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Singing Praises
Singing Praises

The prophets of the Jewish people ordained that the Hallel be recited on special occasions and celebrations [like Yom Tov], and at times of…

Jewish Community Shootings Show that Terrorism Aimed at One Group Attacks All of Us
Jewish Community Shootings Show that Terrorism Aimed at One Group Attacks All of Us

…by being Jewish, she faces a real threat. It’s a menacing fear that dares her to discount it.

Setting the Seder Table
Setting the Seder Table

Before beginning the Seder, it is important to make certain that everything necessary is available. No Seder table is complete without…

Can You Count To 49?
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
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…

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