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Jewish Holidays

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

Secrets of Karpas

April 4, 2016, by

Previous: Seder Night: What’s So Orderly? Why do we specifically dip a vegetable in salt water to arouse the children’s curiosity; aren’t there other ways? Why does it have to be a vegetable? Next: Understanding Yachatz – Secrets of Matzah

Breaking the Matzah

March 31, 2016, by

Our minhag is to break the matza before maggid (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 473:6).  The Rambam (Hilchos Chametz u’Matza 8:6), however, puts it right before ha’motzi, after netilas yadayim. The basis for this difference of opinion is the Gemara in Maseches Pesachim (115b) that darshens two things from the fact that the pasuk refers to […]

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