I went to my son’s home for Passover. The whole family was there. Erik began by mentioning that their Rabbi had encouraged them to be creative with the service that proceeds the dinner. She had indicated that the book that is written for the service did not need to be followed literally.
Ari, age nine, decided to write original questions as an alternative to the four in the book. When we came to that part of the service, he read what he had written, and I was deeply touched.
The first question, which we discussed later, was “How do you experience being free?”
In light of the fact that Passover celebrates the exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt, it certainly was appropriate. The answers reflected personal senses of freedom, as well as political ones. It was a very profound and touching discussion.
As we learn more all the time, leave it to a child.