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Jewish Holidays

Kitniyot: The Next Best Thing to Chametz

February 26, 2007, by

Only five grains can ferment to become chometz (leavened); why are so many more forbidden during Pesach? Join Rabbi Mintz, OU Kashruth Rabbinic Coordinator charged with recording OU P’sak and Policy, in a thorough exploration of the topic of Kitniyot (“legumes”). How did such a custom start among the Ashkenazim? To what foods does it […]

Five Cups: Reb Mordechai Rosen z”l

June 29, 2006, by

What does Hashem Elokecha ask from you, but to fear Hashem Elokecha and to walk in His ways? (Devarim, 10:13) PESACH One of the four sons discussed in the Haggadah is the Rashah. The Rashah asks, “Mah HaAvodah Hazos Lachem,” what is this Avodah for you? On Shavuot we say “Chetzi L’Hashem v’Chetzi Lachem”, half […]

Passover Insight: The 4 Sons

June 29, 2006, by

Dear friends, I would like to share with you an interpretation of the ”Four Children” of the Passover Haggadah, which I found to be personally meaningful. According to Rabbi Yehudah Leib Chasman, a noted teacher of musar – Torah ethics, the ”Four Children” should not be understood as four distinct personalities, as the traits exemplified […]

Hilchot Pesach: Bedikat Chametz

June 29, 2006, by

BEDIKAT CHAMETZ WHEN TO PERFORM THE BEDIKA 1) On the eve of the fourteenth of Nissan one is required to search one’s home or domain for all chametz (SA 433-1). If one can only perform the bedika either on the thirteenth by day or on the fourteenth by day, one should perform the bedika on […]

Hotter Than Fire

June 29, 2006, by

The ultimate purpose of the ten plagues was: “In order that you should tell your son and grandson…” For if the purpose of the plagues was simply in order that Pharaoh should let free B’nei Yisroel, HaShem could have immediately brought number ten, the slaying of the first born, and Pharaoh would have conceded. Thus […]

A Three Days’ Journey in the Desert

June 29, 2006, by

“I declare that I will bring you out of the wretchedness of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Yebusites-to a land flowing with milk and honey…. You and the elders cf Israel will then go to the King of Egypt. You must tell him, Hashem, God of the Hebrews, revealed Himself […]

What are We Celebrating on Pesach?

June 29, 2006, by

The answer seems easy enough; on Pesach we should thank God for taking us out of Egyptian slavery and for choosing us to be his partner in the world. A most joyous holiday, we should avoid depressing reminders of our past. To tell the truth, this suggestion is the very opposite of that which our […]

When was the Exodus?

June 29, 2006, by

The author contends that the most important event in Jewish history has been occupying the wrong slot in the accepted archaeological timeline. “And Moses said unto the people: Do not fear! Stand and see the deliverance of Hashem which he shall do for you this day. For as you have seen Egypt this, day, never […]

A Time of Dance

June 29, 2006, by

“Eis rekod” – “a time of dance” (Koheles 3:4). The phrase is not “eis lirkod,” “a time to dance,” as with the others, but “a time of dance,” for when one achieves true inner joy, es tantzt zich alein – “the dancing comes of its own.” “Elokim motzi asirim b’kosharos” – God brings out prisoners […]

Shabbat Chol Hamoed

June 29, 2006, by

The morning Torah reading of Shabbat Chol HaMoed consists of selected portions from Parshas Ki Sisa. The conclusion of the kriah summarily addresses the Shalosh Regalim, and this would seem to be the relevance of the reading to the day. However, the first six aliyos have nothing to do with Yom Tov; rather, they deal […]

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