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Hide and Seek: Finding the Afikoman, Finding Ourselves
Revealing the Broken and Hidden

David Ingber, Joe Septimus

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

The Pesach seder’s ritual dessert of matzah is called the afikomen. The ritual of breaking, hiding, finding, and revealing that piece of matzah is not just a child’s game but also a profound sequence in the process of exile, slavery, and redemption/healing; and, of human development writ large. We all experience brokenness, hiding in pain or shame, and when we are able, we reveal our true selves. We will analyze texts from Talmud, Chasidus (Chasidic thought), kabalah (Jewish mysticism), psychology, and contemporary Jewish thinkers to illuminate the profound lessons of this ancient ritual of the afikomen.

David Ingber

David Ingber is a rabbi, explorer, and integrator. His experience spans from training in the Orthodox world to Renewal Judaism, from teaching pilates and gyrotonics to meditating under the guidance of great Zen teachers, from tai chi and yoga to astrology, from great Jewish mystics to western philosophy. He recently founded Romemu in NYC.

Joe Septimus

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Joe Septimus, is president of Septimus Consulting, Inc. managing change for businesses & not for profits. He teaches Torah Shabbos morning at Darkhei Noam & at other Adult Ed. venues. Joe has an MBA from NYU Business School, is a Wexner Heritage alum, and is editor the Study Guide to accompany “Projecting Freedom”, a Skirball Center project of cinematic approaches to interpreting the Hagaddah

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