I get asked about Passover all the time – both from Jewish people who have a poor memory of what we learned in Sunday School (like me) and non-Jews, alike. When my dad shared this simple Passover explanation with me last night, I nearly fell over laughing – and knew that I had to share it with you all too.
Oh, and to clarify a few things:
- A Passover Seder is the service that we have with our families and friends during our celebratory dinner at Passover. There are two nights of seders, but many families only have time to do one.
- A Haggadah is the little prayer book that guides you through the seder. Some are looooong and very boring. Others are like the cliff note version. And this one is only 2 minutes and downright hysterical.
The Two-Minute Haggadah: A Passover service for the impatient.
By Michael Rubiner
Thanks, God, for creating wine. (Drink wine.)
Thanks for creating produce. (Eat parsley.)
Overview: Once we were slaves in Egypt. Now we’re free. That’s why we’re doing this.
1. What’s up with the matzoh?
2. What’s the deal with horseradish?
3. What’s with the dipping of the herbs?
4. What’s this whole slouching at the table business?
1. When we left Egypt, we were in a hurry. There was no time for making decent bread.
2. Life was bitter, like horseradish.
3. It’s called symbolism.
4. Free people get to slouch.
A funny story: Once, these five rabbis talked all night, then it was morning. (Heat soup now.)
The four kinds of children and how to deal with them:
- Wise child-explain Passover.
- Simple child-explain Passover slowly.
- Silent child-explain Passover loudly.
Speaking of children: We hid some matzoh. Whoever finds it gets five bucks.
The story of Passover:
It’s a long time ago. We’re slaves in Egypt. Pharaoh is a nightmare. We cry out for help. God brings plagues upon the Egyptians. We escape, bake some matzoh. God parts the Red Sea. We make it through; the Egyptians aren’t so lucky. We wander 40 years in the desert, eat manna, get the Torah, wind up in Israel, get a new temple, enjoy several years without being persecuted again. (Let brisket cool now.)
The 10 Plagues: Blood, Frogs, Lice-you name it.
(This is where it is fun to play with your “Bag of Plagues,” a great distraction for both adults and kids)
The singing of “Dayenu”:
If God had gotten us out of Egypt and not punished our enemies, it would’ve been enough. If he’d punished our enemies and not parted the Red Sea, it would’ve been enough.
If he’d parted the Red Sea-(Remove gefilte fish from refrigerator now.)
Eat matzoh. Drink more wine. Slouch.
Thanks again, God, for everything.