Miriam‚ the prophetess‚ was the sister of Moses and Aaron. Recognizing Miriam's importance in the Passover story we place a fifth cup filled with water on the Seder Table.
Miriam was a prophetess in her own right According to tradition she prophesied before Moses' birth that her parents would give birth to the person who would bring about their people's redemption. Miriam was there when Moses was rescued from the Nile. She led the women of Israel in a song and dance of celebration after the Pharaoh's men were drowned in the sea.
Along the generations Miriam's importance somhow simply faded into the background until revived with women's emancipation.
Miriam's tradition is a ritual that was newly rediscovered of using Miriam's items for the Passover Seder. Its purpose is to honor the role of Miriam the Prophetess in the Exodus and to highlight the contributions of women to Jewish culture‚ past and present. It is to remember a miraculous well that accompanied the Hebrews throughout their journey in the desert‚ providing them with water. This well was given by G-d to Miriam‚ the prophetess‚ to honor her bravery and devotion to the Jewish people. Miriam's cup is filled with water rather than wine.
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