Create a process that leads up to Pesaḥ. Read
stories about the holiday, take your children shopping with you. If you have
special Pesaḥ dishes and ritual items, have your children involved in taking
them out, polishing them and anticipating their use. If you are not at that
stage in your religious life—change something in your house. Buy or make a
new special Passover ritual item—a cup for Elijah or Miriam, a Seder Plate… Teach your children some of your family special recipes or if you do not
have any, ask another congregant to lend you one—or retrieve one from a
Discuss the Seder as a family, giving
a role to everyone who is participating. Talk about what you might want guests
to prepare so they too can participate in a creative way.
something more substantial than parsley when you eat your karpas (the
greens at the Seder). With the blessing for karpas you can eat
all sorts of vegetables. Make a tray of veggies and dips – in our home, we like
to have artichokes. Keep away the hunger so you can play and experience. No one
needs to ask “When are we going to eat?”
Check out multiple haggadot. The key
is to experience the Exodus. Look on the internet for activities to bring to
the Seder after the meal. There are wonderful songs available for this
stage of the Seder. Ransom the afikoman. If you have a bunch of
children at your Seder, have afikoman presents for all so that
they will be busy playing and let the adults have some Passover time.
flexible. Consider holding part of the Seder
in the living room on pillows.
memories or contemporary issues to table talk.
some act of tzdakah into your Passover traditions and preparations.
explore different Pesaḥ traditions and incorporate them into your Seder.