THE LE'OR

CANNABIS PASSOVER SEDER
HAGGADAH

Written by Roy and Claire Kaufmann

2nd Edition. Copyright 2017
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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
The Le'Or Cannabis Passover Seder is made possible through the generous support of

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Without their support this event simply would not happen.

We'd also like to thank:

We'd also like to thank the many individuals who helped make this event what it is today

including Debra Hornbecker who helped with planning and to help secure our location

for tonight, Tia Vanich for the use of this stunning venue and for her generous hospitality,

Laura Berman, JD Kleinke, Tim Crespi and Steve Cohen for their beautiful music this

evening, Lindsay Goldner who helped lay out this very Haggadah and make it shine, Devil's

Food Catering for the delicious food we are enjoying tonight, and Sol Neeman for his exquisite

photography. We could not make this event what it is without your efforts so thank you!

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WELCOME! BRUCHIM HABA’IM!
Welcome, kind and dear friends! We are honored that you’ve chosen to
explore one of Judaism’s oldest traditions in a new light!

Jews are the original remixers. We sample our freedom’s work.

classics and mold them into expressions of our
This Seder is meant to be a conversation, and
time, our world and our experience in (and of)
a lively one at that! The hosts will be calling
it. Case in point? The social-justice Seder.
on people to read portions of the Hagaddah, or

Social-justice Seders are a modern Jewish to answer questions. Some pieces will use the

tradition. In a social-justice Seder, we ask tradition of call and response. Be prepared; on

the people at our Seder table to remember your toes, people!

the Story of Exodus, and then to go one step
Tonight’s gathering of hearts and minds would
further: don’t just remember our past; apply
not have been possible without the generous
our story to the world today.
and trusting support of our donors.

Tonight, at this Cannabis Seder, we ask the
With that, let us go forward and fulfill the
Jewish community to turn outward – to look
mitzvah of the Passover Seder, together in
at the millions of people still living in slavery
freedom.
and oppression and see that their plight is our

Sincerely,
Roy and Claire Kaufmann
Co-founders of Le'Or
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WHY RITUAL?

All spiritual growth is internal based upon the Seder ritual as a call to begin working on

prayer, meditation, self-observations, as well as healing and transforming the world.

the effort that changes our behavior, thoughts
We come together this evening as Jews and as
and feelings. So, in some sense, ritual does
a family and friends to share our lives and the
not serve inherent purpose. Yet every culture,
ritual of telling the story of the Exodus.
religion and nation has rituals. They are

effective as reminders to think about reality Like the blind men trying to describe an

and life’s inner meaning. They also serve as an elephant, the best we can do is use a variety

invitation to pause in thanksgiving. of words/names for God. If any make you

uncomfortable, substitute another one:
The goal then is to look beyond the ritual for

the deeper meaning. With recognition of the

real power of rituals, we begin to approach
Adonai
them with deeper devotion. Holiness is not

a random event; it is a choice we make, a Source
state of being and a quality of consciousness.
Oneness
A Passover Seder is a powerful reminder to

pay attention to the things that matter most Divine Consciousness
within ourselves and within the world in
Shekhina (Feminine aspect of
which we live.
The One, in Hebrew)
In every generation it is our duty to look upon
Ayn Sof (Without end, in Hebrew)
ourselves as if we had gone forth from Egypt.

Haggadah means the Telling, the story of the

slavery, the awakening, and the liberation,

which has evolved over many centuries. The

Telling continues to change to reflect the times.

For more than two millennia Jews have used
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OPENING REFLECTION

Nothing has contributed more to the

systematic mass incarceration of people of

color in the United States than the war on

drugs... Convictions for drug offenses are the

single most important cause of the explosion

incarceration rates in the United States

The United States imprisons a larger

percentage of its black population than South

Africa did at the height of apartheid.

In Washington DC, our nation’s capital, it is

estimated that three out of four young black

men (and nearly all those in the poorest

neighborhoods) can expect to serve time in

prison…as many as 80% of young African-

American men now have criminal records and

are thus subject to legalized discrimination for

the rest of their lives.

