Monthly Archives: March 2014

Sorry, did you say “steal” the Afikomin?

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The Artful Dodger practices his trade

“Who pinched the Afikoman at your Seder?,” an acquaintance – we’ll call him Simon – once asked me during the intermediate days of Pesach. The reference was to the custom of children “stealing” the matzah set aside for the end of the meal. In his desperation to retrieve this matzah, which is essential to the Passover Seder, the father is supposed to promise the child whatever prize he or she demands.

I bounced the question back to him. “Who pinched it at yours?” Continue reading