We went to two fabulous (albeit very different) seders on monday and tuesday night. The first was a much more traditional, reform service - with our neighbors and their parents. It was fun to be part of a family tradition in our own 'hood.' The other seder was much more focused on social justice and involved about 40 people! Still, Aura's home was so warm that it felt like home. Gabriel ahd a great time running around with the other kids (Nona even make her room 'the kids room' and had set up games for everyone.
We had our seder tonight. With Gabriel's acting our of the plagues, Ty's comments on using Matzah as a boat to get across the sea and Gabriel leading us in song - it was a very silly night. Silly - but still with conversation about how we can work together to make the world a better place and help be the change for other injustices in the world. By telling the story of the exodus we are supposed to remember how *we* were slaves - and then use that empathy to give us energy to help end slavery everywhere. Gabriel picked out a pink cookie as the symbol on the seder plate of the injustice of current marriage laws. He also decorated the egg with symbols of spring.
One interesting discussion point At one point in the seder the book I was using had us drink wine (or juice) after the first blessing. Gabriel said that was 'wrong' and 'against the rules' so he said he didn't want to take a drink. Red Flag for baba and I! We choose Judiasm specifically because it wants us to question the 'rules' - to always be growing and adapting. And to embrace many differenct customs. It was a good moment to talk about the main reason behind passover - the story and the message.
(as I am typing this, I am listening to Gabriel and Ty kick the soccer ball around with puppy. Lots of boy giggles and funny Ty comments.)