Saturday, March 31, 2007

This one is funny if you're Jewish...

... and (or) a veteran of many Seders.

If you're not a veteran of many Passover Seders, it won't make sense.

If you are, put down that mug of tea or it will go pffttttttttsshhhhhgllllrbbbggghh all over your keyboard.

The Two-Minute Haggadah
A Passover service for the impatient.

Opening prayers:

Thanks, God, for creating wine. (Drink wine.)

Thanks for creating produce. (Eat parsley.)

Overview: Once we were slaves in Egypt. Now we're free. That's why we're doing this.

Four questions:
1. What's up with the matzoh?
2. What's the deal with horseradish?
3. What's with the dipping of the herbs?
4. What's this whole slouching at the table business?

1. When we left Egypt, we were in a hurry. There was no time for making decent bread.
2. Life was bitter, like horseradish.
3. It's called symbolism.
4. Free people get to slouch.

A funny story: Once, these five rabbis talked all night, then it was morning. (Heat soup now.)

The four kinds of children and how to deal with them:
Wise child--explain Passover.
Simple child--explain Passover slowly.
Silent child--explain Passover loudly.
Wicked child--browbeat in front of the relatives.

Speaking of children: We hid some matzoh. Whoever finds it gets five bucks.

The story of Passover: It's a long time ago. We're slaves in Egypt. Pharaoh is a nightmare. We cry out for help. God brings plagues upon the Egyptians. We escape, bake some matzoh. God parts the Red Sea. We make it through; the Egyptians aren't so lucky. We wander 40 years in the desert, eat manna, get the Torah, wind up in Israel, get a new temple, enjoy several years without being persecuted again. (Let brisket cool now.)

The 10 Plagues: Blood, Frogs, Lice-you name it.

The singing of "Dayenu":
If God had gotten us out of Egypt and not punished our enemies, it would've been enough. If he'd punished our enemies and not parted the Red Sea, it would've been enough.

If he'd parted the Red Sea-(Remove gefilte fish from refrigerator now.)

Eat matzoh. Drink more wine. Slouch.

Thanks again, God, for everything.


Hat tip to my friend Phil for this one.

And for more serious Passover-related material, see here, a few posts ago. More coming in a day or two about Miriam's Cup, the orange on the Seder plate, and other matters ancient and new.


Padre Mickey said...

I'm taking this to the Seder tomorrow night; I'll offer it as an option.

Jane R said...

Friend of mine from the Midwest who read it here on the blog sent it to a couple of friends of hers who actually used some of it!! (Large gathering, mix of Jews and Gentiles, children and adults, etc.)