The holiday of Passover has four names:
Chag HaMatzot - The Festival of Matzah
Chag HaPesach - The Festival of the Passover Offering
Chag HaAviv - The Spring Festival
Zman Cheiruteinu - The Time of Our Freedom
The Seder (literally 'order') is the most widely celebrated Jewish event; it consists of a series of readings and rituals through which we retell the Biblical story of the Israelite Exodus from Egypt. Throughout Passover, Jews refrain from eating chametz (leavened products).
Four Questions for Reflection As you take time to reflect this Passover, here are four questions to discuss at your Seder table:
1Passover commemorates the Israelites’ freedom from slavery.
What “enslaves” you?
2 It is traditional to eliminate “chametz”or leavening, from your diet during Passover.
What spiritual “chametz”would you like to eliminate from your life?
3 Upon leaving Egypt, the Israelites journeyed through the desert for 40 years in search of a homeland.
Where is your “journey through the desert”taking you?
4 At Passover, we retell the story of the Israelites’ freedom from slavery.
What’s the “story” you want today’s Jewish students to tell their children about Judaism?
for College Students
Is Just Half the Challenge
Making Jewish Life Meaningful Is the Rest
Hillel ensures that Jewish students of all backgrounds can celebrate Passover and all Jewish holidays on campus when they are away from home. Even more importantly, Hillel is there throughout the year to help students and meaningful Jewish answers to life’s big questions.
With over 85% of college-age Jews in the United States attending an institution of higher learning, college is the most common shared experience for young Jews today. Hillel, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, reaches students at this critical period in their lives.
Studies have shown that Jewish holidays are one of the most important times for students to connect to their Jewish identity and feel a part of the Jewish community. The holidays present Hillel with ideal opportunities to create memorable connections to Jewish life on campus, which can help serve as the foundation for students’ Jewish life beyond the campus.
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Here are a number of resources to utilize in planning your Seder or creating your Passover programming:
[All require Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher.]
CRUNCH THIS - A quick introduction to the meaning of Passover
Colorful and convenient cards to quickly convey the meaning of Passover.
CRUNCH THIS (PDF file 3.2Mb)
A Passover Guide by Barry Dov Lerner
A comprehensive guide to preparing for Passover and conducting a Seder. This guide includes supplementary materials to enrich your Passover celebration.
Passover Guide (50 pages) (PDF file 159Kb)
And here the child asks: A Passover Inquiry
Taking a fresh look at the Passover Haggadah, this text study examines the Four Questions and the purpose of storytelling on Passover.
And here the child asks: A Passover Inquiry (PDF file 98Kb)
Siftei Shlomo Shabbat Hagadol
A compelling translation from The Lips of Solomon, by Rabbi Shlomo Unsdorfer. This document explores the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the class Rabbi Unsdorfer gave on Shabbat Hagadol, 1942. [Shabbat Hagadol, or the Great Sabbath, is the Sabbath directly before Passover.]
Siftei Shlomo Shabbat Hagadol (PDF file 23Kb)
Tzedek and Passover
A resource guide for campuses to integrate tzedek/social justice programming with Passover.
CASE It! Passover (PDF file 64Kb)
Getting Ready for Passover - A "Spiritual Check-Up" by Aryeh Ben David
Send a Passover eCard.
Additional Programming Resources:
Programming Guide: A Passover Inquiry
D'var Torah for Pesach - The Charoset Riddle
D'var Torah for Pesach - The Omer
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