Bread of our Affliction? What happened to the Freedom aspect?

Didn’t we just mention that Matzah has two symbolisms? It was the poor bread that we were forced to eat during our bitter years of slavery in Egypt. And it was the bread of redemption that we had we ate as we hastened us out of Egypt into freedom! Why is only one of these mentioned here? And if only one is to be mentioned, surely the more appropriate one would be the positive one? Discuss.... One idea might be based on The Zohar – and noted in Tehillim 102- who writes that a poor man’s sincere prayers is stronger than the prayers of King David and Moshe. Tthe bread of our affliction might be the only thing mentioned here because it’s a more effective way of connecting with God! (This may be why Moshe’s name isn’t mentioned in the entire Hagadah) We are poor men, with sincere prayers tonight – take a second and pray for the things you need with this bread in front of you – This is your time to be answered! (R Shlomo Einhorn, NYC)

Now You Invite Guests? bit on the Late side, no?

Whoever is hungry come and eat! Isn't this a strange time to invite our guests? Besides, we've already got this Seda’ thang started. Shouldn't we invite our guest before we sit down for kiddush, karpas, yachatz? Truth is, we should. But symbolically the deeper reason why we rock these epic words is because so often those who fall into sudden fortune completely forget who they were, what it was like, how hard things were before everything changed. How often do you hear of a person who hits the lottery, becomes famous, and suddenly forgets who they were before they became famous?? (only to be come an infamous YouTube sensation (and is now on Celebrity fit club)?? The first and foremost message of the evening is that when things go well in your life you should never forget where you came from. We were slaves! We were lowlifes and yes, the bread sucked. But Eureka – we are royalty now “Come on in!” enjoy a warm meal (eventually), a heck of a story and a overly friendly uncle - cause we know what it’s like to need an open invite... So let’s enjoy our new found glory tonight but only by keeping a sensitivity to who we once were.

Next Year in Israel? I thought we were supposed to be starting with the

slave stuff!?? R’ Menachem Genack explains a Prisoner with two weeks left on his sentence until freedom truly experiences they psychological feelings of redemption (far more than a free man who has two weeks until incarceration.) He has what to look forward to! To be like a slave

tonight – mentioning the cusp of becoming free truly makes us empathize with what it is like to be a slave prisoner/slave – dark now – but constant aspirations for liberation. Yechiel Weberman notes that we only say the words “Leshana Habah Byerushalayim” for two holidays: at the end of our Seder and at Yom Kippur. The reason being that these are the two holidays where the true essence of the holiday as prescribed in the Torah requires the Temple. The priestly service of Yom Kippur and the Korban Pesach for Passover. Let’s hope we can fulfill each of speedily! (R’ Shlomo Einhorn NYC)

haggadah Section: Introduction