Pesach – What’s Your Focus?

What topics do you focus on for yourself and your family at the Pesach Seder?

Do you think it is better to have a narrower focus or to discuss and think about many topics?


Thankfulness to Hashem

Emunah (Faith)

Bitachon (Trust in Hashem)

Hashgacha Pratis (Divine Providence)

Praise of Hashem

Mitzvos of the Evening

Feeling as if you Left Mitzraim

Other things

15 comments on “Pesach – What’s Your Focus?

  1. I’m looking for my old apron that says on it “ONCE we were slaves???” As usual, concentrating on trying to making sure everyone else enjoys their seder. That involves more cooking, and less sitting on the computer. I also am fascinated by anything on the 4 sons. I have 4 sons, and they are as different as the 4 sons of the Haggadah. I’ve gained progressive insight into them as I understand more fully what the Haggadic 4 sons represent.

  2. cl, that is an extreme position, and while I respect your hashgofa, you should be aware that it’s directly contradicted by almost all of the rishonim, Ramban, Seforno, etc., and of course the rationalists like the Rambam.

  3. This year I’m leaning towards “Hashgacha Pratis (Divine Providence)”

    What gives one the right to claim that something that happened was the result of direct hashgacha?

  4. “From my earliest youth, I remember that the children would ask each other on the first morning of Pesach, “How long did your Seder last?”
    This was true in my youth, and it is still the case today. If the children were to ask me this now, I would answer them, “I made sure to eat the afikoman before chatzos (midnight).”
    -Rav Shimon Schwab (from Rav Schwab on Prayer-page 541)

  5. Say any of those things, they all all good, so long as you finish the seder by midnight.

  6. This year I’m leaning towards “Hashgacha Pratis (Divine Providence)”, mostly because of what I’ve been learning in Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh and several shiurim that I’ve downloaded from Priority-1, by R Shaya Cohen.

    Although, my 3rd grader and 1st grader already told me that they are “running the show” this year.

  7. IMO, one should work with the themes of the Haggadah, which clearly revolve around Hakaras HaTov, restating Ikarei Emunah,Jewish education and the family.

  8. I think that the focus should be on the importance of family unity, represented by the korban pesach. Also, the idea of the past redemption, to give praise to G-D, and the future redemption, to always be looking forward to the moshiach.

  9. At breakfast this morning I was about to tell my daughter that we were out of her favorite cereal. I said “it looks like we are out of…..” Just at that moment my 5 year old son yelled “Mitzraim!” and then began to sing and dance. SO my focus is to get some of that enthusiam!

  10. One thing that’s been clanking round in my mind is about the part of the seder that follows the meal. This part clearly has the theme of the future, complete redemption, which is increasingly in our thoughts lately in view of the world situation, etc. I’m wondering if someone knowledgeable has prepared discussion notes about this.

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