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    Reb Eliezer

    The Rambam adds the words בבהילו יצאנו ממצרים before the passage הא לחמא עניא with swiftness did
    we leave Mitzraim. What does the Rambam accomplish with this addition? Also, why do we
    include Matzoh in our sandwich of Pesach and Maror? Isn’t it enough that we eat it separately?
    The Dubner Magid explains this with a parable.
    A very wealthy man from a great city had a daughter. He wanted to marry her off to a successful
    young man who had outstanding traits. He only found a pauper in a small village who had a son
    praiseworthy with these traits. He travelled to the village together with his daughter to see the
    young man. When he saw him, he was so impressed with the young man’s wisdom and his G-d
    fearing that he decided that he does not want to leave, but make an engagement and get the
    wedding done right away. So the pauper, father of the groom, s aid, don’t you need time to
    prepare for the wedding to buy the best food and drinks fitting your rich stature? I am a poor
    person who lives on stale bread, so how can I satisfy your needs? Answers the rich man by
    convincing him that he does not care now for all the niceties since making the wedding as soon
    as possible is his first priority. So, in order to make the wedding, the rich man commands his
    servant to replace the cheap torn clothing of the groom with fancy ones. After the wedding, the
    rich man asks his servant to collect all the cheap torn clothing and bundle it together because he
    wants to take it home with him. As the groom saw what was happening, at night, when they
    were all busy eating the poor man’s stale hard bread, he took a piece and hid it in the bundle,
    making sure that his father in law was not aware of it. When the rich man came home, he gave
    the bundle to his servant for safekeeping. After a while, the groom became arrogant towards his
    father in law, who decided to reprimand him. He took out the bundle and showed him the cheap
    and torn clothing. Look what you wore before. You were a nothing before your wedding, he
    hollered. As he opened up the bundle, the stale bread fell out. The young groom retorted,
    remember how you hurried to perform the wedding without regard to any niceties. You were
    willing to consume this stale bread as long as I was willing to get married. Obviously, you saw
    some qualities in me you couldn’t pass over that is why you hurried so fast to make the wedding
    before I will change my mind. This is the meaning of the above passage, the fact that we are currently eating

    Reb Eliezer

    Moderator: Why does this have line breaks between words?


    Did you write it in a different program and then paste it into the Coffee Room?

    Reb Eliezer



    When you paste it in the Coffee Room, you have to remove the line breaks from the original document if you do not want them to show up.


    “The Rambam adds the words בבהילו יצאנו ממצרים before the passage הא לחמא עניא with swiftness did
    we leave Mitzraim. What does the Rambam accomplish with this addition? ”

    The simple reason is that it is really part of Yachatz (so is the passage הא לחמא עניא see Rishonim Kol Bo etc.) and is a reason why it is called Lechem Oni (based on the verse of Ki Bechifozon…).. see the Hagadah of Rabenu Rav Avrohom Ben HaRambam.

    Reb Eliezer

    Moderator: So I cannot paste part of a PDF if I cannot edit it.

    Reb Eliezer

    Moderator: Actually there is a solution. Copy the PDF to a word processor and remove the line breaks there and then paste it.

    Reb Eliezer

    This is the culmination of the above:

    This is the meaning of the above passage, the fact that we are currently eating the bread of
    affliction reminds us that we came out of Mitzraim swiftly because Hashem found us special to
    be worthy of being his servant. He didn’t want us to sink into abyss the fiftieth level of tumah.
    This gives us hope for the future. The same way that He felt that we were worthy of redemption
    once, should make us worthy of redemption again במהרה בימינו , swiftly in our lifetime Amen.

    Reb Eliezer

    GAON, כי בחפזון יצאת מארץ מצרים why were taken out swiftly? There are two ways of looking at it 1) one because we were on the verge spiritual destruction or 2) according to the parable Hashem couldn’t wait to כביכול marry us.


    You can also edit it in the Coffee Room word-box after pasting it.
    (You can use the length of the unbroken lines as a guide to line length.)

    Reb Eliezer

    The Chasam Sofer explains that we eat hardboiled eggs at the Passover Seder to reflect on the fact that we are an am kasheh oref, a nation with a hard neck which cannot be swayed from their religion and the eggs, the more we cook them the harder they get. The RMA says to remember Tisha Beav which falls the same day as the first Seder night. If not for Passover, leaving before the designated four hundred years, there would not have been a Tisha Beav the chorban, destruction of the temple.

    Reb Eliezer

    Mods, move topic to Decaffeinated Coffee.


    Why sound the Rambam use such wording? יצאנו isn’t Aramaic.

    Reb Eliezer

    I am quoting the Rambam’s Nusach Haggadah after Hilchas Chametz Umatzah,

    Reb Eliezer


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