Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
haaros

Pesach '96

The Aged Wine of Judaism

Every year, the same Pesach themes emerge. They bear repetition: new meaning emanates from engaging discussion. Just like old wine -- the taste improves with age -- so, too, the ever-enduring concepts and ideals of Judaism produce more delicious sensations with each passing year. Our mental taste- buds will rejoice with spiritual exultation if we only allow them freedom to consider in an undisturbed and unpressured setting.

The "pressure and disturbance" of a cynical, all-knowing society must be put aside: the disbeliever is not permitted to partake of the Pesach-lamb, just as the uncircumcised is not permitted. In Egypt, all the Israelites had to accept Moshe's authority and be circumcised. Someone who did not believe would not have the benefit of the "passover" -- G-d passing over the houses of the Israelites at the death of the firstborn -- and would be left behind. As the Hagadah mentions regarding the "wicked son:" 'if he had been there, he would not have been redeemed.'

Pesach, Matza and Morror

The Meshech Chochmah (Parshas Beha'aloscha) shows how the sacrifice of the lamb known as the Pesach represented breaking away from idolatry. Several times in history, special Pesach sacrifices were made, not because of the holiday, but as a sign of renewing the faith of Judaism and turning away from idolatrous habit.

Even today, there are commentaries who maintain that it is forbidden to give matza and morror/bitter herb to a disbeliever (See Birkas Raphael ch. 65). The Derech Pikudecha holds that the matza of afikomon should not be given to a disbeliever because it commemorates the Pesach lamb (ibid).

Imagine arriving at a fabulous Pesach Seder banquet and being told that you would have to renounce your lifesyle and go under the knife!

"And I said: 'by your blood shall you live,' and I said: 'by your blood shall you live.' " (Ezekiel 16:6) "Just as Israel was redeemed because of the blood of the lamb and the blood of the circumcision, so, too, in the future, they will be redeemed by the blood of the lamb and the blood of the circumcision." (Pirke D'Rebbe Eliezer ch.29).

Rabban Gamliel, near the end of the Hagadah, states that the death of the firstborn at midnight, was accompanied by a revelation of the Divine Presence. It happened at one moment -- so swiftly that the dough did not have time to rise.

May each year bring a renewal of the agreement to abide by Jewish practices, and a fresh taste of the revelation -- at the moment of renewed freedom!


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON PESACH AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Service Call
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

The Students of Rabbi Akiva
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Why is this Night Different?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

“4 Seder Cups & 1 Yiddishe Cup” (Insights for the Passover Seder)
Jon Erlbaum - 5770

Pesach: The Obligation of Profound Appreciation
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

> Kid Tips
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Pesach Food
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Father-on-Loan
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

ArtScroll

Another Link in the Chain
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

Why On This Night Do We Dip Twice?
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

A Ritual Memory Transfer
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

All Alone
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Maybe Next Year, in Jerusalem!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

4 Seder Cups & 1 Yiddishe Cup
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Relating the Chain of Events: Part 3
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information