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Jewish Holidays

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 […]

Owning Stock in a Company That Possesses Chametz During Pesach

March 20, 2017, by

Definition of the Problem The halakhic discussion regarding shares in a chametz-owning business during Pesach revolves around three distinct prohibitions: “Bal yera’eh u-val yimatzeh:” the Torah prohibition to own chametz during Pesach – even if we do not derive any benefit from it; Issur hana’a: the Torah prohibition against deriving benefit from chametz on Pesach – even […]

Tefillin on Chol HaMoed

October 10, 2016, by

Most people don’t wear Tefillin on Chol HaMoed. What is the reason why many don’t? Why do some wear Tefillin and what is the source for their minhag?

Parshat Shemini Shabbat HaChodesh 5757

September 26, 2016, by

“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 […]

The Concealed Candle

September 9, 2016, by

The Gemara instructs us that on the night of the fourteenth of Nissan we are to search for chametz throughout the house by the light of a candle. We are also told that in each generation every one of us is obligated to consider himself as if he himself left Mitzrayim. How are we to […]

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