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The Ghosts Of Seder Night Past
There’s a French saying which I’m quite fond of that goes “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’. Like all idioms, it’s difficult to translate, but it could be paraphrased as ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’. Often I like to say it the other way around: the more things stay the same, the more they feel different. It runs through my mind more and more as I get older, but particularly when it comes to Pesach...
There are Pesach experiences which are universal and unchanging, and yet every year is different. It goes both ways: the unchanging core experience of the festival highlights the ‘mah nishtanah‘ – what is different about this year? And with all the differences and changes in our lives, we still know that every year, Pesach will come, we’ll prepare for it once more, and sit once more at the Seder table to recite the same text as before.
This year, I asked many Jewish seniors questions about the way in which Pesach – and especially Seder night – has stayed the same for them, and the ways in which things are different. It’s been so interesting to hear the answers.
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