A Passover Haggadah: Go Forth and Learn by David Silber

By David Silber

Hebrew and English textual content with new observation and essays.

Rabbi Silber has given us books in a single: the Haggadah itself, in English and Hebrew, along with his seder observation and a suite of essays that offer shut readings of the vintage biblical and rabbinic texts that tell Seder-night ritual and narration. either elements paintings superbly jointly to light up the vital subject matters of Passover: peoplehood, Covenant, our dating to ritual, God’s presence in historical past, and different very important concerns that resonate with us all. simply as midrash makes an attempt to bridge the space among historical textual content and modern which means, Rabbi Silber’s Haggadah presents new assets of perception that deepen the Passover event for today’s readers.

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15 was actually syntactically dependent upon v. 14 just as v. 16 is in the present text, and did not contain ʍ ˢʑ . Critics have long noted the stratified character of v. 53 the verb ʸʖʮ ˇ The detailed prescriptions it provides concerning the ʺˣ˞ʔ˙-festival, out of all proportion to the other two festivals commanded in v. 16, as well as the reference “as I commanded you” betray the work of an interpolator. Whether the reference is to Exod 13:6–7 or perhaps to Exod 12:15, 18, it is certainly to a text of later date than the original festival calendar of Exodus 23.

Without this “correction”, the opposite conclusion might surely have been drawn from the text of Exod 22:28–29: 20 The Festival Calendars in Exodus You shall not hold back your fullness or your outflow; the first-born of your sons you shall give to Me. So shall you do regarding your oxen and your sheep;11 seven days it will be with its mother; on the eighth day you shall give it to Me. In response to this formulation of the law, in which both the first-born of livestock and those of humans are to be “given” and no distinction seems to be made, the writer in Exodus 34 has introduced the explicit stipulation that the human first-born are to be redeemed.

Verse 14 is formulated as first-person divine speech: “you shall feast to Me”. ” (v. 15b),46 as well as the preceding portion of v. 47 In contrast, the third-person reference to the deity in v. 17 is without parallel in the festival calendar of vv. 14–17. 2. Had a late redactor interpolated the general command of v. 14, it is doubtful whether he would have used the rather unusual ʬʓʢʸʓ for “time, occasion” instead of the more common ʭʔʲ ˝ʔ . Outside of this passage, the word ʬʓʢʸʓ is employed in this sense only in the Balaam narrative in Numbers 22 (vv.

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