The Seder - A Book Of Jewish Thoughts

The Seder - A Book Of Jewish Thoughts


FAIR is the twilight,

And fragrant and still:

Little by little

The synagogues fill.

One by one kindle

The night’s gleaming eyes;

Candles in windows

And stars in the skies.

Ended in Shool is

The service divine;

Seder is started

With legends and wine.

Father is blessing

The night of all nights;

All who are hungry

To feast he invites.

‘All who are homeless

Yet masters shall be,

Slaves who are this year—

The next shall be free!’

Children ask ‘questions’,

And father replies;

Playfully sparkle

The wine and the eyes.

Hymns of redemption

All merrily sing;

Queen is each mother,

Each father a king.

Midnight. The Seder

Is come to an end;

Guardian angels

From heaven descend.

Each one a message

Of liberty brings;

Scattering blessings

Of peace from his wings.


Excerpt From A Book Of Jewish Thoughts Selected And Arranged By The Chief Rabbi - Dr J.H.Hertz