I’ve been keenly aware Passover is approaching, but it didn’t really hit me until I was in my office yesterday afternoon. I noticed a stack of new Haggadahs on my bookshelf. I ordered them from PJ Library when I knew we’d be celebrating Passover here in Pennsylvania this year. You see, I knew we’d be home — for the first time in years — since I would be less than six weeks post-op at the time of first Seder. What I didn’t realize, is that no one would be able to travel for Passover this year due to the novel coronavirus.
I grabbed a Hagaddah off of the shelf and reviewed the Four Questions with Isabelle. Even though she’s not the youngest child in our family, she’s the person who’ll be reciting them at our Seder. Since she’s no longer attending Jewish day school, her recitation of the questions was a little rusty, but sounded sweet nonethless.
I told Isabelle we’d practice the Four Questions every day until the Seder. In theory, she was fine with that, but when it came time to practice today, she asked a question of her own. “Why can’t Ari say the Four Questions if he’s the youngest?”
“Are you going to teach it to him?” I inquired.
“No!” she retorted.
“Well, then I guess you’ll have to do them again this year.”
“What about next year?” she wondered.
“Will you teach it to him next year?” I asked.
“No!” she replied.
“Well, then I guess you’re going to say the Four Questions next year too.”
“How about the year after that?” she wondered. “Can he do them when I’m in fifth grade?!!?”
“He should be able to do them by then,” I replied.
“And you’re gonna teach them to him!” she said, visibly agitated with me.
“Sure, I’ll teach it to him by then,” I agreed.
I’ll be honest. She’s barking up the wrong tree. As an only child, there were times that I found myself as the youngest person at my parents’ Seder for years. Heck, there were a few times I recall reciting the Four Questions when I was in my thirties. Therefore, I think Isabelle will survive if she has to recite the Four Questions for another couple of years before Ari takes over.