All who are hungry, come and eat

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:33pm -- Rabbi Weill

Dear friends:

As enjoyable as our seders are, an uncomfortable moment arises, a moment when we feel lacking. "Kol dichfin yeitei v'yechul," we intone. "All who are hungry, come and eat."

At that moment, despite how we perceive ourselves, and despite our extensive seder preparations, and despite having invited family and friends to the seder, we may realize that we have not satisfied the command of this proclamation: All who are hungry, come and eat.

Most of us are not so righteous as to open wide our front doors and shout, "If you are hungry, come!" That seems not to be the way of the world -- or at least of our world.

But there is still a way to respond to the Haggadah's bold command. For there may be members of our congregational community with no plans for one seder or the other. If not, I hope you allow a fellow congregant to "come and eat" at your seder table. And if you are in need of a seder to attend, please let us know; we will do our best to help. I was in that situation a couple of times when I was single and living far from family and was always grateful for such invitations!

Embodied in the question of the wise child is the observation that we are a single family, unified and connected to our Pesach ritual. All the more so for our EHNT community. So, please, if you can offer a seat at your seder table to a fellow congregant, or if you are in need of a seder to attend, let us know.

Thank you and Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Jeffrey Weill