We all want to share deep and thoughtful ideas at the Seder in order to enhance the experience. This collection of short and deep insights for the Seder are organized in a way that each idea is independent, but when read together, they develop a deeper theme, as well. I hope they will aid you on your journey towards a meaningful, transformative Seder night.

The story of life is one of struggle, sometimes with small defeats, and other times with small victories. Most of life is fighting for inches. We take a step forward, then two steps back; we take three steps forward, another one back. Life tends not to be about giant leaps or falls, but rather a game of inches. This being the case, we need to take a deeper look at the events in this week’s parshah.

Rabbis, inspirational speakers, and psychologists alike invariably proclaim that we should strive for greatness; it seems as if the goal of life is to become great. Yet, very few people actually articulate or explain why we should strive for greatness.

The Shabbos before Purim is known as Shabbos Zachor, where we fulfill our yearly obligation to recall Amaleik’s attempt to destroy us. There is an obvious connection between Amaleik and Purim, as Haman was a descendent of Amaleik, but in Judaism there is always a deeper layer. What is the deeper connection between Amaleik and Purim?

Imagine you are on a train, traveling towards your destination. You look to your right and see a fellow passenger. Attempting to be friendly, you ask him where he’s heading. He shrugs his shoulders and says, “I don’t know.” Confused, you ask again. He repeats, “I’m just riding the train. I don’t know where I’m going.” At this point, you begin to wonder if this guy is out of his mind. Who goes on a train without a destination in mind?

There is a widespread problem that haunts humanity, leaving us lonely and disconnected. Many people live their lives in a state of ego – a state of mind in which one thinks he is an isolated being inside his own body, his own mind, his own world, alone. The consequences of this state of mind are obvious: You feel independent and separate from Hashem; since everyone else in the world is different and separate from you, you will feel the need to compete with them, to beat them, in order to gain self-worth, in order to convince yourself that you’re good enough. This often means pushing others down just to feel like you’re better than them. You might hate certain people or even hurt them, since they don’t make you feel good or perhaps because they challenge your own self-worth. But most of all, this state of consciousness leaves you lonely, abandoned, empty. However, there is another option.

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