Saturday, April 15, 2017

We light the candles.

We praise You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who makes us holy by Your mitzvot and commands us to light the Sabbath and festival candles.

Mighty is God.
May Adonai’s kingdom be established speedily and in our days.
God is first, great, exalted.
God is glorious, faithful, righteous, gracious.
God is pure, unique, mighty, wise, majestic, awesome, splendid, strong, redeeming, righteous.
God is holy, compassionate, almighty, and powerful.

No blessing is said when we break the middle matzah, because its brokenness is a symbol of incompleteness. It reminds us of all that needs repair (tikkun) in our world. Lather we will taste a piece of the Afikomen, the larger portion of the middle matzah, again without reciting a blessing. This will affirm our belief that completeness will come in the future.

Last night we, including momma, Brandon, Erik who is seven hours younger than Brandon, and I, gathered around the table next door, joining the Wittenbergs for their Passover Seder.

Haggadah means “telling.”
Ve´higadaeta l´vincha… And you shall tell it to your child.”

And each note of the song and prayers and symbolism was bound up in the heart of Rachel, as she joyously led us through this celebration of God’s past faithfulness and His promise of future restoration and freedom.

Thus Adonai our God brought us out of Egypt, not by an angel, nor by a seraph, nor by a messenger, but alone–with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with great terror, and with signs and wonders.

In each generation, everyone must think of himself or herself as having personally left Egypt.

It is our duty to give thanks, sing praises, and offer blessings to the Holy One Who did these miracles for our ancestors and for us. For bringing us:
            From slavery to freedom,
            From sadness to joy,
            From darkness to light.
Therefore let us sing a new song, Halleluyah.
Give praise to Adonai.
Sing praises, those who serve Adonai.
Blessed is the Name of Adonai now and forever.

Stand back and you will be amazed.