#PesachPrep T minus 20 Days: “This! Is! Jeopardy!”

You will be reading the hagada, and there’s so much to think about when it’s being read.
It’s actually a handbook of Torah learning. That’s why we make a pseudo Birchas HaTorah at the beginning of it. “Baruch Hamkom Baruch Hu; Baruch sheNasan Torah L’Amo Yisrael, Baruch Hu”.
And after that blessing, we speak of questions.
If I were to say “Questions” the first think we think of is the the Four Questions. “Ma Nishtana Halaila Hazeh…”
Yet there is so much more than that!

To wit:

  • There’s the Mah Nishtana for starters.
  • The four sons ask questions.
  • We speak about the Pesach Matza and Marror in the form of a question. “This Matza that we eat, what is it for?”
  • The second paragraph of Hallel is in the form of a list of questions? “What is it with you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan that you turn back?: etc.
  • Then of course, “Who knows one? Who knows two? Who knows three… thirteen?”

 

As with the “Jeopardy!” game; at the Seder too, if it’s not in the form of a question, it doesn’t count.
This is how all good education should work; at the Seder as a matter of Halacha, and in life and education as a matter of good policy.
Instead of telling your children, students, and subordinates what to do and what the truth is, “At P’tach Lo”, open them up to ask questions.
A statement is a statement, to be accepted or rejected, based on necessity.
But a question needs an answer. A question demands an answer.
So arrange your Torah in the form of a question.

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