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April 21, 1967 - Image 53

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Passover Is Mostly for Kids

By JACOB L. CHERNOFSKY
(Copyright, 3967, .1T'A, Inc.)
Emphasis on youth in all aspects
of Jewish religious life has its
origins in the Bible. The import-
ance of education is underscored
in the Book of Deuteronomy which
states: "Ask thy father and he will
declare unto thee, Thine elders and
they will tell thee."
During the early years of the
Temple, every Israelite was re-
quired to journey to Jerusalem on
the three major festivals of the

Hebrew calendar — Passover, Pen-
tecost and Tabernacles. Any child
able to walk to the Temple mount
had to accompany his father on
these occasions.
Since the most biblical injunc-
tions on educating one's children
refer mainly to the Exodus of
Israel from Egypt, it is not sur-
prising that Passover is the holi-
day that — more than any other
—is keyed to children in all its
rituals and observances.
After all, children played a
crucial role in the Passover story
itself. In addition to marking
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the freedom of Israel from
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Egyptian bondage, the holiday
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also commemorates the deliver-
ance of Israel's first-born from
the judgment wrought on the
first-born of the Egyptians. Thus.
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born sons fasting on the day be-
fore Passover to mark this event.
In observing this most colorful
of all holidays, children enjoy an
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unprecedented position and every
ritual is aimed at stimulating their
interest and arousing their curi-
osity.
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This process begins even before

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nual housecleaning in accordance
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with requirements that all hometz.
or leaven, be removed from the
home usually takes place well in
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advance of the holiday. Yet a
ceremonial search for leaven is
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carried out on the night before
Passover so that the children may
formally participate in the cere-
mony — and the process of arous-
ing their curiosity begins.
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ed to elicit the question — why?
As each ritual is observed, it
is the duty of the father to explain
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of the Exodus, the father must
take into account the age and
capacity of the child to understand,
and explain it accordingly.
The main ritual used to instruct
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the child in the Passover story is
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the seder — the festive meal and
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' In a rapid succession of rites

• serving to arouse the youthful cu-
riosity, the child is exposed not
merely to words alone, but to
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developed to illustrate portions
for the Exodus story. In one of
these, one of the children goes
out, knocks on the door and en-
ters the house with the an-
nouncement that lie is the mes-
senger of the redemption. In an-
other community, a bowl of live
fish is placed on the table dur-
ing the recitation of the passage
describing the crossing of the
Red Sea.
Even in western cotnmunities,
elements of drama are used with
the head of the table and others
reclining on their left sides dur-
ing the seder in recognition of
the attitude . of freedom. The
wearing of the white kittel or
linen jacket, is also a dramatic
touch to mark the Scriptural re-
quirement for purity on the part
of all those participating.
The Hagada — the book com-
prising the prayers and readings
of the seder — was one of tl first
Jewish holy works to be trans-
lated in medieval times. Here, too,
it was for the sake of the children.
Today, as in medieval and even
talmudic times, the children are
encouraged to actively participate
in the seder, The youngest child,
if he is able, asks the Four
Questions which refer to import-
ant parts of the seder. The re-
mainder of the Hagada reading
is the father's answer,
In carrying out the seder. the
father is instructed by the Talmud
to make special reference to the
matzo. the lamb and the hitter
herbs and to recite the biblical
reasons for partaking of these
items.
Probably the most exciting part
of the seder — at least from the
child's point of view — is the
afikoman, the piece of broken
matzo that is kept hidden through-
out the meal and distributed at
the end.
The origins of this custom are
not clearly indicated and the fact
that the Talmud gives a variety
of explanations leaves its origin
even more in doubt.
As observed in. most places to-
day, the father hides the afi-
kmnan and any child present
may steal it if he can get au-ay
with it and demands a ransom
for its return. This usually leads
to lengthy negotiations and the
sleepy parent is usually inclined
to yield to any - reasonable" de-
mand.
Another aspect of the seder that
has led to a variety of differences
among the scholars of the Talmud
is the handling of the matzo. The
phrase in the Mishna dealing with
matzo at the seder is explained
in a variety of ways. One Scholar
maintains that the matzo is to be
eaten hastily so that the children
will not fall asleep. Another says
that it means the plate of matzo
should be lifted to attract the at-
tention of the children. A third
scholar says that the matzo should
be taken away from the children
before they have eaten their fill
since heavy eating induces sleep.
All agree, however, that the matzo
demonstration at the seder is
for children.
Passover clearly fulfills the aim
of the scriptures in making chil-
dren the major object of ob-
servance. Most important, Passover
illustrates for the younger gen-
eration some important lessons
in the history of the Jewish peo-
ple, lessons which the Tora warns
Jews not to forget but to "make
them known unto they children
and thy children's children."

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For A Joyous Passover

Happy Passover

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