Many Jews around the world will be celebrating the seder this Pesach and many of them will not realize that the word seder means order or structure. This is referring to the structure of the eating and drinking and haggadah which is read and performed in a certain sequence.
Judaism is all about structure and order. From the time a Jew wakes up in the morning until going to sleep everything has to be performed in a certain order. For example washing hands in the morning: right; left; right; left; right; left. Putting on one’s shoes: right; then left; to be tied left; then right Even the act of dying has formal rules viduy, shema etc.
Structure is so important for success in life. There are so many articles available regarding the importance of structure and routine in raising children, for early recovery of alcoholics and other dependencies, in any organization, business, architecture, poetry, biology, chemistry.
A recent article in the Harvard Business Review entitled The Daily Routines of Geniuses by Sara Green delineates some routines for self management that lead to success. Without even realizing it, most observant Jews are groomed for success from an early age just by the structure provided in our daily lives through the wisdom of Torah. The seder teaches us this very important value.