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Jewish Holidays

Seder: Splitting of Songs

April 3, 2019, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein The words signifying the order of the Seder are well known. We begin withKadesh/Sanctifying the Seder night over wine, continuing with another eleven or thirteen (depending on whether some segments are combined or separated) and ending withNirtzah/Acceptance (of our Seder). In the entire order, there is […]

What Do We Tell the Children?

April 3, 2019, by

The only two mitzvot where the Torah repeatedly uses the concept of שמירה (guarding) are Shabbos and Pesach. What is the common denominator and why are they so important? Pesach has a lower level of פרסומי ניסא than Chanukah – we just have to tell our children; Shabbos has a lower level than Pesach, we […]

The Haggadah: Instructions Included

April 2, 2019, by

One of the central mitzvah of the Seder night is relating the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The medium we use is the Haggadah. The Haggadah includes not just the story but even the instructions! The story of Yetziat Mitzrayim begins with צא ולמד – “go out and learn”. What is the purpose of […]

Compassion and Connection

March 29, 2019, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Each of the three-foot festivals is traditionally associated with one of our patriarchs. Pesach is associated with Avraham Avinu. On the simplest level, this understanding is based on the episode of thee three strangers/angels approaching Avraham’s tent. Avraham ran to invite them in, rushed to prepare […]

Fulfilling B’Chol Dor VaDor: 3 Ways to Experience the Seder

March 28, 2019, by

We are supposed to feel as if we actually left Egypt. How is it possible to achieve this? Three approaches. The idea of Yetziat Mitzrayim has to be so real to us to the point that we can say “I actually witnessed it”, we know it’s true as if we were there because we have […]