Passover coming, we are reminded that we are allowed, even encouraged to ask
The Passover Haggadah even ensures that questions are asked.
the most famous passage in the Haggadah is the “Ma Nish-ta-na" which is
being in awe followed by a declaration, “Wow, how different this night is from
all other nights!” This paragraph is recited by the youngest person (not
necessarily a child) at the Seder; for a Jewish child, this may be a first
experience of public speaking, public questioning. Asking questions pertain to
finding the reasons behind the holiday’s rituals, for example. On all other
nights, we all kinds of bread, why tonight do we only eat Matza?” The remainder
of the Haggadah is designed to answer those questions.
well-known passage speaks of four children: one wise, one thoughtless, one
simple, and one too young to ask questions. We are told that no two children
are alike; they study in each their own way, and are developing their own style
of living, which requires questioning. The reading describes the parents’
responses to each child.
spirit of Passover is summarized in one characteristic teaching of the
Haggadah: “In every generation, we are obligated to regard ourselves as if we
personally were liberated from Egypt.”
in the spirit of Passover, as we experience our freedom and as we ask our
questions, we at Congregation Beth Ahm have been undertaking our own journey,
as we have been asking questions pertaining to where we will be going, where
will we set up out proverbial tent and how can we keep our legacy alive.
year let us include our own questions that will give you the insight as to what
you want your Jewish life to be for you.
are the probable questions to consider:
were your reasons for joining CBA?
How does a synagogue meet your needs?
have you enjoyed the most about belonging to CBA?
What do you have to offer another congregation?
For Interfaith Households:
do you need so that you are more comfortable as an interfaith family?
Jody and I wish you all a Happy, Sweet Passover,
- Rabbi Alan