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Chabad Spokesman Dismisses Christianity Allegations

A prominent Chabad figure has been accused by participants in an ultra-Orthodox online forum of adopting Christian symbols to describe a Jewish event, following an article he wrote in an official Chabad publication. Chabad spokesman Rabbi Menachem Brod sparked a lively debate in the Haredi forum “Stop, Thinking Here,” when he referred to bread and […]

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Lechem Oni

The Torah refers to the matzah as lechem oni (the bread of affliction). The Gemara explains that it is lechem she’onim alav dvarim harbeh, bread over which we say many things. Accordingly, Rabbenu Chananel notes that we recite the hagadah over the matzah. Just as on Shabbat we say kiddush on a cupof wine in […]

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Bring on the Squish and the Seven Year Scratch

Well, it’s been a minute, hasn’t it? Passover has almost passed, which means two things: This evening the Family Yenta will be scarfing pizza and beer (the root variety for the kiddies, natch) in front of Glee. (Speaking of which, after you’re done here, check out Jay Michaelson’s breakdown of the seder’s Four Sons as imagined through […]

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Maggid: A Blueprint For Self

Magid begins with the words “Ha lachma anya, This is the bread of poverty.” In what sense ismatza the bread of poverty?  The Maharal explains that matzah is a simple food. It contains only two ingredients: flour and water. We should approach Pesach with simplicity.  Simplicity implies bitul hayesh, self-nullification. Self-discovery entails going back to being ourselves, which […]

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The Jewish Bread: A Symbol of Life

Bread has long been part of the Jewish table.  Bread has been a part of Jewish tradition, playing an important role in Jewish cuisine for over a thousand years. Jewish breads have also been part of sacrificial offerings during the days of the Temple. The challah or hallah is special Jewish bread which is traditionally […]

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The Afikoman for the Passover Seder

Afikoman which means “that which comes after” or “dessert,” is half of the piece of matzo which is broken at the early stage of the Passover Seder. This is set aside and is eaten as dessert after meal. Back in the era of the First and Second Temples, the afikoman was the last thing eaten […]

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Why Celebrate the Passover?

Passover is probably one of the most recognized words when you talk about Judaism. Passover is an important part of the Jewish religion. It is based on the story of the Israelites who were freed from slavery in Egypt. We celebrate Passover to remember the freedom of our ancestors, their redemption form the hands of […]

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How to Make Matzo (Unleavened Bread) for Passover Seder

It is customary to serve Matzo (cracker-like unleavened bread) during Passover Seder.  Matzo is the substitute for leavened bread during Passover. Eating chametz (leavened products) are prohibited during this Jewish holiday. Matzo is eaten during Passover to commemorate the ancient Jews exodus from Egypt. Matzo is a symbol of redemption and freedom and serves as a reminder […]

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Pesach (Passover) - A Celebration of the Exodus

The most well-known of all Jewish holidays is undoubtedly Passover. This holiday occurs in the spring, in either April or March, and runs over the course of eight days. Even Jews who do not celebrate other holidays or regularly attend a synagogue celebrate this holiday. Like some other Jewish holidays, such as Sukkot, Passover or […]

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Shlock Rock for Kids - Party Time!

Volume 4 Shlock Rock for Kids - Party Time! features 30 songs with 57 minutes of great music and is a phenomenal recording. Of the 30 songs, 9 are classic Hebrew songs. Also included are Israeli children’s songs such as Oogah Oogah Oogah, Nad-Ned, Yonatan Hakatan, Eretz Yisrael Sheli and Eretz Zavat Chalav as well […]

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Boruch Learns about Pesach

by Rabbi Shmuel Kunda Ages 3-7 A perennial holiday favorite! In this beautiful new edition of a children’s classic, Boruch (a familiar character from Rabbi Kunda’s popular children’s tapes) learns all about the special activities of Pesach. From cleaning the house for chametz (leavened bread) to a complete tour of the Pesach seder, this book […]

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The Matzo Ball Boy

Reading level: Ages 4-8}}On the morning of the Passover seder, a lonely bubbe decides to make a matzo ball boy to keep herself company. Soon delicious smells waft from the bubbling pot, and when she lifts the lid to see if the matzo ball boy is done, out he jumps. “Oy!” she cries. “And where […]

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Laws of the Seder: The Comprehensive Kol Dodi Exposition of the Laws and Rituals of the Seder Night

Rabbi David Feinstein Publisher: Artscroll Rabbi David Feinstein is recognized as a halachic authority of the top rank. The breadth of his knowledge, clarity of his analysis, and aptness of his application of principles and precedents to the question at hand make him a sought-after arbiter of the most complex questions of Torah law. In […]

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The Women’s Passover Companion: Women’s Reflections on the Festival of Freedom

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld (editor), Tara Mohr (editor), Catherine Spector (editor) Publisher: Jewish Lights A powerful—and empowering—gathering of women’s voices transmitting Judaism’s Passover legacy to the next generation. Women’s seders have emerged as one of the most meaningful and popular new rituals in contemporary Jewish life, allowing us a unique avenue for exploring our Jewish […]

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The Pesach Haggadah: Through the Prism of Experience and History

Rabbi Berel Wein Publisher: Artscroll Whether it’s history, Pirkei Avos, a general look at the Jewish and general world - Rabbi Berel Wein’s voice, outlook, depth, and breadth are unique. And now he shares his Seder with us - and he shares them with us in his inimitable manner, as only he can. It’s truly […]

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The Pesach Haggadah: Through the Prism of Experience and History

Rabbi Berel Wein Publisher: Artscroll Whether it’s history, Pirkei Avos, a general look at the Jewish and general world - Rabbi Berel Wein’s voice, outlook, depth, and breadth are unique. And now he shares his Seder with us - and he shares them with us in his inimitable manner, as only he can. It’s truly […]

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Going Kosher In 30 Days!

Rabbi Zalman Goldstein Publisher: The Jewish Learning Group Kosher is in. And going kosher has just become easier than ever before! “GOING KOSHER IN 30 DAYS” will teach the simply curious and those seriously considering going kosher all the whys and hows of kosher. Over eleven million people will buy kosher food this year, and […]

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