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There is a lot of stuff in Judaism. Wine cups, challah covers, mezzuzot, Torah scrolls, tallitot, tallitot k’tanot, books, and more books. Which makes it easy for us to teach the lofty ideas of theology and culture and the weight of 5773 years of history to children who have been alive for a second of that history. On Passover, by studying the haggadah, we can learn about the story, liberation theory, historical context, political realities, and family traditions by going through a pre-set order established by the haggadah.
There is magic in a Passover seder. For those of us who attended seders as children, there may be magic coating the memories of the Passovers of our youth. In settling down for a long marathon of talking, arguing, sneaking [Read more…]