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Zoom Seder 2021 Outline
“No Seder Like Our Sederf”
Urhatz—We cleanse our hands from the tum’ah, the impurity of the virus and the paralysis of fear.
Blessed is the Soul of the Universe,
Breathing us in and breathing us out.
May our breaths continue
And our health and the health of all
In this time of sickness and fear of sickness.
We take as much responsibility for this as we can
By observing the obligation to wash our hands
For as long as it takes to say this prayer.
CHAT BOX MOMENT
How has the ritual of washing hands changed for you THIS PAST YEAR?
Have you gotten more aware of cleanliness? Obsessed?
Karpas – p 10
Karpas—We hold the symbols of spring that remind us that the life of the universe
continues its cycle of death and of rebirth. The new green sprouts break through the kittel,
the lingering shroud of the snow of winter.
Still, we dip the hopes of spring into the salt water of current loss.
PEOPLE CAN EAT!! PASS AROUND NUTS OR CHIPS…. Blessing
CHAT BOX MOMENT - CARD – IS IT GOOD TO CRY?
YACHATZ. – larger piece for afikomen
Get rid of that hametz!!
I do not want you in my house
I do not want you or your spouse
I do not want to eat with you
At Seder One or Seder Two
Don't get me wrong I think you're nice
Bu the CDC gave me this advice
You must avoid one plague more
And shoo Elijah from your door
At next year's Seder we will tell
How we were all saved by Purell
CHAT BOX MOMENT: HOW IS COVID 19 LIKE HAMETZ? OR NOT?
Maggid--In a time of isolation, we must remember that humans are defined by our ability to speak.
We cry across the electronic void hurling words of connection to those near and far. It is true lo tov heyot adam livado—it is not good for people to be alone.
We speak of the four expressions of redemption:
Freedom from fear
Freedom to hope
Freedom from inequality
Freedom to care
Ha Lachma p. 12 – we are in the darkness phase. Uncover matza.
ENGLISH of Ha lachma
*** CHAT BOX MOMENT:
“Everybody needs an Egypt…
And one long journey
that they’ll remember forever
on the soles of their feet” (Amnon Ribeck)
1) What do you consider your promised land?
2) What three objects would you bring out of Egypt? Do a word cloud
CHAT QUESTION – CAN YOU THINK OF AN EXAMPLE OF “MISSING THE MOMENT”
AND A WINDOW CLOSING ON WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A WORLD SHAKING EVENT
What does it mean to “ask questions” when one is celebrating the Seder alone or with a small gathering?How is a does a virtual Seder feel different from a personal SederDo you think that a virtual Seder will discourage or encourage conversation and questions? Why?
CHATBOX – First Gentleman Doug Emhoffurged us this Passover to talk about the unsung heroes, past and present —
including, of course, the teachers, first responders, grocery store clerks,
and medical professionals who have all worked tirelessly through this pandemic.
PUT DIFFERENT VERSIONS INTO THE CHAT AND ASK THEM TO CLICK ON ONE
Four Daughters (Tablet)
Maggid cards for chat discussion
p. 35 V’hi She’amda – signs and wonders. Read on page and then this reading
“Not with a strong hand /And not with an outstretched arm /
And not with great awe / And not with signs /
And not with wonders / Rather hesitantly, with small steps, terrified by darkness
/ Softly / Dedicated / Purposefully / with accuracy / And love
/ Carrying little signs like the wrinkles of passing time,
/ The transition of seasons, my changing body, the pearls of my longings.”
Chat Box Moment: Are the “signs and wonders” picket signs and perseverance?
Or are they simply thoughts and prayers? Who do WE stand up for?
“Let My People Go “ that’s our response. "If I Had a Hammer
Ten Plagues – p. 46.
Dayenu - p48
Sea Shanty video - https://youtu.be/VQON0ipv6iI NO
“Two walls of water are on my right and my left
Behind me are Pharaoh’s troops
and in front of me the desert
And perhaps the promised land.
That sums up my life.” (Yehuda Amichai)
P. 52 – Pesach, Matza and maror – read together 52-53
P. 54 B’chol dor vador – 55. Read all together and frankl reading on p 55 bottom
Show N tell – show family heirloom or other special Pesach object…..
p.58. miriam’s cup / 2nd cup
p. 60 Rahtzah--We wash again. This second washing is different for we have added a letter “heh” to the end of the word. We feel more connected to the holiness of the universe,
to each other and to the Holy One. We can now bless our hands by reaching out to help those in need
as it says with a strong hand and an outstretched arm you will help lift others out of their Egypt.
Chat box question: What activities (or ceasing of your normal activities)
have you found to be reviving during the year of quarantine?
p. 59 Motzi Matzah--We need to find (motzi) the matzah.
All the blows of the taskmasters can be seen on its pockmarked surface.
Yet it has become the symbol of freedom. It reminds us that once upon a time we left Egypt.
