Imagination and Redemption
Past and Future
A Novel Look at the Mitzvah of Sippur Yetziat Mitzrayim
Rabbi Avie Schreiber
The theme of redemption dominates the night of the Seder. By delving into one of the primary
of the evening - - we can identify the key to our redemption in the past.In turn, we can learn to unlock the potential to our present and future redemption as well.
I. The Irony of
I would like to begin by asking two questions regarding :
teach us . Whydoes the
of include this detail? No other
that involvesmemory of a past event requires us actually to visualize ourselves reliving the event!Before asking the second question we need to clarify two issues.1) At what time of day did gain their freedom from ? Based on theand many ,
as a whole physically left during the daytimeon the 15th of as it says in the
. However, the status of the Jews changed beforehand. It seems that at - whenoccurred, the Jews gained the status of free people
. This is based on the Pasuk:
Based on this Pasuk, it is clear that the Jews were freed at night
, even though they didn’t
physically leave until the next day.
When is the deadline for fulfilling the
We likethat the needs to be eaten before midnight. According to some ,the timing of is linked to the timing of , and therefore, the
of must also be concluded before midnight
.Based on the two points clarified above, there is an ironic twist to the
of , which forms the basis for my second question.
Question #2 -
Why does the
of apply only during the time that theJews were still slaves - the night of the 15th before ? Since the
is to imagineourselves being freed from , the
should apparently apply during the time
See the quoted below that supports this assumption.
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