Archeological evidence for the Exodus? Movie night April 16 - details below
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Question of the Week:
I am running our family Seder this Pesach so I want to be prepared. One part where we always get lost is the eating of the egg. I have looked through the Haggadah, and it doesn't say anywhere why we eat the egg. The matza and bitter herbs are all well explained, but the egg not. So why do we eat it?
Chickens and eggs are the subject of some of the greatest philosophical conundrums. Like which came first? And why did one cross the road?
Here is yet another poultry riddle:
When is a chicken's birthday? When the egg was laid, or when it hatched?
There is a strong argument to say that a chicken should celebrate its birthday on the day the egg was laid. After all, that is when it became detached from its mother. On the other hand, one could argue that it is not really born until the day the egg was hatched. Only then is it a chicken, not an egg.
If I were a chicken I would celebrate both. The day my egg was laid is significant. That's when my mother gave birth to me. But the day my egg hatched is the day I came out into the world. An egg is a birth yet to happen. But it is the start of something. So I'd have a small party on the earlier date, and the main event on the latter.
Pesach is the like the laying of an egg. It is when we were redeemed from slavery, when G-d took us out of Egypt and led us into the desert. But that was just the beginning of a big story, the first step in a long journey that goes on until today. We gained freedom, but we are still fighting for freedom. Our oppressors were conquered, but we are still fighting oppressors. Pesach is when the egg of redemption was laid, but it hasn't hatched yet. Complete freedom can only be when all evil is vanquished. That will be when Moshiach comes.
The Jewish people are at the centre of a global drama, the struggle to liberate the world from all negative energy and allow goodness to prevail. The struggle began in Egypt, continues today and will end in Jerusalem. On Pesach, when we eat the egg, we celebrate the laying of the egg of freedom, and we pray the complete redemption be hatched - next year in Jerusalem.
Source: Izhbitz Haggadah. There it is explained further, the name of G-d revealed to Moses at the burning bush before the Exodus was Eh-yeh, literally meaning "I will be." It is in the future tense, because although the Israelites were being redeemed immediately, the true and complete redemption was yet to come. That name of G-d has the numerical value of 21, which is the exact number of days it takes for an egg to hatch after it is laid....
Thank you to everyone who helped ensure the success of our Purim events. Between our kids party, Glow in the Dark adult party and four Megillah readings, over 400 people celebrated Purim with Nefesh. Huge thanks to our volunteers and supporters: Loren Suntup, Catherine de Picarda, Libby Moss, Larry and Ashlyn Diamond, Dana Korn, Jack and Leyat Reuben, Batya Moss, Michelle Brenner, Ariel and Aviva Morris, Maxine and Lance Radus, Baruch and Samantha Garcia, Keshet Kessel, Stuart Shaw and Moshe David.
Is there archeological evidence for the Exodus from Egypt?
Does Pesach celebrate a historical event or just a nice folk tale?
This award winning documentary presents all sides of the debate with a new twist
Don't miss this one-time showing that every Seder will be talking about: