Pesach First Day: The Kabbalah of Roasts



Published: 2014

If you thought you had seen it all, wait until you see the Torah’s take on the barbecue!

One of the strangest items on the Seder plate is the shank bone. At the end of the night it and it alone remains in solitude, the only item that is not used. It is there for one reason and one reason only – to remind us of the Paschal lamb offering which was brought to the Temple.

The Torah teaches that the Paschal lamb had to be roasted well done over an open fire. What does that mean? Does God really care if you fire-roast the Paschal lamb or boil it or stew it or steam it or grill it? And why can the meat not be rare, or medium rare, but must be roasted until cooked through?

In short, what is the true meaning of the fire-roasting of the Pesach offering? And what does this memory of the Paschal lamb teach us today?

It all has to do with a roasting barbecue. And it all has to do with unity.

This sermon is well done – which is rare. Bon appétit.


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