As we sit here as free men and women, it is so easy for us to forget the hardships that our ancestors had to overcome for our freedom. The exodus from servile Egypt to liberated Israel is viewed as the most pivotal event in Jewish history. So why do we lean on Pesach?
It was the custom of ancient royalty to recline on the left for two reasons:
a) Food is normally held in the right hand. Leaning toward the...
Matzah, this thin unleavened bread of affliction is baked with the bare necessities; flour, water and fire; allowed to stand for no more than 18 minutes, which is the time it takes for the process of fermentation to begin. Therefore, the only difference between bread and matzah is time. So surely in his absolute power, G-d could have provided bread for the Jewish people when He liberated them from slavery. Why did the...
“Vehi Sheamda - and this is what kept our fathers and what keeps us surviving.” What is the “this” that we sing about on the seder night?
Many rabbis come with their different opinions saying that the things that keep us surviving is the torah which we received on Har Sinai, others say it is the mitzvot, our great rabbis or even Shabbat.
A nice idea I once heard says that the “this” that we...
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Karpas and maror are two fundamental aspects of the Seder. We dip the karpas in salt water to add a sense of a bitter taste to symbolize the bitter years of slavery spent in Egypt. But on the other hand the maror, the bitter herbs, also symbolizes the hard years of slavery experienced in Egypt. Surely this is repetitive? Why would the Hagadah use two motifs to represent the same idea?
Sigmund Freud the famous...
Throughout the history of Judaism chronology has never been accentuated by our sages, rabbis or even by G-d. Why then is such an emphasis placed on the chronological steps of the Pesach seder?
A Jew, a Christian and a Muslim walk into a bar. The Christian orders a glass of wine and says “I love Jesus”. The Muslim orders a Coke and declares “I love Allah”. The Jew orders a beer and exclaims “I love Hashem and Hashem loves me!”
All monotheistic religions believe that there is one God who created the world. A God who is so awesome that words fall short when attempting to depict Him. The...
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