Monthly Archives: March 2011

Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Tazria-HaChodesh 5771


שבת טעם החיים תזריע-החדש תשע”א Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Tazria-HaChodesh 5771 Seeds for our own future דבר אל בני ישראל לאמר אשה כי תזריע וילדה זכר וטמאה שבעת ימים כימי נדת דותה תטמא, speak to the Children of Israel, saying: When … Continue reading

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Exile and Redemption are Intertwined


We declare השתא הכא לשנה הבאה בארעא דישראל, now we are here, next year in Eretz Yisroel. Why is it necessary to declare that we are here? Is it not obvious that we are presently outside of Eretz Yisroel? This … Continue reading

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HaShem is generous and so are we


We recite the words כל דכפין ייתי ויכול, whoever is hungry come and eat. Why do we make this declaration specifically on Pesach and not on other festivals? While Pesach is normally associated with eating, as we have matzah, maror … Continue reading

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Ha Lachma Anya and the Angels


We commence the Hagadah with the passage of הא לחמא עניא, this is the poor man’s bread that our forefathers ate in Egypt. The commentators (Machzor Vitri, Ravyah, Rashbatz, and Shivlei Haleket) explain that this passage is recited in Aramaic … Continue reading

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Hagadah and the Goat


The literature that we read by the Pesach Seder is called the הגדה, which means to flow. The last song that we sing by the Seder is called חד גדיא, one kid. The wordהגדה equals in gematria the word גדי. … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Shemini-Parah 5771


שבת טעם החיים שמיני-פרה תשע”א Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Shemini-Parah 5771 Holiness without Borders? ויקחו בני אהרן נדב ואביהוא איש מחתּתוֹ ויתנו בהן אש וישימו עליה קטרת ויקריבו לפני ה’ אש זרה אשר לא צוה אתם. ותצא אש מלפני ה’ ותאכל … Continue reading

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Nissan: The beginning of the Months


We are all familiar with Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. The commentators write that although New Year is translated as שנה חדשה, the reason our Sages referred to the first of Tishrei as ראש השנה is because the head … Continue reading

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