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Section: Moadim   Category: Pesach
Rav Shimshon Pincus: The Glorious Maror Takes Center Stage
The items on the Ki’ara (seder plate) represent the middos of Hashem.  The Z’roa and Beitza represent Hashem’s kindness and strength.  The Maror situated smack in middle of the Ki’ara represents the Midda of Tiferes, elaborate and glorious.  Maror is bitter.  Maror has the same gematria as Maves, death.  What is so glorious about bitterness and death?  Why is it in the center spot?

Rav Shimshon Pincus explains that Hashem’s abundant kindness may be more desirable to us, yet it may not be the best thing for us.  If we have everything and need nothing then we will not realize that we are dependent on Him.  Since our relationship with Hashem is our lifeline and our reason to exist, overwhelming kindness can be fatal.  It can cause the severing of our bond with Him and terminate our existence.  The same would result if we lived forever.  One of the things that keeps us connected to Hashem no matter what, is the fact that one day, life will end and we will need to stand before Him and give an accounting of all our lifetime actions.

When a father gives his child a new bike because he wants his child to be happy, we call that kindness.  This kindness can result in a happier more loyal child and it can also be the source of great tragedy.  When a father gives his child a punishment for crossing the street without looking, he saves his life.  That is glorious beauty.  Hashem’s Chesed starts off the Ki’ara because that is a fantastic way to start.  But the Maror is the glue in the middle.  It holds us together.  It doesn’t get more glorious than that!
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