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Professor Michelle Alexander,
The New Jim Crow

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KADESH
Blessing the First Cup of Wine,
The First Bowl of Cannabis

During the Seder, we traditionally fill, bless to all our forebears, those whose names we

and drink four cups of wine. At tonight’s Seder, know, and those whose names are lost to us.

we are also free to fill, bless and consume
As we drink this first cup of wine and burn
four servings of cannabis or more, either to
this first inhalation of cannabis, we remember
substitute for the wine, or to complement it.
our shared ancestors, Abraham and Sarah,

Why wine and/or cannabis? For the same Isaac and Rebecca. We remember the people

reason we lean when we eat and drink: whose sacrifices and struggles made our

because as slaves we could not rest, not even lives possible. First we bless the wine. When

when sating our hunger and thirst. And we we raise our cup, let us each think of our

could not drink wine, the beverage of the ancestors.

ruling class. This first cup of wine we dedicate

Baruch Atah Adonay Eloheynu Melech ha’olam

boreh peri ha’gefen.

Blessed are you, Adonay, our God, King of the

Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

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May we consume our cannabis as free and responsible people,
as expressions of our joy and our freedoms.

Given that cannabis is one of the most

fragrant of spices, this is a fitting blessing

for tonight’s celebration.

Baruch atah Adonay Eloheynu Melech

Ha’Olam boreh minei besamim

Blessed are you, Adonay, Source of Life, Renowned drug policy advocates Adam Eidinger
and Amanda Reiman enjoy our first first annual
who gives us the fragrant herbs. cannabis seder in 2015.

GROUP SONG:
We Who Believe In Freedom Cannot Rest (Ella’s Song)
Lyrics and music by Bernice Johnson Reagon

We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

About Ella Baker
Born in 1903 in Norfolk, Virginia, Ella Baker later became a national director for the

became involved in political activism in the NAACP. In 1957, Baker joined the Southern

1930s. She organized the Young Negroes Christian Leadership Conference, whose

Cooperative League in New York City, and first president was Martin Luther King, Jr.
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THE SEDER PLATE
Ancient rituals, new traditions

As is custom, our Seder plate is adorned

with the Three Essentials – Pesach, the

shank bone, which represents the sacrificial

lamb and the spiritual meaning of sacrifice;

Matzah, the unleavened bread of historic and

gastrointestinal affliction; and Maror, the

bitter herb to remind us of the bitterness of

slavery. And, as is custom, we have the egg,

representing life’s beginnings.

Tonight we introduce a new item on the Seder

plate, in place of our lettuce: a single cannabis

leaf, the aleh yarok.

Cannabis (bud, ganja, dagga, chronic, kind,

herb, etc.) is a symbol of protest and a symbol

of freedom. The freedom to control one’s own

body and mind is the ultimate expression of

liberty.

As people come around with bowls and

towels, we prepare to wash our hands for the

ritual of Urchatz.

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URCHATZ
Ritual hand-washing without blessing

Water is the universal purifier. It sustains

life and it cleanses life. As Rachel welcomed

strangers at the well with water, so do we

welcome each other to this Seder by washing

our hands together.

Oregon cannabis patient advocate Sarah Duff
washes her hands at the first Le’Or Cannabis
Seder in 2015.

KARPAS
Parsley

The fresh parsley reminds us of renewal As we dip these vegetables, the karpas, into

and rebirth. Plants are budding; flowers are salt water, a symbol of the tears of slavery,

blooming. The miracle of life is unfolding. we remember all those who still suffer under

the yoke of oppression.
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May we taste the saltiness that represents the Each person takes some parsley and dips in

tears of the millions of Americans hurt by salt water:

unjust laws. May we open our eyes, our hearts,

and our hands, and help to remove suffering

and want from our world.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam, borei p’ri ha’adamah.

We praise You, O God, Sovereign of the Universe, Who brings forth fruits from the earth.

[Leaning to the left, the parsley is eaten.]

