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The Four Questions
March 16, 2011
As we sit around the Passover seder table, retelling the story of the Exodus from Egypt, we are encouraged to ask questions. Many of these come about naturally (why were frogs a plague?), but others are formally written into the Haggadah.
The best known of these are "the four questions." Each of the questions starts the same way, "Mah nishtanah?" ("Why is this night different from all other nights?")
It is customary for the youngest child at the Passover seder to recite the four questions from the Haggadah. Adults traditionally respond, explaining the differences between the customs of a seder night and a regular dinner night.
Roni recites the four questions, singing the traditional tune in Hebrew:
Hebrew for "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.