Passover: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration


Remember, retell, recreate, and relive the Exodus experience—
with the stories, rituals, foods, and songs of Pesah.

This revised and expanded edition of the classic spiritual sourcebook offers updated information, more ideas, and new resources for every aspect of the Festival of Freedom.

An inspiring and practical how-to guide, ...

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Remember, retell, recreate, and relive the Exodus experience—
with the stories, rituals, foods, and songs of Pesah.

This revised and expanded edition of the classic spiritual sourcebook offers updated information, more ideas, and new resources for every aspect of the Festival of Freedom.

An inspiring and practical how-to guide, Passoverclearly explains all the vital information that you need to fully honor—and to fully enjoy—this sacred celebration, including:

  • History and meaning
  • How to prepare, from shopping to kashering to selecting a Haggadah
  • Rituals, prayers, and blessings (step by step)
  • Songs and prayers in English and Hebrew (with clear transliterations)
  • Innovative and imaginative new traditions to enliven your celebration
  • Firsthand explanations and ideas from a variety of perspectives
  • New information and ideas about how to involve everyone—from toddlers to teens to grandparents—in a meaningful Seder experience

Enriched by real-life voices sharing practical, useful suggestions and advice, this creative resource helps us to reacquaint ourselves with time-tested traditions and discover old and new ways to celebrate the birth and continuous renewal of the Jewish people.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ron Wolfson offers a second edition of Passover: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration, first published in 1988. Now part of Jewish Lights's The Art of Jewish Living series, it is co-written with Joel Lurie Grishaver (the same team that brought us the series' practical and loving tribute to Hanukkah last year). The book opens with Wolfson's tender (and mouth-wateringly food-oriented) tribute to the seders of his Nebraska childhood and then unfolds with section after section of practical tips for creating memorable-and more spiritually focused-Passover celebrations. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580231749
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Series: Art of Jewish Living Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 381
  • Sales rank: 1,004,991
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Ron Wolfson, visionary educator and inspirational speaker, is Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University in Los Angeles and a cofounder of Synagogue 3000. He is author of Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community; The Seven Questions You're Asked in Heaven: Reviewing and Renewing Your Life on Earth; Be Like God: God's To-Do List for Kids; God's To-Do List: 103 Ways to Be an Angel and Do God's Work on Earth; Hanukkah, Passover and Shabbat, all Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Art of Jewish Living family guides to spiritual celebrations; The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community; A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement and Comfort and, with Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, What You Will See Inside a Synagogue (all Jewish Lights), a book for children ages 6 and up. He contributed to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism—Yizkor, Who by Fire, Who by Water—Un'taneh Tokef, All These Vows—Kol Nidre and We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism—Ashamnu and Al Chet (all Jewish Lights).

Dr. Ron Wolfson is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Building Good Tents: Envisioning the Synagogue of the Future
  • God's To-Do List
  • The Seven Questions You're Asked in Heaven
  • Blessings and Kisses: The Power of the Jewish Family
  • A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort
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Table of Contents

Preface Foreword Using This Text PART I: THE PASSOVER SEDER 1. The Art of Passover: On "Making" Pesah 2. Seder Shel Pesah (The Passover Seder) ACT ONE: The Beginning 3. Hadlakat Neirot (Candlelighting) 4. Kadesh, Urhatz (A Mnemonic) 5. Kadesh (The First Cup of Wine) 6. Urhatz (Wash Hands) 7. Karpas (Appetizer) 8. Yahatz (Break the Middle Matzah) 9. Ha Lahma Anya (Invitation) ACT TWO: Maggid—The Tellings Overview 10. The First Telling Mah Nishtanah (The Four Questions) Avadim Hayinu (We Were Slaves) Barukh Hamakom (Praised Be He) 11. The Second Telling Arba'ah Vanim (The Four Children) Mitehilah Ovdei Avodah Zarah (We Were Idol-Worshippers) Barukh Shomer/V’hi She-Amdah (Praised Be the Guardian) iv 12. The Third Telling Tzei u-L’mad (Go and Learn) Arami Oved Avi (MyFather) Eser Makot (Ten Plagues) Dayyenu (Enough!) 13. The Fourth Telling Rabban Gamliel Hayah Omer (Pesah, Matzah, Maror) B’khol Dor va-Dor (In Every Generation) L’fikhakh (Therefore, We Praise) Halleluyah (Halleluyah) Kos Sheini (The Second Cup of Wine) ACT THREE: The Feast 14. Preparing to Eat: Rohtzah, Motzi/Matzah, Maror, Korekh 15. Shulhan Orekh (The Feast) 16. Tzafun (Dessert) 17. Barekh (Blessings after Food) 18. Kos Sh’lishi (The Third Cup of Wine) ACT FOUR: Redemption 19. Shfokh Hamatkha/Eliyahu Ha-Navi (Pour Out Your Anger/Elijah the Prophet) 20. Hallel (Songs of Praise) 21. Zemirot (Songs) 22. Sefirat Ha-Omer (Counting the Omer) 23. Kos R’vi’i/Nirtzah (The Fourth Cup of Wine/Acceptance) PART II: PREPARING FOR PASSOVER 24. Learning to Make Pesah 25. Organizing the Seder Service 26. Kosher for Pesah 27. The Passover Changeover 28. The Kitchen Changeover 29. The Rituals of Pesah Preparation 30. Preparing the Seder Table 31. After Pesah Afterword Selected Bibliography About Jewish Lights

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