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The Four Questions, from the Haggadah of Passover

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Asked by the youngest present, the Four Questions truly launches the Passover seder. The most important attribute in being human is the ability to question, to learn, to grow. True freedom, as Passover represents, requires us to actively understand our faith and our mission.

The Words

Translation


Ma nishtana halayla hazeh mikol haleylot mikol haleylot
Sheb'cho haleylot anu ochlin chametz u matzah chametz u matzah
Halayla hazeh halayla hazeh kulo matza (2x)
Shebchol haleylot anu ochlin sh'ar yerakot
Halayla hazeh halayla hazeh maror (2x)
Sheb'chol haleylot ein anu matbilin afilu pa'am echat
Halayla hazeh halayla hazeh sh'tei f'amim (2x)
Sheb'chol haleylot anu ochlin bein yoshvin uvein mesubin
Halayla hazeh halayla hazeh kulanu mesubin (2x)


Why is this night different from all other nights?
 
On all other nights we eat leavened bread and matza. On this night, only matza.
On all other nights we all kinds of vegetables. On this night, bitter herbs.
On all other nights we do not dip even once. On this night, twice.
On all other nights we eat sitting or reclining. On this night, we all recline.


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