aiming toward the future
How do I long for Your presence? Let me count the days:
הִנְנִי מוּכָן וּמְזוֻמָּן לְקַיֵּם מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה שֶׁל סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר.
Hin’ni muchan um’zuman l’kayem mitzvat aseh shal s’firat ha’Omer.
I am ready to move from freedom to responsibility, as I count the Omer days.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵנוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר.
the four questions
Our people has lived all over this earth. Wherever we go, we ask questions. These are some of our most famous questions, expressed in a growing variety of languages.
The youngest able recites:
מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל–הַלֵּילוֹת
שֶׁבְּכָל–הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין חָמֵץ וּמַצָּה; הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלּוֹ מַצָּה
שֶׁבְּכָל–הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין שְׁאָר יְרָקוֹת; הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלּוֹ מָרוֹר
שֶׁבְּכָל–הַלֵּילוֹת אֵין […]
כרפס | karpas | eat the green vegetables
Dip sprigs of parsley in salt water and distribute them to all present at the Seder table while reading the following paragraphs and singing the following songs.
My heart overflows with joy! I finally see more daylight than darkness and a full moon glows tonight. Celebrate with me the flowering of the […]
a braid of three strands
There are many possible modes for understanding the events retold in the Pesach Haggadah.
Of these, three are braided together so that, if we concentrate exclusively on any one of them, we diminish the special qualities of the entire story.
By participating in the symbolic actions built into the order of the Seder,
shapes, colors and sounds of slavery
make room in your haggadah/seder for the youngest:
what words, shapes, colors and sounds do you imagine when you think of slavery?
rabbi meir shmuel ben tzipporah v’nechemia halevi [ר‘משבצונה“ל] teaches:
Judith came in from the fields where it appeared as though the whole community was out harvesting the new grain crop. The rains had ceased and the ground had dried enough to enable them to walk through the plants and collect the ripened sheaves. The stone house […]