Questions are not only welcome during the course of the evening but are vital to
tonight’s journey. Our obligation at this seder involves traveling from slavery to
freedom, prodding ourselves from apathy to action, encouraging thetransformation
of silence into speech, and providing a space where all different levels of belief and
tradition can co-exist safely. Because leaving Mitzrayim--the narrow places, the
places that oppress us—is a personal as well as a communal passage, your
participation and thoughts are welcome and encouraged.
We remember that questioning itself is a sign of freedom. The simplest question
can have many answers, sometimes complex or contradictory ones, just as life
itself is fraught with complexity and contradictions. To see everything as good or
bad, matzah or maror, Jewish or Muslim, Jewish or “Gentile”, is to be enslaved to
simplicity. Sometimes, a question has no answer. Certainly, we must listen to the
question, before answering.
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