Comedian Ngaio Bealum and advocate Amanda
Reiman enjoy the bouquet of our Seder flower.

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The afikomen from the first ever
Le’Or Cannabis Seder in 2015.

YACHATZ
The breaking of the Afikomen

We break the matzah in half because the story We even have a nifty prize for the winner!

we are about to tell is a story of how a people
This is the bread of affliction that our
was broken by slavery and oppression. We
ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Let all
begin with the break, but we do not conclude
who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are
our Seder until the halves are reunited.
hungry come and celebrate Passover. Now we

Tonight, keeping with tradition, we will hide are here. Next year in the land of Israel. Now

the Afikomen and all Seder guests are invited we are slaves. Next year we will be free.

to search for it after dinner and before dessert

and the conclusion of the Seder.
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SONG:
Redemption Song
Bob Marley

Old pirates, yes, they rob I 'Cause none of them can stop the time
Sold I to the merchant ships How long shall they kill our prophets
Minutes after they took I While we stand aside and look? Ooh
From the bottomless pit Some say it's just a part of it
But my hand was made strong We've got to fulfill the Book
By the hand of the Almighty Won't you help to sing
We forward in this generation These songs of freedom?
Triumphantly 'Cause all I ever have
Won't you help to sing Redemption songs
These songs of freedom? Redemption songs
'Cause all I ever have Redemption songs
Redemption songs Emancipate yourselves from mental
Redemption songs slavery
Emancipate yourselves from mental None but…
slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy

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THE FOUR QUESTIONS

For more than 2,000 years the tradition has the world as well as in their own behavior.

been to start The Telling (mageed) with
Traditionally, these four questions are sung
spontaneous questions. Why do we start with
by the youngest person at the Seder table.
questions? Because an essential characteristic
Tonight we will sing these all together, and
of free people is the power to question, to ask
then read the English explanation.
without fear, to look for meaningful patterns in

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1 Why, on all other nights, do we eat 3 Why, on all other nights, do we eat our

leavened and unleavened breads, yet vegetables as part of the meal, yet tonight

tonight we eat only unleavened bread? we eat our parsley with salt water well

before the meal?
The main reason we are given is to

remember the hurriedness of the Exodus. As with the maror, where we taste the

The window of opportunity for escape bitterness of slavery, the juxtaposition

was narrow; time was of the essence. of fresh greens and brackish water is a

The bread didn’t have time to rise. The powerful symbol of contrast.

Hebrews recognized the urgency of

their own rescue and redemption.
4 Why, on all other nights, do we choose to

either sit or lean as we eat, yet tonight we
2 Why, on all other nights, do we eat all only lean, and to the left?

vegetables, yet tonight we eat the maror,
When we were slaves, we were forbidden
or bitter herb?
from resting, even when eating. We lean to

It is to remember the bitterness of our own celebrate the freedom to lean.

slavery and oppression. the sense of taste

is an extremely powerful trigger of memory.

In this case, let that trigger be one of

collective memory. And let us taste the

bitterness of injustice, including the

injustice caused by the failed War on Drugs.

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MAGEED
THE TELLING OF THE STORY

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson said “Passover brothers. Joseph’s family grew and multiplied.

enables us to undergo a personal exodus from
But then a Pharaoh came to power who did
Egypt to transcend our individual limits.”
not know all that Joseph had done for the
As we grow spiritually, Passover becomes an
people of Egypt. The Jewish people were
annual opportunity to share new insights into
convinced that they were secure in Egypt.
how our understanding of Slavery has changed
They trusted the power structure would
and evolved, and our personal progress toward
remain disposed to them forever.
Freedom.

