Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pesach/Seder Thought Experiment

The Seder, as we know it, is based on a ritual originally created to accompany the eating of the Passover lamb. Over time, elements were added, many of them borrowed from the surrounding culture because they signified culture or wealth or freedom. These include dipping, four cups, four questions and reclining. Other added elements included introductory readings and closing hymns.

Let's say we were starting from scratch. Let's say we had no Seder but we did have a religious feast, based on a very important event, and we wanted to invent a ritual to go with it. If we wanted to signify culture or wealth or freedom using the symbolic language of our own era, what would we borrow?

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