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Question of the Tam

April 6, 2016, by

Previous: Saving the Wicked Son The tam is a straight, honest person asking why we break the neck of the donkey – a question any honest person has by any mitzvah: Why do bad things happen?

Saving the Wicked Son

April 6, 2016, by

Previous: Answers to Sons in Chumash vs. Answers in the Haggada The Rasha asks the same question as the Chacham but with a negative, cynical tone. How do we convey the same message we give to the chacham to the Rasha? Next: Question of the Tam

Chacham vs. Rasha

April 6, 2016, by

Previous: Kneged Arba Bonim: The Four Factor The chacham and rasha seem to ask the same question despite being polar opposites. According to the Maharal, this is because opposites are closely related. Next: Answers to Sons in Chumash vs. Answers in the Haggada

Baruch HaMakom

April 5, 2016, by

Previous: Like 70 Years Old What does the name HaMakom mean and why do we refer to God that way here? What is the added blessed be He at the end? How does it lead into the section of the 4 sons? Next: Kneged Arba Bonim: The Four Factor

Like 70 Years Old

April 5, 2016, by

Previous: Afilu Kulanu Chachamim…. The connection between Shema & the Exodus: What does mentioning the exodus at night have to do with telling the story on Pesach? Why do we mention it daily in the first place? Next: Baruch HaMakom

Afilu Kulanu Chachamim….

April 5, 2016, by

Previous: Avadim Hayinu: Yad Chazaka vs. Zeroa Netuya If one has all these (chachamim, nevonim, zekenim, yodim et haTorah) why retell the story? The seder is about reliving the creation of a new world order. Next: Like 70 Years Old

Avadim Hayinu: Yad Chazaka vs. Zeroa Netuya

April 5, 2016, by

Previous: Mah Nishtana – The Power of a Question What does it mean that we’d still be slaves in Egypt – the empire already ceased to exist? The difference between being freed by God and being freed in other ways. Next: Afilu Kulanu Chachamim….

Mah Nishtana: The Power of a Question

April 5, 2016, by

Previous: Understanding Yachatz – Secrets of Matzah Why is magid in question-answer form – even when we already know the answer? The purpose of this format is to stop an old way of thinking & begin a new way. Next: Avadim Hayinu: Yad Chazaka vs. Zeroa Netuya

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