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Magen David

How was it?

Posted on 2006.04.15 at 22:01
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Lewis James - When the Harvest Moon is Shining
How were everyone's seders? Mine went pretty well, everyone met and there was general good feeling, liberation from servitude to tyrants, etc. The usual stresses and snags, but this holiday is going well so far. How 'bout with y'all?


Lousy with your good time...
galut_boded at 2006-04-16 02:09 (UTC) (Link)
I went to a student led one at the local hillel. It was pretty rough, but fun.

Unfortunately... I generally prefer these things to be a bit more... profound. But, whatcha gonna do? 40 college students simply can't be controlled that well.
theservant at 2006-04-16 02:11 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it has to be a disciplined crowd to make it really profound.
Lousy with your good time...
galut_boded at 2006-04-16 02:14 (UTC) (Link)
It always bugs me just a bit that the only people really taking it seriously are the converts. But, oh well..lol.. I'm getting used to it.

Glad yours went well!
theservant at 2006-04-16 02:17 (UTC) (Link)
Well, they weren't profound, but good.
Chavah ("Little Raccoon") bat Sarah
qilora at 2006-04-16 02:45 (UTC) (Link)
fist Seder was great (some friends and their families)... the second Seder didn't happen (for me at least), was just too tired (verging on sick) so i had to play-hooky and stay home that night...

Eve & Co.
theservant at 2006-04-16 02:49 (UTC) (Link)
Well, at least you got one good one in!
metalclarinet at 2006-04-16 04:34 (UTC) (Link)
My wife calls Passover the Festival of Crumbs, a commentary on Matzo being eaten by kids (and husband) on the hoof.

We went to my brother Bob's. His father in law is 91 and spent the entire evening playing with the four cousins age 1 to 8. They were remarkably well behaved. When my kids were -- say 13 and 10, and Bob's were, then 8 and 4, every family event ended up with my oldest on the bottom of the pile and the others jumping up and down on him.

My brother does two interesting things at the Seder. First, if you ask a question, you get a chocolate -- unless it is a 'wise guy' question. He is the judge. This actually gets the kids (and some adults) to ask questions.

The other thing he does is to give out little research assignments. This year mine was to learn something about Elijah's cup. My wife found the Elijah's Chorus by Mendelssohn to play during the meal. (Is it OK to have recorded music during the meal? I asked and got a chocolate, but nobody knew the answer.)

I did some research on the web and found that a lot of stuff confused me. Some of what is on the web is written for an 8 year old and some assumes that you know practically everything. If you click through to my livejournal, you will see what I wrote out to bring. (And then tried to summarize on the fly, because it was too long.)

theservant at 2006-04-16 08:04 (UTC) (Link)
That sounds pretty great! I love the multi-generational aspect of the seder.
otakushan at 2006-04-16 21:20 (UTC) (Link)
Good seders this year. I went home and spent the first night at Chabad and my parents held the second seder. And, because I went home for four days, I don't need to do nearly as much Pesach cooking or shopping now. Hooray for mom's leftovers.

Hope yours were uplifting and the rest of the holiday goes well for you.
theservant at 2006-04-17 23:19 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! It is going well so far. What's a Chabad seder like?
otakushan at 2006-04-17 23:51 (UTC) (Link)
It's fun. They had about 70 people and unfortunately they have a really small house so there were basically two seders going. The main room had the most people in it and then tables branched out into the synagogue area since it was harder to hear there and we had our own visiting rabbi, we kind of did our thing.

We used a standard haggadah, read through everything, the rabbi told some interesting stories, did some funny voices and then we all went outside to pour out our wrath upon the nations - at the top of our lungs. Afterward the rabbi led us in a rockin' version of Who Knows One and Had Gadya.
sputnik5 at 2006-04-17 16:29 (UTC) (Link)
The first one was nice. The second one, at our next-door neighbors, was very... Christian. I didn't realize there were people out there that could still exclaim, in public and in all seriousness 'How amazing it is that this Jewish holiday has so many rituals in common with the Last Supper!'
theservant at 2006-04-17 23:24 (UTC) (Link)
davidfcooper at 2006-04-17 23:40 (UTC) (Link)
The first one was at my in-laws & was quite OK. Shoshana's autistic niece stayed in the basement & her parents had to take turns minding her which is something we're all used to. Shosh's other niece is a day-school kid & knew the Hagaddah pretty well.

Second seder was at my parents, & although my dad is recovering from surgery & was heavily medicated he tried to lead the seder anyway. He gave a long talk on the narrative of the exodus directed at the very young (preschool & 1st grade) kids & started to ramble & lose their attention. Less talk & more singing would have been a better strategy. My mom bought & served a Pesadicht chocolate cake that was to die for.
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