March 17, 2019
Each Passover seder is a unique experience, weaving together generations of ancient traditions with new concepts and rituals. We curate the food we eat, the stories we tell, and the items on our seder plate into an experience that reflects our present day selves. For this Passover season, Kolbo is excited to present a series of four themed seder guides to help you create a meaningful seder with an interesting twist. We encourage you to use these guides to make your own seder that reflects who you are. This week, we’re proud to present a Guide for a Poetry-Themed Seder.
A Seder is not a single night or meal; it is a journey starting the moment you put your pen to a page to plan the songs you will sing, the passages you will read, and the dishes you will serve. As this journey of planning and writing begins, you are invited to stop, breathe deeply, and gaze onto the trail before you. In this coming Passover season, what traditions or rituals might you bring to the table that will engage and involve your friends and family? How can the minds and spirits of your guests contribute to a profound and meaningful Seder experience? Adding poems to accentuate and highlight key passages and moments throughout the Seder is one way that is both simple and substantial.
When planning a poetry Seder, or indeed any themed Seder, that theme becomes a roadmap to guide your journey. Your theme brings cohesion to your service and simplifies the task of choosing and planning content. To this end, we offer three guiding questions to consider:
by Marge Piercy
Passover is a remarkable holiday, one of remembrance and ritual, metaphor and meaning. The Seder, then, is the vessel by which we carry the meaning of the holiday. To craft and host a Seder is a great challenge and a great responsibility. The Seder takes on a shape that satisfies the soul and amplifies the sacred meaning of Passover. Incorporating poetry into these holy nights can give us an ability to bring ourselves fully to the table, with words that reach deep into our souls. The more present we are, the more engaged and included we feel and make others feel, and the more we can allow the spirit and message of the Exodus story to be transformative.
You can find the poems sampled in this article in The Art of Blessing the Day by Marge Piercy.
Ben Chason-Sokol is Kolbo’s Digital Marketing Coordinator. When he’s not at the gallery reviewing spreadsheets, emails, or layout design, he runs a game design blog and puts photos of his cat Ashira on Instagram. He’s a fan of the AP Style Guide, the Oxford Comma, and memes.
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