Observing Passover at home.
Thank you for considering our Video Haggadah. This page is designed to lead and guide you through your own Passover Seder experience with your family, your small group, or any other gathering that might enjoy the experience.
First, it’s important to do all of your shopping ahead of time so you know you can find everything. Here is what you will need (in addition to the potluck meal described in the first video).
- A boiled and peeled egg for everyone
- Enough “matzah bread” (found at Safeway) for everyone to have their own piece, plus a handful of extras
- Horseradish (hot or extra hot); every person will need a dollop
- Honey (at least as much as the horseradish)
- Cilantro or parsley (everyone will need one sprig)
- Juice/wine (should be kosher for Passover; juice will be right next to the matzah, and wine will be with other wines but in its own section)
- Four “Dixie cups” for each person
- Candles for the table
- Napkins, plates, and bowls
- More napkins, plates, and bowls (as needed) for the actual meal
- A few basins and towels
Finally, if you are going to observe Passover on the floor, make sure everyone brings plenty of cushions, pillows, or blankets to be comfortable.
We highly recommend watching this setup video before you go shopping and again later as a guide to help you set up your Seder experience.
As referenced in the video, recipes can be found at chabad.org.
Special Note: This large church event has always been used partially as a fundraiser for Marty Solomon and Impact Campus Ministries. The final video in this playlist is a fundraising plea from Marty and we recommend watching that before the experience and contemplating how you would like to use it. We do not want to ruin the moment God may create for many of you at the end of the Seder experience with that video. Watch it before you get started, watch it at home later, watch it when you get together next or after you have cleaned up for the evening, but don’t let it get in the way of what God does that night!
Once you are set up and ready to go, simply start here and let these videos guide your experience through the Seder meal. Each of these videos should end with an instruction that invites you to engage and discuss the experience in your own setting. Whenever your group is ready, proceed to the next video.
Notes & Conclusion
The third cup is known as the Cup of Redemption. If you remember the description from video 4, you know this is the promise that God would wrap us up in His wings and bring us — marry us — into His family. It is this new belonging that teaches us how to live in freedom.
As you drink this cup, we invite you to discuss how the crucifixion of Jesus, like the washing of feet, is a model for us to learn “how to live” in the freedom of Kingdom. This cup — which causes us to think about Christ’s sacrifice — is a cup that calls us to consider whether our lives are seen as opportunities to lay ourselves down for other people.
The fourth cup continues with the wedding imagery. The Cup of Protection is based on the last promise in Exodus 6: “I will take you as my people and I will be your God…” This Hebrew expression “take you as my people” is the same phrase used even today in Jewish weddings to speak of the marital union. In the ancient world, at the time of the betrothal, the groom handed a cup of wine to the bride to be and said, “This is the cup of a new covenant I make with you today; I will not drink of this cup again until I drink it with you in my father’s house.” One will quickly recognize these words as the words Jesus used when he presented this cup to the disciples. When we take this cup, we are saying “Yes!” to Jesus’s proposal to covenant relationship.
Additionally, it is eerily powerful to consider that Jesus says he will not drink this cup, passing on the Cup of Protection in the moments before his betrayal and ultimate death. We can imagine his disciples pleading with him to drink of God’s protection, but Jesus says, “Not tonight.”