For generations, Jewish families have shared the ancient story of the Exodus at the Seder table. They found in this story a unique vision of human history and experience. They found a unique set of ethics. They found the strength to hope, despite the darkest of circumstances. This remarkable story forms the core of our identity as a people, and our philosophy of life. For the story of enslavement and liberation is not a one-time event, but an eternal process. We hope that your Seder is inspiriting, stimulating, warm and fun.
"Seder" means order. The Seder is a service made up of ordered parts. The Seder is structured around the sharing of four cups of wine. Each cup conveys a theme of the Seder: Sanctification, History, Thanksgiving, and Hope. At the center of the Seder service -- its very purpose -- is the story of the Exodus. "Hagaddah" means a "story-telling." At the Seder table, we will tell the story in all its excitement, using symbolic props, dialogue, songs, and poetry.
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