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Jewish Holidays

Passover: The Night of Protection

April 4, 2017, by

At the Seder, we have the practice to open the door, ostensibly for the prophet Elijah. This isn’t really the reason we do it. Rather, it represents the merging of two previously-existing customs: pouring a cup for Elijah and opening the door. We pour a cup for Elijah, who is intended to usher in the […]

Pesach – The Season of Emunah

April 3, 2017, by

“When you enter the Land of Israel, you will enjoy prosperity and abundance. You will build beautiful homes. Your crops and livestock will increase. You will amass gold and silver. And all that you engage in will flourish… If you become arrogant and say, ‘My strength and the might of my hand made this wealth.’” […]

The Symbolism of Chametz

March 27, 2017, by

The prohibition against eating chametz (leavened bread) on Pesach (Passover) is different from all other prohibitions in the Torah. The most noticeable difference is the fact that the prohibition lasts only seven days each year. The simple question is: If chametz is “bad,” for some reason, it should be prohibited all year; and if not, […]

Omnipresence Oneness

March 24, 2017, by

Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein It was the ultimate moment of redemption. Hashem Himself came down and smote the Egyptian firstborn. The Torah says, “I shall go through Egypt…, I shall strike every firstborn…, I shall mete out punishment, I am Hashem” (Shemot 12:12). The Haggadah drives this point home: […]

Silver Settings

March 20, 2017, by

Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein It is customary to set a beautiful table for the Pesach Seder, to adorn the table with silver vessels and any beautiful utensils and dishes one may have, gold, silver, crystal. What is unusual is that the Jews are not an ostentatious people. At no […]

Eliyahu, the Unifier of Worlds

March 20, 2017, by

Translated by Michael Hattin The image of Eliyahu the Prophet breaks down one of the fundamental assumptions of our existence, namely, that a great divide separates our material world from the upper spiritual realms. Eliyahu frequently appears before the Sages of the Midrash and the Talmud, always in the guise of a comfortable inhabitant of […]

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