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beginning and the end of slavery in Egypt.
(4) The last question is why on this night we eat leaning. It was the practice at the time the
Haggadah was compiled for free people who ate their meal in a leisurely manner, not to sit at a table
as we do nowadays, but at couches with each person eating from his own small table and being served
by a servant. Although nowadays we do not eat in that manner, we still commemorate this practice.
These are all the simple answers but because we are Jews, we do not rely on simple answers
to these questions. The whole Haggadah is devoted to answering them in its own way so that the
events they commemorate are fixed in our minds and repeated every year throughout our lifetimes.
Later on in the Haggadah it says, ‘even if we are all clever or knowledgeable or learned we still have
the duty of relating the story of the Exodus, and its meaning for the Jewish people. The Haggadah then
begins to give the answer to the children’s questions. Uncover the Matzoth . . ,
, , . , , ¯ ¯. We were once Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. The Lord our God brought us out from
there with a strong hand, and an outstretched arm. If the Holy one, Blessed be He had
not brought our fathers out of Egypt, then we and our children...
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