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“Why Am I Different?”

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"Why Am I Different?"

The Passover Seder begins with the child’s question: “Why is this night different from all other nights?” Fundamentally, the question bothering the child is: “Why am I different from children of all other nations?”
Childhood; Children, Passover, Four Questions, Lubavitcher Rebbe
“Why Am I Different?”
Disc 99, Program 396

Event Date: 18 Nissan 5745 - April 09, 1985

The Passover Seder begins with the child’s question: “Why is this night different from all other nights?”

Fundamentally, the question bothering the child is: “Why am I different from children of all other nations?” And we answer: “Our ancestors were once slaves in Egypt, and were it not for the Passover Exodus, we would still be slaves to Pharaoh. But G-d liberated us, and we took upon ourselves His rule as our “Commander-in-Chief.”

Answering this question is key to enable the child to live proudly as a Jew all year round. Not only does it make Judaism logical and meaningful to him, it gives him the confidence to share Judaism with others. And in this way the child, and all those he influences, can experience a modern-day exodus from any of the spiritual constraints in their own lives, freeing them to serve G-d joyously and happily, truly complete and truly liberated.

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Essie M. Gilley Tallahassee April 19, 2016

I am different too, uniquely created by God for his purpose, to service of a higher calling... Reply

David Chester Petach Tikva, Israel April 15, 2016

How our differences are felt At the tender age of 6 my father explained that I was different. This was when the second world war was on and we lived in a small town in the UK, under difficult conditions. It caused me no end of trouble when I told my school mates that I was different too! I believe that this message should be spread to those who already know how to behave in non-Jewush company. Reply

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