Ask Four Questions

Ready the Matzoh and break out the Haggadah, people! At sundown, on Monday March 25th, 2013, Passover begins. Tonight is the first night of Passover, or “Pesach“, the most celebrated Jewish holiday in America. This makes sense, since it commemorates a very American concept: freedom and the quest to understand the plight of those less-fortunate individuals without it.

Jews and non-Jews alike may “kvetch” at the mere mention of the Passover seder, a very long and procedural holiday feast, but my main thought at it being Passover is the relief of knowing I am no longer the youngest Hebrew-speaking member at the seder and will no longer have to recite the four questions.

Traditionally, the youngest attendant asks the “four questions“, in both Hebrew and English, which, if you ask me, is a very anxiety-inducing experience. Especially since it’s really five questions–there is an (incredibly profound) introductory question which asks: “why is this night different from all other nights?” The questions that follow are pretty Passover-specific. But I’ve always been drawn to that first, initial question: “Why is this night different from all other nights?”

This week, we ask that you investigate the four questions (five questions) and ask yourself/your character (s) five questions of your own, beginning with “why is this night different from all other nights?” then, in your writing, answer the questions you have asked. Write any questions that pop into your head, or feel free to relate these questions back to freedom and those who have it and do not have it.