Storytelling at the Seder: An Extract of a Project Zug Course

Dena Weiss

Pesah Reader 5784

Rabbi Dena Weiss Project Zug

The Haggadah teaches us that it is a mitzvah to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and that the more we tell the story, the more worthy of praise we become. However, the original paschal sacrifice happened in Egypt, before there was a redemptive story to tell. And even some later sources indicate that storytelling wasn’t the primary form of teaching and discussing at the Seder. In this session, we’ll look a little bit at one of the alternatives to storytelling and examine what we think we are gaining and what we might be losing when we move the conversation around the Seder to this different mode.