Pesach

Pesach

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SYMBOLISM AT THE SEDER - WHO'S NUMBER ONE???

The entire Seder ceremony is replete with symbolic gestures. We drink four cups of wine to represent four Biblical expressions of redemption. We dip and lean like kings to represent freedom, and eat bitter herbs to remind us about the bitter slavery. We also eat other symbolic foods that portray…

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Pesach: Aveilus vs. Yom Tov

The Mishna in Pesachim (117) corresponds certain negative sensations with their positive counterpart. I was wondering why "avel" (mourning) directly opposes "yom tov" as opposed to "simcha" or "ho'da". Today I learned the halacha regarding a first-born ovel and if and how he should exempt his fast by attending a…

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Pesach Teaser Discussions: Are we really free?

What does Freedom actually mean to you (each person)? Free to do what you actually want without someone preventing you, pharaoh – physically enslaving our bodies to do his work (it was the Jews built the pyramids, not the Egyptians) and also enslaving the very essence of each person –…

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Pesach: Going Through Time

Rabbi Desler in Michtav m'Eliyahu explains regarding Pesach that man does not stay still with time passing him by. ie. monday comes and goes, tuesday...shabbos....pesach etc. Instead it is time that is stationary and man that travels through time. The relevance of this is massive. When we experience Shabbos today,…

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Pesach: Matzos = Mitzvos

It is no coincidence that the word Matzos is exactly the same word as mitzvos. For matza to be 'non chametz' it must be baked within 18 minutes - ie. With haste. So too we can learn that the best Mitzva is done with haste and in the momnent. This…

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Pesach: Tam

Tam- The Simple Child ? We are all familiar with the simple child in the Pesach Haggadah’s Four Questions. Tam in this context is normally interpreted to mean simple, perhaps a little derogatory? So the child asks a simple open question : What does this mean ? Mah Zot ?…

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