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Jewish Holidays

Wine-Induced Thoughts

February 13, 2018, by

Therefore, when one conducts a meal on this night, he is required to eat and to drink while reclining in the manner of a free person. Every person – man and woman – is obligated to drink on this night four cups of wine.  One should not diminish from them. Even a poor person who […]

Mikra Bikkurim and How We Tell the Story of Yetziat Mitzrayim

October 15, 2017, by

This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag  Understanding Magid: A Biblical Perspective – Expression of Gratitude  or  Recognition of Destiny Should Passover be understood as our ‘holiday of freedom’ – a special time set aside to thank God for taking us out of slavery? Certainly, the popular song of “avadim hayinu… ata benei […]

Shvii Shel Pesach – the 7th Day of Chag HaMatzot

October 3, 2017, by

This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag We are all familiar with the historical reason for celebrating the ‘seventh day of Passover’ – for (according to the Midrash) the miracle of the splitting of the Red Sea took place seven days after Bnei Yisrael left Egypt. Yet, […]

The 4 Sons in the Chumash and the Haggadah

October 3, 2017, by

This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Are the ‘Four Sons’ really in the Bible? When we quote that Midrash at the Seder, we certainly get that impression, for the Haggada quotes a pasuk from Chumash as the source for each son.  However, when you take a […]

Dayenu: Would It Have Been Enough?

October 3, 2017, by

This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag How could an observant Jew say, let alone sing, that -‘it would have been enough’- even had God not given us the Torah? And how could a Zionist say, let alone sing, that -‘it would have been enough’- even if […]

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