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Eternal On PassoVer
BY RABBI SHERMAN P. KIRSHNER
Special to The Jewish News
There is a beautiful legend re-
garding Pesach that has come
down to us through the centuries.
It relates that on the night of the
Exodus of our ancestors from
Egypt, a young Jewish boy — the
first-born of his family — was
troubled as he lay on his sickbed
and simply could not sleep.
"Father," he called out, "are
you absolutely certain that you
put the sign of blood on the door-
- pdst as God commanded us to
do?" To which the father replied
that he had been busy packing
their belongings for the long and
perilous journey ahead, and had
ordered someone else to do it for
him. The restless lad was not
satisfied with this answer and in-
sisted that his father take him in
his arms and carry him to the
doorway to see.
Lo and behold, the sign of the
blood was nowhere to be found.
The promise to place it there had
been completely forgotten and
neglected. The father was simply
beside himself with shock as he
hurriedly put the sacred sign of
protection on the door of his home
before it was too late.
From this beautiful legend we
determine that the very first
Passover was centered about the
queries of a child, and to this very
day the holiday of Pesach re-
mains focused on the probings of
children as to the whys and
wherefores surrounding the
Seder, the changed atmosphere
in the home, the pronounced dif-
ference in the food we consume
and the mass appeal that Pesach
presents to Jews the world over.
The Torah is most emphatic in
many distinct references dealing
with the Exodus from Egypt.
"And it shall be when thy child
asks thee in time to come, what is
all this? Then you shall say unto
him — By strength of hand the
Lord God brought us out from
Egypt, from the house of bon-
dage. And it came to pass that
when Pharoah refused to let us
leaVe, that the Lord slew all of
the first born Egyptians."
The Torah also relegates the
Sidra, At— direct confrontation
between U.S. and Libyan forces'
developed. There was no dam-
age to the U.S. forces. Libya lost
some ships as well as its anti-
aircraft missile base at Sirte. No
one knows exactly how many Li-
byans were killed and injured.
At that time, a senior White
House official warned that Kad-
dafi had had his "fingertips
burned." The next time, the of-
ficial said, "he'll have his face
blown off." The U.S. last week
came dose to doing exactly that.
The perception of Amdrica as a
paper tiger is quickly fading,
and no one appreciates this
more than Kaddafi. He has good
reason to be frightened right
gravity, salience and the very es-
sence of Passover to the questions
and probings a youngster may
ask regarding Pesach, the
Exodus from Egypt and the many
sad events in our history.
Such magnitude and impact is
placed upon the Exodus from
Egypt, the slaying of the first-
born Egyptian and the redemp-
tion of the first-born Jew and its
constant interpretation to the
young, that the rabbis in the
Talmud of Brachot proclaim: "If
one is immersed in prayer and his
mind should wander and he
forgets whether or not he has re-
cited the shemah, let him not
worry; but rather continue with
his prayer. -
"Should he, however, be uncer-
tain as to whether or not he re-
cited the prayer following the
Shemah, which recounts, nar-
rates and impresses the Exodus
from Egypt upon us, then he is to
go back and recite it again."
How spiritually uplifting and
what warmth. and caring could be
,permeated if only each father,
grandfather or other adult would
but allow for a few moments dur-
ing the holiday to engage our
young people in discussion about
the enslavement in'Egypt, the
Exodus and our total deliverance
by His hand into nationhood.
Pesach, with its emphasis upon
family unity, changed atmos-
phere and the freedom of spirit
and being, most assuredly can
serve the purpose of introducing
a newness of warmth and innate
feelings between parent and
child, between husband and wife
and between all family members
V' - haya ki yishalcha bincha —
"And when our child asks you."
Make alisolutely certain that you
don't leave him up in the air.
Pur tradition of Passover
began with a child's questions
and curiosity and continues to
this very dayl This then is the
very core and essence of Pesach.
Sherman Kirshner is rabbi of Cong.
'11' • lsnael of West Bloomfield. ,