Posted on March 3, 2018 by Sarah Gluck
Conversations over the years with students in Grades 3 through 7 have given them the opportunity to express all the things they don’t like about the Passover Seder. The idea is not to focus on the negative, but to allow the kids to get everything they don’t like about Seder out of their systems before flipping the conversation around to the positive.
It is always important to acknowledge what children have to say about their experiences — and — you know what? — about Seder, they’re right!
Seder is meant to be interesting and engaging, not dry and boring. It should be not too long, just long enough to tell the story, and to tell it meaningfully. There’s much we can do to make the experience lively and interactive, for children and adults alike. Convey the messages of freedom and redemption clearly and with feeling. Sing songs. Put on a skit. Come in costume, if you are so moved. Ask questions, and make it clear that everyone around the table has something valuable to contribute, including, maybe even especially, the children. After all, they are the ones who will carry the tradition forward. Our job is to give the great themes of Pesach new life each year through the rituals and symbols of the Seder.
So, let’s rework our list:
10 Things Kids Want From Seder:
The Passover story is a magnificent tale of faith and freedom. Its message of the redemptive power of God that sustained our ancestors in their journey from slavery to freedom will continue to sustain us in our generation and in generations yet to come.
This year, as we gather for Seder, let’s make sure that everyone around the table can play an active role in retelling the story to truly understand and live the values that distinguish our faith and our people.
Chag Pesach sameach — wishing you and your family a joyous Passover!
Originally published in the March-April issue of the Shofar. For more issues of the Shofar, visit the Shofar archives.