March 31st, 2010


Best. Sedarim. EVER.

Tani did the four children in Hebrew, as we had practiced, and then blew us away by singing EVERY WORD OF DAYENU, IN HEBREW, AND THEN TRANSLATING. He also asked an excellent question, which I will post separately once I'm done finding the answer.

Alissa did the four questions in Hebrew, and blew us away by SINGING EVERY WORD OF HA LACHMA ANYA AND MOST OF VEHI SHE-AM'DAH. Not to mention her interpretive dance of the four children.

Both kids stayed up to the end of the seder both nights (midnight and 11pm), with boisterous singing and laughing through the songs of nirtzah, especially Chad Gadya.

As you may know, the Hallel on seder night is not a Hallel of recitation but Hallel of "Shira", of the song one spontaneously sings when one is AT THAT MOMENT experiencing a miracle. Seeing our children claim their 3,500-year-old inheritance and put their shoulders to the mantle of being Jewish, Heather and I could not help but sing b'kol ram (with full voice): Moshivi akeret habayit, eim habanim: s'meicha. Halleluyah!

Tani's Question: What does it mean to "execute judgment"?

Tani wasn't sure what to make of the quote from Exodus 12:12 in the seder, "וּבְכָל אֱלֹהֵי מִצְרַיִם אֶעֱשֶׂה שְׁפָטִים". Collapse ) 18 possible combinations. That's still a pretty fertile set of words.

What I find most interesting about this, though, is the light that it sheds on each of the commentators and what angle each of them sees in these few words.