Tonight is one of the most intriguing nights on the Jewish calendar.
~ Leil HaSeder (the Night of the Order) ~
We have this whole extravagant order with 15 different things that need to happen over the course of the night. It's actually pretty crazy, some people can start and finish the Seder (the Order of the 15 things) in under 2 hours while some of us mamesh need upwards of 5 hours to do it properly...some righteous people spend the entire night. Everyone does it in his/her own way.
The holy holy teachings tell us that on Leil HaSeder all the angels of heaven, from the highest ranking to the lowest ranking, join Hashem (our sweet sweet G-d) on an infinite's night-long journey to each and every Seder table tonight to listen to the unique way Joe Schmoe, Mark Zuckerberg, Howard Schultz, Sarah Silverman and each and every one of us gives over the story of leaving Egypt and how you and I go about leading and pacing the Seder.
What's so special about this evening that G-d and the whole angelic crew come down to us? We're just simple humans...
But you know what it is...all year round we get stuck in this small-minded, microcosmic, head-space that the heavens are not interested in what i'm saying or doing. The truth is, that's all they care about!
My dear friend Levi Robin and I were farbrenging (opening our hearts) earlier this week and he said something so profound. He said: "G-d created the world to experience life as I choose to live it and as you choose to live it." We each have the divine spark inside of us and so when we do something, G-d is doing it with us. When we do the Seder, when we tell over the story of Egypt, G-d experiences our unique way of speaking and Seder-ing.
That's why on the night of the Seder, the Mitzvah (connection) is a personal one. It's not enough for Yonah to tell the story, Sam also needs to.
Gevald does Hashem love your uniqueness.
Gevald does Hashem have a thing for your word choice.
Your tone is like music to His ears.
And so if this night ~ Leil HaSeder ~ is where redemption begins, then gevald the more we see our actions, thoughts and words macro cosmically, with Seder-mindedness, the more we see the union between the heavens and the earth in it all and most importantly, the more we actually experience life redemptively.
~My blessing for each of us is to acknowledge our incredible Creator in all that we think, say and do, thereby making room for the expansiveness of the heavens in our all of our simple, small, and seemingly constricted earthly experiences, and by doing so, we should be blessed to taste how life becomes sooooooo much deeper and innnnnfinitely more redemptive with each and everyday~
:) shlomo ari