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What are the Passover Plagues?

Through our successful use of our free will, we can elevate ourselves to truly display the divine image within us that we were all created in.  And just like a mountain climber, after all his faithful efforts can blissfully enjoy the magnificent views he has achieved, so will we bask in the level of completeness we have attained through overpowering our negative drive with our positive drive.   What is more, is that just like the parable of the mountain climber, or any aspiring artist or performer, we do not have to wait until the finish line to enjoy the fruits of our labours, but every further step upwards offers a greater vies , and every level of excellence brings us true fulfillment in this world. Read More……

What are the Many Faces of Passover?

What is the name of the wonderful holiday are we passing through right now?

You probably answered – Pesach, which is right, however, there are actually a number of names for our great holiday.  The Torah exclusively refers to it as ‘the festival of matzos’ – (which is also how it is called in our prayers and blessings).  Another name we refer to it as (such as in the Amidah/silent prayer) is the time of our freedom.  Lastly, Pesach is sometimes referred to as the holiday of the spring. Let’s take a moment to note something about the significance of each name: Read More…..

Pesach Night Questions & Answers

What is Karpas all about and what is the word and why do we dip it and why does it start the meal?

A:  Many interesting and far-reaching explanations have been offered for this odd step in the seder, and the unfamiliar choice of words for vegetable –and now I want to share something most dynamic I heard on a tape, in the name of the Chochmas Manoach  (medieval commentator, best known for his writings on the works of the Rambam).
He writes that we have a tradition (one which was obviously muffled quite a bit in the many long centuries of exile and persecutions between him and us), that our dipping the Karpas in salt water is a reminder of Joseph’s coloured tunic which his brothers dipped in (salty) blood, when they feigned his demise to their father Jacob.  In fact, if we open up Genesis, where we are introduced to Yosef’s colorful coat, the Torah uses a new word “pasim’ to describe it.  Rashi, who takes on his shoulders to render a straightforward explanation of the Torah, shows that we have seen this term in another context, in the Book of Esther of all places.   At its very outset the Megilla is describing the lavish palace of Ahashverosh, and uses the word Karpas – which is translated is fine, colorful woo, like Yosef’s coat. Read More….

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