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A Tasty Tidbit For Your Pesach Seder

A Tasty Tidbit For Your Pesach Seder

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Published by: Avi Weinstein on Apr 13, 2011
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A Tasty Tidbit For Your Pesach Seder
From Rabbi Avi Weinstein
The Holiday of Purim is based on events as recounted in The Bookof Esther. The Book of Esther, known as the Megilla (Hebrew forScroll) has one glaring “omission”. The name of God is nevermentioned. The Jews’ salvation remembered on Purim is oftenreferred to as the “Hidden Miracle”. Hidden, because nosupernatural event was responsible, merely the combination of personal courage and good timing. One chooses to becourageous, but timing often depends on factors beyond ourcontrol. We choose to exploit the opportunities when offered, butthe opportunities present themselves. When timing works in ourfavor, we either call it “lucky”, or “Providential” depending on ourworldview, or our belief system. The “Hidden Miracle” of Purimsees the hand of God in the well-crafted natural events of thestory. The Megilla says, “And the Jews were enlightened...”Enlightened to the fact that this salvation was not of their makingalone.The Passover Haggada also has a glaring omission. Where isMoshe Rabbenu? Moshe is not even mentioned once. How canwe have a recounting of the Exodus and ignore the centralcharacter? What point is the Haggada trying to make?One answer lies in this question, “If God is hidden during Purimwhy is Moshe hidden during the Pesach Seder?” Purimencourages us to understand that there is no such thing as a self-made person. We all had partners who contributed to our lives.Even when no sea was split, no plagues given, so-called naturalevents have miraculous qualities.The story of the Exodus might lead one to believe that God had torely on Moshe to bring miracles into the world, that Moshe wasnot entirely human. The Seder reminds us that not only was Godultimately responsible for the redemption, God was entirelyresponsible. As the Haggada says, “‘God took us out’, not by thehands of an angel, not by the hands of a messenger, but the Holy

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