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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“Parsha to the Point” – Pesach 5778

Pesach 5778  Rabbi David Stav This year, the first day of Pesach falls on Shabbat, so we interrupt the regular sequence of Torah readings from the book of Vayikra (Leviticus), and read about the holiday of Pesach. The only indication in this reading that it occurs on Shabbat is the fact that seven people will be …

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Shabbat HaGadol 5778 – Audio/Video

“May a Woman Conduct the Pesach Seder? Halakhic and Philosophical Implications on the Status of Women”  Watch or listen to the audio file of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s Shabbat HaGadol 5778 drasha (in English), delivered in memory of Belda Kaufman Lindenbaum, z”l, at Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Chana and Yaakov Tilles Campus in Jerusalem (March 25, 2018) Audio files: Facebook livestream: …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Pesach 5778

Pesach – First Day Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – The Passover Seder we will soon be celebrating is an evening dedicated first and foremost to the relationship between the generations, to parents communicating to their children the agony and the ecstasy of Egyptian enslavement and exodus – that seminal biblical drama which most profoundly …

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“Leaving Egypt” – Yachad 2017

“‘Ima, I left Egypt today!’ That’s what my nine-year-old son told me when he came home from the Yachad Program‘s pre-Passover activity,” says Bat Yam resident Sigalit Golan. “It was both moving and strange for me to see how the Passover story brought a spark to his eyes because for me, as a child, Passover was …

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Shabbat Hagadol Drasha 2017 – Audio/Video

Rabbi Riskin speaking

Listen to Rabbi Riskin’s Shabbat HaGadol Drasha in English:  “Who will Destroy Amalek and Bring about the Redemption, God or Israel?” Delivered on Motzai Shabbat April 8, 2017, at the Jerusalem Great Synagogue in memory of Rivka bat Sarah Domb, a Holy Martyr of the Holocaust and mother of Sam Domb, a lover of Zion …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Chol Hamoed Pesach 5777

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Chol Hamoed Pesach Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – While the Passover Seder is still freshly on our minds and taste buds, allow me to suggest an important lesson that we are likely to overlook. Fascinatingly, alongside Moshe who is not really mentioned by the Haggadah, there is another great Biblical personality who plays a …

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