December 19, 2014 · 27 Kislev

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During the Seder, we do not rely on synagogue leaders to shape the holiday for us – we create the holiday experience ourselves. To that end, different Haggadot and Haggadot inserts have been developed to reflect the interests of various populations or issues. MORE

Additions to the Seder
The Seder Plate
Alongside the traditional items on the Seder Plate, try some of these modern additions.
Four Cups of Wine
While our tradition applies specific meaning to the four cups of wine found within the Passover seder, many modern Haggadot have begun to reinterpret the original four cups.
Ha Lachma Anya/ Bread of Affliction
This reading provides the primary textual inspiration for feeding the hungry during Passover as well as calling for an end to slavery.
The Four Questions
This part of the Seder allows for much creativity in the text and inclusion of social action themes or questions.
The Four Children
To further delve into the text, reconsider the identification and interpretation of the four children.
Maggid/The Narration
Amidst the retelling of the exodus from Egypt, a seder can include the discussion issues of oppression or redemption of others.
Ten Plagues
As we recite the plagues, we pour out ten drops of wine, lessening our joy, to remember the plagues set upon Egypt. In today's world, there are many societal cruelties and injustices that can cause us to diminish our joy.
Dayenu: It Would Have Been Enough
Dayenu is a song of thanks for the myriad of miracles which took place during the Exodus. It can also allow us to express our gratitude for recent miracles.
Cup of Elijah
During this time, we focus on our hopes for peace and redemption of messianic times. But what can we do to repair the world today?
Miriam's Cup
This set of readings was formulated in order to highlight and celebrate Miriam’s role in the deliverance from slavery and her leadership throughout the wandering in the wilderness.
Rabbis Organizing Rabbis Immigration Seder Ritual
Click here for a haggadah insert on immigration reform, and on how the themes of Passover relate to this crucial and pertinent social justice issue.
Reproductive Justice Haggadah Insert
Click here to download our reproductive justice haggadah insert. Corresponding to the four cups of wine, this insert relates crucial reproductive justice topics to the themes of Passover, including equality, deliverance, redemption and liberation.

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