Our tradition teaches us that the Passover Seder is meant to be a learning experience for children of all ages, from 1 - 100. Our questions are more important that the answers. As you prepare to sit around the Seder table, we’d like to offer you some additional questions to help connect the past, present, and future of our Passover traditions. Focusing on the symbols of Passover, we hope this resource helps highlight our traditions in a way that links to where we are today and will lead to asking even more questions.
What is your chametz?
As we prepare for Passover we get rid of anything that contains chametz – any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, or their derivatives, which has leavened (risen) – and traditionally we abstain from chametz throughout Passover. Actual chametz is relatively easy to identify. What chametz in your spiritual life are you going to clean out this year?
What are our plagues?
We read in the Haggadah that God sent 10 plagues upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians to convince them to let the Israelites go. What are our contemporary Plagues that are reminding us to cherish our freedom and make sure more people are free?
What enslaves you?
Each year at the Passover Seder we read that the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. One of the central purposes of the Seder is to remember what it means to be enslaved. What enslaves you today?
What is your matzah?
The Israelites had to pack to leave Egypt at a moments notice without time to bake bread and let it rise. What is the most essential to you today – what would you be taking with you?
In this day and age, living in a world of seemingly endless choices, what are your reasons for celebrating Passover in a world of choice?