Kadesh: In gratitude for moments we sanctify time, welcome each other, and welcome the stranger.
Urkhatz: In gratitude for mayyim hayyim, the living waters, for cleansing, second chances, and fresh starts.
Karpas: In gratitude for mother earth, the fields and forests that harness greenhouse gases and sustain life. and for new beginnings.
Yakhatz: In gratitude for the ability and courage to face all that is broken and in need of repair, in our world, and within ourselves.
MaggidLit. The telling The section of the Passover seder for telling the story of the exodus from Egypt: In gratitude for stories that remind us of our journey, connect us to our ancestors, instill hope, and inspire our desire to walk a path of blessing and redemption.
Rakhtzah: In gratitude for the many opportunities we have to say thank you, and for being commanded to bless!
Motzi: In gratitude for the land, the air, the sun and rain, and the many hands that work in concert with supernal forces to bring us bread from the earth.
MatzahThe unleavened bread eaten on Passover that recalls the Israelite's hasty escape from Egypt when there was no time for the dough to rise. Matzah is also considered the "bread of our affliction," eaten while we were slaves.: In gratitude for sustenance and simplicity.
MarorBitter herbs eaten at the Passover seder to recall slavery in Egypt: In gratitude for the faith that allows us to hold on, even by a thread, in times of crisis and hardship, giving way to deepened compassion for all who are suffering.
Korekh: In gratitude for the capacity to taste the bitter and the sweet, to feel pain and joy, to hold grief and beauty, and be stretched large by both.
Shulkhan Orekh: In gratitude to all those whose hands till, sow, harvest and tend the earth, package, distribute, transport, shop, chop, simmer, bake and stir, in the preparation of this festive meal.
Tzafun: In gratitude for the hidden and revealed, for trust in our “True North,” and the good things that come to all who wait.
Bareikh: In gratitude for fulfillment and the Source-of-Everything through which all blessings flow.
HallelLit. “Praise” The Hallel prayers are additional prayers taken from Psalms 113-118 and are traditionally recited on the Jewish holidays of Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot, Rosh Chodesh, and Hanukah.: In gratitude for the freedom to sing, to offer up our praises to the Most High, the Breath-That-Breathes-Through-All-Life, Hallelujah!
Nirtzah: In gratitude for the journey that does not end, in gratitude to gratitude—a path of liberation, pointing us toward justice, redemption, and wholeness, a better world for all, a land of promise.
The Ba’al Shem Tov was a mystic, healer and teacher. Together, we will explore some of his radical innovations, teachings and practices through text study, reflections and practical exercises. Six sessions starting October 16, 2023.