You can find almost every important Jewish value in one ceremony, the Passover seder:
1. The story: The story of our people — biblical, rabbinic and beyond — retold through the generations, always with new interpretations.
2. Food: When the prophet Elijah is stranded in the wilderness and an angel comes to comfort, what does the angel say? “Eat something!” (I Kings, 19:5). No Jew without food.
3. Children: The seder is taken from the past and points toward the future. It is a celebration with children always in mind, from the opening words to the closing song.
4. Prayer: Filled with prayer and praise of God, the “seder” recalls the “siddur,” the prayer book, which brings us to our next value:
5. Book: The meal is built around a book, because words, study and learning are the bedrock of our tradition.
6. Questions: Filled with questions, the seder reminds us how much there is to discover.
7. The land and the future. Always pointed toward Jerusalem and a better day, the seder leaves us with hope, and reassures us with faith.
Rabbi David Wolpe is spiritual leader of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter: @RabbiWolpe. His latest book is “David: The Divided Heart” (Yale University Press).