Parts of the Seder

The Passover seder is traditionally divided into 15 steps, sometimes viewed as the steps from slavery toward freedom. In addition to the traditional 15 steps, our listing provides the constituent parts of maggid, the telling of the Passover story, as well as several other rituals commonly found at the sederOne of the crucial elements of slavery was that the Jews were not able to form themselves as a viable community. Egyptian taskmasters rigidly regulated their lives, preventing any sense of communion and solidarity. And so, on Pesakh night, the essence of the seder is to constitute ourselves as a Jewish community. Three quintessential acts define Jewish community, and all three of those are at the core of our seder experience: we break bread, demonstrating our covenantal relationship to each other and to God; we learn Torah; and we invite the poor and hungry to share our meal with us, demonstrating that our community is one which extends itself to those in need. 

Pesach, Matzah, Maror

From A Journey Towards Freedom: A Haggadah for Women Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence The three symbols of Passover narrated from the perspective of women who survived domestic abuse.   more
Ritual Component

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Dayeinu of Our Biblical Mothers and Sisters

From Lichvod Pesach: A Women's Community Seder Haggadah by Sylvia Schatz, Avi Z. Rosenzweig, Sherry Hahn, Rabbi Debra R. Hachen, Gloria Z. Greenfield, Temple Emunah, Lexington, MA, April 9, 2000.
Dayeinu from the perspective of the biblical matriarchs   more
Song

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Dayeinu

By Jan Goldman
Determining what should be, could be, and what is enough.   more
Poem

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