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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...

Commentary by Rabbi Yissachar Frand on Parshat Vayakhel

Bezalel’s Ability To Share The Stage Made Him a Leader The Talmud states: “There are three things that the Almighty Himself proclaims: Famine (ra’av),...

Parshat Ki Tisa – “The Inevitable Comedown”

It was over 40 years ago, but I remember the feelings very well. They were overwhelming, and were not dispelled easily. It was just...

Stiff Neck

“I have seen this people and behold it is a stiff-necked people” Shemot 32:9 The incident of the Golden Calf has raised many questions...

Basar b’Chalav: Milk Shall Not Meat

The Mitzvah: A milk and meat mixture cannot be cooked together in one dish, eaten nor can any benefit or profit be derived from...

Exodus: What’s the Big Deal?

Why does Judaism make such a big deal about the Exodus? Of course, on Passover it deserves the limelight. But every Shabbat and holiday,...

Parshas Tetzaveh – The Mind Can Be Trained To Look At Blue And See The Divine Throne

The Talmud relates that the different priestly garments atone for different sins and the robe (me’il) specifically atones for lashon harah . The...

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