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April 14, 1989 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-04-14

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atzah is accustomed
to hearing what we
have to say to it. The
entire service of the Passover
Haggadah is recited with the
matzah uncovered and serv-
ing as the passive, inanimate
listener to our tale of bondage
and freedom, cruelty and
redemption, chaos and pur-
pose. The matzah hears us.
But how meaningful it would
be if we would "hear the mat-
zah." I think that the conver-
sation would go something
like this:
"This is seder number
3,301 for me. I began in
Egypt, travelled through the
Sinai desert, and took root in
Israel. I was at the Temple in
Jerusalem, the palace of
David, the herdsman's but on
the Golan and the merchant's
home in ancient Yaffa. I was
present in the hanging
gardens of Babylon, the
Acropolis of Athens, and the
Forum of Rome. I have been in
the Atlas mountains of
Morocco, the Alps of
Switzerland, the plains of
Catalonia, the vineyards of
Provence and Bordeaux, and
the splendor of Byzantium. I
have seen Warsaw, Vilna,
Kiev, Cracow, Moscow, Berlin,
Kobe, Shanghai, Cochin and
Bombay.
"I have been at Seder tables
spread with white linen,
laden with the finest china
and most ornate silver serv-
ings. I have also been in hid-
den dark cellars in Seville
and Barcelona, expelled from
London and Oxford, and
unaccountably and unjustly
accused of blood libels. I was
also in Auschwitz and
Bergen-Belsen, under siege in
modern Jerusalem and Safed,
in labor camps in Siberia and
I am still hiding in Damascus
and Teheran. I have been
around and I have learned a
thing or two.

"I have observed the pass-
ing of civilizations and em-
pires. I have witnessed pro-
found changes in the world
order and in its beliefs. Every
empire was convinced that it
was invincible and immortal.
Every philosophy advanced
itself as the sole panacea for

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the world's ills. Aristotle and
Augustine, Aquinas and
Locke, Marx and Nietzche,
Kierkegaard and Russell all
postulated and proposed.
Monarchy and feudalism,
fascism and communism, im-
perialism and nationalism all
arose to structure and im-
prove life and society. Reason
and rennaissance, humanism
and secularism, religious op-
pression and hedonism all
have had their day.
"I, as a lowly matzah,
couldn't comment too loudly
about these goings on. But, I
have seen them all pass and
yet the struggle for personal
freedom, for meaning and
commitment, for peace and
understanding, for home and
family is yet to be won. That
is why I'm delighted to be
able to have this little chat
with you. I'm always thrilled
to have someone who will
listen to me.
"For a while, people, even
my people, thought that I
wouldn't be around much
longer. But that was not true.
I am now in Scarsdale and
Beverly Hills, Brooklyn and
Kansas City, Bogota and
Sydney, Paris and even Len-
ingrad. I am back in
Jerusalem and Hebron,
Tiberias and Tel Aviv.
"In fact, I am present
wherever people care and
hope, are loyal to themselves
and their heritage, treasure
old values and close family,
and have proscribed the
violence of hatred and chosen
the path of tradition and
faith. In short, for anyone who
will listen to me, I am there."
Please pass the matzah. I
will be very quite while I am
eating it. I also want to hear
the matzah. ❑

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