An Earworm for the Seder

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5 Responses

  1. Steve Brizel says:

    Fantastic! Great inspiration especially for the learner-earners who stay home for Pesach

  2. Steve Brizel says:

    A very moving and inspiring piece especially for learners earners who are Kovea itim LaTorah despite their workout by schedules and family commitments

  3. Raymond says:

    I think of spiders. They work hard and methodically to build their webs, and then along comes somebody to wipe it all away within moments. So what does the spider do? It certainly does not sit there feeling sorry for itself. It picks up right where it left off, rebuilding its webs all over again.

    When more than six million of our fellow Jews were so brutally murdered for the crime of being Jewish, Jews did not whine. Yes, we want the world to know about the Holocaust so that it never happens again, but fundamentally, Jews did not sit around moping, feeling sorry themselves, claiming victimhood, or demanding more and more government handouts. Rather, we built and built, and within three years of the defeat of the nazis, we had our own Jewish State back under our control. And even in Israel, when they experience the most cruel acts of terrorism from those savages who worship Allah, Jews rebuild the location where the terrorism occurred, as if nothing happened, both to deter future terrorism, and also as a statement to the world that nobody can stop us from our constant efforts to make this world a more civilized place.

    And yet the world hates us for it. In fact, when I read the long quotation in the above article, it struck me as being a metaphor for the battle between good and evil, between the better angels of our nature, and our darkside. Our raw physicality wants to let completely loose in expressing its primitive desires, much as the nazis sought to rid our world of moral conscience, yet along comes our spiritual side and instead of destroying that force that hates us so much, we recognize its value and seek to elevate it, to spiritualize the physical, so that the physical, too, is inundated with G-dliness, and thus there is no place where He is not.

    We will always win, because G-d always wins.

  4. Yirichim says:

    To belabor the point.

    Many of us have met people who saw the Chofetz Chaim, who saw Rav Yisroel Salanter, who saw people that saw The Gaon.

    Many of us have met people who saw the children of the Tzanzer Rov, who saw talmidim of the Baal Shem Tov.

  5. M. G. says:

    This article is written nicely but it’s focus on persecution lends to stereotyping against non-Jews. Nowadays we are Zocheh to live in wonderful countries like the USA which was given the title “Medinas Hachesed” and Israel where all Jews may keep the Torah. We are loved by all and i don’t think telling my children over this article would go over well. Please keep the racism out of the Seder.

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