“It was on the eighth day that Moses summoned Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel.” (Vayikra 9,1). “It was on the eighth day…” Eighth day of what? Rashi explained it “the eighth day after the seven days of inauguration (Miluim) which preceded it, and it is the first of Nisan in the […]
Every event in history, every story in life has a main plot line set in a supporting background that lends it both credibility and richness. The Passover chronicle is no exception. While the main theme of Pesach is the story of our redemption and of our unflagging faith in Hashem both before the redemption and […]
Among the different groups of four in the Haggadah we find the four sons. Each is different. One is wise, the second is wicked, the third is simple and the fourth is unable even to ask. The Torah speaks to each child, notes Rabbi Yehudah Kosbeh, for Hashem is “All encompassing” (Sha-dai) and has invested […]
Pesach is the first of the Jewish holidays, the holiday which forms the foundation of our religious observance and from which all others flow. Similarly, our Patriarch Abraham is the first of our forefathers from whom our faith descends to us and flows outward to the world. The Sifsei Chaim quoting the Tur notes that […]
There is a practice to learn Letter of Rav Shimshon Ostropoli on the ten plagues on erev Pesach as a merit for a year of success and triumph.
Why is the seventh day of Pesach part of Sefirat HaOmer while the first day of Pesach, specifically the seder night, isn’t and by its very nature cannot be part of the count?
Why don’t we count down to Matan Torah? Why is the count relative to the korban omer? Why do we begin on Pesach but not on the first day of Pesach?
The most important aspects of the seder are carried out using the mouth – eating the korban Pesach and telling the story of Yetziat Mitzrayim.
“Al entrar a la tierra de Israel, usted va a disfrutar prosperidad y abundancia. Construirá bellas casas. Su ganado y su cosecha aumentaran. Usted acumulara el oro y la plata. Y en todo lo que usted participe lograra prosperidad… Si usted se vuelve arrogante y dice, mi fuerza y el poder de mi mano hizo […]
This is version 1 of the shiur; hear version 2 on OU Torah. 1) Why is marror one of the aspects of freedom if it serves to commemorate slavery? 2) Why don’t we discuss Pesach, Matzah, and Marror in chronological order with marror first? 3) Why do we do Korech at the Seder?