We have drunk the wine and tasted the special foods of the Passover celebration. They symbolize our attachment to the traditions of our culture, to freedom, and to life. To remind us of these values as we go back out into the world, at the end of our festival meal, we shall return to have a final taste of matsah - our symbol of suffering and liberation, of renewal in nature and humanity.
I am breaking this matsah into two pieces. One half I will return to the table.
[Leader breaks a matsah, sets down half, and holds up half as the aphiqoman.]
The other half I will wrap in a napkin and save until the end of the meal. This piece is called the 'APHIQOMAN'
Without it the seder cannot end, so I must make sure that it does not get lost. Of course, I am very forgetful, so I may need help finding it if I do misplace it. In fact, I manage to lose it every year - it ends up seemingly "hidden" (tsaphun). So just figure that I'll be asking all you younger folks to help me find it pretty soon.
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