Passover

Omer Calendar for 2016

Counting the Omer

The 49 days from Passover to Shavuot have a counting practice paired with qualities for personal development paired with them. A fully explained, full-color Omer Calendar is attached for you to feel free to print and use. 

Tazria - Redeeming the Unredeemable

This Torah portion is largely concerned with laws of bodily purity. The descriptions of bodily secretions and infections remind us that the kohanim, the priests, were the first dermatologists and infectious disease practitioners. How can you tell what is pure, tahor and what is impure, tamei? Tazria, as it is called, is the least popular Torah reading in the entire year’s cycle.

Free Reclaiming Judaism Haggadah

Passover, Pesach is a holy opera of spirit for which we prepare by cleaning and resetting the stage of our lives. different dishes, special foods, and a whole program called the seder (order) found in a book that is updated throughout the generations-- the Haggadah. This is lest we forget the gift inherent in creation's possibilities--and that gift is freedom! 

Festival of Meaningful Song Seder Outline and Song Sheet

Festival of Meaningful Song Seder Outline and Songsheet
A careful mix of silly and serious, learning and celebrating.
Adapt as you wish. Blessings for a sweet and meaningful Passover!

Seder Song for Breaking the Middle Matzah

and Understanding the Afikoman

Middle Matzah and Afikomen Song
by Rabbi Goldie Milgram

Free MP3 "Leap of Faith"

Guided Passover Imagery

Deepen your Passover preparations through a spiritual lens by means of this mp3 visualization, "Leap of Faith," by Rabbi Joyce Reinitz. Duration: 2 minutes.

Passover Pesach Reclaiming Meaningful Depth for Seder Songs

The Sounds of Seder

New SOUNDS OF SEDER (to the tune of Sounds of Silence) to sing during Maror, addressing some of our current social/political concerns with heart, strength, and a shtikele humor. 


 

The Sounds of Seder
by Rabbi Goldie Milgram, ReclaimingJudaism.org
 

Melody: Sounds of Silence

Free MP3 "Creating Space for God"

Guided Passover Imagery

Deepen your Passover preparations through a spiritual lens by means of this mp3 visualization by Rabbi Joyce Reinitz. Duration: 1.5 minutes. (Text of imagery is below)

Reframing the Chanukkah Christmas Dilemma

A Creative Strategy involving a Passover Twist

When almost all your congregants raise their hands to the question "Do you have a Christmas tree up this season in your home?" it's quite unsettling for a rabbi. This happened to me back in 1989 in a rural pulpit. The Hanukkah-Christmas dilemma full-blown. What to do, if anything?

A creative program came to mind during a night of troubled dreams. The president of the congregation, ever a supporter of my tendency towards R&D on behalf of the Jewish future, organized everything perfectly to my specifications. And the congregants came, almost all of them.

Bedikat Chametz in Our Homes and in Our Relationships

The following story clarifies the traditional and spiritual elements of the process known as bedikat chametz, searching for chametz* in your home.