Second chance Seder

Our sages acknowledge and validate the alienation and disaffection we sometimes feel

By SHAI CHERRY
May 22, 2013 16:50
4 minute read.
Second Chance Seder

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Reading between the lines isn’t always easy, particularly when there’s nothing there. White space.

A question was brought to Moses: Will no good deed go unpunished? We were burying our dead and, as a result, we are ritually defiled and therefore ineligible to participate in the Passover ritual. Why should our act of genuine mercy preclude us from the communal feast celebrating our redemption? (Numbers 9:7, according to the commentary of the 16th-century Italian Rabbi Sforno) Moses, a most humble man, recognizes the injustice and asks God to fill in the white space. (Would that we could!) The Lord offers a remedy. One month later, there will be another opportunity to celebrate redemption, complete with maror (bitter herbs) and matza, the foods reminiscent of bondage and redemption.

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