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Matzah: Racing Out of Egypt

No time left for you On my way to better things No time left for you I’ll find myself some wings No time left...

Sea the Miracle – Thoughts on the Seventh Day of Pesach

On the Seventh Day of Pesach we celebrate the crossing of our people through the Sea Of Reeds on the dry path that G-d...

Break Free!

The Shem MiShmuel, a Chassidic Rebbe and scholar, offers a beautiful insight into an apparent contradiction in the Haggadah. The Haggadah says, “Had the...

Pesach: The Obligation of Profound Appreciation

So even if we were all sages, all wise, all learned in Torah, it would still be a Mitzvah for us to tell about...

Apartment Hunting in Israel on Chol Hamoed

A client wanted to go apartment hunting in Jerusalem during chol hamoed (intermediate days of) Pesach but was unsure whether according to Halacha (Jewish...

The Matzoh / Maror Moment

The Seder is a place of learning and family, of song and holiness, lots of food, fun, and mitzvot, small children, big children, wise...

Passover’s Secret of Success

How to jumpstart your personal exodus Shimon E., a 16-year-old Israeli Shotokan karate champion, was in Philadelphia with eleven other Israeli boys for his...

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Visits the Satmar Matzah Bakery in Williamsburg

On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli visited the Satmar Matzah Bakery in Williamsburg with a group of local...

Pray. Drink. Eat: The Reality of Passover

Eat. Pray. Love. A famous book and movie. Pray. Drink. Eat. A typical Passover. The holiday season brings with it bigger, later meals, junk...

Spiritual Scrubbing

I loved Passover. It was the swishing of brooms in surround sound that confounded me. Becoming observant transformed my Passover experience. Our Seders had...

Commentary on Parshat Tzav

The world did not know that he was a mystic. He was an accomplished diplomat, who knew how to deal with people in positions...

Next Year In Jerusalem – If: The Symbolism of the “Two Dippings”

Every Passover Seder begins with a plea: “This year we are here; next year (may we be) in the Land of Israel. This year...

Refugees in Their Land: Passover 1917

The outbreak of World War I, on August 1, 1914, had dire consequences for the over 90,000 Jews of the Land of Israel. During...

Parshat Vayikra: “Forgiving Fallibility”

"I was wrong. I am sorry. Please forgive me.” These are rare words indeed, but I heard them pronounced clearly by a woman I...

Parsha Insights on Vayikra

This week we begin the Sefer {Book} of Vayikra by reading parshas Vayikra. “Vayikra el Moshe {And He called to Moshe} vayedabair Hashem {and...

Kiddush HaChodesh: Moonlight

The Mitzvah: The proclamation of kiddush hachodesh sanctifying the new moon was pronounced by the grand rabbinic court in Jerusalem following the testimony of...

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