Making Miriam’s Cup make more sense

Commenter Rich suggests:

It is set to the table filled.  At the end of the Maggid, after the recounting of the plagues (and of the splitting of the sea if the haggaddah contains it) we recount the Midrash in which Miriam’s well appears, and pass the cup around, adding a bit of its water to our glasses to represent sustenance from our tradition.

He then explains something special they do with Elijah’s Cup that I could take or leave.

I replied to his comment:

Oh, that’s terrific! I’ve always been bothered by the presence of Miriam’s cup without an accompanying act.

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2 Responses to Making Miriam’s Cup make more sense

  1. Friar Yid April 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Our seder has Miriam’s well (we use a clear glass) alongside Elijah’s cup (pewter kiddush cup). Immediately after everyone filling up the cup, as per R. Naftali of Ropschitz’s (the name is the best part) tradition showing we all have a role in redemption, we then pass around Miriam’s well and do the same thing with our water glasses. I wrote a paragraph into our Haggadah (which I also wrote) explaining that Miriam is not only honored for being a prophetess, but also a different kind of leader than Elijah. He was a hermit and focused on the Messianic age, criticizing people when they didn’t measure up. Miriam lived among her people and lead more through example and relationships. Din versus Hesed, if you’re into that kind of language.

    We don’t spend a ton of time on it (maybe a few minute, tops), but I like that both vessels are used and that the actions for them match the idea of Elijah and Miriam being similar yet distinct. Our guests (almost all non-Jews) seem to appreciate the parallels, and that way we’re honoring Miriam without whacking anyone over the head with Our Awesome Ideas About Feminism(TM)!