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|Chol Ha Moed Pesach Sermon 2009 - Itís Not for the Survivors Alone to Remember|
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When you are the oldest child in your family as I am you don’t get to spend much time as the singer of Mah Nishtanah at the Seder. This duty was mine for only a couple of years before it was passed down the family to my younger siblings. But I did get a consolation prize. That was the duty of opening the front door of the house to Elijah. Now Elijah may not have shown up but having something to do at the Seder in the bit after dinner when not very much happens was certainly a bonus.
Most families have a tale of something which happened one year when they opened that door. My mother in law remembers when opening the door to Elijah they disovered a policeman on the front doorstep, tantalisingly she cannot remember what the policeman was doing there or what happened next. A family in our community opened the door to their cat last year – who was promptly renamed Elijah in commemoration of the event.
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