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Four Jewish Opinions before the Sea Split

The Medrash says that when the Jews at the Exodus were confronted at the Sea with the Egyptians at their heels, they split up into 4 opinions:

  1. Give up and go back to Egypt.
  2. Fight the Egyptians and win our
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Reveal the Concealed, Splitting the Sea – in our DNA as a people

The 7th of Passover is the annual anniversary of the Splitting of the Sea, that dramatic climax of the Exodus. This is the one of the most famous miracles of all time, and one of the greatest images of the … Read the rest

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Prayer for Eating Chametz on Passover – in Bergen Belsen 1944

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This crisply handwritten “Chametz on Passover Prayer” from Bergen Belsen Passover 1944 was on display at the Ghetto Fighters Museum in Tel-Aviv.

It was written or at least dictated by Rabbi Aharon Bernard Davids, leader of the Dutch community of … Read the rest

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Second Seder was better than the first

My grandfather Reb Moshe Rubin liked to tell this story at the second Seder or on the second day of Passover:

Reb Shmuel of Karov was a poor but pious Chassid of the Chozeh of Lublin. One year, as Passover … Read the rest

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Making Matzah, Passover Preparations & Seder Memories in Tashkent Russia

At the second Seder 5775 (2015), after we ate the Matzah, Raizy’s father Rabbi Shlomo Galperin shared this memory of the Passovers of his youth in Tashkent Russia:

My grandmother Bubbe Reiza didn’t exercise her authority much, but when she … Read the rest

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The time a Muslim guy in a hatchback car made my day…

We were exiting Restaurant Depot when I spotted the small silver hatchback car to my left. Remember, this warehouse-type store is only open to those with a business or non-profit account, and most things are sold in bulk quantities, so … Read the rest

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Haggadah Tweets

We’ll tweet some of these as we approach Passover @shabboshouse, but the idea is to condense seder insights into concise twitter-like tidbits, each under 140 characters. 

from our TorahTuesday class before Passover 5775 / 2015 by Rabbi Mendel Rubin.
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Two things maybe not so wise to share with college students…

I’m going to share with you two things that maybe I shouldn’t share with college students. One is from the Medrash on the Golden Calf, the other is the Rebbe’s commentary on a classic piece of Zohar. I don’t want … Read the rest

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Blank Paper & the Broken Tablets in the Ark

THE BLANK PAPER

Today marks the 20th yartzeit of my grandfather Rabbi Yechiel Michel Piekarski. He passed away on Shushan Purim Kattan (that year was a Jewish leap year) in 5755 (1995) and now we’re at the day after Purim … Read the rest

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A few more memories of Zeide Michel Piekarski

Today marks the 20th yartzeit of my grandfather Rabbi Yechiel Michel Piekarski. He passed away on Shushan Purim Kattan (that year was a Jewish leap year) in 5755 (1995) and now we’re at the day after Purim in 5775 (2015). … Read the rest

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