The Afikoman, a piece of ceremonial matzah, must be the last food consumed at the Seder. In some homes, a grown-up hides the Afikoman, and the children search for it in the hopes of receiving a prize for its recovery. After all, it’s a valuable item: one cannot finish the Seder without it. At my grandparents’ Seder, all us kids would search for the Afikoman, and my Grandfather gave everyone a prize, regardless of who found it. His lesson for us: a sincere search is every bit as valuable as the actual finding. To seek honestly, regardless of discovery, is to be rewarded.
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