|SET A PLATE ON THE TABLE CONTAINING EACH OF THE SIX RITUAL
FOODS FROM THE ANCIENT SPRING PILGRIMAGE HOLIDAY CELEBRATED IN THE DAYS OF
PLACE THESE OTHER RITUAL OBJECTS ON THE SEDER TABLE:
Two white candles to be lit in their holders
Enough drink made from the fruite of a vine (grape juice, wine) for each celebrant to have four cupfuls
A bowl of saltwater for each participant
Three pieces of matzah by the leader of the seder, and enough for everyone else, too
One precious item related to your personal story of searching
A goblet of wine or juice for the prophet Elijah
Hadlakat ha-Nerot/Lighting the
Blessed art Thou, O Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe, Creator of the radiance of the fire.
Kos Kiddush/First cup of wine (Fill everyone's glass, then one person reads:)
We are told four times in the Torah, in four different ways, that God promised freedom to us. We will pause at different places in our seder to remember each of these promises with a cup of wine. The first time God makes this promise, it is written:
(Read in unison)
"I am Adonai,
and I will free you from the slavery of Egypt."
(One person reads)
So we raise our glasses and say this blessing:
Blessed art Thou, O Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.
(One person continues)
We continue the ritual by creating holy time with two prayers, the Kiddush or sanctification with wine, and the Shehecheyanu, the blessing of time.
Kiddush/Sanctification (In unison [add the words in parentheses on the Sabbath])
Blessed art Thou, Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe Who chose us from all the people and exalted us among all nations by making us holy with God's Commandments.
With love You gave us [the Sabbath for rest, and] the festivals for happiness, holidays and seasons for rejoicing; as this day [of Sabbath, and this day] of the Feast of Matzahs, the season of our freedom, which is a holy gathering in remembrance of our going out of Egypt. For You have chosen us from all peoples to make us holy with [the Sabbath and] Your holy festivals [with love and favor] in joy and happiness.
Blessed art Thou who makes holy the festive seasons.
Blessed art Thou, O Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has kept us alive, sustained us and brought us to enjoy this season.
In ancient Israel, Passover was a festival celebrated at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the end of a pilgrimage.
Since the destruction of the Temple in 78 C.E. we pilgrims have created our own holy place and time with the preceding prayers.
Next, as if we were the Temple priests of old, we wash our hands before partaking of the ceremonial meal, which we eat at this table as our alter.
Urchatz/Wash hands (Either the leader, or everyone, washes their hands at this point and recites a blessing)
Blessed are You, O Eternal, our God, who makes us holy with commandments, and has commanded us in the washing of hands.