The Retelling

a wine glass and the hand of someone holding a Haggadah
At my seder table,
I learned that some stories need to be told more than once
to make us stop, gather together and tell it aloud
though we have heard it many times before
so we remember.
Every spring, we read the same story of our exodus from Egypt
but it is never the same twice.
Every spring, someone is missing for work, move, illness or death.
Every spring, there’s a new mood or geo-political incident.
The annual retelling is like the sharing of all hard stories,
never told the same way twice.
never heard the same way twice.
It is a crossing over a desert of shifting sand
that allows us to see something that we hadn’t before
as if for the first time.
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