Your seder food's delicious and we thank you

Les Miselijah

(Sung to the tune of "Do you hear the people Sing" from Les Miserables)

Do you hear the doorbell ring,

And it's a little after ten?

It can only be Elijah

Come to take a sip again.

He is feeling pretty fine

But in his head a screw is loose.

So perhaps instead of wine

We should only give him juice

Pesach Macarena

(Sung to the tune of "Macarena")

Take coconut, eggs, and lots of grease,

Cook 'em in the oven for your Pesach feast.

They won't rise 'cause they ain't got yeast.

Hey, macaroons!

Mix matzah meal with eggs for a goop

Form into balls and drop in your soup

So heavy on your spoon it will make it droop

Hey, kneidlach!

Through the woods a rabbi took a hike

Found a lake at the edge of a dike

For her favorite dish caught some carp and pike

Hey, gefilte fish!

What do you need for your seder plate?

What do you eat before it's too late?

What do you take to anti-constipate?

Hey, stewed prunes!

What do we crave on the very last night

Sprinkled with cheese for a dinner that's light

Al dente noodles that we long to bite

Hey, macaroni!

Pharoah's Nile

(Sung to the theme from "Gilligan's Island")

Just lean right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip

That started back in ancient times, while under Pharoah's whip.

Well Moses was a pious man, G-d made him brave and sure,

Though Pharoah was a mighty man, his heart was not pure,

his heart was not pure.

Old Pharoah started getting tough, the Jews were harshly bossed.

If not for the courage of the fearless few, our people would be lost,

our people would be lost.

They cried to G-d, please rescue us, conditions here are vile.

Send Moses, and Aaron, too, to save our children and wives.

We'll leave this land at G-d's behest, here on Pharoah's Nile.

So G-d said Moses take you staff and with your brother go.

To Pharoah you will plead your case, to let my people go.

Well Moses, he sure did his best, but Pharoah was not moved,

'Til G-d sent down ten dreadful plagues, and His power was proved,

His power was proved.

The frogs, the lice, and even boils, could not make Pharoah bend

'Til slaying of the first born males, threatened Pharoah's life to end,

threatened Pharoah's life to end.

The Jews escaped miraculously, when G-d helped them to flee.

Egyptian armies followed them, but drowned in the deep Red Sea.

So this is a tale of our ancestors, they wandered a long, long time.

They had to make the best of things, it was an uphill climb.

So join us here each year my friends, it's sure to be worthwhile,

Retelling how the Jews escaped, far from Pharoah's Nile.

Take Me Out to the Seder

(Sung 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 matzah and kosher wine

We'll wine and dine and we'll have a good time

For we'll root for Moshe Rabbeinu

And our crossing through the Reed Sea

For it's one, two, ...four cups of wine

We rejoice that we are free!

Sung to: On Top of Old Smokey

(by Albert Resnick)

Oh near to mt. Sinai

And close by the sea

We'll build us a nation

That's our destiny

With bricks and with mortar

We'll each build a home

Where love and affection

Cannot ever roam

Men only: yes our women will adore us!

Women only: we'll praise you to the skies

Men only: they'll all melt before us!

Women only: when we look in your eyes

All together now: this matza will keep us

From going insane

When we stack our gefilta

Fish up with chrain

With latkes and carpus

Kneidels all glatt

Keep stuffing yourself and

You end up with a pot

Leaving on a Desert Plane

(Sung to the tune of "Leaving on a Jet Plane")

All our bags are packed we're ready to go

We're standing here outside our doors

We dare not wake you up to say goodbye

But the dawn is breakin' this early morn'

Moses is waiting, he's blowing his horn

We're planning our escape so we won't die

You'll miss me, as you will see

You've been dealt a harsh decree

You held us like you'd never let us go

We're leaving from this great strain

We pray we won't be back again

God knows, can't wait to go.

There's so many times you've let us down

Your many crimes have plagued our town

I tell you now they were all mean things

Every pace I go, you'll shrink from view,

Every song I sing will be 'gainst you

I won't be back to wear your ball and chain

You'll miss me, as you will see

You've been dealt a harsh decree

You held us like you'd never let us go

We're leaving through a wet plain

We hope we won't be back again

God knows, can't wait to go.

