There is a passage in the Haggadah (the textbook that maps out the proceedings of the Seder) describing a Seder 2000 years ago in Bnei Brak (near modern-day Tel Aviv). The attendees, who stayed up all night discussing the Exodus, were the five greatest rabbis of their generation: Eliezer, Joshua, Elazar, Akiva and Tarfon. Many don’t realize the group’s diversity: rich and poor, conservative and liberal, old and young, master and student. In its subtle way, the Haggadah conveys that a vibrant, viable Judaism gives everyone – regardless of age, class, status, or beliefs – a place at the table.
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