While the Jewish people are called the “People of the Book,” Passover is a holiday of stories. Collective stories live alongside personal ones at the Seder, and every object on the table is meant to reinforce that. The Haggadah takes the act of storytelling even a step further, repeating the injunction from the Book of Exodus:
“In every generation, one is obligated to see oneself as one who personally went out from Egypt. Just as it says: ‘You shall tell your child on that very day: It is because of this that G-d did for me when I went out from Egypt’” (Exodus 13:8).
We tell and listen to stories during the Seder and go through the process of making these stories our own. Here are some stories from our Seder tables, all connected to the theme of "Next Year In Jerusalem." We encourage you to crosslist these stories with the resource, A Season for Stories: Comparing the Growth of a Tree to the Arc of a Story, and consider: What stories do the people around your Seder table carry?