Monthly Archives: April 2007

Sefiras HaOmer: Short, straight and simple

How do we understand Sefiras HaOmer in simple and practical terms? Many of us struggle with understanding Sefiras HaOmer for a few reasons. One reason for our difficulty in understanding this time period is because besides counting the days towards … Continue reading

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Chagiga Kickoff

The Menoras HaMaor quotes the Medrash Tanchumah, which does not appear in our version of Tanchumah, as follows: There was once a pious man who was secluded in a certain area and he studied Masechet Chagigah. He would study the … Continue reading

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We recite in the Haggadah: The wicked one, what does he say? “What is this service to you?!” He says ‘to you’, but not to him! By thus excluding himself from the community he has denied that which is fundamental. … Continue reading

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Four and Fifteen

There are two numbers that play a significant role by the Pesach Seder. One number is four, and the other is fifteen. Regarding four, there are four cups of wine, four terms of redemption, the four Matriarchs, four sons mentioned … Continue reading

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Shabbos HaGadol IV

The Shabbos that precedes Pesach is referred to as Shabbos HaGadol. The word gadol is similar to the word gedil, which means attached or intertwined. The Maharal (Gevuros HaShem 60) writes that many aspects of the Korban Pesach denote unity, … Continue reading

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Shabbos HaGadol III

The Tur (O.C. 430) writes that the reason why the Shabbos prior to Pesach is referred to as Shabbos HaGadol is because of the great miracle that occurred to the Jewish People in Egypt. The Sar Shalom from Belz asks, … Continue reading

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