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Bring In The Seder Early

The Talmud at Tractate Pesachim 108b-109a relates that we distribute to them [children] parched ears of corn and nuts on the eve of Passover, so that they should not fall asleep, and ask [the ‘questions’]. It was related of R. Akiba … Continue reading

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Tuna for Passover

Pesach is a complicated and complex holiday. We do not sacrifice a lamb, although we should and actually could and at least practice for the event. But we do banish chometz and any and all manner of leavened bread and grains. … Continue reading

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Dvar Torah on Parshat Ki Tissa

This Shabbat my wife and I were luncheon guests at Ilana and David B’s table and this is a summary reworking of my Dvar Torah. I first mentioned that the whole series of instructions we have been reading these past … Continue reading

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Aryeh as an Acronym

As the Shelah HaKadosh, Rabbi Yeshayah Horowitz, records in his “Two Tablets of the Law“, The period of Ellul through to Hoshanna Rabba is suggested by the word Aryeh – אריה – in the verse “The lion has roared, who … Continue reading

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Labor, Not Commerce

My dvar torah this week, Parshat VaYishlach, at the table of Sophie Simons: In his words seeking to convince Yaakov to be absorbed and dwell together in full integration with the Shchemites after the rape of Dina, Hamor states ח  וַיְדַבֵּר … Continue reading

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Purim – From One to None

Chapter Three of the Book of Esther contains Haman’s perception analysis of the Jewish People in verse 8: וַיֹּאמֶר הָמָן, לַמֶּלֶךְ אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ–יֶשְׁנוֹ עַם-אֶחָד מְפֻזָּר וּמְפֹרָד בֵּין הָעַמִּים which translates as And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus: ‘There is a certain … Continue reading

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