Haggadah-Does the Fire Still Burn?
The 4th of Nisan is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Yochanan Twersky of Rachmistrivka (1816-1895), son of the Maggid of Chernobyl. The Trisker Maggid, the son of Rabbi Mordechai Chernobler, halted one cold winter day at an inn. In the tavern room stood an iron stove which burned wood. When the stove would be filled with wood, a great heat came forth. But after the wood was consumed, it required only a few moments before the room was cold as ice. He remarked, “The youthful Chassid is like this stove. For a moment he burns like fire with Chassidic ecstasy, and then he grows cold as ice.” (Dor Dei’ah, page 305)
Hallel-Nirtzah: It is often difficult to maintain the passion we had before the meal after eating the Afikoman when our stomachs are full and it is late. Our challenge is to maintain the passionate fire within.