The only thing we carried with us into freedom was matzah. It was enough-dayenu.
Maror p. 60--We taste the bitterness of this very moment.
For the reality is we never completely leave Egypt nor make it to the Promised Land.
We are always on the way. It is in the seeking not the finding that life is lived.
Yet, tasting matzah, we are better equipped to confront the bitterness that is our lot.
Korekh--The deeper truth is that there is no slavery and no freedom distinct from each other.
They are not separate realms. Thus, we take matzah and maror and eat them together,
no longer imagining that we can separate them. Korekh means to embrace---to embrace all of life.
Which one would you most want to try?
Shulhan Orekh--The pedagogy of the seder rests on our eating the experience not just talking about it.
We ingest the bitterness and the freedom. By the time we get to the meal itself,
it is freedom we eat as we remember the key lesson of the story—having once experienced freedom,
we know deeply it is possible to be free again.
Tzafun--We began with matzah as the bread of affliction.
It then became the symbol of the Exodus
and finally it is the afikomen. The hidden is revealed.
The afikomen points to the messianic future waiting to be announced by
Elijah standing at the door of humanity.
If only we would fully realize the potential that is in the world and that lies in our hand,
the door to freedom could be thrown wide open and kol ditzrikh yaitei ve-yifsakh—all in need would celebrate the great redemption of Pesah.
Afikoman note in my haggadah – an amulet that protected from disease.
p. 68 – should we invite Elijah in???? 14 day quarantine?
Barekh--we are grateful for the blessings of our lives and even more
God’s promise to Abraham “heyeh berakhah” live your life in such a way as to be a blessing to others.
Hallel—we join with Miriam as we open our hearts and lift our voices in song—
it is the only way to cross the sea.
4th cup – p.73. // counting the omer p, 73
Echad Mi Yodaya (show Israeli election cartoon) p 76
Had Gadya with sound effects (get volunteers). // cause effect…cascading events – all our destinies are interconnected
and even the slightest act done by the least significant person can make a huge difference.
p. 85 Nirtza – read “The seder ends in an outburst of longing.” (longing for the meal!!!).
Nirtzah--The Psalmist says: “open your hand and satisfy every living thing be-ratzon with will”. It is a mistake to understand that verse as meaning
God gives every living being what they desire. That is not our experience.
What we are given is ratzon—a will to live, to love, and to give. Now we are ready for the journey to freedom that lies ahead.
Is it better for the host to pre-spill some wine?
19:13:09 From Michael Christie : spill 19:13:13 From Hope Stanger : YES! 19:13:21 From brenda&andrew : Sure 19:13:24 From Leo (they/them) and Mia (they/them) : Yes! It’s welcoming and makes everyone feel more at ease 19:13:28 From Brian's iPhone : ok to spill 19:13:44 From Binnie Ditesheim : Makes those who spill more comfortable 19:13:46 From Dan Hammerman : Spills should only be accidental…no need to make a mess intentionally :) 19:14:01 From Marcia B. Staines : Yes spill some:) 19:14:06 From Jake Sigman : Spill! It’s not a passover seder unless someone spills their wine. 19:14:12 From Susan Schneiderman : its inevitable 19:15:08 From Amy Greenberg : A great idea. I spilled water on the Seder table.
I would have felt better if there had already been a spill. 19:15:29 From Leslie’s iPad : Spill the wine and make sure the tablecloth is washable. 19:21:42 From Gail and Stephen Trell : no spilling. it makes both the spillee and the host uncomfortable 19:22:16 From Gail and Stephen Trell : and guests too.
WHAT THREE ITEMS WOULD YOU TAKE FORM EGYPT?19:29:28 From Eileen Rosner : ```````````````````KIDDUSH CUP photo of family my great grandfather’s violin 19:30:02 From brenda&andrew : Camel 20:06:57 From Leslie’s iPad : Gun violence.
TEN MODERN PLAGUES? 20:07:11 From Judith Aronin : let's add GUN VIOLENCE!!!! 20:07:18 From Amanda Geffner : Polarized society 20:07:25 From Sandy-Alvin Siegartel : Bullying 20:07:58 From Dan Hammerman : Racism Inability to empathize 20:12:26 From Sandy-Alvin Siegartel : Using specific events to highlight social injustice. Spoke of Flint Michigan to discuss water pollution and lead poisoning. 20:15:18 From Leslie’s iPad : Hopefully African American’s Exodus is going on now. 20:15:30 From Amanda Geffner : Zisn Pesach all and thank you xoxo 20:34:19 From Pamela Tinkham : It's a beautiful Seder! Thank you! 20:36:42 From Sandy-Alvin Siegartel : A blessing to share a Pesach Seder with our TBE FAMILY! 20:54:32 From Sandy-Alvin Siegartel : We can take this show on the road! 20:56:35 From Sandy-Alvin Siegartel : Yasher Koach Rabbi and Cantor! 20:57:03 From Leslie’s iPad : Thank you both!