Veteran Passover seder attendees can sometimes (or often) get shpilkes* from the weight of tradition. To cope, s.These are events , as a way of surviving: a 40-something page haggadah which all of a sudden feels like 1,000 Torahs; the many prayers, repetitive and compulsory; a Hillel sandwich or a bit of egg that doesn’t quite cut it as an appetizer when the scent of greatly-anticipated matzah ball soup is wafting in from the kitchen. All this stress is enough to make anyone want to abandon the guidebook, cherry pick the good parts, and move on to the meal.
However “seder” means order. And God, redeeming our people with a strong hand and mighty arm, freed us to experience lives of peace and purpose within His plan. Some of the best proof of this lies in the Exodus’s ten plagues, and ultimately, the final plague of the killing of first-born sons “passing over” homes marked with the blood of a young, blemish-free lamb. If the Israelites of that day had decided to do what each felt was best, their closest family members would have been lost in an Egyptian tidal wave of death (and that’s before they even got to the Red Sea).
This Passover, embrace the underlying order of the rituals, whether or not you follow them to “wise son precision.” God prescribed a path of life for our ancestors in freeing them from slavery. In a sense, this is still available to us today, and a much greater decision than Maxwell or Reconstructionist DIY. We believe that if you look at the Exodus, the Torah and all of Hebrew Scripture, you will see that God has always had a way for each of us to know Him, with our human shortcomings passed over, ultimately through a divine messiah.
If you have questions, comments, Passover stress stories of your own or want to connect (or reconnect) with the God of order behind past (and present) redemption, please chat with us below (bottom right).
Also, we think you’ll enjoy this special video on the Passover.
*A state of impatience or agitation