Posted on March 8, 2019 by Sarah Gluck & Lisa Friedman
Did you know that Pesach is the most-observed Jewish holiday in North America? Family and friends gather around the table to retell the ancient story of our people’s liberation from bondage and journey into freedom. We beautify our tables with ritual objects and special settings that we use just for Passover. We prepare delicious food, including cherished family recipes, to be enjoyed by all. And we tell the story.
The seder is meant to be interesting and engaging, not dull and boring. It should be just long enough to tell the story meaningfully. There’s so much we can do to make the seder experience lively and interactive, for both children and adults. The job of the seder leader(s) is to give the great themes of Pesach new life each year through the familiar rituals and symbols, and to do it in such a way as to involve everyone around the table.
Here are just a few tips to help make your seder extra-dynamic and fun:
The Passover story is a magnificent tale of faith and freedom. The message that the redemptive power of God, which sustained our ancestors in their journey from slavery to freedom, and that continues to sustain us in our generation and in generations yet to come, is powerful and inspiring. 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!
Sarah Gluck and Lisa Friedman
Originally published in the March-April 2019 issue of the Shofar. For more issues of the Shofar, visit the Shofar archives.