The Two Minute Haggadaha - A Passover Service for the Impatient
By Michael Rubiner
April 11, 2006

Opening prayers:
Thanks, God, for creating wine. (Drink wine.)
Thanks for creating produce. (Eat parsley.)
Overview: Once we were slaves in Egypt.
          Now we're free.
          That's why we're doing this.

Four questions:
1. What's up with the matzoh?
2. What's the deal with horseradish?
3. What's with the dipping of the herbs?
4. What's this whole slouching at the table business?

1. When we left Egypt, we were in a hurry. There was no time for
making decent bread.
2. Life was bitter, like horseradish.
3. It's called symbolism.
4. Free people get to slouch.

A funny story: Once, these five rabbis talked all night, then it
was morning. (Heat soup now.)
The four kinds of children and how to deal with them:
Wise child-explain Passover.
Simple child-explain Passover slowly.
Silent child-explain Passover loudly.
Wicked child-browbeat in front of the relatives.
Speaking of children: We hid some matzoh. Whoever finds it gets
five bucks!

The story of Passover: It's a long time ago. We're slaves in Egypt.
Pharaoh is a nightmare. We cry out for help. God brings plagues
upon the Egyptians. We escape, bake some matzoh. God parts the Red Sea. We
make it through; the Egyptians aren't so lucky. We wander 40 years in
the desert, eat manna, get the Torah, wind up in Israel, get a new
temple, enjoy several years without being persecuted again. (Let brisket
cool now.)
The 10 Plagues: Blood, Frogs, Lice, you name it.
The singing of "Dayenu":
If God had gotten us out of Egypt and not punished our enemies, it
would've been enough. If he'd punished our enemies and not parted
the Red Sea, if would've been enough.
If he'd parted the Red Sea-(Remove gefilte fish from refrigerator now.)
Eat matzoh. Drink more wine. Slouch.
Thanks again, God, for everything.
Serve meal.

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