Here is the dilemma. You want to do a proper Seder, but you have anxious relatives, some tired kids, or need for whatever reason to get the Seder over and done with. It’s not ideal – but it happens all the time and people end up skipping essential parts of the Seder.
With this in mind I created the 10 Minute Haggadah.
This Haggadah is two pages long, can be easily photocopied, and was originally written to be used at a Shabbat Tent Seder. Everything that MUST be said or done at the Seder is included. In addition some favorites are included like Dayeinu. Even if you will use another Haggadah, check out the Ten Minute Seder!
Here is an excerpt.
1. What’s up with the matzah? 2. What’s the deal with horseradish? 3. What’s with the dipping of the herbs? 4. What’s this whole chilling at the table business?
PARTICIPANTS SAY TOGETHER
We were slaves in Egypt. God took us out with awesome miracles. Had God not taken us out of Egypt, then what? We, and our children, and grandchildren would still be slaves in Egypt! So, even if we were all great Torah scholars, we would still have to tell about the Exodus from Egypt. The more we talk about this the better – but God I’m short on time!
The Torah reflects upon four types of kids: One Wise, One Evil, One Simple, and One Who Doesn’t Know How To Ask. GUIDE the wise one through the obligations of Passover. TELL the Evil One, we need you to be part of our people. EXPLAIN to the Simple One, “with a strong hand God brought us out of Egypt.” ENGAGE the one who doesn’t know how to ask, make that child feel comfortable, and tell them about the Exodus.