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    • RabbiAvtzon

    Sage words from the Baal Shem Tov

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    If you would ask me, “Rabbi, what’s your favourite story ever?”, it would be the following little tale which I hope will resonate with you too, especially in the unusual times we find ourselves in.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    This Pesach, let’s dig deep

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    This is going to be a Pesach like none other. As we follow the stipulations laid out so resolutely by our state president – observing them not just as law-abiding citizens, but as Jews for whom the protection and preservation of human life is one of the highest Torah values – we will confront something we’ve never confronted before.
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    • RabbiRGoldstein

    Passover is no pushover

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Pesach is a very interesting and stressful time of the Jewish year. There are so many fresh mitzvot (commandments) that have to be performed, so much food that has to be cooked and eaten (which is never really such a problem), and many guests to entertain.
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    • RabbiChaikinUSE

    Closing doors, opening hearts and minds

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    “As for you, you shall not leave the entrance of the house.” (Exodus 14, 22)
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    • AidelKazilsky

    The updated version of Mah Nishtana 5780

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Mah nishatana hashana hazot mekol hashanim? (Why is this year different from all other years?)
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    • FourCups

    Why is this night different to other nights?

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    The number four is built into the seder experience. Through the evening, we will drink four cups of wine, we will ask four questions, we will speak of the four sons, and on a personal level, I normally argue with a minimum of four people before the evening winds to its slurry and exhausting conclusion.
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    The irony of celebrating the festival of freedom in lockdown

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Wow! How the world has changed in the past few weeks! Our sages say, “The salvation of Hashem comes in the blink of an eye,” and King David said in tehillim (psalms) 126, “When Hashem brings us back to Zion, we will be like dreamers.”
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    • SImonApfelPesach

    The blessing of boredom

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    The famous therapist, Salvador Minuchin, was once asked if he believed in multiple personality disorder. He replied, “A person with multiple personality disorder is someone with very few personalities that talk to each other inside their head. Me? I have hundreds.”
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    • AdinaRothNew

    A new and subtle freedom

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Have you ever experienced a moment in your life when it felt as if the ground beneath your feet disappeared? Psychologists call these moments “life shocks”.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Bringing the seder home

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    I was speaking to a psychologist the other day, and he told me about a particular case he was dealing with and how it took him a full two years of therapy just to get this one child to open up and share her honest, inner feelings with him. Well, I’m not claiming that Judaism has a magical panacea for all ailments, but I do believe strongly that it can help us in real life in many ways we often haven’t considered.
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    • TaliPesachwithCorona

    Meaning helps mitigate lonely seders

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    How do we deal with the unprecedented reality of a seder under lockdown on a practical and emotional level?
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    • KimNovickFamilyonZoom

    Pesach so far from home

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    We hear from South Africans living overseas about how they envisage Pesach in the time of COVID-19
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    • RabbiGregNew

    COVID-19 and the song at the sea

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Last night, one of the parents of a recent Batmitzvah sent me a beautiful and inspiring audio clip of her singing. He described it as her “contribution to lockdown”. It moved me deeply, and gave me the inspiration for this dvar Torah (talk on a topic related to the Torah).
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    • DoviGoldstein

    Kosher for Pesach goods still available to all

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    My father-in-law recently told me a story about when he was serving in the Israeli Defense Forces on erev (the night of) Pesach in the Sinai Desert. After his 21-day stint at the army’s forward position, he was waiting to leave the base and go home for Pesach.
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    • 36 new

    Menu of creative options makes this night truly different

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Whether it’s turning to TikTok tutorials, “Zooming” in with Bobba and Zaida, sourcing a home-made haggadah hack, or preparing a platter of pantry-based bites, this year’s Pesach-in-a-time-of-corona, is certainly destined to be different.
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    A Pesach for residents only

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Being kept apart from your children and grandchildren might seem like punishment rather than a way to protect an elderly person. While most of the elderly at Jewish old age homes and assisted living facilities understand the Chevrah Kadisha’s introduction of stringent restrictions that prevent visits from family and friends, it isn’t easy.
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    • RabbiAriShishler

    This is a watershed Pesach, welcome it

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Asher comes home from work. Late. Again. Sarah is annoyed. He’s always late. She has to manage the children on her own. She has to ensure that there is a meal prepared. She works too, actually, but that never seems to be a factor. She would vent her frustrations, but Asher has already collapsed in a pile, having barely eaten a thing. He certainly hasn’t connected with his family. This is how it is every day. No respite.
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    • TaliSlavery

    How slavery persists today

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    While the story of the Jewish people as slaves in Egypt is an ancient one, slavery persists in our modern world. In fact, there are millions of slaves across the globe today, more than ever before in human history.
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    • StevenGruzd10Plagues

    How to overcome today’s 10 plagues

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Every year, we recall the 10 plagues that Hashem sent to punish Pharaoh for refusing to release the children of Israel from slavery. The Egyptians endured blood, frogs, lice, wild beasts, cattle disease, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and the death of the first born.
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    • DanielleSack

    Finding (a different sort of) freedom

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    Pesach is arguably one of my favourite holidays. After an often hectic first term of school, the holidays allow me to recover.
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