I fell into this hole while whipping thru nodal space. It looked so empty I just had to fill it!
The word comes from the opening line of the four questions asked at the Pesach Seder
service by the young
est at the table:
Ma nishtana ha-laila ha-zeh mi-kol ha-leilot?
Why is this night different from all other nights?
A large number of Jewish
men, even if they have wandered far from their roots
, will still will remember this question
, if not the answer
. Either he remembers the pride
in executing a serious responsibility
, or the disgust
in getting sucker
ed into asking the question which will take all night
to answer (at least it feels like all night).
She-be-chol ha-leilot ah-nu oh-chlin chametz u-matza, ha-laila ha-zeh kulo matza?
On all other nights we eat all kinds of chametz or matzah, why do we eat only matzoh tonight?
She-be-chol ha-leilot ah-nu oh-chlin sh-ahr yerakot, ha-laila ha-zeh maror?
On all other nights we eat any kinds of vegetables, why do we eat marror (bitter herbs), tonight?
She-be-chol ha-leilot ayn ah-nu mat-bilin ah-feelu pa-am eh-chat, ha-laila ha-zeh sh-tay p-amim?
On all other nights we don't usually dip one food into another, why tonight - twice? We dip the karpas vegetable in salt water and the maror in Charoses?
She-be-chol ha-leilot ah-nu oh-chlin bayn yosh-vin u-vain m-subin, ha-laila ha-zeh ku-lahnu m-subin?
On all other nights we eat either sitting or leaning, why do we lean on a pillow tonight?
While I am not Jewish
, I have attended many Seder
s and have always been conscious of the pride
of both the parents and child
as these questions are asked. Maybe this is one of the reasons why Jew
s have persisted in the face of prejudice
systematic attempts at total extermination
of a people (= Rus. pogroms