Shalom Friends!

One thing is for certain in these days of uncertainty, Passover 5780/2020 is one that we will never forget and will speak about for years to come.  We are living in the midst of a global pandemic and the ancient Israelites had just lived through the most horrendous plagues the world had even seen.  This certainly makes Passover more real for us today.  Perhaps this year you will celebrate with a fresh perspective on the Exodus story.

Passover is all about recounting the story of how God redeemed the Israelites from slavery.  We are commanded to tell this story to our children.  They have been profoundly affected with school closings and orders to stay inside.  Having a seder where they can talk about what happened to the people in the Bible in comparison to what they are going through today can be very impactful for them as well as for us.

We want your Passover Seder at home, though maybe not what you anticipated, to be something filled with beauty and meaning.  While just the beginning of what you can find online, we pray that these links to trusted sources provide you with a great starting point for your celebration of Passover this year.

L’shana ha-ba’ah b’Yerushalayim!

Next year in Jerusalem! (Or at least not under quarantine!)

Learn About Passover

Before you begin your Passover planning, here are some resources to help you learn more about the history of the holiday and its traditional observance. 

Host a Passover Seder

In this time of crazy grocery stores and concern for tomorrow, take this opportunity to embrace the process of collecting your items for your seder plate.  Thankfully, there is not a run on matzah like there is on toilet paper.  However, now is the time to start gathering your non-perishable items, like matzah and horseradish, as you use up the rest of the items with leaven in your pantry.  Make the best with what you can get and plan to have family join you via facetime or skype.

Passover Haggadahs You Can Purchase

We have a selection of Haggadahs in our Judaica shop at Kol Mashiach.  You can come during business hours to purchase.  If you want to order professionally printed Haggadahs, you’ll need to order soon to get them in time for your seder:

Passover Haggadahs You Can Download

If you want to download and print your own Haggadahs, there are a wide array of them available for free online.  These are ones that are specifically Messianic.

Seder Plates, Matzah Tashes, and Elijahs Cups, Oh My!

When it comes to “pretty things” to use for your seder, there is a wide selection in a range of price points that you can purchase.  The teaching of Hiddur Mitzvah says that we should strive to make our fulfillment of a mitzvah as beautiful as we can.  When God commanded the Israelites to make his tabernacle in the wilderness, it wasn’t just functional, it was beautiful!  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and doesn’t have to mean expensive.  You can find a beautiful plate and wine glass at the Dollar Store and use them for your Passover Seder.

  • Shop at our Judaica shop for a large selection of Passover items

Passover Songs

If this is your first time hosting a Seder, you may be unfamiliar with some of the songs that are sung.  There are as many variations of these songs as there are sand on the seashore. We’ve created a playlist of songs on YouTube that sing the traditional melodies (mostly).