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Jewish Holidays

The National Cry of Shabbat HaGadol

April 16, 2019, by

Nachal Sorek: אני ה’ לא שניתי – Hashem repeated “לא” twice and this is akin to an oath. Four reasons why the Shabbat before Pesach is called Shabbat HaGadol. Download the mekorot Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime

Rav Chaim Brisker’s Landmark Understanding of Makat Bechorot

April 15, 2019, by

According to the Tur, one of the main components of Emet V’Yatziv and remembering Yetziat Mitzrayim is mentioning Makat Bechorot. The Mishna Brurah points out that Gemara implies it’s not essential! What was the purpose of the makkot – punishment for what the Egyptians did to Bnei Yisrael or to force Pharoah to send Bnei […]

I’m Never Wrong

April 15, 2019, by

“Moshe said: “So said HASHEM, ‘At about midnight, I shall go out in the midst of Egypt.” – Shemos 11:4 Moshe changed the wording After months and months of HASHEM showing the Mitzrim that He alone controls every aspect of Creation, Moshe was instructed to warn Pharaoh that if he still wouldn’t let the Jewish […]

Insights into the Haggadah 5779

April 11, 2019, by

Sefer Shemot and the significance of names. What does the name Pharaoh mean? Why would Pharaoh believe the midwives claim that all the Jews knew how to give birth on their own? In Moshe’s first act he is shown fighting for justice. Why on Pesach do we have a specific proclamation inviting guests? Delivered at […]

The Mitzvot of the Seder: A Holistic Picture of Freedom

April 11, 2019, by

The mitzvoth of the seder night are varied, but the inner meaning and message is one: Freedom. From Bondage to Freedom The essence of the seder is about the journey from slavery to freedom. It was on that history-altering night that God bathed us in His great light, a light that forever lifted us to a […]

“Who Knows One?” New Vistas in Ein Od Milvado

April 11, 2019, by

Why do we end the Seder night with Echad Mi Yodea, which seems like a child’s riddle? Is it just a way to keep the children awake? When Yitro praises Hashem for saving Bnei Yisrael from Mitzrayim. Rashi says that no slave had ever been able to escape Egyptian servitude until then. How were Bnei […]