Tag: Passover Resources

Got Any Great Passover Seder Ideas?

We had two great seder experiences this year. One with the whole Kipnes East Coast family; one with just my folks, my sister and her family, my wife, kids and family.

One highlight was the use of Youtube videos for educational and sometimes just entertainment value purposes. One video kept everyone quiet and paying attention during Rachatza (washing).

Here are the videos and links:

Get Down Moses – early
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hH3crBQyyhY&feature=user are you smarter than a 7 year old?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJrKPb95YzU&eurl=http://www.crownheights.info/ Matzah man video
http://youtube.com/watch?v=naP1uOCiEfI&feature=related

Problems in Darfur
http://youtube.com/watch?v=qQwCCm-H-sU
The youngest two kids also regaled us, between parts of the seder, with Passover-themed magic tricks.

I’m collecting new suggestions for next year’s pre-Passover Seder Ideas article. Got any good ideas? Click on the comments button below and please share them.

Shake Up Your Seder: New and Collected Ideas 2008


Tired of the boring seder experience. Here are my new and collected Seder ideas for 2008/5768.

Check out the Seder Ideas!

By the way, the picture is from Or Ami’s annual Seder in the Wilderness Congregation Retreat. 400 people turn out for various Passover experiences. I was Pharaoh in 2007. View the pictures here. Join us at the retreat by clicking here.

Let me know if you used any.

The Daily News: Seder Need Not Be Boring!

The LA Daily News highlighted our engaging seder.

The dinner table at Rabbi Paul Kipnes’ house was topped Monday night with more than the ceremonial food associated with commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. The arrangement of bitter herbs, parsley and matzo also included a football, history book and corkscrew. The purpose of Passover, which began at sundown Monday, is to remind Jews of their deliverance from Pharaoh and to educate Jewish children about the seminal story of their people. So Kipnes, leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, regularly uses props to spark discussion on Passover. The football, his guests usually say, refers to the angel of the Lord passing over the Jewish homes and sparing their first-born sons. The history book often incites debate about whether the Exodus is the literal history of the Jewish people or a mythical story. And the corkscrew, well, some say it represents the work required to release the joy of life; others the treatment Pharaoh gave the Jews. “It’s the story of the Jews throughout history,” Kipnes said. “My kids are pretty comfortable and well off, and they need to learn from our history and our traditions that their responsibility is not to sit back and enjoy it but to bring others to the table, into freedom.”

Read more.

Can We Eat Beans, Rice, Corn and Peas on Passover?

Jewish Tradition on Kitniyot and Chametz

Every year, we struggle to recall and understand the Jewish tradition regarding what to eat and not to eat on Passover. With the help of our former Rabbinic Intern Eric Berk, we are pleased to offer this article to clarify the difference between chametz (we don’t eat!) and kitniyot (you may eat).

Simply put, it is okay to eat beans, rice, corn and peas on Passover. Why? Read on.