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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…

Cut Off
Cut Off

“…Be as scrupulous in performing a ‘minor’ mitzvah as a ‘major’ one, for you do not know the reward given for the respective mitzvot. Calculate the…reward of a sin against its cost” (Ethics of the Fathers 2:1). While we do not know the full reward …

Dipping Plagues
Dipping Plagues

On the night of the Seder, and whenever one recounts the story of the Exodus, the recitation of the 10 plagues presents a particularly dramatic moment. It is interesting to note that…

Seek The Answer
Seek The Answer

The Four Questions (Mah Nishtana - What makes it different?) is one of the most famous features of the Passover Seder. Why ask them? Well…

The Beauty of the Book
The Beauty of the Book

Illuminated manuscripts inlaid with gold leaf and spectacularly illustrated are most often associated with the Medieval church (the Gospels, Psalters, etc), where texts were generally hand-copied until…

Kitniyot and Gerbrouchts…Oh You Ashkenazim
Kitniyot and Gerbrouchts…Oh You Ashkenazim

Ashkenazi or Sephardi? Hungarian, Yekke (German), Lithuanian?At no other time on the Jewish calendar is it so important to know your ancestry as it is on Passover…

Seeing Through Deceptions
Seeing Through Deceptions

The Exodus from Egypt, which culminated in the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, was a defining moment in Jewish history. Not only does the Torah narrate the events of the Exodus, but, quite a few of the mitzvot are specifically mandated with a refer…

The Cedar and the Hyssop: A Lesson In Humility
The Cedar and the Hyssop: A Lesson In Humility

One of the most challenging categories of Jewish law is the one associated with lashon harah…

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