והיא שעמדה

A favorite Seder Dvar Torah of mine is the commentary on the words והיא שעמדה.

The usual interpretation is that we need to give thanks to Hashem because in every generation there are enemies wishing to destroy us. And Hashem always comes to our aid to save us from their hand.

The word והיא, literally means, “and she”. We use the feminine to equally acknowledge that it is in the merit of our saintly Jewish women that allowed us to survive our bitter exile.

Also the word, והיא, hints to individual things that also saved us. The “ו” equals six and hints to the six books of the Mishna. The “ה” refers to the five books of the Torah. The “י” refers to the Ten Commandments. And the “א” refers to Hashem is One.

A little Seder thought for Pesach. Have a חג כשר ושמח!