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Jewish Holidays

Pesach Tefilos

March 23, 2021, by

When it comes to tefilah, many are focused on proper timing as dictated by the Shulchan Aruch.  When can we start?  When must we finish?  Though there is a proper time frame for each of the tefilos, if we consider the question “When is the proper time for tefilah?” the answer might surprise us.  The Rambam (Hilchos B’rachos 10:26) states: כְּלָלוֹ שֶׁל דָּבָר […]

Haftarah Helper: Shabbat HaGadol

Download PDF Malachi 3:4-24[1] Initially, things were looking up for the Judeans who returned from the Babylonian exile and rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem. But after a few generations, the restoration was losing spirit. The grand promises of the previous generation’s prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, were unfulfilled. The Bible’s final prophet, Malachi[2], once again directed […]

Dimensions in Pesach: The Four Cups on Seder Night

March 22, 2021, by

Background: The Mitzvah One of the central features of Seder night is the mitzvah of drinking four cups of wine. These cups are drunk at various key defining moments of the Seder. Where does this mitzvah come from? The four cups are a rabbinic mitzvah.[1] However, when we consult the words of the Rambam on […]