The Passover Seder (“Seder” means “order,” like we do things in order) involves reading a book called a “Haggadah” (a “telling.”)
There are different “tellings” for some of our different holidays.
It’s a very mystical meal for us, the prayers mean more than what they sound like, and frankly we normally don’t really know what we are saying beyond the superficial.
The ceremony is about being freed from slavery. We are supposed to see ourselves as being freed today. And the last thing we read is about A GOAT!
The prayer (song?) starts with a “little goat” that “my father bought.”
It ends with God slaughtering the Angel of Death, which had slaughtered everything involved in the story after the goat.
I looked for different mystical explanations of this prayer/song, but none was satisfying.
The lyrics are “weird,” which means they mean more than what’s on the surface.
Dad buys goat.
Cat “devours” goat. (How?)
Dog “bites” cat (doesn’t kill)
Stick (who is holding it) “beats” dog.
Fire burns stick.
Water quenches fire.
Ox drinks water.
Slaughterer slaughters ox.
Angel of Death kills slaughterer.
God slaughters Angel of Death.
Let me leave this open ended, knowing that we know:
Azazel – goat
Baphomet – goat
More later, hopefully.
So, it’s been a few hours. We’re talking about the very last prayer in the Passover Seder (Jewish holiday ritual meal) which talks about someone buying a goat, and ends with God slaughtering the Angel of Death.
There is clearly more here than meets the eye.
Let’s get the goat thing out of the way first. In this story, the goat represents Israel, which will be saved from her enemies [PLACEHOLDER] in the end by God.
But the goat is what the satanists worship!
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And this comes partially from the fact that on the holiest day of the year for Jews, (Yom Kippur), a goat is killed "destructively" [in an unusually gross and heartless way] and pushed off a cliff – to atone for our sins.
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Goats thus became associated with sin, even though
"Rabbi Menachem Azarya DeFano….explains that…Azazel is an acronym for ze le’umat ze asa Elokim – "God has made one [GOOD] as well as the other [EVIL]," in Hebrew.
He is commenting on this verse:
"In the day of prosperity be joyful, in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other." (Ecclesiastes 7:14)
The goats themselves do not represent good and evil. Rather, two goats that looked exactly the same were chosen before the Yom Kippur sacrifice, and they would cast lots to determine which one would be killed.
The point of this ritual is to emphasize a few things.
1) God created both good and evil – there is no evil kingdom that "opposes" God with any reality
2) Good and evil often look alike on the surface – you have to choose wisely.
Now, in Jewish writings, the Azazel ritual uses the phrase "for Azazel." In Hebrew this can also mean "to Azazel."
So…Azazel could mean a place ("the wilderness")
It could also mean a named being ("to Azazel" or "for Azazel").
The goat (symbolizing sinful choices) sent over.
The Yom Kippur ritual is psychologically about amputating the bad parts of the self and sending them back to the demonic realm.
About a week before Yom Kippur, we cast our sins to the fishes, through the rite of "Tashlich" – we take bread and crumble it up and throw it out into the water.
Reading this, one thing that becomes clear is the utter falsity of all the satanic mumbo jumbo. They clearly do not know what they’re talking about, even as they try to appropriate Judaism…it all falls apart when you look at it up close.
Reminds me of a fable.
It goes like this – the source is Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, a great sage.
The evil inclination runs around laughing, and taunting the ordinary man.
"What do you suppose I have in my hand?"
He keeps the man guessing, and wanting, and making up ideas in his head.
Finally the man "bites," and guess what, it’s…nothing. But his soul is lost.
The entirety of the Passover Seder is aimed at telling us about the futility of evil.
Even though the bad guys might seem to be winning, they aren’t going to win in the end.
Bear with me.
The prayer we read about freeing the slaves would appear to be about a very few people: Yisrael, Israel, "the loan kid goat."
The innocent goat was "purchased" by Father (God) because the Jews said "we will do and we will listen," "naaseh venishma," meaning that we will obey before we understand why we are obeying.
But "the cat bit the goat," the Jews hurt themselves (ourselves), because "refused to recognize their Master in Heaven and cast doubt on God,"; "they acted like a cat who does not know its own master." (Ephod Bad)
Amalek, which attacked the Jews on the way out of Egypt, is the dog here.
Amalek, which TOLD Pharoah to go get the Jews.
They "bit the cat," they saw God’s deliverance — and they didn’t care.
They arise in every generation.
For a time, Moses could carry the weight of the people. The "stick" that "hit the dog, that bit the cat, that ate the kid that Father bought" is Moses’ staff.
But Moses could not carry them all the time. When he went to a spiritual plane to receive the Torah, the troublemakers from Egypt (the EREV RAV) rebelled, made a fire, & melted jewelry into a golden calf.
You can see how this prayer is really about human history, and I am going to argue that we do not see the full picture as we should.
The song/prayer tells us that after "the fire burnt the stick…" "then came water and extinguished the fire." A commentary explains that this refers to the Jews, who ground up the Golden Calf and mixed it with water and drank it in an atonement ritual.
The forcible drinking of the water mixed with ash is parallel to the Sotah ritual, where a woman suspected of adultery is forced to drink water into which God’s name is written on a piece of paper, and then dissolved.
Idolatry as betrayal.
How is drinking the golden-calf water a sotah-like test?In Shemot 32:20 Moshe grinds up the golden calf into water and makes the people drink it. Rashi comments on this: [Those who practiced idolatry both] without witnesses and without warning [died..…https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/51174/how-is-drinking-the-golden-calf-water-a-sotah-like-test