Edgar Bronfman

Leaving the Door Open

At the Seder meal, we drink four cups of wine, but pour a fifth that sits on the table untouched. That fifth cup is our offering to Elijah the prophet, whom we then invite to drink by opening the door after we have completed the Seder meal. When my wife, the artist Jan Aronson, and I began working on a Haggadah together, she asked why the door was opened for Elijah at the end of the meal, not at the beginning.