Pesach is the time when we celebrate our freedom and the exodus of our ancestors from Egyptian bondage. It is time we liberate our own Seder with which we remember our past so we can appreciate what freedom means in our own lives. Too many people find themselves sitting stiffly around the dining room, turning pages in a text that seems lifeless and asking only one question, “When do we eat?” the experience is extremely unsatisfying. Let me suggest some alternatives for your consideration. First, and perhaps most important, you need to think about who will be at your Seder table. Will there be childrenRead More →

KadeshRight hand holding imaginary kiddush cup, with the left hand underneath UrhatzPretend to wash hands KarpasLeft hand forms a bowl or a cup; right hand dips into it twice YachatzTwo hands pretending to split a matzah MaggidTwo hands opening and closing, with fingers opposed to thumb, as if talking RachtzahPretend to wash hands Motzi/MatzahFingers in bunch to mouth as if feeding yourself MarorSame as above but make a face KorechPosition hands as if holding a large sandwich and take an imaginary bite Shulchan OrechHolding fork and knife in ready to eat position TzafoonHand shading eyes in a “searching” position BarechHands held out in front together,Read More →

Special care must be taken with Passover foods. If a mistake is made while preparing foods throughout the year, the law provides several remedies. These remedies do not apply to the laws of hametz. The laws of annulment (one part in sixty) do not apply whatsoever regarding hametz. Chemicals permitted during the year might be prohibited on Passover. Non-Passover dishes, pots and hametz, which have been sold, should be separated, locked up and marked “Hametz” in order to prevent accidental use. All utensils, pots dishes, counters and anything used for food preparation should be kashered for Passover. If it is not possible to kasher them,Read More →

In structuring the Seder and creating the Haggadah, Ha”zal, our sages designed an incredible, interactive learning experience, enabling multiple generations to teach each other and become part of a centuries old dialogue of discovering the inner meaning of Pesach and its implications for their own lives. The rituals of the Seder and the texts of the Haggadah were our teachers’ vehicle for translating one of the meta-messages of Pesach, “That each person is supposed to feel as if they themselves left Egyptian servitude to go forward into the wilderness, to encounter the Holy One, and become a sacred nation.” It is this journey that theRead More →