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Pesach Dvar Torah - Thoughts from the Principal & Educational Director
April 19, 2016 - 11 Nisan 5776
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The core of the Pesach Seder is the section of Magid, the section in which we tell the story of our exodus from Egypt. The Mishna in Pesachim gives us guidance as to “how” we should retell this story, however, the Mishna is fairly cryptic and not very detailed.The Mishna tells us:
Mishnah Pesachim 10:4
4) .. He begins with [the account of Israel’s] shame and concludes with [Israel’s] glory, and expounds from “My father was a wandering Aramean” until he completes the whole passage.
Here, the Mishna gives us two directives. The first is to start with the “g’nut -shame” of Israel and end in praise. The second is to begin with the verse of “Arami Oved Avi” which is the beginning of “mikra bikkum,” the recitation that one made when bringing their first fruits to the Beit Hamikdash. The Rambam in Hilchot Chametz and Matzah codifies this Mishna as law:
Rambam Hilchot Chametz U’matzah 7:4
(4) And it's necessary to start with degradation and to finish with praise. How? Start by telling that in the beginning our ancestors, in the days of Terach and before him, were heretics ...And thus start with telling that we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt and all of the bad things that he did to us and finish with the miracles and wonders that were done for us in our freedom. And that's why you drash from (Deut 26:5) 'My father was a wandering Aramean...' through that whole section. And anybody who adds and lengthens the drash of this section, that is praiseworthy.
At first glance it seems odd that we retell the story of the Exodus through the context of the Mikra Bikkurim in Sefer Devarim. It would seem far more logical to retell the story through Pessukim from Sefer Shemot which contain the first hand account of our liberation from bondage. Why do we instead use the mikra bikkurim as the vehicle through which to transmit the story of the Exodus?
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Friday stories with R’ Levy
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Look at the Mah Nishtanah
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