Now the time has come to leave you

One more time, let me diss you

Close your eyes, we'll be on our way

Dream about the days to come

When you'll be left here all alone

About the time when I won't have to say

You'll miss me, as you will see

You've been dealt a harsh decree

You held us like you'd never let us go

We're leaving all our bread grain

We know we won't be back again

God knows, can't wait to go.

Mostly Matza

(Sung to W.A. Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)

Notes: Do not repeat the music, as in the original Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

Punctuation is provided only to help sing phrases and is not gramatically correct.

Recommended starting note is E and not G as in the original music.

Recommend writing to me for the written music.

Moses followed all of G-d's commands, helped the Jews escape from

Pharaoh's hands. Egypt was where the Jews all lived, and happy with

their lives, until the Pharaoh came, and made them slaves; he worked

them night and day, and held them all at bay, they had to get away.

Moses, saw a bush, burning bright, G-d appeared, told him he must

save the Jews. "Moses, you must go to Egypt speak to Pharaoh tell

him I am not amused. Yes you must go, and tell him tell him he must

let the Hebrews go yes he must let my people go. Their pleas I can't

ignore, they will be slaves no more. You tell Pharaoh he will be

punished if he doesn't listen and won't let my people go."

Moses went to Egypt land, went to see old Pharaoh. Threatened him on

G-d's behalf. Instead it, just made Pharaoh laugh. He said "I will

not free them, they are my slaves forever. So go back where you came

from, give up on your endeavor. I am strong. You are weak, so turn

around go on home and stay there 'cause I never will give in."

So Moses said to Pharaoh, "I have my G-d behind me. You will release

my people, or you'll be very sorry. Plagues will come, horrid

plagues so be aware what'll happen to you if you don't release the

Jews. I've warned you for the very last time the plagues will come

and G-d won't be kind as you will soon find." Pharaoh said "I have

not changed my mind."

This is where the tale gets really good. First, God changed the

water into blood* * rhyme with "good" :)

"A trick," said his magicians, endorsed Pharaoh's position. But Pharaoh

hadn't reckoned, that God would send a second. Frogs hopped around

the city, the picture wasn't pretty. The people were surrounded, the

croaking noise resounded. Well Pharaoh still resisted, what Moses

had insisted. A third plague was enlisted, and so the lice persisted.

It seemed as if the Jews could never leave, Pharaoh's land. It seemed,

as if they'd never leave, but, they knew, they'd just have to believe.

All of, a sudden it looked bleak, with wild beasts ev'rywhere, the

people ran and shrieked. The cattle all died where they had been

grazing and the boils were torture they could not endure. People,

were in pain, they agreed, that the Jews, should be free from

slavery. Pharaoh, would not listen to them Moses said a seventh

plague had been decreed. The hail came down, down from the sky in

torrents, hail fell down so hard. And such was Pharaoh's fate, God

sent plague number eight the swarms of locusts filled the sky to

terrify. Soon the sun's rays were suppressed. Egypt was in

darkness. Then the tenth plague was begun, and Pharaoh, at last was,

undone.

"Put lamb's blood on your doorposts," the Jews were all instructed.

Egyptians did not know this, an awful plague erupted. Death appeared,

at their door and ev'ry first-born in Egypt died including Pharaoh's

fav'rite child. The Jews all followed Moses, they made a swift

departure. But Pharaoh's armies followed, intending to recapture.

Just ahead, was the sea so Moses stretched out his hand to part it

and they walked through carefully. The armies followed foolishly,

the waters closed the soldiers were drowned the Jews were then free.

Now, we celebrate our freedom ev'ry Passover and this, is why we dine

on mostly matza, pasta we do not, ingest. Consuming mostly matza

which the rabbis blessed. We tell this story all about the Hebrews'

quest, at, this matza fest.

Songs

My Favorite Things

 [Sung to the tune of "These are a few of my favorite things"]

Cleaning and cooking and so many dishes

Out with the hametz, no pasta, no knishes

Fish that's gefilted, horseradish that stings

These are a few of our Passover things.

 Matzoh and karpas and chopped up haroset

 Shankbones and Kiddish and Yiddish neuroses

 Tante who kvetches and uncle who sings

 These are a few of our Passover things.