But the Hebrews were a strong and visible
Although the Egyptians had other slaves,
minority and they became feared by the
the Hebrews’ story begins with Joseph, the
Pharaoh. He enslaved them with the desire to
eleventh son of Jacob. Joseph was bright,
wipe them out, this “enemy from within.”
strong-willed and an irritation to his older

brothers. One day, Joseph’s older brothers After more than two centuries in bondage, the

sold him into Egyptian slavery. Through ruling Pharaoh decreed that all male children

intelligence and intuition, Joseph became a should be killed at birth and only female

senior advisor to the Pharaoh, developing children be allowed to live.

storehouses of grain and food that saved the
Two midwives, unsung heroes of our
Egyptian empire when the famines came.
redemption, attended a couple named Amram

When Joseph’s brothers learned that their and Yocheved. The parents hid their newborn

youngest sibling had become a man of great son at home for three months, ignoring

power and influence, they sojourned to beg his the Pharaoh’s orders to drown their baby

forgiveness and assistance. boy. When the baby’s cries grew too loud to

conceal, Yocheved, the baby’s mother, put him
Joseph, a wise and forgiving man, helped his
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in a basket and floated it on the river. Their Your Ancestors. I have seen the suffering of

daughter Miriam stayed close by to watch what the Israelites and have heard their cries. I am

would happen. When the Pharaoh’s daughter ready to take them out of Egypt and bring

came to the river to bathe, she discovered the them to a new land, flowing with milk and

baby in the basket. honey.

Feeling pity for the helpless child, the princess God told Moses to return to Egypt to bring

decided to keep the baby and named him the message of freedom to the Israelites and

Moses, meaning ‘drawn from the water.’ warn Pharaoh that God would bring plagues

Bravely, Miriam approached the princess on the Egyptian people if he did not let the

and asked her if she needed a nurse to help slaves go free. With his older brother Aaron

with the baby. The princess said yes, and so a spokesman, Moses went to the Pharaoh,

it happened that Yocheved, thanks to her Ramses II, asking him to free the Israelites.

daughter Miriam’s quick thinking, was able
God brought signs and wonders, but Pharaoh
to raise her own son and teach him about his
remained stubborn. Though each plague
heritage as a Jew. It was this experience, living
would elicit a promise to free the slaves,
both as the oppressor and the oppressed, that
Pharaoh broke his word every time.
would come to define Moses’ life story.

Moses would have lived at the Pharaoh’s

palace all his life, but he could not ignore

the suffering of his people. One day, when he

saw an Egyptian beating an Israelite slave, he

was unable to control his anger and he killed

the Egyptian overseer. Aware his life was in

danger, Moses fled Egypt to Midian, where he

became a shepherd.

While tending sheep on a mountain, Moses

saw a bush burning but not consumed by

the fire. From the bush, he heard God’s voice

calling to him. God said, “I am the God of
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THE TEN PLAGUES
The triumph of Passover is diminished by our awareness
of the pain of the Egyptian people when the plagues arrived.

We have filled our cups to remember the joy of being able to leave Egypt, where our people were

slaves for two hundred years. Yet our happiness is not complete, because the Egyptians, who are

also God’s children, suffered from the Pharaoh’s evil ways. Therefore we will spill a drop of wine

from our cups with our finger for each plague.

Together: Sheh’in -- boils
Dam - blood Barad -- hail
Tzfardeah -- frogs Arbeh -- locusts
Kinim -- gnats Chosech -- darkness
Arov -- flies Makat bechorot -- death of the first-born
Dever -- livestock disease

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As the pain of others diminishes our own joys, As we read each of these aloud and as a group,

let us once more diminish the wine of our we use our finger to place a drop of wine on

festival as we imagine a new list of plagues, our plate’s edge:

10 Modern Plagues of the Drug War.

1 One, the criminalization of nature
2 Two, the suppression of science and information

3 Three, the prison-industrial complex

4 Four, the radically undemocratic and unequal
application of laws

5 Five, the systemic violence against the poor

6 Six, the denial of medicine to the sick and dying

7 Seven, the destruction of families

8 Eight, the isolation of stigma and shame

9 Nine, the perversion and erosion of a faithful justice
system

10 Ten, the perpetuation of violence by those sworn to
protect us

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MAGEED CONTINUED
The Escape

After God brought forward the plagues on Sea, with the armies of Pharaoh hot on their

Egypt and The Pharaoh, the Hebrews were heels, the water first refused to part.

allowed to leave. But, Pharoah changed his
It was not until the first Hebrews had taken
mind and sent his army after the fleeing
the huge chance and stepped into the sea and
Hebrews.
even then not until the waters reached their

While many imagine the waters parting as necks that the sea parted.

