Saturday, April 12, 2008

Next year in Yerushalayim


At the start of the Seder, in the "הא לחמא עניא Ha Lachma Anya," we invite in all who are hungry. We conclude the paragraph with the wish that next year we should celebrate in Yerushalayim. Is there a connection between the beginning and the end?

Rav Shmuel Binyamin Sofer, son of the Chatam Sofer and author of Ktav Sofer, explained that we are taught (see the end of Isaiah 1) that our redemption will come through justice and tzedakah. So we conclude Ha Lachma Anya by asking that in the merit of opening our homes to people in need, we be rewarded with the ultimate redemption.

(Ktav Sofer)

Have a great day,

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