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All Four (Are One), a prayer-poem for Passover by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat (Bayit, 2024)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=55259 All Four (Are One), a prayer-poem for Passover by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat (Bayit, 2024) 2024-04-06 19:19:29 "All Four (Are One)," riffing on the story in the haggadah of the four children, is a prayer-poem on the theme of intracommunal discord six months after October 7th (possibly reflected in the family dynamics at the seder table itself). Written by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, it was first published on the website of <a href="https://yourbayit.org/all-four-are-one/">Bayit: Building Jewish</a> on 2 April 2024. Text the Open Siddur Project Rachel Barenblat Rachel Barenblat Bayit: Building Jewish https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Rachel Barenblat https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Magid English vernacular prayer haggadah supplements Israeli–Palestinian conflict 2023 Israel–Hamas war Four Children 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. Prayers as poems

All Four (Are One)
Today the Four Children are a Zionist,
a Palestinian solidarity activist, a peacenik, and
one who doesn’t know what to even dream.
The Zionist, what does she say? Two thousand years
we dreamed of return. “Next year in Jerusalem”
is now, and hope is the beacon we steer by.
The solidarity activist, what do they say?
We know the heart of the stranger. To be oppressors
is unbearable. Uplift the downtrodden.
The peacenik, what does he say? We both love this land
and neither is leaving. We’re in this together.
Between the river and the sea two peoples must be free.
And the one who doesn’t know what to even dream:
feed that one sweet haroset, a reminder that
building a just future has always been our call.
All of us are wise. None of us is wicked.
(Even the yetser ha-ra is holy—without it
no art would be made,[1] The Talmud shares a parable that when the “evil impulse” was imprisoned, no eggs were laid – no generativity was possible (Yoma 69b).  no future imagined.)
We are one people, one family. Not only
because history’s flames never asked[2] Find “Rabbi’s Corner – April 2024: Free, Together,” by Rabbi David Markus (Congregation Shir Ami, 1 April 2024).  what kind
of Jew one might be, but because
 
the dream of collective liberation is our legacy.
We need each other in this wilderness.
Only together can we build redemption.

“All Four (Are One)” was written by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and first published on the website of Bayit: Building Jewish on 2 April 2024. Introducing the work, she writes, “Bayit’s Liturgical Arts Working Group is collaborating on a new offering for Pesaḥ 2024, which we hope to release on Monday April 8, just before Rosh Ḥodesh Nisan. As a foretaste of what’s coming, here’s one piece from that collection. Stay tuned for more new liturgy, poetry, and artwork coming soon.”

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All Four (Are One) (credit: Rachel Barenblat, Bayit- Building Jewish, 2024, license: CC BY-SA)

 

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Notes
1The Talmud shares a parable that when the “evil impulse” was imprisoned, no eggs were laid – no generativity was possible (Yoma 69b).
2Find “Rabbi’s Corner – April 2024: Free, Together,” by Rabbi David Markus (Congregation Shir Ami, 1 April 2024).

 

 

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