Pesach – Smacking the Onions

(from Babaganewz) Afghanis distribute green onions during the song “Dayenu” and hit each other with the stalks when the ninth stanza begins. Besides being hilarious to watch, this custom teaches text: Some have speculated that the ritual refers to when the Israelites yearned for Egyptian onions, instead of manna, while in the desert (Bemidbar 11:5-6). Seder participants scold themselves for the Israelites’ complaints by smacking onions when reading, “Even if You had supplied our needs in the desert for 40 years, but not fed us manna from heaven.”

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