 Motzi and maror and trouble with Pharoahs

 Famines and locusts and slaves with wheelbarrows

 Matzoh balls floating and eggshell that cling

 These are a few of our Passover things.

 When the plagues strike

 When the lice bite

 When we're feeling sad

 We simply remember our Passover things

 And then we don't feel so bad.

 There's No Seder Like our Seder

 (sung 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

 It's all in Hebrew

 'Cause we know how.

 There's no Seder like our seder,

 We tell a tale that is swell:

 Moses took the people out into the heat

 They baked the matzoh

 While on their feet

 Now isn't that a story

 That just can't be beat?

 Let's go on with the show!

 Take Us Out of Egypt

 (sung to the tune of "Take me out to the ball game")

 Take us out of Egypt

 Free us from slavery

 Bake us some matzoh in a haste

 Don't worry 'bout flavor--

 Give no thought to taste.

 Oh it's rush, rush, rush, to the Red Sea

If we don't cross it's a shame.

 For it's ten plagues,

 Down and you're out

 At the Pesach history game.

Take me out to the Seder

Take me out to the crowd.

Feed me some matzah and kosher wine,

We’ll wine and dine and we’ll have a good time.

For we’ll root for Moshe Rabbeinu

And our crossing through the Red Sea.

For it’s one, two, okay four cups of wine,

We rejoice that we are free!

The Ballad of the Four Sons

 (to the tune of "Clementine")

 Said the father to his children, "At the seder you will dine,

 You will eat your fill of matzoh, you will drink four cups of

 wine."

 Now this father had no daughters, but his sons they numbered four.

 One was wise and one was wicked, one was simple and a bore.

 And the fourth was sweet and winsome, he was young and he was

 small.

 While his brothers asked the questions he could scarcely speak at

 all.

 Said the wise one to his father, "Would you please explain the

 laws?

 Of the customs of the seder, will you please explain the cause?"

 And the father proudly answered, "As our fathers ate in speed,

 Ate the paschal lamb 'ere midnight, and from slavery were freed."

 So we follow their example, and 'ere midnight must complete

 All the seder and we should not, after 12 remain to eat.

 Then did sneer the son so wicked, "What does all this mean to you?"

 And the father's voice was bitter, as his grief and anger grew.

 "If you yourself don't consider, a son of Israel,

 Then for you this has no meaning, you could be a slave as well."

 Then the simple son said simply, "What is this," and quietly

 The good father told his offspring, "We were freed from slavery."

 But the youngest son was silent, for he could not ask at all.

 His bright eyes were bright with wonder as his father told him all.

 My dear children, heed the lesson and remember ever more

 What the father told his children told his sons that numbered four.

Gilligan’s Island

Recline right back and you’ll hear a tale,

A tale of a fateful trip

That started many years ago in old, ancient Egypt.

The Jews were forced to work as slaves,

They suffered that ordeal;

We celebrate their Exodus with a three hour meal,

A three hour meal!

The Pharaoh was an evil dude,

His wrath would not repent

If not for the effort of the fearless Jews,

We’d all be keeping lent,

Yes, we’d all be keeping lent!

They landed in the desert after parting the Red Sea,

With Moses, and Aaron too, each Israelite and his wife,

A movie star, the Professor and Miriam…

Here on Passover night!

Songs

We Say a Little Prayer to You
to the tune of “I Say a Little Prayer For You”

Tonight we are dining.
All of us are reclining.
We say a little prayer to You.

Tonight we are focused
On boils and lice and locusts.
We say a little prayer to You.

(Chorus) Forever and ever
We’ll join on this night
and we will love You.
Together, forever
we’ll sing of Your might.
Oh, how we’ll love You.
Forever and ever
That’s how it must be
Because without You
None of us here would be free!

While children are roamin’
In search of the Afikomen,
We say a little prayer to You.

You gave us l’chaim
Bringing us from Mitzrayim.
We say a little prayer to You.

(Repeat Chorus)

©2000 Barbara Sarshik 

Songs

Mighty Moses

(Sung to "Davy Crocket")

Found by the princess on the shores of the Nile

Brought up Egyptian for a little while

Always remembered that he was a Jew

And to his people, he was always true.

