Earlier in March, I passed the balcony of the Hofburg Palace where, on March 15, 1938, Adolph Hitler announced the Austrian Anschluss to Nazi Germany. Approximately 200,000 Austrians stood on the Heldenplatz cheering that day. I watched the grainy black and white video of his speech, chilled with disbelief, as I stood in that same place. Moments later, I met with Wolfgang Sobotka, the President of the Austrian National Council, whose own grandfather was a Nazi.

As April 15th lurks right around the corner, it evokes certain unpleasant feelings in many of us. Most people do not relish the notion of gathering all their paperwork, including 1099s, charitable donations, medical expenses, etc. to submit to their accountant in a comprehensive and legible format. Furthermore, while many might anticipate a refund, there are others who dread seeing the amount that is owed. Tax season begins in January when accountants start burning the midnight oil to submit their clients’ returns in a timely fashion. People are given ample time, and email blasts are sent with gentle reminders. Nonetheless, it is inevitable that some will wait until the last minute or file for an extension.

Recap: Chezky and Shmuel are missing in the midst of the blizzard. A group of neighbors are searching the snow drifts with pitchforks. Aharon spots a pair of mittens and a hat on the snow. He pokes there and hears an ouch screamed out. The men dig and find Chezky and Shmuel in a snow fort underground. The boys are fine.

Career services in higher education has had many faces over the years resulting from the needs of the institution and greater society, shifts in the economy, and emerging trends in the job market. The first face was that of a vocation bureau in the early 20th Century whose sole purpose was to assist those newly arriving in our country with finding work. The next face was the shift to vocational guidance in the 1920s and 1930s, an emergence from the need to educate more teachers. The period from the 1940s through the 1960s saw the need to have ‘placement centers’ on college campuses as GI Bill veterans were seeking employment.

Passover has always been about learning and the handing down of a story. The story of the freedom of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Now those of any age can be part of telling the story, learning its messages and exploring its mysteries with the publication of the Haggadah companion On this Night We Are All Teachers from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education.