Moshe Ben-Chaim
Reader: Other than dessert, what is the Afikomen? Is is similar in scope as the cup of wine for Elijah? Thank you
Mesora: Afikomen replaces the actual sacrificial lamb at our seder. We eat it after the meal as its eating is not for satiety, but for the command of the destruction of the Egyptian god, and its use in the service of the Real God.
The cup of Elijah is a representation of the reality of the the final redemption. Just as we feel Elijah can come at any moment, so we feel God can enact the final salvation at any time. By preparing the cup of Elijah, we thereby demonstrate our conviction in God's ability to render the salvation at any moment.

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