Passover Prayers For Your Seder 2022

1.  Let it Pass Over

2.  Dayenu – Enough, God!

3.  A Prayer of Peace for the People of Ukraine

4.  Our God-Given Power to Remove Plagues

5.  Eliyahu Hanavi: Opening the Door for Elijah

6.  The Bitter and the Sweet

7.  A Prayer for Peace in Israel

8.  Next Year! LeShanah HaBa-ah!


“. . . I will spare you, and no plague shall come upon you to destroy you.” (Exodus 12:13)

Let it Pass Over
by Rabbi Naomi Levy

On this sacred night
As we begin our Seder
We cry out to You, God,
Hear our Passover Prayer:

Let it Pass Over, God
Help us to heal our world
From every plague that threatens us:
Gun violence, Global warming,
Economic hardship, Homelessness,
War, Terrorism,
Indifference, Inequity,
Tyranny, Extremism,
Polarization,
Mental Illness, Drug Abuse,
Anti-Semitism,
Racism, Bigotry,
Droughts, Fires, Floods,
and this Pandemic which is not yet fully over.
Let it finally Pass Over us.
Let it Pass Over every nation, every people,
Let it Pass Over
Every city and every village
All across Your world.

Let this night of Liberation
Mark the birth of a new day of unity, compassion, justice
Health and peace
For our world!

On this Passover Night
We pray to you, God,
Let all plagues Pass Over us.
Hear us God,
Heal us God
Amen.


Dayenu – Enough, God!
by Rabbi Naomi Levy

Let there be an end to war in Ukraine – Dayenu
Let there be an end to hatred, racism and violence in the world – Dayenu
Let there be peace in Israel – Dayenu
Let those who are ill find healing – Dayenu
Let our worries be calmed – Dayenu
Let the weak and vulnerable be protected – Dayenu
Let all healers find paths to bring healing – Dayenu
Let there be an end to this plague, God – Dayenu
Fill our hearts with hope
And our souls with faith,
Our bodies with health
And our homes with love.
Unite our world to bring on a day of freedom
Let the seeds of rebirth take root tonight
And grow in blessings
In Your light.
Dayenu – Enough, God.
Amen.


A Prayer of Peace for the People of Ukraine
by Rabbi Naomi Levy

God, On this Passover Night Our hearts are with all the people of Ukraine,
Its president, Volodymyr Zelensky,
And with our Jewish brothers and sisters in Ukraine
Who crouch in fear during their Seders tonight
As the sound of sirens and bombs pierces the air.
Synagogues once filled with songs of celebration
Have become makeshift shelters.
Echos of the Holocaust reverberate,
The memory of the one and a half million
Martyred Ukrainian Jews.

We unite our voices with the prayers in Ukraine tonight
Prayers for peace, prayers for protection
Prayers for safety for those fleeing.

God, we pray that the panic in the streets of Ukraine
Will give way to the sound of children playing,
And the sound of sirens will give way to songs of hope.
We pray that the world community will unite
And cause the Russian army to retreat. We pray for no more violence or bloodshed
And we pray that diplomacy
Will be the path to peace.

Hear our prayers, God,
Hear the prayers of the mothers and fathers,
the prayers of the children
longing for safety.
God, our Shelter,
On this Passover night we pray: Let There Be Peace. Amen.


Our God-Given Power to Remove Plagues
by Rabbi Naomi Levy

The key to Passover is a belief in rebirth, a belief that tomorrow can be better than today; a knowing that we each have a critical part to play in the unfolding of hope.
Freedom begins with open eyes and ears and hearts.
Seas will part, answers will come,
New ways of believing will sprout up and take root,
A universal love that mirrors God’s love for every living creature
And for our world.

In the book of Exodus we are told that Pharaoh’s sorcerers were able to replicate the plague of frogs. The only difference between Moses and the sorcerers was: only Moses could remove the plague. When the sorcerers witnessed Moses reverse the plague they cried out: “This is the hand of God.”

