Friday, April 14, 2006

The Two-Minute Haggadah (Slate Magazine)

Sent to me by one of the Alborada gang...

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

By Michael Rubiner

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.)

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