Monthly Archives: March 2015

Kosher Your Kitchen for Pesach

In our home, growing up, Easy-Off and Bleach were the nullifiers before Koshering the kitchen. Every plate, utensil, appliance, table, counters and chairs was slathered with the stuff, making any crumb left behind (as if there could be any!) completely … Continue reading

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Paschal Lamb = Unity

Who Moved My Afikomin  We are taught Chometz is representative of  illusions, imagination, bloated pipe-dreams and ego.  Matzah is bare-bones actual reality.  Think about it.  You have bread and Matzah – they both have equal amounts of flour and water.  The … Continue reading

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Keep Your Communication Lines Open During Pesach Cleaning

One Pesach many people got to hear the interesting flavor of my cousins.  My aunt, in a drive to have no suspicion of any Chometz crumbs anywhere, had her children wash the telephone.  (Hey, you never know, don’t you sometimes … Continue reading

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End of Adar – Tzarchay Tzibbur/Public Works

The end of Adar, beginning on the 15th day of Adar, in days past was dedicated to public projects.  There were two categories of work being done.  The first was a repairing of the roads, opening of public water-spigots and … Continue reading

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Rabbeinu Bachya on What Causes Us To Flake Out on G-dliness

A little bit of studying today about what might possibly block folks from doing the G-dly right thing. Rabbenu Bachya writes in Chovos Halevavos [Duties of the Heart] there are three things that might make a person not keep the … Continue reading

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Megillas Esther, An Original Screenplay, G-d as Director

Setting:  The Persian-Median Empire.  The time period – ah, somewhere around 70 years after the destruction of the first Temple, give or take a few years.  The Jews knew this exile they were in would only last 70 years as … Continue reading

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G-d Hidden in the Megilla – The Mask That Hides

This week, we will be celebrating Purim (Wednesday night and Thursday day).  As part of that celebration, we will be reading Megillas Esther. The rabbis asked, ‘Where in the written Torah do we find an allusion to the story of … Continue reading

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