Section: Parshas HaShavua Category: Quick Vort
|Parshas Bo: Kli Yakar & Chasam Sofer - Why Does the Tam Of The Hagadah Only Wake Up The Morning After The Pidyon HaBen?|
In the Hagadah of Pesach the Tam asks in his boorish manner, "Mah Zos", what's this. The Pasuk that the Ba'al Hagadah gets this from is at the end of Parshas Bo (13:14), right in middle of the Parsha that talks about Pidyon HaBen. Why is the question of the Tam of Mah Zos by Pidyon HaBen and not in a Parshas that discusses Korban Pesach, Matza, and Maror? Furthermore why does the Torah say, "V'Haya Ki Yishalcha Bincha Machar", he will ask you tomorrow, why not today?
The Chasam Sofer answers that there is a Machlokes HaPoskim whether a father can be yotzei Pidyon HaBen through a Shaliach like every other Mitzva or not. The reason to say he cannot, is because Pidyon HaBen was because Hashem saved the Bechorim of Bnei Yisroel when he killed all the Bechorim in Mitzrayim. That was done by Hashem without a Shaliach, therefore Pidyon HaBen can also not be with a Shaliach.