Holidays

Hilchos Yom Tov

April 10, 2014, by

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Yom Tov. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As […]

Hilchos Chol HaMoed

April 10, 2014, by

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Chol-Hamoed. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As individual […]

The Four Sons: Finding the Right Method for Each Student

April 7, 2014, by

With a simple command, God makes clear that teaching is fundamental to our observance of Passover.  Fundamental and obligatory.  I must teach my son, my children, of the great miracle God performed in delivering me from slavery.  Not only must I teach, but my teaching must be personal – to me and to my student. […]

PESACH – SECOND DAY: The Egyptian Point of View

April 1, 2014, by

The following drosha was given at the Saranac Synagogue in Buffalo on the second day of Passover, 5747 (1987), and transcribed from memory by Jeffery Zucker. Comments and questions are very welcome. A brief thought by way of introduction: The Gemara (Brachos 63b) says that R’ Yehuda was the main speaker at every function he […]

PESACH – FIRST DAY

February 25, 2014, by

The recital of the Haggadah opens with the words: “This is the bread of affliction which our fathers ate in the land of Egypt. Let all who are hungry enter and eat, and all who are needy come and celebrate the Passover.” This declaration is, in fact, in accordance with a law in the Shulchan […]

The Chernobyler’s Seder

February 25, 2014, by

The Chernobyler Rebbe used to perform his Pesach Seders in an interesting way. During the year he would record in a notebook personal miracles, as they occurred to him. Then, on the Seder night, he would go through the Hagadda at a fast pace, and spend the rest of the evening reading from this notebook […]

PESACH – SEVENTH DAY

February 25, 2014, by

One of the most frustrating things that can befall a rabbi is that, while looking for a good topic for a talk during one Yomtov, he comes across something suitable for another Yomtov! (This is reminiscent of that well-known occupational hazard of pulpit rabbis, “trep zikoren”, where you remember a great thought to include in […]

The Pain of Being Special

February 25, 2014, by

The following drasha was given at the Saranac Synagogue in Buffalo on the seventh day of Passover, 5747 (1987), and transcribed from memory by Jeffery Zucker. Comments and questions are very welcome. The Pesach Haggada, in recounting the history of the Jewish people, talks about the children of Isaac: “And I gave to Isaac Jacob […]