The quality of being a rodef shalom (pursuer of peace) requires the ability to recognize the value of different perspectives and the skill of unifying conflicting truths into a harmonious whole. It requires the recognition that single individuals perceive only a portion of the complete truth. Hillel says: “If I am not for myself, who is for me? And when I am for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?" [...]

Appropriately, the haggadah depicts Hillel as requiring the consumption of the Pesach sacrifice the food of redemption, through an act of combining − the korekh. Only the harmonious merging of a variety of components produces the true redemptive experience.

-- Leah Rosenthal

Before we (at last!) begin our potluck feast, we combine the most important ritual elements of our table together. Take this time to reflect on our journey thus far, and hold all the conflicting feelings and truths together.


haggadah Section: Koreich