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Silence in the Haggadah and beyond

Silence in the Haggadah and beyond

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“. . . a time to be silent and a time to speak.” — Ecclesiastes 3:7

HAGADDAH means “telling” and Passover, of course, is the holiday of retelling the exodus from Egypt — the holiday of conversation, of questions and answers, of debates and inquiry. However, in one small corner of the Haggadah silence reigns. The fourth son in the Haggadah does not know how to ask a question. “You open up for him,” says the Haggadah. You start the conversation, since the fourth son is silent.

Sometimes, however, silence is the conversation.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:57 )

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