Atkins, Passover Haggadah

It is she who feeds the child guides its first words

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Unformatted text preview: ommanded to tell our children when we celebrate the Festival of Passover the actual anniversary of our Exodus. Who is to tell the child on that day? And here we come to one of the fundamental building blocks of the Jewish family. It is one word, or really the lack of one letter in the reply to the son ‘who doesn't even know how to ask’ that opens up for us the whole perspective of the woman in Judaism. It says "And to the one who does not know how to ask, YOU shall introduce to him” (the laws and traditions of our people). The YOU in the Hebrew is written here, in the feminine form. Spelt “Aleph” and “Taff”. The “Heh” ( ) which would make the word masculine is missing. The place of the wife and mother in Judaism is often seriously misunderstood. To properly understand this, one must know a little about the Halacha relating to the performance of the mitzvoth. 42 My Journey through the Haggadah by Yekutiel Atkins At Mount Sinai the Jewish people were given not only the Ten Commandments (known in Hebrew as the 'Ten Utterances') which everyone knows...
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