The truth is, it doesn’t take any great supernatural powers to bring about a plague. We all have the power to destroy life and to destroy the earth and our atmosphere. But it does take great holy powers to reverse a plague, to heal the sick, to heal our planet, to heal hatred and war.

The Healing Hand of God acting through us is what will save us and leads us from constriction to wide open spaces, from fear to faith, from darkness to light, from worry to peace of mind, from economic hardship to abundance, from illness to health.

Let us raise a glass and drink a Cup of Praise to the Soul of Souls who fills us with the power to end all plagues.
And let us say, Amen.


Eliyahu Hanavi: Opening the Door for Elijah
by Rabbi Naomi Levy

Elijah the Prophet is the one who will herald in the Messiah.
Our tradition offers us many visions of what Messianic Days will look like.
Some say it will be a time of supernatural events and miracles.
But the Haftorah we recite just before Passover describes the great gift Elijah will bring this way: “And he will restore the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents.”

Restoring Love is the greatest miracle of all, it is a Messianic dream.
Elijah comes to every bris and baby naming to teach us this same lesson – that every single soul has a sacred role to play in the healing of hearts across this world.
Let that healing begin tonight in my home:

Come Elijah, bless us our hearts with love and forgiveness.
Come Elijah, now more than ever we are aware of how precious life is and how fragile.
Come Elijah, enter this home, enter every home and drink from your honored cup.
Redeem us Elijah, free us from resentments, heal us from anger,
Bring an end to all war and bloodshed.
Let a new time of healing begin tonight.

Welcome Elijah, pull up a chair.
We need you tonight more than ever
Come Now, Elijah,
Heal our world.
Amen.


The Bitter and the Sweet
by Rabbi Naomi Levy

Take a piece of matzah, place some Haroset and some Maror on it and recite this prayer as you eat.

We are aware tonight that there is a sweetness lying inside bitterness,
Just as there is a light forever shining for us in the darkness.
It is our mission to uncover the blessings that have been hiding inside the curses.
We are learning new lessons day by day.
We are filled with Gratitude:
For the food on our table.
For the blessing of a home.
For doctors and nurses and all those who risked their lives to save life during this pandemic.
For scientists who discovered the Vaccine!
For all the technological advances that allowed us to connect remotely,
For the love and support of family and friends.
For the kindness of souls offering help.
For realizing how precious life is.
For the power to quiet fear.
For the courage to be optimistic and patient.
For nature’s beauty.
For inner strength and for inner peace..
For the sacred space to go within and uncover wells of creativity that have been lying
dormant.

Ask everyone participating in your Seder to share a blessing that they have uncovered while sheltering in place during this coronavirus.

This Passover we choose to embrace the blessings that are here for us, Amen.


A Prayer for Peace in Israel
by Rabbi Naomi Levy

God, our Strength and Protection, we pray for Israel. Watch over Israel, spread Your shelter of peace over the land and over all our brothers and sisters who live there. Shine your light upon Israel’s leaders. Fill them with Your wisdom. Fill the men and women who defend Israel with wisdom and with Your holy light. Hear their prayers. Hear the prayers of all souls who share our longings for peace. Bring peace, God. Let it rain down from the heavens like a mighty storm. Let it wash away all hatred and bloodshed. Peace, God, please, God. Amen.


Next Year! LeShanah HaBa-ah!
by Rabbi Naomi Levy

We conclude our Seder with words of prayer, hope and uplift:

Next Year in Jerusalem!
Next Year with a Covid Vaccine for every soul across the globe!
Next Year in Health!
Next Year Free from Worry!
Next Year in fulfillment!
Next Year Feasting!
Next Year Rejoicing!
Next Year in Laughter!
Next Year in Love!
Next Year filled with Song and Celebration!
Next Year in Abundance!
Next Year in Peace!
Next Year in Blessings!
AMEN