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Preparation

Seder table, fully set

 

Postponment Prayer by Heather Paul
On the morning prior to seder, we customarily perform the ritual of burning leavened bread, Bee-ur chametz, to signify that we have cleansed our homes of chametz and are ready for Passover. This year, as we ready for seder, we also need to acknowledge that our hopes and expectations for a holiday shared with loved ones in person have been transformed and postponed. We still seek to find holiness in these times.

 

Marie Kondo & Mussar: Cleansing Home and Soul by Rabbi Elyssa Cherney
Preparing for the holiday is its own spiritual practice. In this article, Rabbi Elyssa Cherney turns cleaning for Passover into a mindfulness practice.

 

Vegan Seder Adjustments by Jacob Ari Lebendz
Interested in a vegan seder? Maybe you can’t find a shank bone, or are having trouble finding eggs? Click here for some suggestions.

 

“The Order” performed by Shabbat Unplugged on A Night of Questions. * This song helps all participants remember where we are in the seder. In some families, the song is sung at the beginning of each section only up until that section is mentioned. For example, at Kadesh, sing “Kadesh!” At Urchatz, sing “Kadesh, urchatz!” In this way, the song only gets completed at the end of the seder.

Seder Mnemonic: The Order by Reconstructing Judaism

 


§ Curated and written by Rabbi Elyse Wechterman and Rabbi Maurice Harris. Sourced by Rabbi Michael Fessler, Tresa Grauer, Ph.D., Alison Houghton, Rabbi Maurice Harris, Jackie Land, Rabbi Alan LaPayover, Rabbi Vivie Mayer, Rabbi Isaac Saposnik, Rabbi Elyse Wechterman, Rabbi Micah Geurin Weiss, Cyd Weissman. Graphic by Rosa Cohen. Web development by Rabbi Michael Fessler.

* Music courtesy of Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein, Rabbi Myriam Klotz, Rabbi G. Rayzel Raphael, Juliet Spitzer, Rabbi Margot Stein and Rabbi Shawn Zevit. More of their music and the music of their bands, Shabbat Unplugged and Miraj, is available on SpotifyiTunes and CD Baby. Songs copyright ©Shabbat Unplugged and the Reconstructionist Press.