A formative - and food-related - moment
Rabbi Gamliel proposes that the seder menu be recited at the table, not as an auxiliary text but rather as a key element in the meal. If menu is not recited, the commandment to observe Passover has not been performed.
According to the literal interpretation of the biblical text, the purpose of the festival of Passover is to preserve the story of the Exodus from Egypt in the collective Jewish memory: "And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thy hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the law of the Lord may be in thy mouth; for with a strong hand hath the Lord brought thee out of Egypt" (Exodus 13:9). With...
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