The essence of Passover and of the Seder is to see ourselves as though each of us personally came out of Egypt. This is our story and how we came to be.
When you plan a trip, don’t you go on line and check out interesting places to visit? Don’t you purchase a travel book; investigate the customs, temperature, activities and adventure opportunities there? Ever ask your kids to go on line to pick some places or activities? Do you think about what you will pack, maybe buy new clothes for the trip? If a foreign language is being spoken there, will you find a glossary of important terms?
Isn’t it true that we prepare to make our trips fun and exciting for ourselves and our families? Of course it is. As parents and grandparents, we are in the memory making business and we want to create the most meaningful memories for our children and grandchildren.
The Passover Seder is a very real spiritual journey. How have you prepared for it?
What will you be doing to create deep, positive and meaningful memories for yourself and your family? Will you just be jumping on the plane in your pajamas with no suitcase and no plans? Are you going to go on a weeklong journey and just wing it? Will you spend more time thinking about Spring Break than the Passover Seder? If you are not leading your own Seder, how might you be able to help the leader? Have you offered?
We have the famous Four Questions. A question I never want to be asked is, “How Come You Did Not Really Try to Make This Night Different From All Other Nights” or worse, that as a result of our not giving this spiritual journey our best effort, our grandchildren are not even at a Seder to ask a question.
It is not too late! Get out your Haggadot and review it before the Seder! Consider making your own Haggadah! Go on line. Find special readings. There are many of them: AIPAC. Mazon. American Jewish World Service (written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt) just to name a few. There are fun Seder songs that involve everyone. There are online resources for anyone who can’t remember a melody for a part of the Haggadah or wants to learn a new one. Thank you Sidduraudio.com/pesach!
For anyone concerned about peas, rice, corn and beans, you may be in luck! Talk to your rabbi and see if she approves of Rabbi Golinkin’s opinion about “kitniyot” (eating legumes during Passover). For other thoughts on the subject, you can read the article: “Kitniyot: Not Quite Chametz.” Fortunately, my Rabbi poskins like Rabbi Golinkin.
It has never been easier to have a fun, meaningful, engaging and memorable Seder!
Torah Study this Shabbat starts at 9:45 a.m. Rabbi Aaron Bergman will be leading us examining some of Rav Kook’s writings about Passover. You will be amazed! Come as you are. Stay as long as you like. This will be a great way to recover from Seder I and help prepare for Seder II.
Best wishes to you, your family and friends for a most wonderful Shabbat and Passover experience,
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameyach,