Writing the Story of the Exodus on the Souls of the Next Generation https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2023/03/writing-the-story-of-the-exodus-on-the-souls-of-the-next-generation/

March 31, 2023 | Joseph B. Soloveitchik
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In rabbinic texts, the fundamental religious obligation of the Passover seder is to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik observes that the word sippur, used here for “storytelling,” derives from the Hebrew root for a book (sefer) or a scribe (sofer). Drawing on the ancient mystical text Sefer Yetsirah (the Book of Creation), Soloveitchik explains that the term refers neither to literal writing nor to mere narration, but to an injunction to parents to inscribe the story on the souls of their children—to “take a living person and turn him into a book.” (Video, Yiddish with English subtitles, 34 minutes.)

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