Repeat after me: Anyone can do this, if you care enough.
I married into a boisterously Jewish family and promised to raise our children in that faith. Yay me, sure, but trust me that we’ve never achieved Norman Rockwell perfection. Our standard Jewish holiday crowd is mostly Lutheran (both devout and lapsed), Catholic (lapsed), with a couple agnostics here and there, plus one mostly-Buddhist uncle when we can get him on the schedule.
I was super-excited to make a real-live Jewish friend this year who could help me with the blessings when YouTube failed.
So, every year, I worry that I’m doing it “wrong.” And I probably am.
But every year, I host a Passover Seder, because the alternative is not trying.
Which is not okay. Because I promised.
Bossing a seder is perhaps no big deal to those who’ve done Passover since childhood. As a transplant to the tradition, however, I’m freakishly proud of myself every time it rolls around. And it’s very cool once it’s underway, because I insist that our home Seder must be:
- Short and clear enough for our children
- Accessible to the non-Jews at our table
- Respectful to the Jews at our table, and yet
- Inclusive and familiar to those who haven’t attended a Seder since childhood.
I refuse to let my girls have Passover memories of anything complicated, long, boring, and/or scary. Passover should be about storytelling and celebration.
So I created How to Set Up for a Passover Seder at Home – from Friendly Rock, which I’m sharing with you by PDF, no strings attached, except that I hope you’ll read the disclaimers.
It goes with my Simple Family Passover Haggadah – from Friendly Rock, also free in PDF, no strings, except that you can’t get cranky with me if you don’t like it, because I didn’t even harvest your email in exchange.
So go ahead, try this at home! Feel free to comment and let me know how it goes.
Until then, from our family to yours, Gut Pesach [Have a Good Passover]!