Moses, Mighty Moses!

Leader of the Jewish pioneers.

Came before Pharaoh, many years ago

Said to him, "Pharaoh let my people go!"

For if you don't your people will suffer

And day by day, it's gonna get tougher

Moses, Mighty Moses!

Leader of the Jewish pioneers.

Into the wilderness from Egypt of old,

Came mighty Moses, so brave and so bold.

With outstretched arm and a wave of his hand,

He parted the sea and crossed on dry land.

Moses, Mighty Moses!

Leader of the Jewish pioneers.

He led them on for forty long years,

He bound their wounds and dried their tears

He gave them manna from the Lord's own hand

And pointed the way to the promised land

Moses, Mighty Moses!

Leader of the Jewish pioneers.

Up Mount Sinai Moses did climb,

Left his people for Aaron to mind;

He was not afraid though the thunder did roar

And brought back the commandments  forevermore.

Moses, Mighty Moses!

Leader of the Jewish pioneers.

Songs

Recline right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip

that started many years ago in old, ancient Egypt

The Jews were forced to work as slaves, they suffered that ordeal

We celebrate their Exodus with a three hour meal, a three hour meal!

The Pharoah was an evil dude, his wrath would not replent

If not for the effort of the fearless Jews... we'd all be keeping Lent (2x)

They landed in the desert after parting the Red Sea

With Moses, and Aaron too, each Israelite and his wife

A movie star, the Professor, and Miriam... here on Passover night! 

Songs
Source : various

to the tune of “Hey Jude”

Hey, Jews, don’t be afraid.

You were made to Escape Mitzrayim.

In Sinai, the Lord will help you to live

And He will give you all some mayim.

Hey, Jews, it’s time to start.

God will part all The Red Sea waters.

Remember, pack matzah and be real brave.

God’s gonna save your sons and daughters.

The Lord will free you from your pain,

The whip, the chain. Have faith,

and you’ll all be happy later.

Hey, Jews, your tales from days of old will all be told

By all your descendants at their seder.

Da da da da da Da da da da.

Hey, Jews, don’t be afraid.

You were made to

Escape Mitzrayim. I

n Sinai, the Lord will help you to live

And He will give you all some mayim

Mayim, mayim, mayim, mayim, mayim, mayim, wooow!

Da da da da da da da Da da da da

Hey, Jews

Etc.

Songs
Source : various

to the tune of “All That Jazz”

Come on, babe, it’s time to say a prayer

WITH ALL THESE JEWS.

Grab some matzah, lean back in your chair

WITH ALL THESE JEWS.

Tell a story from the days of old

When our people could be bought and sold.

Just sit back and let the tale be told

WITH ALL THESE JEWS.

God said, “Moses, take a look around.

AT ALL THESE JEWS.

Go tell Pharaoh that it’s way past time

TO FREE THESE JEWS.”

God showed Moses what he had to do,

Helped the Jews tell Pharaoh “Toodleoo.”

So tonight we’re singing Dayenu

WITH ALL

THESE

JEWS.

Songs
Source : various

to the tune of “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover”

We build the pyramids. We live in pain and fear.

We’re beaten and we’re bullied by the brutal overseer.

So Moses, can you help us, cause we really need to hear

About the Fifty Ways to Leave Mitzrayim.

Fifty Ways to Leave Mitzrayim.

So Moses said, I’ve seen the way a bush can burn.

And Adonai has told me that the Jews are my concern.

So if you listen closely, I believe that you will learn

About the Fifty Ways to Leave Mitzrayim.

Fifty Ways to Leave Mitzrayim.

(Chorus)

Don’t move a brick, Rick,

Make sure to pray, Ray,

Bring on a plague, Gregg,

Listen to me.

Leave in the night, Dwight,

Don’t wait for the bread, Ned,

Cross the Red Sea, Lee,

And get yourself free.

Moses continued, We can flee our evil foe.

And Adonai will lead us to the land where we can go.

So pack your matzah quickly if you really want to know

About the Fifty Ways to Leave Mitzrayim.

Fifty Ways to Leave Mitzrayim.

(Chorus)

Don’t move a brick, Rick,

Make sure to pray, Ray,

Bring on a plague, Gregg,

Listen to me.

