Seder Today

3:49

“When Dr. King came in the room, everybody stood up, linked arms, and sang ‘We Shall Overcome’ in Hebrew. Dr King said that he had heard ‘We Shall Overcome’ all over the world, in many languages, but this was the first time he had heard it in Hebrew.”

Susannah Heschel, Martin Luther King comes to dinner
Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College

4:57

“And all of a sudden I hear the guy, this Hasid, say to his wife in Yiddish, “Look at that, the goy is eating matzah.””

David Sable , The goy is eating matzah!
Global CEO if Young and Rubicam

4:57

“We start taking the matzo balls out, and they are… hard as a rock. And the family starts freaking out! Because we literally crave and die for those matzo balls. Instead of crying…”

Deena Robertson, Target Practice
Co-founder Moksha and Modo Yoga

3:01

“…the young woman who loved using the same mismatched plates that once belonged to a great grandmother, or listening once again to the same bad jokes of a great uncle, told and retold with a tedious predictability… “

Erica Brown, The Imposition of Memory
Author of Happier Endings, Seder Talk; The Conversational Haggadah

2:40

“Growing up we’d always have fairly untraditional seders, because my dad would lead them, and he’d have a reggae seder or a rhythm-and-blues-for-Jews seder, and on the seder plate instead of a lamb shank there was a My Little Pony…”

Ben Nemtim, My Little Pony and Old World Craft
Star of The Buried Life and Executive Producer of MTV's Greatest Party Story Ever!

5:26

“What is brought to light during the full moon (that happens at Passover), is the focus upon honoring both the individual spirit, while also honoring the other. How can I hold space for me, as well as you, as well as: the we that we comprise.”

Stephanie Gailing, Passover and the Fullness of the Moon
Astrologer and author of Planetary Apothecary

2:05

“It’s Passover, so what does a jewish family from Washington, DC eat? Chinese Food!”

Austin Bisnow, Chinese on the Seder plate
Lead singer Magic Giant

2:53

“It was not out of ordinary in their house to have TV crews show up during major Jewish holidays. The drama was building as the digging began, and more digging, and more digging – you get the point – eventually we believe he found…”

Rabbi Bradley Solmsen, TV crews, a shovel, and…
North American Director of Youth Engagement for the Union for Reform Judaism

2:54

“…the greatest irony in the seder is the song that we all sing Dayenu. The word Dayenu means “enough” but when you look at the song more carefully, it is curious. “If God has taken us to the sea, but not split the sea, Dayenu!” It would have been enough? That’s impossible…!”

Rabbi Adam Mintz, The Irony of Dayenu
Professor Queens College