There are those who add a fifth cup of wine to the obligatory four cups of the Lit. Order. The festive meal conducted on Passover night, in a specific order with specific rituals to symbolize aspects of the Exodus from Egypt. It is conducted following the haggadah, a book for this purpose. The mystics of Sefat also created a seder for Tu B'shvat, the new year of the trees., but opinions differ as to whether one should drink from this cup. Many have simply come to acknowledge Elijah’s cup as the fifth cup. The Rambam (Rabbi The quintessential Jewish leader who spoke face to face with God, unlike any other prophet, and who freed the people from Egypt, led them through the desert for forty years, and received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. His Hebrew name is Moshe. ben Maimon) mentions that one might pour a fifth cup while reciting Lit. “Praise” The Hallel prayers are additional prayers taken from Psalms 113-118 and are traditionally recited on the Jewish holidays of Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot, Rosh Chodesh, and Hanukah., but does not address whether one should drink of this wine.
Peace is what we each make of it. Your peace may not be like my peace, but one thing we have in common is our desire for peace.
(Leader lifts cup)
This cup should be as a symbol of peace on earth.
(Each guest pours a bit of wine in the cup while the leader reads on)
Just as we all add our own bit of wine, may it be as if we are adding a drop of peace on this earth. As we end our seder and scatter to the four corners of our dear earth and move on with our own lives, may we send this message of peace to all.
All guests sing:
עוֹש ה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו, הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ, וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן
Oseh shalom bimromav, hu ya’aseh shalom Prayer proclaiming God’s kingship, said near the conclusion of the prayer service., v’al kol yisrael, v’imru: amen
May we leave this Seder in peace and return in peace.
May this Seder officially end according to custom and law and the traditions of our ancestors.
Next year in Lit. City of peace From the time of David to the Roman destruction, Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and the spiritual and governmental center of the Jewish people. During the long exile, Jews longed to return to Jerusalem and wrote poems, prayers, and songs about the beloved city. In 1967, with the capture of the Old City, Jerusalem was reunited, becoming "the eternal capital of Israel." Still, the longing for peace is unfulfilled..
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