But the story does not end there. We conclude the Seder with the words: L’shanah ha’bah-ah b’Yirushalayim…Next year in Jerusalem. This is less a geo-political statement and more a call to action. It gives voice to our cultural DNA, expressing dissatisfaction with the injustice and oppression that still exist in our world and the hope that the questions we ask of ourselves will inspire us to work toward Tikkun Olam, the repair of the world our faith requires of us.
The world is in constant motion. Styles change, sensibilities and customs come in and out of vogue. And what is right for one generation may be wrong for the next.
Some values, though, are timeless. Every human being deserves to live without fear, released from the bondage of poverty and deprivation. This is a truth that never changes. So too are the questions we ask: what can we do to make the world a more peaceful and just place for all who live on this earth? Those are the questions that are eternal and worth arguing about.
Rabbi Robert Goldstein is the rabbi of Temple Emanuel on Haggets Pond Road in Andover.