Inclusion at the Pesach Seder

karen gluch

Inclusion at the Pesach Seder Karen Gluch, Assistant Director of the Elaine and Norm Brodsky Midreshet Darkaynu program at  Midreshet Lindenbaum The Pesach Seder is long and detailed, intricate and complex. It is elaborate and diverse,structured and orderly. However it is also exciting and experiential, moving and stimulating.The Pesach Seder is for everyone! One of the …

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The Pesach Seder: A Paradigm of Inclusion

The Pesach Seder: A Paradigm of Inclusion Avi Ganz | The Times Of Israel | 17/04/19 One of the more well-known passages in the Passover Haggadah speaks of the ‘Four Sons’, in reference to whom, the Torah enjoins us to engage with our children on the Seder Night.  In quoting the verses which instruct us to engage …

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Agunot plead: “Don’t abandon us”

WANTED: A Plea to the Public – “Help us find our husbands who abandoned us” by Kobi Nachshoni | YNet News | 17 April, 2019 The names Yizhar, Ronen, Hermann, Michael, Yitzhak and Erez are at the top of the Israeli Rabbinical Courts’ list of most wanted get-refusers.  In some of their pictures they are …

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Tell Me a Story

Rabbi Shlomo Vilk

Tell Me a Story by Rabbi Shlomo Vilk, Rosh Yeshiva, Robert M. Beren Yeshivat Hesder Beren-Machanaim (Translated from Hebrew; read the original on Arutz 7)  When our Sages tell us that stories relating the conversations of our Patriarchs and their servants are more desirable in the eyes of God than halakhic Torah texts, they must …

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Pesach Seder via ‘remote control’

George teaching Pesach

“Pesach Seder by Remote Control” An original way of teaching Pesach to faraway tribes: via the Internet by Itamar Eichner | Yediot Acharonot | 16 April, 2019  Sharen and George, members of the Lemba tribe in Zimbabwe, lived in Israel for four months and learned about Judaism, Israel and their connection to the Jewish People …

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Take Two: Oriya film track snags first place… twice!

Oriya film track

For the first time this year, the “Chemed” (State-Religious Educational tracks) held two film competitions: a Jewish-Social screenwriting competition, and the “Zusha” contest for films inspired by Hasidic stories. In an unprecedented fashion, the Ann Belsky Moranis Film Track at OTS’s Oriya High School for girls took first place in both contests! “The Suitcase” won …

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A Thousand Words – April 15, 2019

seder plate made out of chocolate

A mock Pesach Seder for educators-in-training at OTS’s Claudia Cohen Educators Institute swapped out the traditional Seder plate items for candy! The Claudia Cohen Institute reinforces the importance of the woman’s role on shlichut and in Jewish communities in general, imparting to students the skills and tools they will need to implement their vision and …

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There Were HOW MANY Plagues?

There were HOW MANY plagues? Rabbi Benjy Myers, Educational Director, Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel Emissary Programs   It is the certitude and clarity with which the ten plagues are presented in the haggada that makes the section immediately thereafter all the more complicated. R’ Yossi haGlili, R’ Eliezer and R’ Akiva each present a varied understanding of …

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“Dayenu” – A Shiur for Pesach and Yom Ha’atzmaut

“Dayenu” – A Shiur for Pesach and Yom Ha’atzmaut Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, Midreshet Lindenbaum faculty How could an observant Jew say, let alone sing, that -‘it would have been enough’- even had God not given us the Torah? And how could a Zionist say, let alone sing, that -‘it would have been enough’- even if God …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Pesach 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Pesach By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – On Seder night, we are commanded to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The Mishna tells us that the retelling should be done in response to questions posed by the children. If they have no questions, we teach them the four questions, which …

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