An interesting Middle Eastern tradition involves the use of green onions to whip each other during Passover, as it reminds us of the miracle that freed us from the lash of oppression... Guess who's coming to dinner?
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Every Jewish child who has ever sat through a Passover seder knows the excitement and expectation that accompanies the filling of the cup of Elijah. The annual drama at the close of the seder has the child going to the door to invite Elijah in. As a child, I remember how exciting it was to open the door and see if the "special guest" would appear. I even remember getting up early the following morning to see if the cup of Elijah (still on the table) had been touched. It was as if I expected Elijah to arrive during the night, have a drink of wine and then go on his way.
The tradition continues with the hope that one year Elijah will actually appear. The seder ends not with disappointment, but rather with a longing and yearning for the prophet to come soon, next year. The refrain of the simple but jubilant song, l'shanah ha ba'ah b' Yerushalayim ("Next Year in Jerusalem") echoes in the streets of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and wherever our people observe the Passover.