The Seder contains two distinct customs: one, representing the view of most ancient rabbis, to eat matzah and marror separately; the other, representing Hillel’s view, to eat them together as a sandwich. This was not a petty dispute; these rabbis all thought their view was no less than God’s will. Yet Judaism believes “these and those are the words of the Living God,” so our practice honors two opposing views as correct. Jewish tradition avows that the path to truth, and more importantly, the path to peace, lies in understanding, respecting, and learning from opposing views; in holding up even those opinions with which we disagree as equally valid and equally holy.
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