The Story-Teller and the Maggid
Mar 27th, 2010 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays
There is a difference between a Maggid and a story-teller: A story-teller is just that, while a Maggid captures his audience with a story and then derives a powerful lesson and moral from the tale.
I remembered his stories about his days as a Maggid as I was wondering why we label the section of the Haggadah that “tells the story of the Exodus” as Maggid rather than Sippur, or story. This is the Haggadah’s way of reminding us that we cannot simply tell the story; we must apply its lessons as well.
No wonder when Isaiah (Chapter 41) repeatedly uses the word “Maggid,” he is describing someone who can speak of the future when telling his stories.
Our job is not to be story-tellers, but Maggidim. We must reflect on each detail of the story and apply its lessons and project the future.
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