Thursday, April 24, 2008

Opening the door at the Seder


Towards the end of the Seder, we open the door. Many people have a tradition of singing the song "Eliyahu haNavi," "Elijah the Prophet," about Eliyahu. The penultimate sentence in the 3rd chapter in Malachi declares that Eliyahu will come to herald the arrival of Mashiach.

The origin of the door-opening practice is two-fold:
1. To show our confidence that Gd will protect us on this evening, just He protected us in Egypt long ago (Shmot 12:42).
2. To invoke our faith that Gd will send Mashiach to lead us back home and rebuild the Temple.

(Mishneh Berurah 480:10)

Have a great day,

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