Of all the famous lines in the Haggadah, one stands out – Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights? This is the question every child asks from the time s/he can sing a song. And the question continues to occupy adults as well – what is the meaning of all of these strange customs and prayers we say at the Seder?
In this course we shall see how the customs we still observe to this day originated and how they developed over the centuries. We shall see how the Seder was the rabbinic response to the loss of the Passover sacrifice that occurred with the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E. The historical meaning and context of key customs, reclining, drinking wine, eating appetizers, washing hands, reciting blessings and eating specific foods will be examined. At the end of this course, the participant will be able to go to his/her seder armed with real answers – this night is different because….
Introduction to Haggadah and the Seder Introduction Video: Mishnah Tosefta Pesachim Sources View Mishnah Tosefta Pesachim. View the sources introductory video: Purchasing the Schechter Haggadah You can purchase the Haggadah co-written by Dr. Joshua Kulp and Prof. David Golinkin here. View reviews of the Haggadah on Ynet and JTA. Go to Next Class – The […]
The Mah Nishtanah The Many Lessons It Teaches Us About the Seder 1. Starting the Seder with a Question משנה פסחים י:ג מזגו לו כוס שני, וכאן הבן שואל אביו. ואם אין דעת בבן אביו מלמדו מה נשתנה
ולפי דעתו של בן, אביו מלמדו. מתחיל בגנות ומסיים בשבח, ודורש מארמי אובד אבי עד שיגמור כל הפרשה […]
Starving at the Seder Introduction There are many strange customs at the seder, but perhaps the strangest and most difficult of them all is the custom to begin the meal with a sprig of parsley and then tell everyone that they will now have to wait a very long time before the real food is […]
Disgrace And Praise – Haggadah And The Seder There are three places in the Tanakh where we can find an abbreviated retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Read these three texts, note how they are similar and how they differ. All three of these texts are used in various places in the […]
Afikoman – What it Really Means In this shiur we will trace the development of the concept of “afikoman” from its origins in the tannaitic sources (2nd century C.E.) through their development in the Talmud. There are a lot of interesting phenomenon which occur in the history of this source. First of all, we can […]