BETZAH

The Jewish Chronicle - - JUDAISM -

ONE HARD-BOILED egg, one hard-boiled egg. The egg is a well-known sym­bol of spring and fea­tures in many dif­fer­ent tra­di­tions at this time of year. For some, the egg is painted in bright colours, for oth­ers it is made of choco­late and wrapped in shiny, coloured foil. Across the At­lantic, eggs are rolled across the White House lawn at this sea­son.

And all we have is one hard-boiled egg, one hard-boiled egg. Not only that, our ver­sion of the spring­time sym­bol is roasted, burned on the out­side to re­mind us of the Tem­ple burntof­fer­ing at Pe­sach. We do not roll it around the seder ta­ble, or paint it in bright colours or re­place it with foil-wrapped choco­late. All we have is a hard-boiled egg, one hard-boiled egg.

Why­don’twe­jazz­i­tu­pabit,addsomer­az­zle dazzle to our dull and or­di­nary spring sym­bol? The ar­rival of spring is cel­e­brated as a joy­ful time by those around us: why don’t we greet it with a sweet or colour­ful v e r s i on of our egg?

Our e g g s h o u l d b e pl a i n, i t i s right that it is just one hard­boiled egg. A ba­sic f ood item rep­re­sent­ing a ba­sic hu­man right that is the very essence of the seder: the right of ev­ery hu­man be­ing to en­joy free­dom. And the fact that this free­dom of­ten has to be fought for, and the strug­gle for it can cause suf­fer­ing to both vic­tim and op­pres­sor, is sym­bol­ised by the fact that this plain, sim­ple egg is par­tially charred and burned. Free­dom does not come eas­ily but it is as fun­da­men­tal to hu­man ex­is­tence as the hum­ble egg. One hard-boiled egg, one hard-boiled egg. RABBI PETE TO­BIAS Lib­eral Syn­a­gogue

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