ISO – A Request From Jewish Action Magazine

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4 Responses

  1. Steve Brizel says:

    Give as much time to your children and grandchildren to show what they have learned and know. Their enthusiasm for what they learned and the tunes they want to sing for Hallel, etc, should be paramount-not the profound Talmudic analyis or sermon that either you or someone else at the table has been reserving all year for night of the seder.

  2. Raymond says:

    I think that your approach should be, to not expect to teach them all there is to know about Pesach, for the higher one’s expectations, the more likely one is to come away from the experience feeling disappointed, plus it would be information overload for the recipients of that information, paradoxically causing less such teachings to be absorbed.  In other words, keep it simple, and have only modest expectations.  Have it in mind to teach, say, no more than a dozen bits of information at any given Seder.  And make the experience as enjoyable as possible, full of heartwarming singing, delicious and plentiful food, and most of all, endless displays of loving kindness.  Make them feel special for being members of G-d’s Chosen People.

  3. Pesach challenged says:

    Remember that your spouse is also one of the people at the table. Make sure you and your spouse are on the same page about what you expect from the seder.
    I’ve left the table to sleep (or fallen asleep at the table) through too many “maggids” over the years because of my husband’s pontificating in the face of my utter exhaustion. We would argue about this every year, but he simply did not care; seder was going to be his way, even after he barely lifted a finger during all the Pesach preparations.

    Not good for shalom bayis. Not good for the children/grandchildren. Abroad, at least, there are two sedarim; but even in Israel there are other meals during Pesach for all the eager beavers to show off everything they know.

  4. Phil says:

    Always teach by example the joy of being an Eved Hashem, especially on “This Night”!

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