Category Archives: ritual

#blogelul — prepare

the upcom­ing event You’ve invit­ed a num­ber of friends over. Even if it is a pot-luck din­ner, there’s much you need to do in advance of the meal. You, as I do, prob­a­bly have lists with sub­lists encom­pass­ing all the projects that go … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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(ac)counting

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 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#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 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#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 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#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! … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#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 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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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 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#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 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#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? have avail­able col­ored pen­cils, pens, crayons; use a plain white paper table­cloth And … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#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) … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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