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Who says there are only four questions?

Yesterday,the Jewish Women's Archive sent out a Passover e-greeting with the subject line: "Who says there are only four questions?" One of several responses to ourgreeting was from Nina Amir who affirmed that, indeed, there are far more than four questions to explore on Passover.

She sent us a link to her recent article "Only four questions? On this night, ask yourself a lot more," which offers some refreshingly relevant questions in connection with the items on the Seder plate, and in connection with the Passover story at large.

In past years, my own Seders have begun to feel a bit tired with the usual four questions and a somewhat droning, non-resonant reading of the haggadah in which Seder guests spend more time stressing about which paragraph will be theirs to read aloud in the round-the-table reading sequence than actually engaging with the story's themes and content. This year, my family is experimenting with a new Seder concept: it involves being in a table-less, non-dining room space and having a less linear, less static telling of the Exodus story with many more than four questions for people to reflect upon. Having now read Nina's article, my family will be incorporating some of her questions, too! So ... here's to a Passover full of sharing, journeying, and continuous questioning.

More on: Passover, Seder

How to cite this page

Namerow, Jordan. "Who says there are only four questions?." 8 April 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on December 18, 2014) <>.


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