Afikoman

During the seder, when the wise son eagerly inquires as to the details of the laws of Pesach, the Haggadah tells us to begin by teaching him the laws of the Afikomen. Out of all of the important laws of Pesach, why is the afikomen chosen?

The term “Afikoman” is derived from the Greek work meaning dessert. How do we capture the interest of a Jew who is exploring Judaism and searching for Jewish knowledge? The Haggadah teaches us to begin with the sweet stuff, dessert — the Afikoman. Expose him to the beauty of Torah, the love and kindness that it teaches. Only after his appetite is whetted by the sweetness should you begin teaching him the more difficult laws and prohibitions.

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