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Parshot Festivals

    • Rabbi Aaron Rose

    Shemitah feeds the doubters in all of us

    May 23, 2019 Go comment!
    The parsha of the week, Behar, tells us that we shouldn’t work the land of Israel in the seventh year (Shemitah) or harvest its produce. The parsha continues that nonetheless, G-d promises us that there will be plenty to eat. If we ask, “What will we eat in the 7th year?” G-d promises us that He will command His blessing for us in the sixth year, and it will yield enough for three years.
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    • RabbiNossel

    Why is there no Egged tour to the Garden of Eden?

    May 16, 2019 Go comment!
    I have climbed Mount Sinai. Although the exact location of Mount Sinai is unknown to archaeologists, I was fortunate enough to have toured with the real experts, the Egged bus company, and it knows exactly where it is.
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    • RabbiRGoldstein

    Being holy is about being separate

    May 09, 2019 Go comment!
    Every day, twice a day, we emulate the angels on high and say kedusha (a prayer describing G-d’s holiness). We exclaim that Hashem is “kadosh, kadosh, kadosh – holy, holy, holy” – powerful stuff, but what does holiness mean?
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Moral is normal

    May 02, 2019 Go comment!
    If anyone was bent on convincing us that Torah was old-fashioned, this would be a good Parsha to prove it. Leviticus, Chapter 18, contains the Bible’s Immorality Act. Our moral code, the forbidden relationships, who may marry whom and who may not – all come from this week’s reading.
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    Pesach brings post-fire learnings to Morasha community

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    The story goes that in a small town, some shrubbery in the garden caught alight from a discarded cigarette. The rabbi quickly called the fire department, but the fire chief asked incredulously, “Rabbi, let me get this right, there is a burning bush on the shul property, and you want me to put it out?”
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Pesach – a time to take flight

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    As Pesach approaches, I am drawn to the verse that describes how G-d took us out of Egypt “on the wings of eagles” (Exodus 19:4). Each year, we are told to relive the experience of leaving Egypt, and I imagine being lifted from slavery and oppression “on the wings of eagles”. What better way could there be to express our transition from the earthly bonds that constrain us to the spiritual transcendence that G-d gave us than through the exhilarating, soaring rush of the eagle’s flight.
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    • RabbiJohnathanSacks

    Teach your children well for a better life

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    What creates freedom? A revolution in the streets? Mass protests? Civil war? A change of government? The ousting of the old guard and its replacement by the new? History, more often than not, shows us that the hopes raised by such events are often dashed sooner rather than later.
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    • Rabbi Goldman

    Finding freedom

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    “Free at last, free at last, thank G-d Almighty, we are free at last!” Who said these words? No, it wasn’t Moses. It was American civil-rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King. But it could have been Moses, or for that matter any one of the millions of Jews who were liberated from Egyptian bondage.
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    • AdinaRothNew

    A time to redeem the splits in our community

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    We are about to gather with friends, family, and community to celebrate the Jewish festival of freedom. We will sit around our seder tables, grandparents and children, believers and sceptics, and together, we will tell the story of Passover.
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    • RabbiChaikinUSE

    Getting the leaders we deserve

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    I was driving on a quiet country road in the Free State recently on my way to supervise the shechita (slaughter) at one of our abattoirs. My journey was delayed by a flock of sheep crossing my path.
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    • RabbiHazdan

    Pesach at home or shul?

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    Pesach and the story of the exodus celebrate the national birth of our people, Israel. The storyline of the book of Genesis deals with fathers and mothers, brothers and children, and the trials and tribulations of families. By contrast, the book of Exodus deals with leaders and followers, tribes and communal structures, and the complexities of nationhood. It deals with the birth, emergence and journeys of a liberated people – Am Yisrael.
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    • RebChaiton

    Pesach in the presence of Hashem

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    There are so many beautiful lessons we can learn from the Haggadah and Pesach in general. Every single word, intricacy, and nuance embedded in the seder night can serve as an inspiring lesson to incorporate into our life.
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    • whatsapphero

    Social media: a survivor’s guide to Pesach

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    Social media has its pitfalls, but for finding the best Pesach prices and products, there is nothing to beat it.
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    • RabbiGreg (2)

    Three life lessons from the exodus

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    How many Jews will sit down to a seder this year? Well, first we would have to agree on how many Jews there are in the world. Some say 14 million, and some 16 million and everything in between. And then we have to guess how many know it’s Pesach. And of those who know, how many will choose to sit and retell the greatest story ever told – the exodus from Egypt.
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    • WendyHendler

    Pesach heroines lead the way for today’s abused women

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    In the Pesach story, it is women who bring about the salvation of the Jewish people.
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    • FunSeder

    How to keep children – and adults – at your seder table

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    It’s a tall order: set a beautiful seder table, prepare an amazing pesadik meal, get through the haggadah with everyone’s full attention... and keep the kids at the table.
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    • TaliEgypt

    Egyptian Jews after the exodus fearful and needy

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    Although the Pesach story began in Egypt, there are only about 12 Jews living in that country today – mostly elderly and primarily concentrated in Alexandria.
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    • SimonApfel

    Rocking in the free world

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    If there is one word to describe the countercultural milieu ushered in during the 1960s, it’s “freedom”.
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    • HowardFreedomSeder

    Freedom Seders – from revolution to revelation

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    It was the heady days of South Africa’s revolution. The townships were in flames, and tens of thousands of people were in detention without trial. South Africa was burning in the 1980s, and democracy seemed like an impossible dream.
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    • DoviGoldstein

    The long road to kashering for Pesach

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    This is my first Pesach as the managing director of the Beth Din’s Kosher Department, and it is incredible to see the amount of work that goes into Pesach production, from our department to manufacturers, retailers, and mashgichim.
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