Pesach

Pesach: The Joy of Liberty

Apr 02, 2020Comments off

The Torah does not explicitly command us to be happy on Pesach (beyond the general commandment to rejoice on our holidays). Nonetheless, Pesach is the

Whatever You Want

Apr 02, 2020Comments off

The Tikun of the Seventh Night of Pesach Just as we stay awake on the night of Shavuot and the night of Hoshanah Rabbah, so

The Kabbalistic Promise of Passover, the mo...

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The Arizal promised that whomever would be careful with chametz during Passover would not sin all year long. How could he make this promise and

Cleanliness of Speech, Purity of Thought, C...

Apr 18, 20111 Comment

In the ten-rung ladder of spiritual growth outlined by Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair, three consecutive rungs are: “Cleanliness brings one to purity, purity brings one to

Out There

Apr 17, 20112 Comments

“Egypt” (מצרים) means “straights,” alluding to psychological blocks and states of confinement. Chametz (leavened bread) symbolizes egocentricity. Egocentricity (chametz) is the source of all psychological confinement

The Last Exile

Apr 17, 2011No Comments

The four questions that we ask at the Seder table begin: “What is the difference between this night (of Pesach) and all (other) nights?” The children at

Mouth to Mouth

Mar 25, 2011No Comments

Both Purim and Pesach commemorate the redemption of the Jewish People. Both begin with the letter pei (פ), which means “mouth.” Informing Miriam and Aaron

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