This symbolic washing of the hands recalls the story of Miriam's Well. Legend tells us that this well followed Miriam, sister of Moses, through the desert, sustaining the Jews in their wanderings. Filled with waters of life, the well was a source of strength and renewal to all who drew from it. One drink from its waters was said to alert the heart, mind and soul, and make the meaning of Torah become alive.

Washing our hands is not to clean the surface but to represent us cleansing the soul and being open to knowledge, asking questions and considering all that's being said tonight.

haggadah Section: Urchatz