Serach At The Sedar

Serach The Israelite Survivor

A new seder supplement revives a legend.
03/18/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

She was a child among the 70 who descended into Egypt with Jacob; the only one still alive when 600,000 left Egypt with Moses; still alive when Joshua entered the Promised Land; still alive even after she died. Legend has it, Serach Bat-Asher left this earth like Elijah, not in a grave but eternal in a chariot bound for Heaven, returning forever to her people somehow, like Tom Joad, Joe Hill or, well, Elijah himself. Unlike Elijah, though, no one opens the door for Serach, or pours her a cup.

The forgotten biblical figure: Serach Bat Asher is the focus of Yitzhak Buxbaum’s new Haggadah supplement.
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