Pesach

How was this Pesach Different?

How was this Pesach Different? For generations of Jewish children, one of the highlights of the Pesach Seder has been standing on a chair and reciting the Four Questions. And yet – in the Jewish state of Israel – the concept of the Ma Nishtana does not ring a bell with many young children from …

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Celebrating the Jewish Nation on the Last Day of Pesach

Rabbi Reuven Spolter

Celebrating the Jewish Nation on the Last Day of Pesach by Rabbi Reuven Spolter, Director of OTS Amiel BaKehila  After our youngest son was born in the United States, the nurses brought a number of forms for my wife to fill out, including a social security form. They asked her to fill out some demographic …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Last Day(s) Pesach 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Last Day(s) of Pesach By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “The Lord will do battle for you and you shall be silent” (Exodus 14:14) The last day of the festival of Passover is dedicated to the splitting of the Reed’s Sea, one of the most dramatic and cataclysmic events in Biblical history.  …

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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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“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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Laughing at Foxes and Gratitude for the Holiday of Redemption

Laughing at Foxes and Gratitude for the Holiday of Redemption by Rabbanit Naama Frankel, Rosh Beit Midrash of Midreshet Lindenbaum-Lod  The Maggid is a key part of the Seder, reasserting the importance of recounting the story of the exodus from Egypt to future generations. What story do we tell? How do we pass on the …

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Why was this night different?

According to statistics, a mass exodus took place this past Pesach. But unlike the Biblical Exodus which Pesach is meant to recall, this exodus was comprised of half a million Israelis who responded to sweet vacation deals promising “true freedom” on this Festival of Freedom by swapping their matza for French croissants and their four …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Shevii shel Pesach 5778

Pesach 5778  Rabbi David Stav We recall that following the Jewish People’s departure from Egypt, they found themselves in a serious bind, entrapped by towering mountains to the side, their oncoming Egyptian captors to the rear, and the sea up ahead. God tells the people to enter the sea, which splits and becomes dry land as …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Last Day Pesach 5778

Pesach – Last Day Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “…God made the people take a roundabout path, by way of the desert…” . Having observed the Passover Seder just one week ago, we would do well to reflect back on that experience now in order to glean new insights for everyday life. For example, …

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