Monday, April 21, 2008

The Two Minute Haggadah

...In honor of our Jewish brothers and sisters' celebration of Passover this weekend, with a deep hat tip to our yarmulke-wearing Protestant minister with an awesome blog Allen at Allen's Brain. Find the full piece at Slate Magazine here.

(And if you have attended the detailed, wordy wonder of a full-blown Seder before--well, I think this is hysterical.)

Opening prayers:
Thanks, G-d, for creating wine. (Drink wine.)
Thanks for creating produce. (Eat parsley.)

Overview: Once we were slaves in Egypt. Now we're free. That's why we're doing this.

Four questions:
1. What's up with the matzoh?
2. What's the deal with horseradish?
3. What's with dipping parsley in stuff?
4. What's this whole slouching at the table business?

Answers:
1. When we left Egypt, we were in a hurry. There was no time for making decent bread.
2. Life was bitter, like horseradish.
3. It's called symbolism.
4. Free people get to slouch.


More of it here.

2 comments:

Allen's Brain said...

~snerk~

I tip my yarmulke in your general direction.

Margaret Catherine said...

Or, at a "Christian Seder" where the lamb just would not cook, that which the leader was supposed to hold up became "That which is in the oven", with a meaningful sidewise gesture. :)