Question: When is Israel’s “Independence Day” this year? Also, what is it called in Hebrew and how is it celebrated? AskTheRabbi.org answered: I assume you’re referring to the State of Israel’s date of declaration of independence in 1948. This date was on May 14, 1948 when Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion declared Israel’s [...]
We will be celebrating the State of Israel’s 69th Independence Day very soon (May 2nd), an occasion for gratitude to G-d and also to the people who sacrificed so much to create a homeland and a Jewish state for the first time in over 2000 years. However, this upcoming event raised a question in my [...]
Rabbi Mordechai Becher suggests having an attitude of gratitude in all of life's experiences - even if you have an allergy attack due to spring flowers, or your grandson spills his sweet potato all over your freshly cleaned suit. View this video directly on Vimeo.
Question: I've heard of Sefirat Ha'omer - counting the Omer. What is this? AskTheRabbi.org answered: The Torah emphasized the link between Passover and Shavuot, the very beginning of the redemption from Egypt and its culmination, through the commandment of Sefirat Ha'omer. We count the days and weeks from the second day of Passover until the [...]
Rabbi Becher wonders why does G-d introduce Himself to the Jewish people as "G-d Who took you out of Egypt" and not as "G-d Who created the universe"? Surely creation of everything, space, time and matter is more impressive than taking one group of people out of Egypt? View this video directly on Vimeo.
Question: What would you say is the most important aspect of the Seder? AskTheRabbi.org answered: More so than any other festival, the Seder-night is dedicated to children, because the Torah dictates that we must tell the history of the Exodus to our children on this night. The Haggada directs us to do many unusual things [...]
Soon, at the Seder, we will be sitting and reading, learning, teaching and questioning the Haggadah – the story of Pesach and the Exodus which we are obligated to review, to investigate, and to convey to our children and grandchildren on the night of Pesach. It is fascinating to note that there is something fundamental [...]
Harry Rothenberg asks how can we view ourselves as if we personally left Egypt if we were never there? View this video directly on VIMEO
Rabbi Becher asks why are most of the major aspects of service in the Holy Temple specifically during the day? What is wrong with nightime? View this video directly on Vimeo.
Question: What is the Haggadah? AskTheRabbi.org answered: The Haggadah is a book that Jews read on the first night of Passover - and on the first two nights outside of Israel. It tells about our slavery in Egypt and the miracles God did for us when freeing us. The word haggadah means "telling," which comes from [...]