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Tzedek Initiative
Haggadah Supplement

"Haggadah" means “Telling.” The seder is an opportunity to weave new questions and new insights into the very fabric of our Jewish lives, to make our Exodus journey more meaningful. We offer a few thoughts for your seder, followed by links to other sources for you to explore.

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The Deer and Gazelle Haggadah

Lead a meaningful Seder without spending more than 20 minutes on the rituals. The
"Deer and Gazelle Haggadah" is based on ideas from Marvin Elmowitz and
Cantor Caplan.

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Recorded Seder Songs:
Sing along with
Cantor Caplan!

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Watch Cantor Caplan's
Passover Sing-Alongs!

All Ages Passover Seder Sing Along
(Video begin at 1:06)

K-2 Passover Songs
3-4 Passover Songs
5-6 Passover Songs


Additional Resources

 Click Here for a series of videos on how to kasher your kitchen

 Click Here for a link to the Rabbinical Assembly passover guide (which has more detailed guidance)

 Visit which is an incredible resource for DIY seder prep


Passover Video Library


The Sam's Chug Passover Special is here!
It's a can't miss! Watch now!

Rabbi Ari Lucas
Passover Greeting 2021/5781

1st Day Pesah Video - Excerpts
Passover 2020/5780

This video contains excerpts from First Day Pesah morning, featuring Rabbi Silverstein, Rabbi Lucas, Cantor Caplan, Karen Eisenberg, Steve Fichtenbaum, Mira Davis, and Jolie Weinberg.

Excerpts from 7th Day Pesah Morning
Passover 2020/5780

Featuring Rabbi Silverstein, Rabbi Lucas, Cantor Caplan,
and Debby Miller


Pre-Passover Rituals

This year, since the first seder falls on Saturday evening, some of the pre-Passover rituals are moved up to the day prior. Here’s a schedule for the events.

The Fast of the Firstborn is observed on Thursday, Mar. 25. Those wishing to join a celebratory siyyum (completion of a section of study) which enables firstborns to eat a festive meal, are encouraged to register for the Rabbinical Assembly siyyum at 8 am on Thursday, Mar. 25:
Sale of Hametz All forms should be submitted by Thursday, Mar. 25 at 4 pm.
Search for the Hametz The ritual search for hametz should take place Thursday evening, Mar. 25.
Removal/Burning of Hametz The ritual removal/burning/nullification of hametz should take place on Friday morning, Mar. 26.


When Passover Falls on Saturday Night

Why is this year different from all other years? There are a number of answers to this question, but one is that the first night of Passover falls on a Saturday night. When that happens, there are a number of atypical practices that are worth reviewing. The following summary from Rabbi Adam Kligfeld should help make sense of this year’s practices:

1. Normally the סיום בכורות (siyyum b’khorot), the celebratory feast upon completing a section of rabbinic literature that obviates first-born males from having to fast on erev Pesah takes place on the morning before the first seder. First-borns are perpetually in a state of obligation towards God for having been spared the 10th plague on the night of Exodus. They must fast, unless they are present at (or are personally responsible for) a siyyum. Since Yom Kippur is the only fast that can conceivably take place on Shabbat, and since while fasting on a Friday can happen (such as for Asara B’Tevet, one of the fasts associated with the destruction of the Temple), fasts are never moved TO a Friday FROM their original day, in this situation the fast/feast is moved back yet one more day, to Thursday. Thursday morning minyan on March 25 will be moved up to 7:15 am so that we can participate in the Rabbinical Assembly siyyum at 8 am. For more details on the siyyum, click here:

2. Of greater and more universal halakhic relevance is the question of the status of one’s home, food, dishes and, yes, challah on the day leading up to the Seder. As many of you know, we generally search for hametz (בדיקת חמץ/bedikat hametz) the night before the first Seder. And then it is burned the next morning in the ביעור חמץ (bi’ur hametz) ceremony. This usually takes place about 1/3 of the way through the “halakhic day,” which is 1/3 of that day’s hours of sunlight, from sunrise to sunset. In a year such as this, we cannot search for the hametz the night before, as we don’t make use of a candle on Friday night, and we can’t burn it the next morning, on Shabbat. Therefore, this year, we search for the hametz on Thursday night, and burn it Friday morning. And so…where does that leave us with our food, dishes and challah for Shabbat? I will lay out a few possibilities for you:

  • First, even though we will have burned the hametz on Friday morning, the actual prohibition of owning/consuming hametz still does not come into play until Shabbat morning, which is the day of the first seder. So technically one is permitted to eat hametz on Friday night, and all the way through about 11 am Shabbat morning (10:59, to be precise). We will actually pause in our Shabbat morning services to give people a chance to enjoy one last bagel before we begin our week-long hametz cleanse. 

  • However, once must have one’s house completely “turned over” and prepared for Pesah by the time we light Shabbat candles on Friday night. Those families with separate sets of dishes for Passover already are using them once the sun sets on Friday. That puts the 25 hours between sundown on Friday night and darkness on Saturday in a weird halakhic interim zone. One ought not yet consume matza, for there is a strong tradition that even for those who enjoy (?!) eating matza throughout the year, one should refrain from consuming it for a period of time (some say one day, some say one week, some say a full 30 days) before the first seder, so that first bite into the modest matza is done בתיאוון (b’teyavon—with appetite/gusto), so that the mitzvah of consuming that matza is done with some novelty and joy. At the same time, one’s home is already cleared of its hametz, which makes challah for Shabbat dinner and Shabbat lunch complicated.

  • Some rule that for the two loaves needed for each Shabbat meal, egg matza should be used. Since it is considered מצה עשירה (matza ashirah—enriched/enhanced matza), which is the very reason one can not fulfill one’s obligation for matza by eating it (and why most Ashkenazi authorities actually forbid its consumption on Pesah itself), it is far enough away from true matza such that by eating it Friday night and Saturday you can still eat the real stuff “with gusto.” But it is also not hametz, so it is safe to eat within a cleaned-for-Passover kitchen. You may certainly fulfill your shabbat meal obligations this way.

  • Others (including in my home) completely prepare the home for Passover, but leave out some loaves of true challah, totally segregated from all other foodstuffs. Sealed in a Ziploc or aluminum foil. The hamotzi, in this situation, should be recited quickly (perhaps outside), with everyone taking a piece to enjoy…and then quickly consumed or discarded before continuing with the rest of the meal using Kosher for Passover dishes/utensils. It is a good thing to rinse one’s hands/mouth after eating this truly fluffy hametz before returning to your Kosher for Passover Shabbat dinner and lunch.

So…make your choice: egg matzah (which you can even eat at a regularly-timed Shabbat lunch) or full challah (which, again, must be fully consumed or disposed of immediately after the blessing, and consumed early on Saturday), with the rest of the meal being consumed using plates and utensils and food that is fully Kosher for Passover.

As always, let me know if you have any questions. And I wish you an early חג כשר ושמח, hag kasher v’sameah. A sweet and joyful and Kosher Passover!

Rabbi Adam Kligfeld


April 10,2021 /  28 Nisan 5781