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In Honor Of My Father

Every year it is incumbent upon us to recount the Passover story. But it is not only our collective history as recorded in the Haggadah we recall, we also have our own personal associations with Pesach

Passover Guide for the Perplexed, 2017

Some history, some fun facts, some Halacha and... Next Year in Jerusalem

Why Civilizations Die

Judaism survives due to Divine Providence and the foresight of Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai who resisted cognitive breakdown, created solutions for tomorrow's problems, who did not seek refuge in the irrational, and who quietly built the Jewish future.

Daf Yomi

An Implacable Foe ‘Therefore Those Who Speak In Parables Say…’ (Bava Basra 78b)

Chametz Credit Card

If the chametz has already been legally nullified and physically burned, so that it is neither owned nor possessed by a Jew, why is it necessary to sell it to a non‑Jew?

Talk The Talk Vs. Walk The Walk

The mitzvah is called sippur yetzias Mitzrayim – telling the story of how Hashem took us out of Egypt. Why is there an emphasis on the telling?

Chametz Order

Mr. Leiner checked the calendar, and saw that April 13 came out on Chol HaMoed. I was considering taking off that day, Mr. Leiner told his boss.

Q & A: Selling One’s Chametz

Question: Why do we sell our chametz. Wouldn’t it be simpler to just dispose of it? Why go through this charade every year? Malka Berg

Admitting To A Debt Nobody Claimed (Siman 75:10)

In all of these situations, the person volunteering the admission is exempt from any payment.

Pesach – Season Of Emunah

He feels joy in his heart as he revels in the abundance of his bumper crop. And then he looks out at his neighbor’s field. Meager. Undergrown. Spotty.

The Iron Crucible of Egypt

Instead of commending this righteous individual for his proper ethical standards, he has been attacked by the left wing media!

Sha’ar Yeshuv

This tragedy was in the forefront of my mind as my family and I wended our way, the week before Pesach, from Har Nof, Jerusalem to Sha’ar Yeshuv.

Tzav: What Does It Mean To Survive?

In this week's video, we explore a section of Talmud that teaches about the 4 individuals who would bring a Thanksgiving sacrifice - but one of these four doesn't belong. Who is it?

Pesach: God’s Sporadic Presence and Overwhelming Absence in Human History

It is perhaps this fact that makes Pesach so relevant for our own times: The realization that even at the time of the greatest of miracles, many years passed without God revealing Himself openly.

Kitnyot: Truly a “Has-Bean”

This is one of those posts that falls into the category of “If only I had the power to……..”

“Holier than Thou” Chumras – A Cause For Concern

Our sages write that one of the reasons the second Beit Hamikdash was destroyed was because of blind hatred.

Providing Jewish Education to Strengthen Israel’s Soldiers

IDF religious ideology is being hotly debated in media and between politicians and National Religious rabbis. Jewish education programs run by the IDF in conjunction with Torah groups are essential

The Pesach of Today

Open your eyes. Read and absorb the Haggada and realize, at the end of the seder, when we say “Next Year in Jerusalem,” we commemorate not just the Pesach of the past, but the Pesach of the present!

Redeeming Relevance: Pesach’s Missing Eighth Day

Appreciate that Pesach is NOT meant to end on the seventh day, but at Shavuot. With that in mind, we need to work harder to accept making the days of sefirat ha-omer into days akin to chol ha-moed

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – My Loving Master

After living as slaves for so many years, we could now be transformed into avdei Hashem - Hashem's slaves.

The Supremacy Of Sacrifices

We have lost the idea of what it is to give ourselves to Hashem with totality and completeness.

Parshat Vayikra: The Trouble with Sacrifices

Perhaps the institution of sacrifice is grounded in deep symbolism, the meaning and urgency of which escapes our modern mentality.

Switching One’s Defense (Siman 75:9)

The reason the defendant must pay the money or return the item if he admits that he borrowed the money, stole it, or had something of value deposited with him but does not know whether he repaid the money or gave the item back, is as follows.

Q & A: Preparing The Home And Kashering Utensils For Passover

Question: Must one spend great sums of money and invest much effort in making one’s home kosher for Passover? Not all of us have unlimited funds. Anonymous

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