Thursday, March 21, 2013

Marror: Out of Order?


Marror is in an odd position in the seder. Marror is meant to represent the slavery of the Jews in Egypt, and Matzah is meant to represent redemption, but their order is reversed; we eat Matzah before we eat Marror!

One could contend that Matzah also represents bread of affliction and poverty, but Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook offered a different explanation: Marror indeed represents the bitterness of slavery, but one can only appreciate the value of that experience, and the purpose it served, from the hindsight perspective of the Jew who has already been redeemed from Egypt. Therefore, we first go through redemption, eating Matzah, and then we contemplate the Marror of our previous experience.

חג כשר ושמח,

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