Open Invitation

הא לחמא עניא – פסח
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ברכה ראשונה

What’s one of the most exciting things you’ve ever been invited to?

If you could invite anyone (alive or in history) to join you for Pesach / at your seder, who would you invite?

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

This is the bread of affliction (pain)  that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. 

Anyone who is famished should come and eat, anyone who is in need should come and partake of the Pesach sacrifice. 

Now we are here, next year we will be in the land of Israel; this year we are slaves, next year we will be free people.

הָא לַחְמָא עַנְיָא דִּי אֲכָלוּ אַבְהָתָנָא בְאַרְעָא דְמִצְרָיִם

כָּל דִכְפִין יֵיתֵי וְיֵיכֹל, כָּל דִצְרִיךְ יֵיתֵי וְיִפְסַח

הָשַּׁתָּא הָכָא, לְשָׁנָה הַבָּאָה בְּאַרְעָא דְיִשְׂרָאֵל. הָשַּׁתָּא עַבְדֵי, לְשָׁנָה הַבָּאָה בְּנֵי חוֹרִין

Questions for Reflection

מה בו

What are we saying at the beginning of the maggid section of the story?

What words or phrases stand out to you?

What questions do you have?


מה ליבו

Why would we want to only have our own family at the seder? 

Why would we want others to join? 


Invite them! How does it feel to be invited? How does it feel to invite someone else?


מה לי בו

- When do I feel comfortable inviting others (who may not be family or best friends) to be a part of something? When do I feel less comfortable? 


- What makes it easier or harder for me?


- When did I feel good about being invited to something? What made me feel welcomed? 


- What can I do to help others feel welcomed / invited?

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