PASSOVER FOUR QUESTIONS

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The Four Questions in the Passover Seder plays an important role in remembering the Passover that the Jews had in the ancient time. It also has become the central theme of the night whereas, the children are major partakers. Throughout the period of time, it has served as the instructive tool to educate and convey the distinctiveness of the Passover festival season from all other festival during the year to the forthcoming generation.

The Passover Four Questions Make-up

The custom of Passover Four Questions during the Seder is very vital that each question was designed and structured in such a manner that will arouse keenness and interest among the children in order that they will excitedly investigate about the answer on every question.

These Four Questions likewise create an awareness to them about the significance of being actively involved in the Passover celebration thus, fulfilling the commandment of the Bible that says, “And you shall tell your son…”and in the same way they will learn about the ideologies and symbols of the occasion.

What are the Four Passover Questions

The Passover Four Questions which is collectively known as “Mah Nistanah” are often recited by the youngest person in the Seder table, usually the youngest son. Each member of the Seder was given the Passover Haggadah where the Four Questions are written.

It is actually composed of the introductory question or the main question followed by the four questions which are the four divisions of the main question. They include:

           Main Introductory question:

“Why is this night different from all other nights?”

  1. “Why is it that on all other nights we eat either bread or Matzah, but on this night we only eat Matzah?”
  2. “Why is it that on all other nights we eat all kinds of herbs, but on this night we only eat bitter herbs?”
  3. “Why is it that on all other nights we don’t dip bitter herbs even once, but on this night we dip them twice?”
  4. “Why is it that on all other nights we eat either seating or reclining, but on this night we eat on a reclining position?”

Fulfilling the Biblical Commitment

The main purpose of the Passover Four Question is to help the Jews fulfill their commitment to tell the story of their Exodus from Egypt to their children and so they are a crucial part of the Seder and should not be omitted in any manner.This custom provides the children of their resilient Jewish distinctiveness and the realization that they are indeed part of the nation whom God delivered and will deliver from all their enemies.

Asking a question, like in the Passover Four Questions is an indispensable part of obtaining wisdom. Everybody, one way or the other needs wisdom and it is an unpretentious approach to seek for answers when you don’t know certain things. This trait is found in children who earnestly seek for answers in every question they’ll come across.

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