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By Michael Strassfeld

The coeditor of the drastically renowned Jewish Catalog "help[s] readers comprehend extra totally the which means of our vacations and thereby to watch those fairs . . . with a better devotion and joy."--Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler

About the author
MICHAEL STRASSFELD is the rabbi of the Society for the development of Judaism, a synagogue. He lives in ny along with his spouse, Rabbi
Joy Levitt, and their 5 children.

Originally released in 1985.
E-published in 2011.

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The belief of a “makeup” pageant in case you neglected it really is particular to Passover, and it reinforces this message of Passover—that in lifestyles we will be able to obtain multiple probability. sure: it isn't that background might have stopped had there been no divine redemption, yet that it will have long past on as earlier than, its adjustments signifying basically the circulation from one kind of servitude to a different. via taking the Jews out of Egypt, giving them the Torah, top them in the course of the desolate tract, and bringing them into the land of Israel— the entire advantages we remember within the Haggadah—God unfolded the potential of a existence not like any the human race had ever identified. A. E. There are 4 degrees of mitzrayim— Egypts—related to the 4 worlds of kabbalah. on this planet of assiyah, the point of interest is on my habit to objects. I start via studying how I nourish my physique. by way of transferring my nutrition, i will be able to become aware of what are my dependencies and addictions in terms of nutrition. foodstuff because the aspect that retains me alive is symbolic of any tangible merchandise upon which i'm established. at the moment point, you study your addictions and dependencies within the realm of the interpersonal (yetzirah). have you ever locked your self right into a submissive function? do you want the approval of different humans? at the 3rd point, beriah, lews needs to examine the area round them and notice basically the entire negative issues that make up truth, from oppression to pollutants to nuclear guns. to take action is to find an international of insufficient principles with out the potential to flee from an Egypt that's regularly arming, and so on. Our job isn't to reply in melancholy yet to discover how to functionality in a hopeful type. at the fourth point, azilut, there is still the ultimate Egypt, the barrier among God and ourselves. during this international of doubt, we needs to look for a direction major out of the eclipse of God. through the seder, all 4 Egypts has to be said if no longer struggled with. Z. S. An idol is an icon, now not the article itself yet a picture of the item, or the being. We worship idols after we fetishize the logo instead of serve that which the logo represents. Even God, as T. H. Gaster has usually taught, is worshiped as an idol once we worship now not what God is or stands for however the pictures during which we conceive of God (superperson, father, pass judgement on, king, soldier, strength of nature, or whatever). we are living in a tradition of pictures, photographs that distance us from that which the picture seeks to show. Pesah, the non-public adventure of God’s releasing strength, calls our recognition to the true factor. I, and never an angel, God says, convey you out of Egypt. E. GR. the story endlessly A notable passage within the Haggadah states: “And if the Holy One, praised be He, had now not taken our ancestors out of Egypt, then we, and our kids, and our children’s youngsters may nonetheless be enslaved to Pharaoh in Egypt. Now no matter if we all have been students, we all sages, we all elders, we all realized in Torah, it nonetheless will be our responsibility to inform the tale of the Exodus from Egypt. And whoever expands upon the tale of the Exodus merits compliment.

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