IN CONVERSATION with a friend who is no longer observant, he made the point that he feels seder night is a canned Jewish ritual. For him, it doesn’t hold meaning. There is nothing personal about the stories; seder night is not about a meaningful experience or personal story of redemption a particular family can relate to. Rather, it is a scripted booklet written by the Rabbis, penned long ago. Out of touch.
Then, he said, there’s that “kol dichfin” hospitality citation inaugurating the seder, in Aramaic, the lingua franca of the time, so as to assure it is understood by all, that anyone and everyone is invited, when in reality, that is not the case at all. And if one received a knock at the door by some random stranger, the last thing one would do is let them in.