Seder - Seder is compared to the clasp on a necklace where the good middot are the pearls. While the clasp has little inherent value, without it all the pearls would scatter. Seder is the middah that helps us express our other good middot. After a season of character development, Seder helps us summarize what we learned and how we want to organize and direct our practice for the future.


Poetry:

"Connoisseur of Chaos," by Wallace Stevens
"It Depends" (Helen Stein):
"Saving the World" (Confucius):

Posters and Banners:

Congregation Beth El:
Seder Banner FINAL 2016 Linda Hirsch.jpg
Image: Linda Hirsch, All Rights Reserved.
Congregation Beth Evergreen

Articles/Blogs:

What Kind of Muppet are You: Chaos Theory, from Slate, Dahlia Lithwick (Congregation Beth Israel, Charlottesville VA

Rabbi Josh Feigelson - How Do We Say No?

Texts:

All of your actions and possessions should be orderly — each and every one in a set place and at a set time. Let your thoughts always be free to deal with that which lies ahead of you. (Rabbi Menachem Mendel Lefin of Satanov, Cheshbon ha-Nefesh).

Focus phrases:

Seder - Chicagoland Jewish High School Focus Phrase Reminders

Lesson Plans:

Seder - Chicagoland Jewish High School Middot Minyan Lesson Plans

General material:

  1. Congregation B'nai Jacob Powerpoint
  2. JCC of San Francisco
    1. Seder
  3. Congregation Beth Evergreen
    1. June interactive Seder.docx
  4. Congregation Har Hashem
    1. Agenda for Chug 6 Seder and Notes.docx
    2. Chug 6 Seder - Article from Morrainis ab
  5. Temple Beth Sholom
    1. Bulletin article: Seder Article in Bulletin.docx
    2. Parent-child PPT: SEDER.pptx
  6. Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
    1. There are so many things we want to do each day. The middah of seder/order helps us to set
      priorities so that we accomplish those goals that are most important. Seder is the tenth of these
      ten middot, but all the others rest on this middah. Without order, we are pulled in many
      directions, and we diminish our ability to focus on our highest priorities. How much time should
      I budget to address each objective? What should I address first?
      It is possible to be too orderly as well as not orderly enough. For example, I may want to spend
      more time speaking to you because I find that most rewarding, but if I delay a less rewarding
      responsibility, I’ll have to take care of it later or tomorrow. On the other hand, if I cut off our
      conversation at a critical moment because our time is up, I may be missing an opportunity that
      can not be replicated. Seder/Order requires us to balance different middot.
      Finally, the rabbis taught that if you grab hold of too many things, you will not be able to keep
      hold of any of them. For many of us, a major obstacle to achieving seder is that we are
      overloaded. We just have too much to do. Part of the work of bringing order to our lives is often
      giving things up, letting go of commitments and priorities that are dear to us. If there are not
      enough hours in a day to fulfill all of our commitments, it will not matter how we organize our
      time and priorities.