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Unformatted text preview: ady done it once, the second time will be later on in the Seder)? Why do we
eat and drink leaning?
1) The first question is the obvious one. There are two reasons. Firstly we eat Matzah
because we are commanded to do so in the Torah (Ex. Ch. 12. V. 15-21), In addition it commemorates that
first Pesach when on leaving Egypt in a hurry we baked the dough before it had time to rise. (Ex. Ch. 12
V. 34). 2) We eat bitter vegetables as a symbol of and a commemoration of our lives having been
made bitter by the forced labour of the Egyptians when we were slaves in Egypt.
3) Dipping the food does not appear to have anything to do with the Seder night why
therefore of all the seemingly strange things we do on the Seder night is this one singled out. The
usual reason given is that it should prompt the children to ask about the Seder night and Pesach
generally, however, there is another much more profound explanation.
The exile to Egypt while foretold to Abraham in the "covenant between the pieces"
(Gen. Ch.15..V 7-14)...
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