I recall seeing a minhag in which the participants enjoy hitting each other with scallions during Dayenu at the seder night. I don't know much about this but I was very curious on learning what is the meaning of that, its origins and specially its sources.

Is there a mekor/specific source that mentions this? Which communities practise it?


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Excerpted from the sourcesheet of this shiur: https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/923026/rabbi-mordechai-djavaheri/dayenu-scallion-whips-of-gratitude/

The custom in Jewish communities of Iran, Kurdistan, Bukhara, Afghanistan(Not Tunis) is to whack each other with scallions during the recitationof Dayenu at the seder. While authoritative sources for this custom are unknown, a number of suggestions have been madefor thereason behind this animatedsegment of the Seder:

  1. Maintaining participant attentiveness.

  2. R' Mazuz –tosefet Simcha, look forward to it eagerly

  3. Mitzrim beating Jewish slavesa.

  4. Ohr Torah journal –they screamed “Day!” when they were getting beaten in Mitzrayim

  5. Some say it’s a siman that you should grow like the scallion.

  6. Some say it’s a purely Mashadi custom, starting with one instance where a secret seder was found by Muslims and the Jewish father pretended to be beating his son with the scallion to make it look like it wasn’t a seder

A nice idea appears in Yated HaMeir: Klal Yisrael complained about what they had in Mitzrayim, including betzalim. This is the tikkun -had Hashem only done these things, dayenu, we aren't complaining, for this step alone we would've had ample reason to be thankful. Even for taking us out of the beatings of being a slave, would've been enough -whipping each other. Be safe

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