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Destroying the Chametz Within and Truly Preparing for Pesach
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Five Terms Of Endearment – So Why Only Four Cups Of Wine?

Posted on: April 4th, 2012

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The number four seems to play a major role in the Pesach Seder. We have four questions, four sons, four terms of endearment and, of course, one of the major features we soon will be enjoying – the drinking of four cups of wine.

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The Audacity of Redemption

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012

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It has been said ‘It is easier to take the Jew out of the Exile, than to take the Exile out of the Jew’. While in Egypt, the Jewish people could not even hear Hashem’s promise of Redemption because of their “shortness of spirit.” Their bondage wasn’t merely a physical bondage, but a mental one. And so, while still in Egypt, Hashem began the process of taking the Jew out of the psychology of Exile, ridding him of his slave mentality.

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A Child-Centric Seder

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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Dear Gary, As Pesach approaches, I get worried because I want to have a great Yom Tov, and yet, every year, the seder ends in some sort of fighting and arguing. My husband wants the seder to be all about divrei Torah and so do I, but between the younger children (who we want to be awake for the whole seder) and guests, we somehow end up in stern looks and squabbles. I'm happy we have guests or else we'd probably start yelling at each other and even Eliyahu Hanavi would bail. I know everyone jokes about how tough Pesach is, but I can't see the humor anymore – and neither can my children. What can we do to manage a calm (I don't even wish for happy) seder? A Sad Mom

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The No-Potato Passover: A Journey of Food, Travel & Color

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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Most of the No-Potato Passover recipes are as casual as the title’s spelling: some include only six ingredients and limited prep time - half to one full hour. They’re good for heart health and waistlines, too.

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The Art of Ignoring – So Safe, So Repulsive, So Dangerous

Posted on: March 28th, 2012

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As one that has trained and followed rabbis throughout their careers, I can generally say that rabbis gain detractors not so much because of their sermons, vision, lectures or the like, but rather when they fail to return phone calls, when they avoid bikur cholim, and when they fail to respond to emails. One can deal with refusal, disagreements, debates and the answer 'no', but how should one deal with being totally and utterly ignored?!

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Rabbi Shimshon Nadel: My Essential Haggadot

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

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With thousands of Haggadot in print, it can be overwhelming to decide what to buy and what to use at the Seder. Just like kashering the home for Pesach requires preparation, so too the material for the Seder. And according to the investment is the return. Below are twenty of my favorite Haggadot.

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Fearing Holiness as Pesach Approaches

Posted on: March 15th, 2012

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I believe we need to get back to the basics. Holiness is something we should embrace rather than stray from, and thus we should "look" for more opportunities to become holy rather then stay "safely" away from it. True, with every act of holiness comes restrictions and I can already feel the backache of cleaning the pantry from Chametz. But shall this hardship turn Pesach into the Holiday of misfortune rather than happiness?

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A Little Gallows Humor

Posted on: March 9th, 2012

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Achashveiros of Poras, Beset by domestic tzoras, Got a quickie fivoras... But being single again just wasn’t the same.

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GOP Offers Netanyahu the Presidency

Posted on: March 9th, 2012

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After his astounding speech in Congress, the GOP has been working behind the scenes to get Israeli PM Netanyahu to run for President of the U.S.A.

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Purim Meditation: After Rush Limbaugh Insulted Me

Posted on: March 8th, 2012

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It wasn't a biggie, really, I've been called worse. When my wife heard what Rush had been calling me, she said she wasn't surprised. So maybe it wasn't even such a bad thing that Rush did, maybe he even meant it as a caution, so I would go ahead and mend my loose morals. But here's the funny thing, as soon as news came out that Rush insulted me, people started empathizing with me and writing Rush's advertisers to stop sponsoring him because of what he said about Yanover.

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Israeli Innovations Changing the Jewish World for Purim

Posted on: March 8th, 2012

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A series of new innovations coming out of Israel are making life better, easier, and more fulfilling for Jews around the world.

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Chanukah Fun

Posted on: December 26th, 2011

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A Very Hong Kong Chanukah

Posted on: December 23rd, 2011

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To explain to my children what Chanukah was like for me as a young girl, I find I am just as inclined to recount what it wasn’t as I am to describe what it was.

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Chanukah Fun

Posted on: December 22nd, 2011

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The Fighting Light of Chanukah

Posted on: December 22nd, 2011

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As Israel experiences a national rebirth on our native soil, the forces of evil are gathering all of their strength to wage a final war to stamp out our light.

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The Mystical Message Of The Chanukah Dreidel

Posted on: December 21st, 2011

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Chanukah commemorates our victory over the Syrian-Greeks and the Hellenists – Jews who betrayed their own people in order to curry favor with the gentiles.

 

The Eternal Flame Of The Jewish Soul: True Story With A Chanukah Message

Posted on: December 1st, 2010

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I have wanted to tell this story for a while. There are experiences in life that help us find our soul, the candle of God within us. This was such an experience. It is a true story about the eternal flame of the Jewish soul - with a Chanukah message.

 

The Menorah That Lit Up My Life

Posted on: December 20th, 2006

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Two years ago I was in Baltimore on business and happened to pass by the public menorah in front of Johns Hopkins University just as the first light was being lit. My eyes welled with tears. Although I was raised a secular Jew, my family has always celebrated Chanukah. To be away from my family […]

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