One thing that makes me sad is being at a Passover table where there is not a meaningful discussion. And yet, it is hard to come up with the perfect question sometimes.
Last year, I published this post with printable discussion prompt cards for the Passover table. These were very popular and I wanted to do this again for Passover 2018 except I want to improve.
Wouldn’t it be terrific if each of us could include an inspiring Rabbi at our table to support us to have a meaningful Passover conversation? For many of us, including a Rabbi (one that we really like!) on our guest list is not possible so I found another way.
I asked 7 Rabbis to pose a meaningful question for our Passover discussion. You can read the Passover question posed by each Rabbi and see their photo. Below each question is the Rabbi’s respective bio in case you are interested to reach out to them. If you find the discussion prompts inspiring, you can download the Passover discussion prompts cards. You can place these on your Passover table for inspiration or choose the question(s) cards you want to include I’ve added a few blank cards as well, so you can add your own discussion prompts and personalize them for your family and guests.
Rabbi Rachel M. Isaacs is the Dorothy “Bibby” Levine Alfond Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College, and the spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation in Waterville, Maine. She directs the Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby and shares her life with her wife, Mel, and two daughters, Nitzan and Hadas.
Rabbi Avi Killip serves as VP of Strategy and Programs and Director of Project Zug at Mechon Hadar. Avi was ordained from Hebrew College’s pluralistic Rabbinical School in Boston. She is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and holds a Bachelors and Masters from Brandeis University in Jewish Studies and Women & Gender Studies. Avi serves on the advisory boards of the Jewish Studio Project and the Shma Journal. She lives in NYC with her husband and three children. The highlight of her year is planning a new and creative family Seder.
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of the Valley Beit Midrash, the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, the Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute and the author of twelve books on Jewish ethics. Newsweek named Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 Rabbis in America and the Forward named him one of the 50 most influential Jews.
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, is the Rabbi Emerita at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indiana and the Director, Religion, Spirituality and the Arts, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute at Butler University. Rabbi Sasso is the author of several nationally acclaimed children’s books including: God’s Paintbrush, Adam and Eve’s First Sunset , In God’s Name, But God Remembered and Noah’s Wife; The Story of Na’amah,
Rabbi David Rosen is the International Director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee, Advisor on Interfaith Relations to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and International President of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. Among his additional honorary positions, he is an Honorary President of the International Jewish vegetarian and Ecological Society. He is the recipient of a Papal knighthood for his contribution to Catholic-Jewish reconciliations and was made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his interfaith work.
Rabbi Adina Allen, a spiritual leader, writer and educator is Co-Founder & Creative Director of The Jewish Studio Project (JSP). Innovating an entirely new Jewish environment: part beit midrash (house of Jewish learning) part urban art studio, and part spiritual community, JSP is a Bay Area start-up that utilizes the creative arts as a tool for self-discovery, social change and for inspiring a Judaism that is vibrant, connective and hopeful. Adina is a member of the Open Dor cohort, the Upstart Fellowship and is an alum of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. She is a proud mama to two amazing young kiddos, Remy and Tovi.
Rabbi Sara Rich is the Executive Director of the Hillel of Buffalo.
These Rabbi’s Passover Prompts are available for immediate download and come in a high quality (300 dpi) PDF file for ease of printing. When you download the file you will receive one PDF that contains 7 Passover Prompt Cards that you can print out for your Passover seder.
These Passover Prompt Cards are simple to make.
- A4 paper (I like to use a heavier cardstock paper)
- Printer (a home printer works fine for these and going to your local print shop is also a good option)
- Laminator (as these Passover Prompt Cards will likely see some wear and tear, laminating it is a good idea. You can do this at your local print shop if you do not own a laminating machine. If you do own a laminating machine, lucky you!)
Your turn: Add your meaningful Passover question in the comments below
* Posek is the term in Jewish law for “decisor”—a legal scholar who decides the Halakha in cases of law where previous authorities are inconclusive or in those situations where no halakhic precedent exists.