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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Music Tuesday: Ma Nishtana

Passover started last night, and many of my readers know I am Jewish on my wife’s side.  And this year it will be special with the lunar eclipse and what some are calling a “blood moon” last night to kick off the festival. 

Special or not, I’ll be at Passover Seder tonight.  It will be small, my immediate family, my mother-in-law, and a couple of friends.  It’s been a long time since I’ve actually sat through an entire Haggadah reading.  I’m sure tonight it will be abbreviated as most of the Pesach Seders I’ve been at—it’s rather long and you would want a large gathering to justify it—but central to the Haggadah are the four questions referred to as Ma Nishtana.  Here is a musical arrangement of Ma Nishtana. 


In English, the four questions are the following:

What has changed, this night, from all the other nights?
That in all other nights we eat both chametz and matzah, on this night, we eat only matzah?
That in all other nights we eat many vegetables, on this night, maror?
That in all other nights we do not dip vegetables even once, on this night, we dip twice?
That in all other nights some eat sitting and others reclining, on this night, we are all reclining? 

Yes, I know, there are five questions there.  The first is to initiate the song and is not part of the traditional four questions.

Joyous Pesach to all who celebrate.


  1. It's very cool that you get to experience the ancient roots of our own faith.

  2. What Kelly said.

    And did you see any of the eclipse with your own eyes? It was....WOW! I got pictures!

    1. No, I didn't. It was supposed to be in the wee hours on the east coast, and I couldn't stay up. Plus it was cloudy and rainy here. Going over to your blog to check out the pictures.

    2. Yes. I think Jan has had trouble posting comments on Blogger blogs and I guess doesn't link her blog to her comments here. When she used to comment at J's Cafenette blog I believe her comments were linked. So here is her blog, titled, Runs With Angels....Lives With Saints:

    3. Jan, yep, that JanApril 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Sigh....forgotten again...;-)
      Thanks for the linkie, Manny!

    4. So sorry, Jan! I didn't forget you! Now that I visited your blog I do.remember it! Sadly, my brain has been stressed so much, I forget my name occasionally. I'll be dropping in more!

  3. Best wishes to you and your whole family at this Holy time of year.

    God bless you all.

  4. Manny, there's so much that I want to say but instead, I'll just Echo what Victor said and agree with the other kind comments also.

    God Bless Peace

  5. Thank you all. It was a nice evening. Now for the rest of the Holy Week.