The Passover Haggadah: Questions and Answers

Date: Apr 15, 2024

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Sponsor: Online Lecture Series

Location: Online

Category: Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom

The Passover Haggadah: Questions and Answers

Part of our spring learning series Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom 

Monday, April 15, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET 

With Dr. Robert Harris, Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages, JTS

In the years following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, Jewish observance of Passover underwent a seismic shift. In lieu of the now impossible sacrificial Temple ritual, the rabbis adopted the Roman symposium in order to create a new type of festival meal, one that was rooted in new rituals and intellectual discourse. Together we will explore what led to the rabbinic decision to conduct the Seder in this way, rather than opting for a different way to commemorate Passover, such as instructing the Jewish people to perform the sacrifice in their homes. We will also examine some of the questions and answers in the Haggadah which are central features of the Roman symposium and core to our Haggadah. 

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