Fifteen years ago, I sat down to write my own Passover Haggadah, which is the script for the Seder. A Seder is where ritual meets dinner. We read from the Haggadah, dip bitter herbs in saltwater, eat matzah, and tell the story of Exodus. When I was a child, we used the Maxwell House Haggadah. The coffee company published a Haggadah as a promotional campaign beginning in the 1920’s, and they have distributed over 60 million copies since. Apparently, they wanted to convince American Jews that coffee was kosher for Passover. The online food magazine Eater has a great article about it.
This year we used my Haggadah during a virtual Seder so that my son, who lives in Scotland, and his girlfriend’s family in Germany could join us. And it was great! We went through the rituals of the seder, and then ate—dinner for them and breakfast for us. It’s not strictly traditional to have a breakfast Seder, but I think traditions can be bent for the sake of the people we hold dear.