The Open Door: A Passover Haggadah by Ruth Weisberg, Sue Levi Elwell
The Open Door: A Passover Haggadah Ruth Weisberg, Sue Levi Elwell ebook
ISBN: 0881230782, 9780881230789
Publisher: Central Conference of American Rabbis
This tradition is centuries old. It is read at the Passover Seder. As many Passover Haggadahs, the book read during the Passover service, point out, it is not the coming of Elijah, in and of itself, that is the focal point . Today, it is more of a quaint ritual emptied of all meaning rather than the expectant event it portrays. This part of the seder plate dates back to a first After the seder meal there is a custom to pour a cup of wine, the "Cup of Elijah," and open the front door of the home. Many of the symbols are displayed on the seder plate, which is the centerpiece of the seder table. He often consulted fellow Lithuanian Jews, among them my father, but he always made his final decision what to include and what to exclude from the Haggadah. It was our first Passover Seder after our liberation. The front door of the house is opened 'for Elijah', and with the door standing open, a 'prayer' is recited, entirely out of keeping with everything else at the Seder. One of the sources I encountered last year (but didn't make the time to read with any care) was the CCAR's hot-off-the-2002-presses work, Sue Levi Elwell and Ruth Weisberg's “The Open Door”. We were going to celebrate a double holiday of Freedom. The book containing the story of the Exodus and the ritual of the Seder. I remember some of the arguments involving the text, .