Pesach: Live It!

Merely remembering the pivotal events of Jewish history or reading about them occasionally is not sufficient to imbue ourselves with these messages. God established Pesach and the other festivals as interludes in time designed to focus our attention and pick up on specific ideas and values that the ordinary activities of life usually prevent us from contemplating.  They are times when we are totally immersed in a specific concept basic ...

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How Saving a Haggadah Saved a Life

One of the most famous Haggadahs in the word, is the Sarajevo Haggadah.  It is believed to have been taken out of Spain by Jews who were expelled in 1492. It was sold to the National Museum in Sarajevo in 1894.  During the Second World War, the Haggadah was hidden from the Nazis by the Museum's chief librarian, Derviš Korkut, who at risk to his own life, smuggled the Haggadah out of ...

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Some of My Favorite (Seder) Things

The Exodus is mentioned numerous times in the Torah, and our calendar is based on the first month (Nissan) as the month of the Exodus. The Torah tells us not to oppress the stranger because we were strangers in Egypt, do not hurt the downtrodden, do not cheat in business etc. because we were slaves in Egypt. The Ramban (Shmot 12:12) says that the reason there are no names for ...

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Springtime is Pesach-time

Passover is always observed in spring, on the fifteenth day of the month of Nissan (around March or April). The Torah describes the month in which Passover falls as the first month, and emphasizes several times that Pesach occurs in the springtime: God said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying: This month shall be for you the beginning of the months; it shall be for you the ...

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