At the beginning of the Seder, we say, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” For most of us, this is a purely symbolic act. After all, the table’s already set, the food already prepared, the guests already invited. It’s a safe bet that even if a hungry stranger wandered by at exactly that moment, s/he would be turned away. As Jeffrey Goldberg points out, in this way, Passover eve is exactly like all other nights: we eat our fill without much regard for the poor and hungry. The difference is that on Passover, we are confronted with our hypocrisy, forced to open our eyes to our everyday failure to share what we have with those in need, in the hopes that by next Passover, the invitation for the hungry will be utterly unnecessary.
Read Rabbi Knopf’s Recent Posts
- 6 Years as a Rabbi: What I’ve Learned June 16, 2017
- Do You control Your Monuments, or Do They Control You? – Shavuot 2017 June 2, 2017
- Remarks from Richmond Rally Against Muslim Ban May 9, 2017
- 30 Days of Liberation 2017 April 14, 2017
- Illumin8 2016 December 27, 2016