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The purpose of the #Passover #seder: A Mini-Thread

The purpose of the seder is to cultivate radical empathy for human suffering. It is to awaken to the pain of our enslaved and brutalized ancestors as we read the post potent words in the Hagadah-the Passover story:

Avadim Hayinu.

We were slaves in Egypt.


Not them.


This is personal.

We call upon our youngest children-the most vulnerable people in the room-to DEMAND from the adults seated around the table to answer their questions:


Why must we do this?

Why must we tell this story?

Why is this night different from all other nights?

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36.01/ Week 36 - March 20-26, 2021 - thread starts here.

Week 35, March 13-19, linked below:
36.02/ Last night, my wife showed me this NYTimes story about Jewish N*ziHunting ladies during WW2. It's a venn diagram of everything awesome!…
36.03/ Mentioned to my brother @acypess this morning that Biden has a superpower to (a) make his positions sound moderate & reasonable no matter what, which then (b) drives his opponents crazy in frustration. E.g. Putin & #MoscowMitch recently, challenging him to duels & whatnot.
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MINI-THREAD: #Biblical #Chronology, the #Seder #Olam, and the #LXX.

TITLE: Too long in #Lockdown.

SUB-TITLE: ...although at least I now have multiple ways to calculate how long I’ve been here...
I’m presently working my way through the Seder Olam--a 2nd cent. AD (or so I’m told) Rabbinic text which deals with the chronology of Scripture.

I highly recommend it.

Below is an interesting phenomen I’ve observed.
The author (Rabbi Yose) likes to ‘back out’ (i.e., infer) absent numbers from long-term measurements of time.

Or at least that’s how it looks to me.
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Pourquoi cette nuit est-elle différente de toutes les autres nuits?
Dans #Israel confiné, sous couvre-feu depuis cet après-midi en raison du #coronavirus, les Israéliens peuvent suivre le #Seder de #Pessah en direct à la tv avec des artistes, #Netanyahu... Du jamais vu!
#COVID19 ImageImage
Pluie de critiques après l'apparition de #Netanyahu avec son fils Avner, venu le rejoindre dans sa résidence en violation des règles de confinement. Au même moment, les Israéliens doivent fêter #Pessah seuls, séparés de leurs proches
#coronavirus #Covid_19
#Israel: comme #Netanyahu, le président #Rivlin a violé les règles de confinement en invitant sa fille et sa famille au #Seder de #Pessah.
Au moins a-t-il l'honnêteté de l'admettre. Il s'en excuse auprès des Israéliens
#COVID19 #coronavirus
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My mother, @SandraHBrenner2, wrote this reflection to be read at #seder. Please share this with attribution

2020, The Night Before

Envisioning this life threatening
invisible invasion now as if it were
another terrible plague of Egypt
passing over a too narrow place,

We, together apart, experience
trauma along with our forebears in
this disorienting, dreadful darkness,
meanspirited realms of selfishness
& senseless violence, driven by
magical thinking pharaohs who play
power games disturbing the delicate
balance of universal law & order,

& bring on pestilence & suffering.

We ask our four questions and do our
best to conceive of the inconceivable
in the retelling of our birth story while
waiting for our honored guest, Elijah,
who will herald the early morning light.

Sandra H. Brenner
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My mom asked to borrow my 2 folding many people are coming to this Seder...?
Well that answers the question...
Seder paused because one of the tables collapsed (not one if mine, for the record). #Seder
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¿De qué se trata el punto neurálgico de la fiesta de #pesaj: el #seder?

Abro hilo.
Todas las arduas preparaciones, el estudio, las compras, la limpieza, todo, tienen un objetivo: la realización del seder de pesaj (en la diáspora se hacen 2 pero en Israel sólo uno -imaginen lo dificil que es contentar a padres y suegros :-) ).
Tres son los pilares del seder:
1- Transmisión. Gran parte de las costumbres se centran en los niños. Sin jóvenes no hay continuidad, no hay futuro. Por más de tres milenios se levanta la llama del judaísmo para iluminar al mundo. Los jóvenes son el camino a la eternidad.
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