Pesach is known as the "Season of our Freedom," but it alludes to more than just the Jews' freedom from enslavement in Egypt thousands of years ago: it invokes the true freedom of each and every Jew even at this very moment. Although, thank G-d, we are not physically enslaved, today a person may be enslaved to his own physical desires and passions. By ridding ourselves of chometz (representing haughtiness and self-absorption), we commit ourselves to be humble like matzah. Only then are we able to free ourselves from our present limitations, and enjoy a newfound freedom this coming year.
In order to attain this level of freedom year-round, we have provided several options to help you with your Passover preparations!
Shmurah Matzah: We have Shmurah Matzah for your Seder. Please click here to order.
Sell your Chametz: Before Passover, it is a mitzvah to clean our homes, ridding chametz (leaven) from our house. Click here for more information. But what about those items you want to keep for after Passover? If You Can't Destroy it, Sell It! Click here to sell your chametz online.
Seder Resources: Leading your own seder is a lot simpler than it seems. Why? Because you have your cheat sheet right in front of you. A standard Haggadah has all the instructions and guidance necessary to walk through the 15 steps of the Seder like a pro. So just pull out your Haggadah and read through it in advance. If you would like to share some witty or wise thoughts, take a look at this treasury of Seder insights.
Here is what you’ll need for the Seder:
Matzah (handmade shmurah matzah is ideal)
Wine or grape juice
Marror (bitter herbs; typically romaine lettuce and grated horseradish)
Vegetable for dipping
Saltwater (yep, just salt and water)
Roasted bone (Chabad custom is to use a chicken neck. A chicken wing can also work.)
Charoset (a mixture of chopped apples, nuts and sweet wine or grape juice. Some add cinnamon as well.)
Cutlery (either disposable or kosher for Passover)
More: Full Seder Shopping List
Can you suggest some ballpark quantities?
Wine: Every individual should drink four cups of wine or grape juice, so a bottle of wine per person per Seder is a safe bet. (If you have small, 3 oz. cups, a single bottle should just be enough for two nights.) For help picking out the top Kosher wines, reach out to Rabbi Leibele.
Matzah: If you are alone, 3 matzahs for each evening will cover you just fine. You should factor in an additional two matzahs per additional participant.
Marror: Each person needs to have two portions of marror (one eaten alone and one as part of the korech sandwich), each one at least 2/3rds of an ounce (total). Preparing two ounces per person (or supplementing it with romaine lettuce) per night will have you covered.
Vegetables and Saltwater and Charoset: Even a minimal amount will do (in fact you should eat less than an olive-bulk of the dipping vegetable).
Roasted bone: it is not eaten at all, so you just need one per seder plate.
Egg: One egg per seder plate is fine. Some have the custom to eat the egg during the meal. If this is the case, prepare a few extra.
Feast Food: Bear in mind that you will be eating after having imbibed two cups of wine, and lots of matzah and marror, so you may not be too hungry.
Can you suggest a Haggadah I can print online?
The Shulounge is proud to be providing every family with this new and colourful Haggadah! To order more for your family, contact Rabbi Leibele ASAP. You can also print a Haggadah here.
Note: you must begin your Seder after Shabbat ends (8:02 pm in DDO). At a minimum, eat the shmurah matzah and drink the cups of wine after that time.
Essential Seder Recipes
Here are some essential recipes for your at-home-seder.
For further information, including FAQ's for at-home-seders, see here.
As always—and especially now—we are available for you and your family in whatever way you need. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
Although we may be forced to celebrate Passover in our homes with limited guests, don't be upset. On the very first Passover, in Ancient Egypt, each family was sequestered in their home. No one was permitted to step outside. Outdoors, a plague swept through the land, but in each Jewish home, there was light and hope.
The next morning, the Jewish people left for the Promised Land.
Now we are here. This year, may Hashem bring us back to the Promised Land.