The great danger of the Haggadah is that the text is so rich, our seder plate and agenda is so full, that we will just rush through the experience – or simply mimic the teachings from before. It’s important to carve out time in the seder to debate, to talk, to learn actively. So, for Israel’s 70th, why not replicate the small “salons” that popped up throughout Eastern Europe more than a century ago, debating three key Zionist ideas: that we are a people not just a religion, that we have a homeland, and that we, like other nations, have rights to establish a state on that homeland
. ■ With no additional text, do what Rabbi Eliezer and his colleagues did, think big: ask:
“What’s the most inspiring experience you ever had in Israel or Jewishly in general?
““What does having a State of Israel mean for us today”
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