Leave in the night, Dwight,

Don’t wait for the bread, Ned,

Cross the Red Sea, Lee,

And get yourself free.

Songs
Source : Frozen

(sung loosely to the tune of Let it Go)

The sand burns hot in the desert tonight

The foot prints of my people can be seen

A kingdom of subjugation under Pharaoh who is mean

Our people built his temples and pyramids to the sky

Oh dear lord hear our people’s cry...

Let us go, let us go

Can’t hold us back any more

Let us go, let us go.

Find someone else to do your chores

Elohim, adoni hear us pray,

Lets pack our things

The desert never bothered us anyway

It’s funny how some distance

makes Egyptians all seems small and the masters that controlled us can’t get to us at all

It’s time to see what we can do

The power of a people who’ve broken through

Torah v emet the laws for me.

We’re free.

Let us go, let us go.

We are one with the lord

Let us go, let us go.

We hope this Seder didn’t make you bored

So here we’ll sit and here we’ll stay

Let the Seder go on

The Maror never bothers me anyway...

by Hillary Goldberg

Songs
Source : http://www.jewishmag.com/jimmenu/passover.htm

The night of Pesach


By Michael Druck © 1992


It was the night of Pesach 
And all through the house 
You couldn't find bread 
In anyone's mouth 
The table was set with karpas and fish 
And maror and wine 
And potato knish 
With Daddy and Mommy 
And poor Uncle Lou 
Grandma and Grandpa 
And Sammy and Sue 
A place was set where nobody sat 
For Elijah the Prophet and a cup that was fat 
With wine and cheer 
For all that came by 
To see our set table 
And thank G-d with a sigh 
How lucky we were to be all at home 
And none of us should feel ever left all alone


First we made kiddush 
Then the washing of hands 
Karpas is next 
Passed 'round the table to Sam 
Dividing the matzoh and telling the tale 
Of the Jews leaving Egypt for Israel 
We passed the maror 
And ate our fish 
And hid the matzoh away with a dish 
And Grandpa stood up and said with a tear 
"We should all be together for Pesach next year!" 
Have a wonderful Pesach 
With joy in your home 
And from me to you 
I will say a SHALOM! 

Songs
Source : Medieval, found in Parnes Haggadah and others

Our seder now has ended

with its history-laden rites:

we have journeyed from Mitzrayim

on this storied night of nights.

We bore witness, we remembered

our covenant with You.

So we pray that You redeem us,

as you pledged Your word to do.

(Can be sung to many tunes, including theme songs from Star Wars and the Flintstones.)

Songs
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To the Tune of the Brady Bunch Theme song

Here's the story 

of our great-grand Bubby and Zeide 

Who were enslaved for about 210 years. 

All of them were stuck in Egypt, with their Jewish brothers, 

it was awfully hard work and bitter tears.

Here’s their story, 

Lets call it a “Seder” 

Which we tell about how they finally broke free!

God sent Moshe to deal with Pharaoh,

and also to split the red sea.

Till that one day when God himself came to our rescue 

And they knew it was much more than a hunch, 

That this group of slaves would somehow form a nation. 

That's the way we all became the Jewish Bunch. 

The Jewish Bunch,

That's the way we all became the Jewish Bunch. 

The Jewish Bunch

Songs
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To the tune of Piano Man by Billy Joel

It's nine o'clock at the Seder Night 

The regular family members shuffle in 

There's an old man sitting next to me makin’ love to his Manishewitz yayin

He says, "Son, can you tell me bout the Exodus 

I'm not really sure how it goes

But it's sad and it's sweet and it’s got no leavened wheat 

so wake me up when we get to the matza hors’ devours 

la la la, di da da La la, di di da da yay nu

Sing us a song, it’s the Seder, man 

Sing us a song tonight 

Well, we're all in the mood for the Exodus 

And this First Cup got us all feelin' all right

Songs
Source : www.bangitout.com

To the tune of Hotel California

On an Egyptian desert highway 

Cool wind in our hair 

Warm smell of mazohballs 

Rising up through the air. 

Up ahead in the distance 

There’s no food in sight

My head grew heavy, and my sight grew dim 

Why is this different then all other nights!?

