This week is Shabbat HaHodesh. We remove two Torah scrolls from the ark and from the second we read about declaring new months and the Passover sacrifice. This sacrifice had to be roasted:…And they shall eat the meat on this night fire-roasted…do not eat from it… cooked in water, but fire-roasted…Maharal explains that whereas boiled meat flakes apart, roasted meat hardens and so too this festival brings us together. William H. C. Propp suggests that roasting is the simplest way of cooking meat – without the use of a pot. This is because this sacrifice symbolises the simplest and most fundamental value: freedom.