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Can You Count To 49?
April 14, 2014 – 12:04 am
Can You Count To 49?

There is a commandment (Leviticus 23:15) to count the 49 days that immediately follow the first night of Passover and, on the 50th night, to celebrate…

Fast of the Firstborns
April 13, 2014 – 12:10 am
Fast of the Firstborns

There has always been a lot of pressure on firstborn children, as they were often expected to care for the family property or business in order to ensure stability within the community. Even in modern society, the firstborn usually…

The Great Shabbat
April 11, 2014 – 12:12 am
The Great Shabbat

The Shabbat immediately preceding Passover is known as Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat. It is best known for…

The Afikomen
April 11, 2014 – 12:08 am
The Afikomen

Those who have attended a Passover Seder know that one of the most beloved Seder traditions involves hiding the afikomen. But what exactly is the afikomen?

Let It Burn
April 10, 2014 – 12:08 am
Let It Burn

As Passover Eve approaches, Jews around the world work hard to make certain that no chametz remains in their possession. The food in the cupboards is consumed, the house is cleaned from top to bottom and, on the night before the Seder…

Searching for Chametz
April 10, 2014 – 12:04 am
Searching for Chametz

On Passover, Jews are commanded to get rid of all “chametz” (leaven) which may be in their possession. Weeks are spent cleaning and scrubbing. To confirm the effectiveness of these efforts, a special search for chametz…

How Pharoah Enslaved the Israelites
April 9, 2014 – 12:08 am
How Pharoah Enslaved the Israelites

One would think that transforming a nation into slaves would take generations or result in rebellion…

Why Laban is in the Haggadah
April 9, 2014 – 12:04 am
Why Laban is in the Haggadah

In honor of the upcoming holiday of Passover, let’s review the important narrative featured in the Haggadah…

Learning to Un-love “The Unavailable Man”
April 8, 2014 – 11:42 am | One Comment
Learning to Un-love “The Unavailable Man”

I pursued him most of my life. Advice columns are dedicated to him. My therapy practice sees many clients attempting to loosen themselves from his grip. He is ever-elusive and ever-intriguing…

Drama At The Seder
April 8, 2014 – 12:08 am
Drama At The Seder

While the basic text of the Haggadah and format of the Seder is the same around the world, each community has its own unique customs. One such custom that is pervasive throughout the Sephardi communities is…

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