Passover Roundup 2017

Passover is nearly upon us – a holiday that lends itself well to experiments in applied Jewish wisdom, even more than usual, and we hope some of the resources below will help you deepen and expand your experiences this year.

Haggadot and Seder Supplements

Sh’ma Now offers an entire issue on Dayenu, with multiple articles examining the impact, limitations, and nuances of this Jewish Sensibility…plus their printable conversation guide can help you explore further, at a seder or elsewhere.

Bible Raps has a Hip Hop Haggadah to add a new beat to your seder.

AJWS offers a full Haggadah on global justice: Next Year in a Just World

Tru’ah, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights offers a selection of seder resources to bring in a variety of issues or infuse a overall perspective in your Passover practices.

If you’re looking for extra questions, go beyond the traditional four with 20 Table Topics from JewishBoston.com

Mechon Hadar, as always, has a rich collection of thinking on Passover’s themes and texts

And as always: take pieces from the above, find a wealth of other core and supplementary material, and assemble a haggadah that fits your unique personality and needs at Haggadot.com

Alternately, you can put together the perfect supplement/sourcesheet at Sefaria.org (now with accompanying app!)

 

Videos and Mobile Apps

 

 

The Order of the Seder from Nina Paley on Vimeo.

 

We don’t even know where to start with all the wonderful passover resources at BimBam!  There’s the Let’s Get Ready for Passover game for kids, all their videos, and more…go explore!

 

 

 

AJWS offers a version of Dayenu this year designed to get you to talk about the Sensibility (pairs great with our Sh’ma Now link above)  And if you need to learn the song, there’s no time like the present.

 

CHAD GADYA from Nina Paley on Vimeo.

And a reminder of the breadth of Jewish wisdom – we never get tired of the Rube Goldberg Seder, from the students at Technion!

 

 

 

And…a bit of a stretch we hope you’ll nonetheless appreciate.  At the end of the seder, where does our narrative land?  Not just freedom but the hope and promise of home.  This video from the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus isn’t traditional, but is worth a listen, whether or not it fits into your Passover this year.

 

Nachshon – On Embracing Risk as An Institutional Value

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Before they hired their first staff member, the board of Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation defined their core values, which were later adopted by Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

One of those values is:

נחשון “NACHSHON” (First into the water): Drive Forward

We embrace new insights, big ideas, and fresh initiatives with an action orientation, learning as  we go. We are willing to rise to the occasion when others cannot, do not, or will not.

The story of Nachshon is a midrash you may have shared at your seder this year – at the Red Sea, with the Egyptian army closing in, Moses stood with his arms outstretched – but the sea was unmoved until one man, Nachshon, plunged in. Continue reading

Why Count the Omer?

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Life speeds past us so quickly.

Jewish practice offers multiple techniques to slow down and appreciate the passing of time, the change of the seasons, the preciousness of the days that we have. Without a reminder, a gimmick of sorts, it’s hard to remember to do this kind of inhale and exhale that can help us get a handle on our lives as they otherwise speed past.

Counting the Omer begins the second night of Passover to offer such an opportunity — both to stop and appreciate the next 49 evenings, and to continue the same kind of self-reflective work that many of us begin at the Seder when we ask ourselves: where am I stuck? How can I help myself and others become free? Continue reading