Welcome to Creating Lively Passover Seders! By David Arnow

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CREATING LIVELY PASSOVER SEDERS
INCLUDES SCORES OF GUIDED QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION AND ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES


* A script for telling the Exodus story in a whole new way.

* Suggestions for acting out an ancient “midrash” in which the Israelites must decide what to do when Egyptian mothers sought refuge for their children during the last plague.

* A comparison between two versions of the Great Seal of the US—the Israelites crossing the Red Sea as originally proposed by Jefferson, Adams and Franklin versus the pyramid now found on the one-dollar bill.

* A focus on women with a short story to be read aloud about the key role women played in the Exodus.

* An exploration of Elijah’s transformation from zealot to peacemaker and his role during the Seder.

* An examination of the relationship between Passover, spring and the environment.

* A conversation about the Haggadah’s curious omission of Israel from key passages and suggestions for adding a fifth cup of wine to the Seder to celebrate Israel’s birth.

* An easy to read story about the Haggadah’s development and the ancient rabbis who shaped it.

* A guided discussion of one of the toughest aspects of the Passover story—God’s repeated hardening of Pharaoh’s heart.

* A challenging exploration of how we should relate to the “other” based on the Bible’s repeated exhortation to “know the heart of the stranger since you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

* Using a simple "art midrash" project to explore what the Haggadah might mean when it says that we have gone "from darkness to great light."