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April, 2012
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What makes this conversation guide different from all our others?

We’ve written this guide with the Passover seder in mind. The seder is an annual Jewish ritual in which groups of people—families, friends, communities, and even groups of strangers—gather for a time of reflective conversation about freedom. In many ways the seder is a source of inspiration for the kinds of conversations we try to make happen with Ask Big Questions: conversations where people gather around questions that matter to everyone, and that everyone can answer; conversations that bring out people's stories; conversations in which we can sense that we’re on a journey, and that we have fellow travelers in our own time, in the past, and in the future.

While the seder is one of the Jewish people’s most treasured rituals, it has become a model for people throughout the world to gather and reflect on the question, “Are we free?”

— from the Conversation Guide. Download it now

"I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don't want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can't be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free."

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