The Peach story begins in a broken
world, amidst slavery and oppression.
The sound of the breaking of the
matza sends us into that fractured
existence, only to become whole
again when we find the broken half,
the afikoman, at the end of the Seder.
This brokenness is not just a physical
or political situation.
In Hebrew, Egypt is called Mitzrayim,
reminding us of the word tzar, narrow.
Thus, in Hassidic thought, Mitzrayim
symbolizes the inner straits that trap
our souls. Yet even here we can find
a unique value, as the Hasidic saying
teaches us: "There is nothing more
whole - than a broken heart."
Or as Leonard Cohen wrote:
"There's a crack in everything /
That's where the light comes in"
Some families pass out a whole matza
to every Seder participant, inviting
them to take a moment to ponder this
entrance into a broken world, before
they each break the matza themselves.
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