(ac)counting

kindness counts

let me count the (w/d)ays

The period between Pesach and Shavuot was one of serious tension in ancient Israel. The barley harvest began at Pesach and the wheat harvest ended near the time of Shavuot. More was at stake during the period of the counting of the Omer than our spiritual growth. The future year’s wealth, […]

#blogexodus : future (tweet #torah at sinai)

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 […]

#blogexodus : questions

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:

Hebrew

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 […]

#blogexodus : spring (karpas)

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 […]

#blogexodus : spring (springtime holidays)

preparations for pesach

Preparations for Pesach could begin as early as Tu b’Shvat. Some people have practiced growing their own parsley for their seders beginning by planting seeds at the “birthday of the trees.” The timing is about right, but parsley can be a bit fussy to start from seed. There may be other plants that […]

#blogexodus : plagues (a word search puzzle)

make room in your haggadah/seder for the younger people:

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[…]

#blogexodus : (the cup of) redemption

the second cup — the cup of redemption — כוס גאולה

Think of each cup of wine as a toast to the generations of our people who committed themselves to the struggle for liberation in their own day.

With the second cup of wine we recall the second promise, the second stage, of our redemption, the actual […]

#blogexodus : freedom — braiding three strands

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,
we […]

#blogexodus : slavery — shapes, colors, sounds

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?

#blogexodus : cleansing (waters of miriam's well)

the cleansing waters of miriam’s well
What follows is the ritual I have used at my seder since the mid 1990s.

Before the Seder begins I fill the bottom quarter of a large pitcher with slices of orange (and often sprigs of mint) then fill the remainder with ice cubes. Once you can no longer put in […]