|Photo from here. Personally this reminds me of
the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine.
I have been thinking about this for over a week. At first, as I described above, I was bothered. Then, after some hisbonenus I gained a better perspective on things. A number of years ago I heard an amazing vort on the chatzatzros, trumpets, used in the Mishkan. R David Orlofsky quotes Rav Moshe Shapiro, who brings up the point that after Moshe was niftar, the trumpets he used were put away and hidden. Yehoshua had to fashion his own. Rav Shapiro says the reason is that each generation doesn’t aways respond to the clarion call of the previous generation. While the message is the same, the mode for communiting it has to be different.
The call of the shofar is eternal, and thus a shofar is not invalidated by age. However, in contrast to the raw, natural, shofar, the silver chatzotzros are man-made. Their message changes as people do. The call of the chatzotzros is distinct for the generation.
If each generation has to be approached differently then, kal v’chomer (even more so) for each person.
We know that, ” A person is obligated to see himself as if he were leaving Egypt.” (Pesachim 116b)
The way that I might perceive my own freedom from Mitzrayim is, in fact, totally different than how anyone else sees it. This obligation totally makes sense based on my son’s observation about the Mitzvah Tank. My son has no choice but to see things from his perspective. Hopefully he will experience Pesach in a very personal and meaningful way. Hopefully I will, too.
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