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Fast of the Firstborns
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
The Great Shabbat

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

The Afikomen
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
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
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
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
Why Laban is in the Haggadah

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

Drama At The Seder
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…

Time of Freedom?
Time of Freedom?

The sages refer to the holiday of Passover as zman chay’roo’tay’noo, the time of our freedom. This may seem obvious, since Passover celebrates the redemption of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. But did you know that…

The Passover Story In Brief
The Passover Story In Brief

On Passover, we commemorate the exodus from Egyptian slavery. The following is a brief summary:Jacob’s family came to Egypt to escape a famine in Canaan. Joseph, Jacob’s son and the Viceroy to Pharaoh, settled his family in the land of Goshen, apart fr…

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