Moses raised his staff, The Midrash (ancient
Now as then, redemption cannot
Biblical commentary) tells us that when the
come unless and until we take the
Children of Israel came to the edge of the Red
first step ourselves.

Leif Medicinals founder Carrie Solomon at
the first Cannabis Seder.

Claire and Roy having fun at the photobooth
after the seder 2015.

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DAYENU
It Would Have Been Enough

A Jewish philosopher was once asked, “What – from changing cruel sentencing laws, to

is the opposite of hopelessness?” His answer allowing cannabis to be used as medicine, and

was, “Dayenu,” the ability to be thankful for opening it to commerce. When we sing the

what we do have. dayenu, we celebrate the battles for freedom

that we have won.
All around the United States, citizens are

rejecting the failed policies of The Drug War

GROUP SONG: Dayenu (abbreviated)

Eelu hotzi, hotzi’anu, hotzi’anu mi’Mitzrayim, hotzi’anu Mi’Mitzrayim, Dayenu!
Eelu natan, natan lanu, natan lanu et ha Shabbat, natan lanu et ha Shabbat, Dayenu!
Eelu natan, natan lanu, natan lanu et ha’Torah, natan lanu et ha’Torah, Dayenu!

If only we had been taken, taken out of Egypt,
taken out of Egypt, it would have been enough!
If only we had been given, been given the Sabbath,
been given the Sabbath, it would have been enough!
If only we had been given the Torah, given the Torah, it would have been enough!

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2ND CUP OF WINE /
2ND BOWL OF FLOWER

This second cup of wine (or bowl of flower) As we raise our second glass or bowl, let us be

we dedicate to willingness. It took great thankful for the power of will, and the ability

willpower to move forward from slavery that to strengthen our willpower. Lifting our wine

had become familiar into the unknown future. or cannabis into the air, we say:

Baruch Atah Adonay Eloheynu Melech ha’olam boreh peri ha’gefen.

Blessed are you, Adonay, our God, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

RACHATZ
Washing of the Hands with Blessing

The first time we washed hands was ritual. Now we sing the blessing of washing our hands

before eating our Passover meal.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam, asher kidshanu bamitzvotav v’tzivanu al n’tilat

yadayim.

We praise You, O God, Sovereign of the Universe, Who hallows our lives with commandments,

Who has commanded us regarding the washing of the hands.
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SONG:
Amazing Grace
The Five Strings feat. Alex Boyé

Let's grow together, heal together, Let's grow together, heal together,
Find true strength from one another. Find true strength from one another.
Smiles be many tears are few Smiles be many tears are few
May all your dreams come back to you May all your dreams come back to you
It's a brand new day, a brand new way It's a brand new day, a brand new way
Sing like a bird brother fly away. Sing like a bird brother fly away.
Above the mountains up through the trees Above the mountains up through the trees
My dreams live forever. My dreams live forever.

Baba Mungu, Baba Mungu wa maisha We've been there ten thousand years,
Bwana, Bwana wa dunia bright shining as the sun.
Baba Mungu, Baba Mungu wa muanga We've no less days to sing God's praise,
Bwana, Bwana wa wote than when we've first begun.

Through many dangers, toils and snares, Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
I have already come. That saved a wretch like me.
Tis Grace has brought me safe thus far, I once was lost but now I'm found,
and Grace will lead us home. Was blind, but now, I see.
Baba mungu, baba mungu wa maisha
bwana, bwana wa dunia Main Text: John Newton
Baba mungu, baba mungu wa muanga
bwana, bwana wa wote

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MOTZI MATZAH

The matzah, the clearest symbol of the We are fortunate to have the freedom to

Passover holiday, is as much the bread of eat this unleavened bread as we share in

survival as the bread of affliction. its meaning.

