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What’s your goal on Seder night? TAGS: | | | | | | What are we actually trying to do on Seder night? What is the goal of the Haggadah and the seder in general? You can say “to teach my kids about …Continue reading →

Why We Drink TAGS: | | | | | In Parshat Shemini, after Nadav and Avihu are killed, Aharon is instructed by Hashem not to drink wine when serving in the Beit HaMikdash. Some commentators even say that Nadav …Continue reading →

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Marriage to G-d TAGS: | | | | | In the Hagadah, we quote the Pasuk in Shemos 12:12– “Viavarti beeretz Mitrayim balaylah hazeh, vihakisi kol bachor beeretz Mitrayim, maadam viad behama, vechol Elok-ay Mitzrayim eeseh shephatim ani Hashem.” …Continue reading →

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הקדמה לליל הסדר TAGS: | | | When a Jew sits down at the table on the night of the Passover Seder, he engages in an endeavor to answer key questions about his life: Who is he, …Continue reading →

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Pesach- Eat Right! TAGS: | | | A thought from Rav Shimshon Pincus, Tz”l on pesach. Rav Pincus explains that our eating on Pesach is unique. It is the only holiday in the Torah, besides for eating karbanos/sacrifices …Continue reading →

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Is Honey Chametz? TAGS: | | | | | | | As Sefer Vayikra begins, we are all keenly aware that Pesach is approaching and the smell of cleaning products is in the air.  We have just completed Sefer Shmot with …Continue reading →

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Shabbat Duality: The Value of Inaction TAGS: | | | | | In this week’s Parsha, right after discussing the details of the construction of the Mishkan the Hashem instructs Moshe to tell the Jewish people about Shabbat. There it states (in …Continue reading →

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Judging a book by its cover TAGS: | | | | | | | | Contrary to common belief and practice, there are very few instances where Judaism actually cares about what clothing you wear. This weekend we will experience two out of the four …Continue reading →

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The Simcha of Adar TAGS: | | The Netivot Shalom  states that true simcha is being שמח בחלקו (happy with what one currently has). How does Adar (and Purim in particular) function to increase this simcha, if …Continue reading →

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Is Rashi Bothered by Bowing? TAGS: | | | | | | One of the famous stories of Channukah is that of Channah, who instructed her seven sons to be killed rather than bow down to Antiochus. Jews, even now, often have a very strong aversion to bowing, and are often perturbed when visiting countries in the Far East, or participating in martial arts, where bowing is used as a formal greeting.

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