The Seder evening is one of discussion, tradition, festivities, food, and contemplation. Rav Yehoshua eloquently explains the ultimate purpose and goal of the Seder evening — to question. As D’vrei Torah are explicated, seemingly peculiar practices are experienced and the final song is sung the question begs to be asked — what is the point? While the answer given since kindergarten has been to simply tell the story of the Exodus, which still remains true, this answer feels unsatisfying to the thinking, contemplative, and intelligent women of Shana Ba’aretz5774. However, as Rav Yehoshua explicates, there is more to the Seder process than meets the eye.
The word “seder” literally means to organize. It is during this time, as we try to organize the events of becoming a Jewish people, that the opportunity presents itself to question the very topic that we are set out to discuss. The Seder purposefully has ambiguous aspects; the story that is told is intentionally different than the story in the Torah as well as the mitzvot to
once nirtzah commences, but keep the conversation going. We are commanded to feel as though each and every one of us was a slave in Egypt and are currently experiencing redemption. Let the Seder be that high, feel and embrace the inquisitive environment surrounding you, feed off of the atmosphere. But don’t let it stop there. Internalize the high you get from the Seder and let it fuel you to question, learn, and hopefully answer, until a newSeder in the year to come.
This explanation of the Seder evening deeply resonated with Shana Ba’aretz 5774, as it is quite symbolic of our
Jessica Reich, Gabriela Hoberman, and Jannah Laserson, Shana BaAretz 5774
*Cover Art by Sho