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Bolt of Inspiration 56 - G-d at the Seder

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כל דכפין ייתי ויכול


All those who are hungry come and eat


There’s always a right way to say things. The Gemara in Sotah 33a says that a person should not make their requests in Aramaic for Rebbe Yochanan says “whoever makes their requests in Aramaic; the Ministering Angel is not bound to it for he does not understand this language.” Why at the Seder, an evening on which we essentially ask for the redemption did we institute to say this opening invitation (mentioned above) in Aramaic?    R. Yissachar Dov of Belze suggests a beautiful interpretation. The Gemara in Shabbos 12b says that when we go to visit a sick person, one is able to pray in Aramaic because the Divine Presence is above his or her head and therefore the petitioner does not need a ministering angel to bring the prayer to G-d.  The Medrash (Vayikrah Rabbah 34) states – that when a poor person stands at the door, the Divine Presence is there as well.  When we say "כל כבפין ייתי וייכול" – Hashem is standing there! G-d is with us at the Seder.

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"A Bolt of Inspiration" is a brief weekly spiritual thought presented by Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn. Rabbi Einhorn is the Rabbi of the West Side Institutional Synagogue on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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