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Pesach of Prayer
In the story of Purim, Mordechai
made a three day fast in the middle of Nissan, which included the night of
This seems puzzling since he had until the next Adar to make this three day
fast. Why did he pick the night of the Seder—the night we have Matza, Marror,
the four cups and so on? Indeed, Rashi translatesמרדכי ויעבר that he transgressed the
law of fasting on Yom Tov.
The Tiferes Shlomo says the
word הגדה is related to המשכה, pull as the Targum
Unkolos on וימשכו is ונגידו, since tremendous bounty come down on the night of the Seder.
The Divrei Chaim says on the words in the Haggada שאינו
יודע לשאול את פתח לו that he doesn’t realize that the gates from א to ת (all gates) are opened up on this night.
In מה נשתנה it says וכאן הבן שואל, the child should say the מה נשתנה. During the Seder in the year תר"ד (1844) the father of the
Beis Aharon said this also means here on the night of the Seder is where, we,
the children of Hashem can make requests. כל דצריך
ייתי ויפסח, for anything you need pour out your heart in Tefila.
tells us Matza is called לחם עני since לחם
שעונין עליו דברים הרבה,
we declare many things upon the Matza like the Haggada and Hallel.
עונין means to answer as in יענך ה' meaning Hashem answers
our requests on this night. This is the meaning in הא לחמא עניא which refers to Matza and עניא means to answer. This
explains why the Targum Unkolos on Matza is פטירא, to open up
as it opens up enormous abundance. With this we can comprehend why this was the
time picked for the fast and Tefila to remove the decree of Haman. Let us all
take advantage of the special opportunity the night of the Seder affords.
merited to learn under the tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close
to five years. He received Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt
has written on numerous topics for various websites and publications. He lives
with his wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes
and teaches. The author is passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
Megila 15a. Esther, 4:17,
Rashi. See Pirkei D’Rebbi Eliezer, chapter 50. It saysוצומו עלי ואל תאכלו ואל תשתו שלשת ימים, fast
and don’t eat or drink for three days (Esther 4:16). Isn’t it obvious that if
one fasts that there will be no eating or drinking? On Pesach we have the
Mitzva of eating Matza and Marror and drinking the four cups. This is what is
meant by ואל תאכלו ואל תשתו,
referring to not eating Matza and Marror and drinking the four cups (Taamai HaMinhagim,
Pirkei Drebi Eliezer
(chapter 32) tells us that on the night of Pesach, אוצרות טללים נפתחים,
storehouses of dew (bounty) are opened.
R’ Moshe Kobriner says on שאינו יודע לשאול את פתח לו that he
doesn’t know how to daven so open him up.
As in פטר רחם. See Shemos 13:6.
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