When we tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt at the Seder, we begin with the short paragraph, Ha Lachma Anya – “This is the bread of affliction,” which is an invitation to others to join our meal. If this is a real invitation, why do we wait until after kiddush to say it? Why don’t we shout it from our front doors? Is it a mere ceremony and, accordingly, disingenuous?
Join Rabbi Scott Kahn for an interpretation which explains not only the purpose of Ha Lachma Anya, but also delves into the unique role of the Jewish People, the experience of the Divine Presence, the connection between the Seder night and Yom Kippur, and the absolute requirement to accept every member of the People of Israel.
This podcast is sponsored in memory of Chava bas Pesya.