A Passover Haggadah: Go Forth and Learn

By David Silber

Hebrew and English textual content with new statement and essays.

Rabbi Silber has given us books in a single: the Haggadah itself, in English and Hebrew, together with his seder observation and a suite of essays that supply shut readings of the vintage biblical and rabbinic texts that tell Seder-night ritual and narration. either elements paintings superbly jointly to light up the critical subject matters of Passover: peoplehood, Covenant, our courting to ritual, God’s presence in background, and different very important concerns that resonate with us all. simply as midrash makes an attempt to bridge the distance among historic textual content and modern which means, Rabbi Silber’s Haggadah presents new assets of perception that deepen the Passover adventure for today’s readers.

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31 The language of God’s moment handle echoes and amplifies the language of the 1st, possibly to point to Jacob that he's going to Egypt to reexperience, this time together with his relations, the occasions he had lived via in the home of Laban. In Genesis 28, God invokes the emphatic note anokhi—I Myself—in promising to protect Jacob: And, glance, i personally am with you and that i will safeguard you at any place you pass, and that i will deliver you again to this land, for i cannot depart you till i've got performed that which i've got spoken to you. (Gen. 28:15) And in Genesis forty six, God repeats the be aware anokhi thrice: i personally am the god, God of your father. worry to not pass right down to Egypt, for an exceptional state i'll make you there. i actually will move down with you to Egypt and that i Myself would certainly carry you again up in addition, and Joseph shall lay his hand in your eyes. (Gen. 46:3–4) but Jacob responds in a different way at the moment get together. while so as to Paddan-aram Jacob didn't resolution God at once (and upon awakening expressed his shock at God’s presence), so that it will Egypt, Jacob solutions God’s name with a very pregnant expression: hineni—“Here i'm” (Gen. 46:2). Hineni is the language with which Abraham accepts God’s command to sacrifice his son (22:1,7),32 with which Isaac, Esau, and Jacob grapple with the conferring of ancestral blessing (27:1,18), and with which Joseph concurs to satisfy his brothers, who will promote him into slavery (37:13). With the observe hineni, Jacob, just like the others sooner than him, ultimately embraces his function as bearer of God’s covenant. 33 Assuming that Jacob knows the importance of his descent to Egypt at this degree, why does he comply with the adventure? Having already skilled avdut, innuy, and gerut in Laban’s loved ones, why is Jacob keen to reenact his personal exile and impose these stipulations on his descendants? The Haggadah itself seems grappling with this question while it asserts that Jacob and his kin went right down to Egypt, pressured to take action by means of the note of God (anus al pi ha-dibur). yet this isn't a fantastic midrashic interpretation. in truth, a simple analyzing of the biblical textual content exhibits that Jacob feels forced through divine decree. 34 through uttering hineni in accordance with God’s thrice-repeated anokhi (this is My will), Jacob recognizes that he's going to Egypt no longer simply because Joseph or Pharaoh has requested him to take action, yet simply because God has ordained it and he's accepting his covenantal future. the importance of Jacob’s attractiveness of and acquiescence to the phrases of God’s covenant is underscored via comparability with another person who rejects this destiny, some extent to which we are going to go back. Exodus: God recollects the Covenant The Torah’s parallel building of the younger Jacob’s solo trip to the home of Laban and the aged Jacob’s descent to Egypt together with his prolonged family has already set the level for the last word recognition of God’s covenantal formulation: the tale of slavery and nationwide redemption that kinds the ebook of Exodus. to stress that the Exodus narrative is the direct continuation of Jacob’s existence story—indeed, the success of God’s promise to him—the publication of Exodus starts by way of recalling the 70 contributors of Jacob’s kin who arrived with him in Egypt, as indexed intimately in Genesis forty six.

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