- Why do we dip our food luxuriously in whatrepresents our tears?4 questions.This exile and estrangement from HaShemembitters the wicked son. He wants to retreat back into the comforting complacency of spiritual exile.It mystifies the son who no longer believes inanswers. We must use the empathy andcompassion that a mother would have for her childto free him enough to listen.But the same paradox frees the simple son toredefine what the experience means to him.The freest of all is the wise son. Once the door isopen, he asks the most honest question of all"How shall I serve the God who has made mefree?"4 sons.The nation of Israel became full and completeupon the fulfillment of the fourth utterance of redemption, the fourth and final stage in their development.Celebrated on the 10 + 4
day of Nisan.The women came to His Majesty’s empty graveon the fourth day of Passover.The Jews came out of Mitzrayim (Egypt) after 4 x100 years:
Bereshit (Genesis) 15:13
And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs,and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
The Jews came out of Mitzrayim in the 4
Bereshit (Genesis) 15:13
But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites [is] not yet full.
We may eat chametz on Erev Pesach only until theend of the fourth hour ("zemanis"), i.e., onlywithin the first third of the day.The festival of Passover is given four differentnames in either the Bible and in the oral Torah:
The Festival of Pesach - Shemot 34:25.
The Festival of Matzoth - Shemot 23:15.
The Time of Freedom and Redemption -(Mishna Pesachim 10:5).
The Festival of Spring - Devarim 16:1."four cups of comfort which HaShem will in thefuture give the Jewish people to drink."In the first chapter of Yechezkel, the number four in various ways, appears fourteen times. As theJews are going into the Babylonian exile, HaSheminforms us that He is going into exile as well.So, as you study Passover, notice how intimatelythe number four is woven into the fabric of thisfeast. Remember:
The number four signals awhole, a fullness, and a completion. It signalsexile, but, it also signals redemption!
Forty (40) is 10 X 4 and is therefore intimatelyassociated with the number four. You will also seethis number showing up repeatedly in the story of our exile and redemption. Some well knownexamples are:Moses was 40 years in Mitzrayim, 40 years inMidian, and 40 years in the wilderness.Moses went up on mount Sinai three differenttimes for 40 days each.The spies spied out the land for 40 days.The Children of Israel were in the wilderness for 40 years.
II. Our Redemption
The primary theme of Passover isREDEMPTION. The Torah indicates that each of