Photo: "The Golden Calf"
Put quite simply, the traditional Passover Haggadah does not comply with the command found in the Book of Exodus: chapter 13, line 8:
"And thou shalt tell thy son in that day, saying: It is because of that which the LORD did for me when I came forth out of Egypt."
In other words: the parents are required to tell the story of the events which took place during the Exodus.
The story of the 4 sons, for example, did not take place during the Exodus and, like most rabbinical stories, it is probably not even a true story.
The quotations from Rabbi Akiva and the other great sages also did not take place during the Exodus.
What took place during the Exodus was that God told Moses to return home and lead the people out of bondage.
Hence, without Moses, there would have been no Exodus.
And it must be remembered that Moses did not want to lead the Israelites out of bondage, yet God insisted.
In other words: It would seem that, in the opinion of God, Moses had an absolutely essential role to play in the narrative; a role that could not be fulfilled by anyone else.
Yet, the rabbis don't think it is necessary to even mention Moses in the Haggadah, except for a short, obscure, prayer buried in the middle of the Seder.....a section which many Jews never reach...
So let's just remember what we are talking about here:
Orthodox Jews measure how many hours must pass before eating ice cream after meat.
Orthodox Jews claim they don't wear a sky blue chord with their white tassels because they don't know the exact shade of blue which is being referred to in the text.
Orthodox Jews start the Sabbath even when the sun is still in the sky because they don't want to start too late.
Yet, when they are commanded to tell the story of the Exodus, suddenly, it is not so important to follow God's exact words.
Suddenly, they can make up any combination of vague stories they want; include any characters they want; eliminate anyone they want.....
It makes absolutely no difference which story they tell, just as long as it complies with certain of "their" traditional themes.
When one asks: Why Moses isn't in the narrative? If the rabbi deems to even to give one an answer, you will probably hear some nonsense about Moses being sort of a “superhuman being”, who it would be impossible for the children to emulate or aspire to be like......
Where does it say in the commandment to tell a story about a man who the children can emulate or behave like?
The commandment says to tell how God freed the people from bondage...and Moses was the way God chose to free the people from bondage.
Did God free the people from bondage by teaching them lessons from the Mishna?
Orthodox Jews like to claim that Abraham was not “a real” Jew, because he did not receive the Torah at Sinai.
Did God free the Israelites from bondage using the Torah given at Sinai? Or: Did God give them the Torah AFTER they were already freed?
Because the first commandment states:
"I am the Lord, your God, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."
Therefore, the people were already free when they received the Torah
Therefore, the Torah has no part of the Passover narrative
Therefore, the rabbis who, supposedly, are the spiritual heirs of the first judges certainly had no part in the Passover story because these first judges were only appointed long after the Torah was given at Mount Sinai; much later, when the people started to crave meat.
Yet, when we read the Haggadah, which just so happens to have been written by rabbis, it is simply loaded from beginning to end with stories about rabbis, quotations from rabbis, and insights of rabbis.
So, put another way: the man who had absolutely everything to do with Passover has been eliminated and replaced by people who had absolutely nothing to do with Passover.
And let's just go back to this “superhuman” aspect for a minute.
Do you really think that religious children are raised to believe that one day they too can be like the Rashi or the Rambam? When I was a teacher in a religious school, the Rashi was described as: “the greatest genius of all time; greater even than Einstein”.
Everyone in Israel knows that every child is raise to believe that one day he too can be another Rashi, right? I don't even believe children are taught they should aspire to be like Rabbi Akiva.
Or let's take: “the messiah”: Menachen Mendel Schreenson
Every child is told that “one day he too can be a messiah like Rabbi Menachen”....right?
Let's just face the facts.....
The rabbis are liars.....the real reason they have eliminated Moses from the Passover narrative is because they don't want you to follow God's laws that were received via God's servant....
The rabbis want you to follow the laws that were written by: "God's partners" i.e. their fellow rabbis.....
Let's go back to that sky blue chord, shall we?
In the Book of Numbers , chapter 15 it says:
Speak to the children of Yisrael and you shall say to them to make tzitzit on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue cord in the tzitzit of the corners. And it shall be to you for a tzitzit and you shall see it, and shall remember all the commands of the Lord and shall do them, and not search after your own heart and your own eyes which you went whoring, so that you remember and shall do all My commands, and be set-apart unto your God.
In other words:
The purpose of the sky blue chord is to help the Israelites remember and follow God's laws
The rabbis don't want you to remember and follow God's laws; they want you to remember and follow THEIR laws....
So the ten commands say that it is forbidden to worship idols and graven images, yet that didn't stop the followers of “the messiah”: Rabbi Menachen Mendel Schreenson from placing giant posters and billboards of him all over Israel (see above)
In conclusion: who are you going to follow: God? Or: the rabbis?
The Orthodox Jews of Poland listened to their rabbis and refused to immigrate to Israel, yet they did read from the Haggadah every year.......Remember what happened to them?
The Children of Israel refused to listen to Moses and enter into the Promised Land. Instead they chose to listen to the judges/rabbis and other leaders of their community.
Remember what happened to them?
Wise up people....
Stop with the rabbinical narrative of events found in the Haggadah Restore Moses to his rightful place in the Passover Seder !!!