|The Foundation Stone Haggadah: Pesach, Matzah and Marror 2|
|Written by Rabbi David Rue|
Pesach, then Matza and Maror—To Enter the Covenant
In Jewish law, certain violations are punishable by a human court, such as murder, and certain violations are not, such as ignoring the Korban Pesach. The punishment of Caret is being spiritually cut off from the Jewish people in the world to come, and there are many things in which someone can do to suffer Caret. Only two of the violations that deserve Caret are things that are ignored. They are not doing a Brit Milah and not bringing the Korban Pesach. Why is it that these two acts of not doing something are punished by Caret?
The reason is because these two acts (Milah and Pesach) are symbols of our covenant with G-d. If we do not do Brit Milah and Korban Pesach, then we have failed to enter our covenant with Hashem, and therefore are removed from the covenant with Caret. This actually explains why Pesach is mentioned before Matza and Maror.
Just like for a club, one has to first become a member of the club, and then they get ot learn about the clubs history and traditions, so too, it makes sense that we mention Pesach first and then Matza and Maror. First, we enter the covenant by bringing Korban Pesach, and then we discuss our history and traditions, by mentioning Matza and Maror only after Pesach. (The passage titled Pesach refers to the sacrifice, not the holiday.)
Pesach, then Matza and Maror—Know the Whole Plan
As mentioned by Arami Ovaid Avi, in order to be successful in going somewhere, one must know where he is going. Therefore, we first mention Korban Pesach---a symbol for freedom, servitude of G-d, and the Beit Hamikdash. That is where we are going. Then, to be successful on a journey, one must know how he is getting there. This is Matza---a symbol for our traditions and observance of Mitzvot. Once we know where we are going, as represented by the Korban Pesach, and how we are getting there, as represented by Matza, we do have to know where we are coming from. This is the Maror---a symbol of the bitter slavery we experienced at our starting point. Now we can be successful on our path towards the final redemption, because we know where it is we are going and how we are going there and where we are coming from.