In memory of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok ben R' Zalman Yuda Deitsch OBM
The eighth day of Passover is traditionally associated with our hope for Moshiach. For this reason, the Haftorah read on that day - from the prophet Isaiah - contains many prophecies which refer to the Era of the Redemption. Among the best-known of these: "The wolf will dwell with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with a young goat." About 250 years ago, as the time for Moshiach drew closer, the Baal Shem Tov instituted a custom which underlines the connection between the Redemption and the eighth day of Passover: on that day he would partake of Moshiach's Seuda, the festive meal of Moshiach.