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    Elijah & the children – Pesach

    Painting depicting Elijah the Prophet, by Zalman Kleinman

    Elijah is a major figure in Jewish history and practice, not simply because of the Cup of Elijah that sits on the Seder table. Amongst his tasks is to come before “the great and awesome day of the Lord” (Mal. 3:4-24) and announce that Mashi’ach is on his way.

    What will ensure the success of his mission?

    The Book of Malachi says he will “turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of their children to their fathers” (Mal. 3:24).

    We know of course that on Pesach, children are divided into four. So are the parents. There are wise parents, wicked parents, simple parents, and parents who are basically inarticulate.

    The link between the parents and children is suggested by Rashi, who says that if the children are knowledgeable, it is they who will bring the parents with them into the long awaited messianic age.

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