Baruch atah Adonay elohaynu melech ha’olam, ha’motzi lechem min ha’aretz.

Baruch atah Adonay elohaynu melech ha’olam, asher kidishanu be’mitvotav al achilat matzah.

Blessed are you, Adonay our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the Earth.

Blessed are you, Adonay our God, King of the Universe, who has made us holy with his

commandments, and commanded us to eat matzah.

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MAROR
Bitter Herb

As we talked about in the Four Questions, Take a piece or scoop of horseradish, our

we eat the bitter herb to remind us of the maror, and place it on a small piece of matzah.

bitter taste of oppression – our own and the We say the following blessing before eating.

bitter pain of all those in the world who are

oppressed.

Baruch atah Adonay, elohaynu melech ha’olam, asher kidishanu be’mitzvotav ve’tzivanu al

achilat maror.

Blessed are you, God, King of the Universe, who hallows our lives with commandments, and

who has commanded us to eat the bitter herb.

Tokin Jew Sarah Silverman
partkaes of the (not-so-bitter) herb

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3RD CUP OF WINE /
3RD BOWL OF FLOWER

The first cup of wine was dedicated to our fight to make the world a better place.

ancestors, and in a larger sense everything and
As we pour our third cup of wine or fill
everyone that brought us to this place. The
our third bowl of flower, let us reflect on
second cup was dedicated to our willingness.
redemption. Let the tastes and smells awaken

This third cup of wine (or bowl of flower) is our senses to the hard and rewarding work

dedicated to all those who need our help, those ahead of us.

who society would marginalize, and those who

Baruch Atah Adonay Eloheynu Melech ha’olam boreh peri ha’gefen.

Diane and Barry Goldstein in
photobooth after last year’s seder.

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KORAYCH
The Rabbi Hillel Sandwich

Now, we follow a practice of Hillel from the bitterness of slavery mixed with the sweetness

time when the Temple stood. He combined of freedom.

the matzah and maror and ate them together,
This practice suggests that part of the
creating a koraych sandwich, so that he might
challenge of living is to taste freedom even
observe the precept handed down to him,
in the midst of oppression, and to be ever
exactly as his father before him. He said that
conscious of the oppression of others even
by eating the koraych, we would taste the
when we feel that we are free.

SHULCHAN ARUCH
The Meal

We’ve arrived at the meal! Let us eat this

incredible food with this wonderful gathering

of friends, as we continue the conversation.

Everyone is invited to share a personal

Pharaoh they have vanquished this year.

Discuss!

(Meal is served. Dessert is served.)

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TZAFUN
The Search for the Afikomen

Now we get the chance to get up, run around, schmooze and partake, while we search for the

hidden Afikomen.

Winner gets a special prize!

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BARACH
Blessing After the Meal

Traditionally, your cup of wine is refilled, and Birkat Ha-mazon, the Grace after the Meal, is

recited. For those who wish to recite this blessing, go ahead and sing on your own. Others can

reflect on their gratitude for this lovely meal, and for this holy time together.

SONG:
Burn One Down
Ben Harper

Let us burn one then you're alright with me
from end to end If you don't like my fire
and pass it over then don't come around
to me my friend cause I'm gonna burn one down
burn it long, we'll burn it slow yes I'm gonna burn one down
to light me up before I go
Herb the gift from the earth
If you don't like my fire and what's from the earth
then don't come around is of the greatest worth
cause I'm gonna burn one down so before you knock it try it first
yes I'm gonna burn one down you'll see it's a blessing
and its not a curse
My choice is what I choose to do
and if I'm causing no harm If you don't like my fire
it shouldn't bother you then don't come around
your choice is who you choose to be cause I'm gonna burn one down
and if your causin' no harm yes I'm gonna burn one down

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SILENT REFLECTION

“The Jewish spiritual teachings concerning Peh). What is the connection between Pharoah

