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?

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.


Allen's Brain said...


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. :)