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The adventure of Passover awaits us

04/17/2019 09:20:26 AM


Rabbi Laura Abrasley

As a child, I loved reading “choose your own adventure” books. For those unfamiliar with this series of children’s gamebooks, these stories are written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of protagonist in the story. At multiple points in the story, the reader makes choices that determine the main characters’ actions and the plot’s outcome. These wonderful books can be read again and again, as the ending is not set and every few page turns create the opportunity for a new adventure.
In a few days, Jewish communities across the world will gather to tell our version of a “choose your own adventure.” True, the Exodus story of escaping from slavery to freedom is ancient, with text written down long ago. But the various ways we tell the story, and its myriad of timeless lessons, almost seem as numerous as the stars. There are thousands of published Haggadot (plural for Haggadah), the short book we read every year to commemorate the Exodus story of Moses and help guide our Seders, the home-based family celebration of Passover.
And yet every year, new Haggadot emerge, each one somehow finding an unexplored perspective or a new way to increase our diversity. In some ways, the Haggadah begs us every year to make it new. Its themes of freedom, redemption and liberation are never-ending, just as relevant today as they were for the generations before us. I’m still working on which Haggadot we’ll use this year, but I love the endless possibilities and endless reimagination. The adventure awaits…
Wishing you and your family a Zissen Pesach! (Yiddish for a ”sweet Passover”)

P.S. Still looking for a Haggadah? Try one of these online resources:
* – make your own Haggadah or download a version created by someone else
* jewishboston,com – download a great contemporary and customizable Haggadah
* – brevity meets tradition (available as a download as well as a print edition)

Sun, November 17 2019 19 Cheshvan 5780