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I am interested in what is the correspondence between the Four Mothers (Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel and Leah) and the Four Exiles (Babylonian, Persian/Medean, Greek and Roman).

There is a lot of indirect evidence that such a relationship exists. Particularly, by the Seder, I've often heard quoted in the name of the Maharal that the 4 cups represent the 4 mothers, in order of being drunk (i.e. Kiddush, Maggid, Birchas HaMazon, Hallel correspond to the above list of Mothers in the same order), and the same 4 cups represent the 4 exiles, but I never saw what is the relationship between these.

Could someone please explain it to me. Thank you very much.

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1… – Gershon Gold Mar 20 '13 at 16:36
@GershonGold Same one in English -… – gt6989b Mar 20 '13 at 16:47
@GershonGold I suppose this is one half of the answer - the other is to link the cups to the exiles. But I'm surprised no one posted the Maharal... – gt6989b Mar 20 '13 at 16:50

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