Eating matzo is

Best when spread with the stories

of where we come from.

-Susan Barocas


Wise, sly, simple, mute-

These, the four children, who knew?

Members of Congress.

-Dena Goodman

Passover is full of haikus and stories– the personal and the political, stories from long ago, and stories still unfolding.  On Passover, it seems like all those kinds of stories come together into one, giant, epic story we call the Haggadah, the Telling.

I am so looking forward to sharing Passover with many of you at our first Second Night Community Seder!  For those of you who can’t make it, please feel free (pun intended) to incorporate these aspects of our seder into your celebration.  Here are a few things you can bring to the seder so you can be prepared to leave Egypt with us:

  1. A PillowLet’s get comfortable together, as we luxuriate in our freedom.  The seder was originally modeled after a Greek symposium – think heaps of food, adult beverages, and pillows galore.  The ultimate in freedom.
  1. MoneySeriously?!  Yes, I realize this isn’t a traditional item at a seder, and we don’t usually deal with money on Jewish holidays.  But we are not a traditional congregation… At a certain point in the seder, we will be giving tzedakah to ten different causes of our choosing.  You can choose to give to all ten, or just a few you are especially passionate about.  This will be our way of helping to address ten modern plagues of our time.
  1. Your questions and your thoughtful engagement This is a Night of Questions, and at the seder, I will be asking YOUR questions.  Please write down whatever question you have, no matter how simple or complex it may be, on a piece of paper and bring it with you to our seder.  When you come in, there will be a box at the leader’s table in which you can place your questions. Throughout the seder, I will take out a few at the time and read them out loud.

So now many of you may be wondering and fretting about the length of the seder!  Not to worry, you will be eating dinner before 7:30, I promise.  And, we will serve a robust karpas (root vegetable hors d’oeuvres) toward the start of the seder, so no one will go hungry. 

Lastly, I want to thank Randi Davis, who has gone above and beyond her responsibilities as our president to cook and coordinate all the food preparation for this seder.  Passover would not be as joyous, liberating, and tasty without her efforts.

Have a sweet, sweet Pesach!

Rabbi Anna