When my colleague, Rabbi Phyllis Sommer proposed the idea of #blogexodus, I was most intrigued not by her choice of topics for each day leading up to Passover, but by the order she chose to put them in. With one exception, it all made sense. The single exception was today’s topic, Questions.
Why choose questions as the penultimate subject? Questions are the heart and soul of a primary mitzvah of Passover, the retelling of the story of the Exodus. Before we can begin our storytelling at the Seder table, we recite the four questions and then offer our historical experience as their answer. So why not start #blogexodus with the topic of questions just as we start our Seders with the very same topic?
On further consideration, however, I think Rabbi Sommer actually chose the perfect place for this topic. Questions do not arise out of nothing, they are a reflection of our prior experience. We ask “Why is this night different from all other nights?” not because we’ve had some prescient vision, but because looking around us we see matzah and bitter herbs, pillows for reclining and saltwater and charoset for dipping. Things are different and questions are raised in our minds.
So too for #blogexodus. We have explored twelve topics and as a group have offered many different perspectives. Tomorrow, we will look ahead to the Jewish future. But perhaps today is about looking back on the past two weeks and considering the questions that have been raised.
Many of the #blogexodus posts that I have read, and most that I have written ended with a question or two. There is a tradition of not simply asking the traditional four questions, but of bringing our own individual questions as well. Please consider exploring the many wonderful #blogexodus posts written by my fellow bloggers for questions that can be brought to your Seder table. With each new question added, we not only fill our celebration with answers, but with spiritual journeys of sharing, of meaning and of understanding.
“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”—Albert Einstein