There Elijah stood in the doorway 

I heard his dayanu song 

And I was thinking to myself 

This could be Heaven or Maagid prolonged!? 

Then I asked the 4 questions 

The hagadah taught me the way 

There were voices for each 4 sons I thought I heard them say:


Chorus 

Welcome to our Passover Seder 

Such a lovely place 

Such a lovely place (background) 

There’s no need to race! 

Plenty of room at our Passover Table 

It’s that time of year It’s that time of year (background) 

When we can’t serve Beer!

Songs
Source : www.bangitout.com

To the Tune of Mockingbird

Hush, little Moses, don't say a word, 

God's going to give you a bush to burn. 

And if that burning bush don't sing, 

God's going to make you goto the Egyptian king. 

And if that king's heart turns hard,

God's going to give you a get-out-of-jail-free-card 

And if that get out of jail card don't cash, God's going to give you a walking staff.

And if that walking staff breaks,

God's going to bring blood to the lakes. 

And if that bloody water gets dumped, 

God's going to bring you frogs that jump. 

And if those frogs don’t play nice,

God's going to bring you creepy crawly lice. 

And if those lice don't seem to itch, 

God's gonna bury your animals in a ditch, 

And if wild animals are ruining the soil, 

God's gonna bring you skin burning boils,

 And if those boils don't make you wail,

God's gonna pour down on you fiery hail, 

And if that hail ain't as big as nuts, 

God's gonna send you swarmy locusts, 

And if those locust eat all your bark,

God's gonna make the sun go dark,

And if you thought darkness is the worst of the storms, 

God's gonna take your very first born. 

So here is a lesson you should know, 

If you were a good pharaoh you would just let my people go

Songs
Source : www.bangitout.com

To the "Three's Company" Theme Song

Come and knock on our door ... 

We've been waiting for you ... 

Where the 5th cup is yours and yours and yours,

Eliyahu's company, too!

Come join us for our sedor... 

Take 15 steps that are new ... 

We've lived in galus that now needs your hatzolos, 

Eliyahu's coming IY"H soon.

You'll see that life is a seder and Jerusalem is calling for you ... 

Israe'ls our rendez-vous, 

Eliyhu's coming now Nu!

Songs
Source : www.bangitout.com

To the “Addams Family" Theme song

They're creepy and they're snoopy, 

Neurotic and kooky, 

all craving mazoball soupy, 

Your Seder Family. 

Their house is clean from chometz 

Your uncle seems to have turrets 

a non stop night to Kvetch 

Your Seder Family. 

So open up your hagadah 

a pillow for grandmotha 

We can’t stand and love eachotha 

Your Seder Family!

Songs
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I know a place, 

Where the karpas is really greener, 

Wheat,spelt orrye, 

Becomes leavened with water!

Sipping Kedem grape juice, 

Leaning on my seder pillows! 

The sons - wise, bad n’ mute, 

try'na snag the afikomen!

You could travel the world, 

But nothin' comes close, 

To that final fourth Kose! 

Once you seder with u-us, you'll be eating gebructs! 

Oh oh oh ohhhhhhh!

Kadish Urchatz - we're unforgettable, 

Karpas, Yachatz – Passover Shnapps! 

Bitter Herbs, 

So hot - it’ll melt your popsicle!

Oh oh oh ohhhhhhh!

4 questions, we're undeniable, 

Fine, fresh, fierce, 

Horseraddish shell shock! 

Passover represent, now put your Hagadah up!

Oh oh oh ohhhhhhh!

Songs
Source : Unknown

(Sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music)

cleaning and cooking and so many dishes

out with the hametz no pasta no knishes

fish thats gefillted horseradish that stings

these are a few off our passover things.

 Chorus:

matzah and karpas and chopped up haroset

shankbones and kiddish and yiddish neuroses

tante who kvetches and uncle who sings

these are a few off our passover things.

Chorus:

matzi and marror and trouble with pharahs

famines and locusts and slaves with wheelbaarrows

matzah balls floating and eggshell that clings

these are a few off our passover things.

Chorus:

when the plagues strike

when the lice bite

when were feeling sad

we simply remember our passover things

and then we dont feel so bad.