Passover focus on how through tapping into and “neck”? At the beginning of the Book of

the Infinite One, a person can emancipate Exodus, when Moses spoke to the Children

themselves from slavery both spiritually and of Israel about freedom, the Torah says that

physically. It says in the Passover Haggadah, they did not even understand what Moses

“We were slaves to Pharoah in Egypt.” The was saying because of “shortness of breath

Hebrew word for Egypt is Mizrayim (‫)מירצמ‬. and hard work.” During states of trauma

The Hebrew root of the word Mizrayim is and anxiety a person will hold their breath

mayzar (‫)מצר‬, which means “constriction.” in order to “numb out,” and under stress

Being a slave in Egypt means being stuck in the neck is often the seat of great muscular

constricted consciousness. Not free to be ones tension. The neck is the bridge between the

self, not free to live an authentic life. Mizrayim mind and the heart. Pharoah is the force that

is associated with living in fear, unconsciously, chokes our necks and stops us from breathing,

habitually, akin to mindlessly running on a from connecting our heads our hearts, from

gerbil wheel, lost in the narrow constricted thinking, and keeps us in a state of “fight or

confines of the ego. flight,” disconnection and unconsciousness, i.e.

a slave.”
“The word “Pharoah” is also interesting.

Jewish tradition teaches that there is a

connection between two concepts based on [excerpted from Passover: Love is Revolution, by Eitan
Press]
the letters they share, and this connection is

called a remez, a “hint.” In Hebrew, Pharoah

is spelled ‫פרעה‬, the root letters of which are ‫פ‬

(Peh), ‫( ר‬Reish) and ‫( ע‬Ayin), and in Hebrew the

word for neck is oref (‫)עורף‬. Pharoah spelled

backwards is oref — ‫( ע‬Ayin), ‫( ר‬Reish), ‫( ף‬final

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ELIYAHU HA’NAVI AND
THE FOURTH CUP OF WINE
(OR FLOWER)

This is Elijah’s cup. According to Jewish him a glass of wine to show our appreciation.

tradition, the Prophet Elijah was a brave man Tonight we also leave Elijah a little something

who denounced the slavery of his day. Legend greener as well. We think that Elijah deserves

teaches that he will return one day to lead not only a glass of wine, but a bowl to go

everyone to peace and freedom. with it.

As we confront the injustice of this world, We dedicate this fourth cup of wine or bowl

may we be like Elijah, who in defense of of flower to Hope.

justice, spoke truth to power. Jewish legends
We raise our fourth cup and say:
recall the mystical appearance of Elijah

in times of trouble, to promise relief and I have been to Mitzrayim. I have been to the

redemption, and to lift up the downtrodden. desert. I have learned of our struggle and story.

Traditionally we open the door for Elijah and

invite him in to our Seder. We leave

Eliyahu Ha’navi, Eliyahu ha’tishbie, Eliyahu Eliyahu Eliyahu ha’Giladi; Bim Herah Ve’yamenu, Yavo

Elaynu, Im Moshiach Ben David, Im Moshiach Ben David.

Elijah the prophet, Elijah the Tishbite, Elijah The Giladite May he come to us soon, the Mashiach, son

of David.
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Baruch Atah Adonay Eloheynu Melech ha’olam boreh peri ha’gefen.

Blessed are you, Adonay, our God, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

NIRTZAH

We now come to the conclusion of our Seder. an unredeemed world. He cannot concede that

We have fulfilled the mitzvah of retelling our redemption is an accomplished fact, for he

story. And we’ve fulfilled another mitzvah, of knows it is not so.”

sorts, the mitzvah of awakening ourselves and
So, looking to the work ahead and the year
each other to the opportunity for tikkun olam,
ahead, let us make this Passover not only a
for the repair of the world.
z’man chei’ru’teinu, a season of our freedom,

As the great Jewish philosopher Martin Buber but also a z’man chei’ru’teihem, a time of

sagely wrote, “The Jew carries the burden of freedom for everyone.

Next year in freedom! Next year in peace! Next year in Jerusalem!

GROUP SONG: Reprise of Ella’s Song

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