Sunday, April 16, 2006

Seder dinner. We went to a wonderful seder dinner tonight. Four families, 14 kids, ranging in age from 2 to 14 years old. Although it is traditional for the "father" to lead the ceremony, our seder was led by a woman. Our wonderful hostess led the kids through the "haggadah" (the telling of the story) with the bitter herbs and matzoh, etc. The haggadah is really very male oriented, with its emphasis on the father and the four sons. Kids raised in today's world aren't clued in to the patriarchal nature of the bible. After our hostess mentioned the killing of the first born sons, one of the kids said "Why did they kill the sons and not the daughters?" This was just one of the many interesting discussions we had. Later on, I got into a fascinating discussion with a history professor about the sudden rise of monotheism (in the form of Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and the rapid displacement of polytheism. Did monotheism fill a need in rapidly evolvling human culture? One of the other guests is developing a new kids show for a cable TV network. That's one of the really nice things about living in West LA, you get to meet so many interesting people.


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