Well, here they go again. The National Jewish Democratic Council has taken one of the sweetest and significant part of the Passover Seder - the asking of the "Four Questions", by the youngest child in the room - and suggested they be replaced this year with four different questions.
First, here are the Four Questions, as per Jewish tradition, to be read at the Seder table:
"Why is it that on all other nights during the year we eat either bread or matzoh, but on this night we eat only matzoh?"
"Why is it that on all other nights we eat all kinds of herbs, but on this night we eat only bitter herbs?"
"Why is it that on all other nights we do not dip our herbs even once, but on this night we dip them twice?" and
"Why is it that on all other nights we eat either sitting or reclining, but on this night we eat in a reclining position?"
The answer for each question describes specific events in the Passover story and the symbolic meaning of each of these events in relation to the Passover festival. The first two questions and their answers both symbolize and remind us of the burdens of slavery, and the second two questions and their answers both symbolize and remind us of the glory of freedom.
1.) Why has President Obama provided record amounts of military aid to Israel—including double the amount of supplemental funding for missile defense programs, like the Iron Dome, that are saving Israeli lives today?
2.) Why has President Obama worked so hard and succeeded at uniting the world against Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program, while voting with Israel 100% of the time at the United Nations—earning the plaudits of Israel’s leaders?
3.) Why has President Obama achieved the historic passage of “Obamacare,” which has already permitted 2.5 million young adults to remain on their parents’ health care plans—and will end discrimination for those with pre-existing conditions, ultimatelyproviding coverage to 34 million more Americans?
4.) Why has President Obama fought to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid, keeping our commitment to our seniors—and our collective commitment to help those in need through shared responsibility?
The answers to all of these questions are: President Obama cares deeply about the safety and security of the Jewish state. He has been Israel’s leading advocate from day one and has done more than any other President to meaningfully bolster its defenses and provide for its future. He also cares deeply about the welfare of all Americans, including our seniors and the needy - and our commitment to them.
For these reasons, President Obama deserves our thanks...
Thanking Obama for our "bounty" (wrecked economy, soaring prices, foreclosed homes, loss of liberty, increased danger abroad...) instead of thanking God. Is there any greater perversion of religion, to place man over the Almighty. especially on a night where we give thanks to God for intervening and saving the Jewish people with His own outstretched arm.?
You know, there is another story told on Passover -that of the Four Sons. A bit of it is retold here:
The Torah refers to four sons: One wise, one wicked, one simple and one who does not know how to ask a question. What does the wise son say? "What are the testimonials, statutes and laws Hashem our G-d commanded you?" You should tell him about the laws of Pesach, that one may eat no dessert after eating the Pesach offering.
What does the wicked son say? "What does this drudgery mean to you?" To you and not to him. Since he excludes himself from the community, he has denied a basic principle of Judaism. You should blunt his teeth by saying to him: "It is for the sake of this that Hashem did for me when I left Egypt. For me and not for him. If he was there he would not have been redeemed...."
Is the National Jewish Democratic Council not, in fact, "the wicked Son", he who would not be redeemed?
Perhaps they know that, and perhaps that is why they try to taint the day with their blasphemy...
Fairly warned, be ye: If any of the guests at my Seder tomorrow night try to pull this NJDC "Four Questions" crap, they can expect to find themselves tossed out my front door, with Elijah's cup firmly implanted up their ass...