Gary Rosenthal PASSOVER Collection ELIJAH'S CUP 11.75"
Product DescriptionElijah’s Cup (koso shel Eliyahu) In the Talmudic literature, Elijah would visit rabbis to help solve particularly difficult legal problems. Malachi had cited Elijah as the harbinger of the eschaton. Thus, when confronted with reconciling impossibly conflicting laws or rituals, the rabbis would set aside any decision “until Elijah comes.” One such decision was whether the Passover seder required four or five cups of wine.
Each serving of wine corresponds to "four expressions of redemption" in Exodus:
"I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an out-stretched arm and with great acts of judgment, and I will take you for my people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians" (Exodus 6:6-7).
The next verse, "And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord" (Exodus 6:8), was not fulfilled until the generation after that of the passover story. Since the rabbis could not resolve the question of whether or not this verse was a part of the Passover celebration (thus deserving of another serving of wine), a cup was left for the arrival of Elijah. In practice, the fifth cup has come to be seen as a celebration of future redemption. Today, a place is reserved at the seder table and a cup of wine is placed there for Elijah. During the seder, the door of the house is opened and Elijah is invited in. Traditionally, the cup is viewed as Elijah’s and is used for no other purpose.
The Seder Plate That Tells A Story
The fact that Passover marks the Jews’ miraculous exodus from Egypt is well known throughout the Jewish community. But, did you know the Torah commandment of having a Pesach Seder revolves around the actual telling of the Passover story?
From Slavery to Exodus In ancient Egypt, more than three thousand years ago, King Pharaoh ruled the Jewish people into a life of slavery. Moses led the Israelites to liberation. In their rush to escape, a miracle happened. The waves of the Red Sea parted to let the Israelites cross to the other side. As they looked back, they saw the sea close and the waves sweep away the Pharaoh’s army, marking their way to freedom. In the background, they saw the pyramid get smaller and smaller. Inspired to help convey that astounding story, artist Gary Rosenthal combines his passion and talent for art with the rich, deep-rooted history of the Jewish people. This special Seder plate tells the story. Exquisitely welded metal represents Moses parting the Red Sea to lead the Israelites away from slavery and toward a life of freedom. The pyramid design reminds helps us envision the actual pyramid the Jews saw when they looked back. By placing this Seder plate on your table, the Passover story comes alive for everyone seated at the table.