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The Ten Minute Seder, World’s Shortest Kosher Haggadah

Want a quick Seder to do with anxious relatives or kids? Presenting the “Ten Minute Seder.” This Hagaddah is two pages long and was created to be used at a Shabbat Tent Seder. Everything that MUST be said or done at the Seder is included. In addition some favorites are included like Dayeinu. Even if you will use another Hagaddah, check out the Ten Minute Seder!

THe 10 MINUTE HAGGADAH 2012
Chag Sameach

Excerpt:

PARTICIPANT

1. What’s up with the matzoh?  2. What’s the deal with horseradish? 3. What’s with the dipping of the herbs? 4. What’s this whole chilling at the table business?

PARTICIPANTS SAY TOGETHER

We were slaves in Egypt. God lifted us out with awesome miracles. Had God not taken us out of Egypt, then what? We, and our children, and our children’s children would still be slaves in Egypt! Therefore, even if we were all wise people of understanding, all elders well-versed in the Torah, we would still be commanded to tell about the Exodus from Egypt. All people who discuss the story of Passover at length are praiseworthy

LEADER

The Torah reflects upon four types of kids: One Wise, One Evil, One Simple, and One Who Doesn’t Know How To Ask. GUIDE the wise one through the obligations of Passover. TELL the Evil One, we need you to be part of our people. EXPLAIN to the Simple One, “with a strong hand God brought us out of Egypt.” ENGAGE the one who doesn’t know how to ask, make that child feel comfortable, and tell them about the Exodus.

A Kabbalist’s Feast: The Tu B’Shvat Seder, Revised and Updated 2012 Edition

This is the fifth edition of my Tu b’Shvat seder and has some great new additions having to do with beer and counting the omer. You will notice other improvements in instructions, footnotes, and explanations.

May you be blessed to have a meaningful Tu b’Shvat and next year in Jerusalem!

DOWNLOAD THE UPDATED AND REVISED KABBALIST’S FEAST – 2012 EDITION

Next Year In Jerusalem?

We live in such comfort in America. We have no fears. We shop effortlessly at supermarkets stocked with Passover foods, much of it imported from Israel. The ease at which we can celebrate Passover in America is astounding. However in Israel, in Jerusalem, in the city that we prayed for and dreamed of for so many generations, Jews are wondering – will I have Passover next year in Jerusalem?

From a bird’s eye view of history, the entire episode is surreal.

We have the first African America President, celebrating a Jewish holiday at his own home. His administration has been downright hostile to Israel’s Prime Minister and Jewish sovereignty over a unified Jerusalem. Two-thirds of Congress support Israel and reducing tensions. Christians for Israel are flooding the White House and Congress with thousands of emails in support of Israel. The vast majority of Israelis and world Jewish opinion are in favor of a unified Jerusalem. Obama got elected thanks to the Jews, who believed him when he renounced Reverend Wright’s anti-Israel “Fall of Jerusalem” speech. But things are looking out very differently. Obama is leading the world in contesting Israel’s sovereignty over her own capital, which is by extension contesting Israel’s entire right to exist.

In every corner of the world, across centuries of mistreatment and persecution, we have proclaimed Next year in Jerusalem at the end of our Passover Seders. It is not just Jerusalem that we are praying about, it is the entire essence of Jerusalem, the holy city, the capital of the Jewish people, the site of our greatest victories and our most bitter defeats. Jerusalem is not some city like Belfast or Berlin. Jerusalem is our holy city, our political capital, the meeting place for the Jewish world, the destination of our pilgrimages, the center of our universe. The next year in Jerusalem that we say at the Seder is a reaffirmation of our psyche, our consciousness, our body politic.

During Seder in the darkened basements in Spain during the inquisition – Next year in Jerusalem. During Seder hiding from Pogroms in Ukraine – Next year in Jerusalem. During Seder behind the Iron Curtain under the totalitarian Soviet oppression – Next year in Jerusalem. During Seder in Auschwitz in the darkest hour of Jewish history – Next year in Jerusalem. During Seder in Jerusalem this year, and every year – Next year in Jerusalem!

Going Kosher For Passover 2010

Passover is a completely awesome holiday. Going “Kosher for Passover” is a cool way to do Spring cleaning, start a healthier diet, and get spiritual. While preparation requires some effort, understanding what is required can make the task cheaper, faster, and easier, giving you more time to prepare for the spirit of the Holiday. Do what you can at your own pace.

Download this one page handy guide! going kosher for passover guide 2010

Download the audio class on this new podcast series – Connect To Something Deeper

Tip: If making a Seder, use the Hagaddah to check you have everything need for the Seder a few days in advance.