Monthly Archives: April 2016

Take a Fiddle When You Are Eating the Maror — for joy is just around the corner

We are heading to Seder nights, folks.  A time hinting of promises of redemption.  At that Seder, the crux of the night is to remember to talk about PESACH, MATZAH and MAROR.  If you don’t, you haven’t fulfilled your obligations … Continue reading

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Fifteen Step Program for the Seder – mapping out growth

There are fifteen segments to the Pesach Seder.  These correspond to the fifteen steps that led into the Ezras Yisroel, the part of the Temple where a ritually prepared person would be allowed to enter. The fifteen stairs leading up … Continue reading

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What’s the Pshat on Seder Night?

We are told that Torah learning is a Pardes, a beautiful orchard.  The letters of Pardes hint to the dimensions of each verse of Torah.  There is the Pey which refers to Pshat – literal translation.  Every verse in Torah … Continue reading

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Haftorah of Metzorah (G-d can do ANYTHING!)

When I was a little girl, we got a jolly big pumpkin right at the farmer stand.  Bright orange goodness made into mushy nutritious food and pies.  And then my mother declared it was time to make pumpkin seeds.  Guess … Continue reading

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Nisan: Royal Stature Recognized

There’s a story Reb Nachman of Breslov used to tell his Chassidim. Once upon a time, a prince thought he was a turkey.  He took off all his clothing, sat himself down under a table and said, “Gobble, Gobble, Gobble”.  … Continue reading

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Rosh Chodesh Nisan

Rosh Chodesh Nissan will be arriving this Saturday.  Nisan’s astrological sign is the lamb.  For the Egyptians this symbol was wealth and power.   For the Jews, this sign was what they would sacrifice for G-d.  All our possessions can be … Continue reading

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End of Adar — A Time for Communal Work

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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