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Jewish Holidays

Pesach Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 1, 2009, by

Yield: 60 cookies 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup margarine 2 eggs 2 teaspoons Pesach vanilla extract 1 tablespoon water 1½ cups potato starch 1½ cups matzah cake meal 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup chocolate chips ¾ cup chopped walnuts (optional) Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream together the […]

Consequences: A Holiday Story

March 31, 2009, by

I had just located the parsley, hidden in a back corner of the refrigerator, when the phone rang. Extracting myself from the fridge, I found my twin sister Amy on the phone. “Hey, Shelley,” she started in a cheery voice. “Are you all ready for the seder?” I looked around the chaos in my kitchen. […]

Pesach: The Ultimate Stimulus Plan

March 31, 2009, by

Few government plans have caused more furor and fury, more debate and deliberation than the $789 billion economic stimulus plan approved by both the Congress and the Senate back on Feb. 11. President Obama’s plan will pump billions of dollars into health care, education, transportation, and other sectors. It will also provide individuals and businesses […]

Redemption and a New York Taxi Ride

March 31, 2009, by

When you get into a taxi in New York City you never know what’s going to happen. Every urban traveler knows that within each of the myriad of cabs crisscrossing the city, resides a whole world–usually a world much different than your own. The driver’s country of origin, accent, personal hygiene, speed preferences; they’re all […]

The Seder: A Rendezvous with Torah

March 31, 2009, by

Based on a commentary in the new Haggadah, The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening, with the commentary of “the Rav”, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik . Compiled by Rabbi Simon Posner. Just as a multi-faceted jewel reveals its beauty in a myriad of reflections, so too the Seder expresses a rich array of meaning. For the Rav, […]

Ready or Not… Here it comes

March 31, 2009, by

Keeping our focus during the Pre-Pesach Rush By Aliza Swift “Here we go again…” thought Shuli, as she bent down to clean the large amount of “stuff” that had accumulated under the children’s beds since last Pesach. Remembering the reproachful look that her English teacher had always given her when she used the word “stuff”, […]

Ridding Yourself of Your Spiritual Chametz: Part II

March 31, 2009, by

For part 1 click here. The spiritual and ethical component of the search for and burning of chametz. Freedom isn’t unbridled, even in a free society there are laws. Rav Kook: It means being true to one’s own self. It applies on individual & national levels. Part 2 of 2 by Rochi Lerner, host of Torah […]

Ridding Yourself of Your Spiritual Chametz: Part I

March 31, 2009, by

The spiritual and ethical component of the search for and burning of chametz. Rav Hirsch explains we refrain from chametz to show our needs are dedicated to God, that our possessions are from God, & that everything belongs to him. Part 1 of 2 by Rochi Lerner, host of Torah Sessions on OURadio.org.

Pesach: Freedom Is A Responsibility

March 31, 2009, by

Rabbi Moishe Lichtenstein’s new installment of Water-Cooler Questions. To send in a question of your own please email watercooler@ou.org. The freedom of Pesach isn’t freedom from responsibility, it’s the opportunity to be responsible & show we’re free to choose to do the right thing.

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