A Passover Message from Rabbi Upbin and Rabbi Weizman
Passover Seder is the most widely observed Jewish holiday because it is observed in the home. When they coined that saying, home for the holidays, you know they were talking about Pesach. It’s all about family dynamics, and family traditions. The songs at the end are an integral part of the Seder because they are passed on from one generation to the next by oral transmission. Some of you may know how it felt when you had to adopt a different melody for one or two of them. This year we will ask the same question: Why is this Seder different than all the other ones we have been to in the past? Maybe you are not making Seder in your home as usual and going to your daughter’s. Maybe you are going to your relatives when you have been with the same friends for 25 years. Maybe this year you are having humus for dipping your carpas. It is a fact of life that change happens, but it’s still hard to take. Therefore, we begin our magid section by recounting the Pilgrims Prayer: My father was a wandering Aramean . . . Just as the pilgrim recounted his journey beginning with the steps of Abraham as he brought his first fruits to the Temple, we, too, recount our steps to the Seder table from that crossing of the Euphrates. It helps to put into perspective the changes we have made along the way that have allowed us to survive and to thrive.
Wishing all of you, our synagogue family, a zizen Pesach,
Hag Kasher v’Sameach,
Rabbis Upbin and Weizman
This is the link to the Rabbinical Assembly Pesach Guide with the Kittniyot Teshuvah included.
If you are going to use rice, use only non-enriched rice.