Sunday, April 09, 2006

Seder for Bloggers

Blogroll Me!



I have "met" so many new people in the past year-plus of blogging. We are a multi-colored band of people, with varied beliefs, various levels of belief, but our differences make our interactions that much more interesting, that much more unexpected at times.

I propose that we have a Pesach seder for bloggers. In a recent personal correspondence with Danny Miller, he said, "Too bad we can't have a bloggers' seder!"

Danny, is it too bad? Who says it can't be done? It can...

I recommend we have a cyberspace seder...somehow -- and I know some of us will need to use a Shabbos goy to do this -- we all link up from our own homes or wherever else we're having a seder and combine our efforts.

Okay, so a cyberspace seder is not an original idea. Temple Emanuel in NYC already had the idea. And I'm sure there are bloggers out there who are, in fact, hosting bloggers' seders.

Seder = order. Okay, so with bloggers galore around the world all vying for "airtime", perhaps there won't be so much order, but wouldn't it be nice if perhaps:

A Simple Jew would make kiddush.

Ezzie, together with baby Elianna, would sing "Ma Nishtana," the Four Questions, and Cruisin' Mom who, although is 50 in years, is truly 12 years old at heart, would sing it at the same time. (okay, all Orthodox men would have to cover their ears)

When it comes to talking about the four sons, Robert Avrech would read about the wise son.

Any wicked son takers?

Jack could read about the simple son. And no doubt, in his recitation, he'd throw Cleveland in there somehow -- where it talks about G-d taking out of Egypt with a strong hand and freeing us from being slaves. I think he'd add "Cleveland" in there! AND he'd stick Stacey in there, too, ie. freed Stacey from being a slave!

And Jeremiah could read about the son who doesn't yet understand enough to ask questions.

The Ten Plagues could be read by TenLiKoach...just because "ten" is also in her blog's name.

Everybody, everywhere, would sing "Dayenu" together, and we could add a phrase about "If Hashem had given us computers, but had not made us bloggers, it would have been enough for us! If Hashem had made us bloggers, but had not made our cyberpaths cross, it would have been enough for us!"

In general, we would each read from the Haggadah in the language of our choice: American English, Queen's English, Hebrew, Swiss-German, etc. Everyone would take a turn reading from the Haggadah as we worked our way around the room -- um, I mean globe. And if anyone needed any translations, we'd have Sophia on hand to help you out.

And new niggunim/tunes would be taught to us by PsychoToddler and Life of Rubin.

We would, of course, have further discussions given on certain points that we are reading...with some jokes and wonderful stories thrown in for good measure.

And we have a couple of fine doctors who, during the course of the meal, would talk about matzah and how to avoid a backup problem; and eggs, and how to avoid high cholesterol. And their friend Ralphie who would talk about garden sheds and raccoons, and window screens and whales vs. dolphins.

And of course, there would be a kids' table -- many of us bloggers do have children. And there'd be a dogs' table. And a sweet table, open for dessert. (Sweettooth120, why can't I link to you anymore?)

And speaking about dessert, could you imagine the menu that a cyberspace, international seder like ours would have? I'll tell you what, I'll be responsible for the matzoh balls and the gefilte fish. Everyone else, it's a potluck seder...

So, people...this year our seder will be in cyberspace. Next Year in Jerusalem!

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy (& Kosher) Passover. Chag Pesach Kasher v'Sameyach.

24 comments:

cruisin-mom said...

Wow, this could be the best seder ever! I'm in! (very clever Pearl)

Neil said...

I'd love to do the wicked son part!

Stacey said...

I'm so there!! Have a great Pesach, Pearl.

Ezzie said...

That's a cute idea!! I'd love to! (Now, who's sending me someone to do the computer part...?! :) )

~ Sarah ~ said...

amazing :) sounds fun!

Mia said...

A fantastic idea and with the time difference I could actually have two seders the same night (woah, a lot of wine for me I guess :D

Have a wonderful Pessach with your family!

A Simple Jew said...

Hey, can I switch with Jack??

treppenwitz said...

Wish I could really join in but goyim (shabbat or otherwise) are hard to find in Efrat. :-) Chag Kasher V'Sameach. May we be zocheh to bring this group together next year in a rebuilt Jerusalem.

Jeremayakovka said...

Wow, what generosity, smarts, and courtesy.

Amishav said...

Very nice post! It is amazing that people get to know each other so well through this medium of communication. It would be a wonderful evening!

Danny said...

"Why on this night do we blog while reclining to the left while on all other nights we blog sitting upright?"

Count me in for the chopped liver and gribenes.

Emah S said...

very cute............can i come too??? My son just brought home an awesome chart that he made that tells the Chad Gad Ya song with pictures (he's 5), can we lead that?

:) Chag Sameach!

cruisin-mom said...

Pearl, I'm really good at the eating part...can I do that?

Ezer K'negdo said...

GREAT IDEA!!! Can't we set up a chat room? We should do it during Chol haMoed!!

Ayelet said...

Fabulous! Have a chag kasher v'same'ach!

PsychoToddler said...

Just so long as I don't have to do the dishes.

Regina Clare Jane said...

That is a wonderful idea, tp! I have met the most wonderful blogging- very supportive and kind. I wish everyone a Happy Pesach!

Elie said...

Thanks for the invite! Dibs on "echad mi yodeah" - we sing it in three different tunes/languages (hebrew, yiddish, english).

tuesdaywishes said...

At my in-laws seder, there was always someone saying Ma Nishtana in Yiddish. Because my kids don't speak Yiddish,they brought a new language to the table each year. One year they did the Four Questions in American Sign Language, so I guess I can contribute that...or else I can bring a sponge cake (my great-grandmother's recipie).

Rebecca said...

So I'm at the kids table eh? how exciting!
I love cooking for pretend! all the things I dream of making but don't have time. I'll find the fanciest most complicated recipe, and that's what I'll bring. And, since I'm at the kids table I'll bring chocolate covered matzohs and my all time favorite- lolly cones!

Doctor Bean said...

It's a great idea.

"and now we post the Hillel comment with some charosset on the keyboard."

Happy Pesach, Torontopearl!

wanderer said...

L'shanah ha-ba'ah bi-Yerushalayim!
(Next year in Jerusalem!)

Amen.

PsychoToddler said...

NO SPONGE CAKE!!

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

jokes and wonderful stories. wow. sounds good.

thanks.