My Parents' Seder
Political idealogues can interpret the seder however they want, but at an early age I learned what the seder is really about.
In the emotional calendar of the Jewish year, Passover has become the time of family memory. It is the most observed of all Jewish festivals. Even innumerable nonbelievers come together for the seder to affirm their links with their ancestors and with other Jews, past and present.
There are other variations of these memories, depending on one's land of origin: North African Jews, for instance, do not make matzah balls, and Yemenite Jews make a point of dressing for the seder in traveling clothes to suggest that, like our biblical ancestors, they are ready to take off instantly to heed a divine call to the Holy Land. So for many, Passover has become a kind of ethnic memory, a warm feeling about the folkways of our ancestors.