- Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom
- Duration: 34 min
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The Mishnah (Pesahim 10:5) establishes the obligation - in every generation - for a person to view himself (or, per Rambam's nuanced wording, "to show himself") as if he was personally part of the Exodus. It is not at all clear, however, that this passage is part of the original Mishnah. In addition to this possible addendum to the Mishnah, our Hagadot add a second passage afterwards - "It is not only our ancestors whom God took out, rather He took us out with them". Each of these statements is followed by its own distinct prooftext. We explore the obligation, the difference between the two statements and how each prooftext supports a unique perspective on multi-generational participation and presence in that great foundational event.
Learning on the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah site is sponsored today by the Goldberg and Mernick families to mark the yahrzeit of Samuel M. Goldberg, R’ Shmuel Meir ben R’ Eliyahu HaCohen z”l and by Solomon Monderer for a refuah shleimah for Leora bat Rifka
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