With Passover recently concluded and yet another viewing of The Ten Commandments under my belt, a question has occurred to me.
The whole point of Passover is to commemorate the events that freed the Jews from slavery in Egypt, and the English name of the holiday comes from the fact that the Angel of Death passed over the Jews as it slew the first-born of Egypt as the final plague. So why is it that the very act that caused the Angel to pass by a household and spare any first-born within, the smearing of lamb’s blood on the doorway, is not part of the Passover seder? You’d think that would be a central act, a way of asking that the Angel of Death pass by the house for another year, in much the same way Jews ask God to inscribe their name in the Book of Life for another year during Yom Kippur. If I were designing the seder, I’d make the smearing of the blood the opening act of the entire ceremony.
Never mind that lamb’s blood can be hard to come by and disquieting for some to handle; it could be symbolically represented with paint or red wine or some other substance. Most of the seder consists of symbolic representations anyway. Why not the Pesach blood as well?