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For some children, the seder means delicious jellied candies and afikoman hunts. For others it can mean terrifying public reading and unbearable amounts of sitting still at the table. And for those disabilities – whether psychological, developmental or language-based – it’s clear this night is different from all other nights. But can somebody slow down and please explain why?
One of the main focal points of the traditional Passover seder is the maggid, the telling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt. This story begins with the youngest person at the seder asking the Four Questions (Mah Nishtanah). These questions provide the impetus for telling why this night is different from all other nights.
Make story and snuggle time Jewish time: read a Jewish book with your child! Read this review of The Passover Lamb for great ideas on how to engage your child.
I have to shop for Passover at 11 o’clock at night. Why? If I go shopping for my Pesach necessities during the day, I am deluged with questions about cooking as I power-walk the aisles of the supermarket.
From the setting of the table to the evening's conclusion, the seder is full of opportunities to tell the Passover story in song.
The Chocolate Seder is not intended to replace your family’s seder, but rather it is a “practice run,” a family activity designed to acquaint children with the order, songs, and customs of the seder before the fact.