Pesach – Defining a Nation

Author: Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen On Pesach we celebrate Yetsias Mitzrayim and express our endless gratitude to Hashem for extracting us from the terrible slavery that we endured there.  However, there is a great difficulty with the whole essence of this festival.  Imagine Reuven is walking down the

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In Search Of The Meaning Of Chometz

Author: Rabbi Dovid Zauderer (Aish Toronto) If you are one of the many Jewish men and women who has been working strenuously for days (or weeks) on end just to rid the house of all the chametz, bread products, and leavened foods, in preparation for the upcoming

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The Four Sons

Author: Rabbi Avraham Twerski MD INNERNET MAGAZINE  “THE FOUR SONS”  by Rabbi Abraham Twerski MD. * * * Judaism encourages inquiry. However, this must be inquiry with a sincere intent to learn and to gain knowledge, and not provocation or derisive scoffing. The question posed by the wise

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Questions on Pesach and the Haggadah

The Mishna in Pirkei Avos (6:2) declares – “There is no free person other than one that is immersed in the study of the Torah”. Isn’t the opposite true – ie, that the yoke of Torah and the mitzvot should limit one’s freedom? Secondly, the kiddush tells us that

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Ten Top Ways to Actually Enjoy Your Family Seder

Author: By Rabbi Yaakov Palatnik Let’s face it– we have all experienced some pretty boring seders in our days, or some that have turned into just another family dinner party devoid of meaning. In order to bring more meaning and enjoyment back to the family seder, try

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Seder Night Outline

Kaddesh / Recite the Kiddush for Yom-Tov.DRINK THE FIRST CUP OF WINE. U’rechatz / Wash hands in preparation for… Karpas / Eat the Karpas (vegetables dipped in salt-water). Yachatz / Break the middle Matzah. This represents the “bread of poverty”, over which the Haggadah will be told. Maggid / Haggadah is recited:The child asks four questions to which the father replies:We

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Seder Outline

Author: Mordechai Tokarsky We came up with a unique program for an outreach Passach Seder for parents and children. Addressing two issues: How do you keep the children really involved? How do you deal with the fact that the Seder is so late? How do you promote

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Questions For the Seder

What are the 15 steps of the seder? What is the significance of 15? (There are also 15 verses in “dayeinu”) How many cups of wine do we drink? Why?What are the four cups?Why do we drink four cups?What are the four languages of redemption? Why do

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4 Questions and 2 Jokes Kit to Enhance Your Seder

Section: /data/Class_Materials/Contemporary_Issues/Ethics/Medical_Ethics Author: Rabbi Chaim Sampson Why do we hide the afikomen? a)      To keep the children up till the end of the Seder b)      So that the person leading the Seder gets very confused, lengthening the Seder for as long as possible c)      Because the redemption from our present

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Seder Ideas

1. I give non frum people an idea of what to expect at the seder.  When it starts, when we actually get to the food, when it ends etc. so they can be prepared.  I usually tell them to eat around 5 pm before the seder so they

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Pesach Jeopardy

Pesach Jeapardy This game was created by Rabbi Mitch Mandel. It can be used during the meal to keep the guests entertained and learning about Pesach, or it can be used at any other time.(Answers only, the questions you will have to figure out yourself!) Pesach Jeopardy

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GAMES FOR PESACH

Dear All, Over the past 10 years, we’ve cataloged various questions (almost 200!) and games we’ve played at our seder (and other meals on Pesach). My wife and I *cannot* take credit for most of this stuff, our children were intimately involved in all the creativity and

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Pesach Cleaning

Author: Rav Scheinberg Shlita Clean for Pesach and Enjoy the Seder! This address was originally delivered 20 Adar II, 5749 (Based on the responsa of Harav Chaim P. Sheinberg, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva Torah Ore to questions posed by women attending his regular chizuk talks. (Footnotes to the

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Definition of Chametz

Download pdf file DEFINITION OF CHAMETZ REGARDING THE PROHIBITION AGAINST OWNING AND EATING IT (B’al Yera’eh/B’al Y’Matzei & Lo Sochal Chametz) VARIOUS TYPES OF CHAMETZ EXAMPLES WHICH PROHIBITION Don’t own ChametzB’al Yera’eh/B’al Y’Matzei Don’t eat ChametzLo Sochal Chametz SEVERITY Assur Min haTorah Assur M’d’Rabbanan Assur Min HaTorah Assur M’d’Rabbanan

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Mechiras Chametz Sample Form

Download pdf file MECHIRAS CHOMETZ All Chometz not destroyed must be given as a gift or must be sold to a non-Jew.  The Rabbi is appointed as an agent of the seller of the Chometz to sell it to a non-Jew. This procedure is not a legal fiction but

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Halachos of Kashering for Pesach

EXPLANATION OF THE CHARTS: The need for kashering (and cleaning) for Pesach, and the type of kashering required, depends on many factors: Chart #1 The first column notes the reason behind the need for cleaning; the next two columns examines how the Chametz got absorbed in the vessel

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Hilchos Erev Pesach on Shabbos

Download pdf file                                                                                                                                                                      ג”ז HALACHOS OF EREV PESACH ON SHABBOS                                                                                (Based on the book Erev Pesach Sh’chal b’Shabbos by Rabbi Zvi Cohen) *  Thursday, the 12 of Nissan:  “Fast of the First born,” and Bedikas Chametz and Bitul in the evening *  Friday, the 13 of Nissan:  Bi’ur Chametz and preparation for the Seder *  Shabbos, the 14 of

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A Halacha Analysis Of Bedikas Chametz

Author: Rabbi Asher Resnick – (based on a shiur from R’ Yitzckok Berkowitz) Sources of the mitzvoth concerning chametz: “You shall eat no chametz (during Pesach)… whoever eats any chametz, that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel…” Exodus 12:19 – 20 “On the

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Matzah – The Symbol of Freedom

We refer to Passover as the “holiday of matzos”. We begin the seder by holding up a matzah and speaking about it. Why does matzah serve such a central role as a symbol for all Passover? What is matzah? Flour and water. No flavorings, preservatives, colorings, etc. It is

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Freedom From Mitzrayim

“In every generation one is required to see himself as if he personally had left Egypt” – from the traditional guide to the Passover Seder – the “Haggadah”. How do we understand this? Most of us have never ever been to Egypt! The message being conveyed here

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