With Bitter Herbs They Shall Eat It
At Passover, Jewish people eat bitter herbs as a reminder of the bitterness of slavery. Mark Tully explores bitterness in all its forms – as a taste and as an emotion.
At Passover, Jewish people eat bitter herbs as a reminder of the bitterness of slavery. Mark Tully explores bitterness in all its forms – as a taste and as an emotion, as a commemoration and part of our shared history, and as a corrosive, all-consuming mental state.
What is the difference between bitterness and anger? And what is the antidote to bitterness?
Egyptian-Jewish food writer Claudia Roden explains the importance of bitterness in her life – and offers Mark a taste of some rather bitter herbs.
Readings include Pip’s encounter with Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, with music from Billie Holliday to George Frideric Handel.
Readers: Rachel Atkins and Paterson Joseph
Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Hannah Marshall
A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4
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Reading from The King James Bible: Ephesians 4:26-32
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