Who are you?

Who are you? I am Yisrael.
Where are you coming from? I am coming from Mitzraim.
Where are you going? I am going to Yerushalayim.

Velveteen Rabbi, a new addition to my blogroll, has this to say today:

There’s a Sefardic custom — Iraqi or Afghani, by most accounts — of asking these three questions at the start of the seder: either to one participant who’s shouldered a pack and is orbiting the table, or each person to the person sitting beside them.

This is perhaps the most penetrating piece of liturgy I have ever read. And Velveteen Rabbi’s elaboration on it is an extraordinary piece of drashing and of blogging. I am honestly left just stunned by its excellence. Everyone go read it here now.

One Response to Who are you?

  1. rbarenblat April 18, 2008 at 10:52 am #

    Thank you kindly! I’m so glad this resonates for you.