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אברהם פריד שר את ניגון חב”ד העתיק של תלמידי הצמח צדק

ניגוני ברסלב – טעימות משבת ב

12.01.2012

אברהם פריד – רצוננו לראות את מלכנו Avraham Fried – Retzoneinu

31.01.2013

אברהם פריד שר את רצוננו מהדיסק החדש Keep Climbing.
מילים מתוך רש”י על חומש שמות פרק י”ט פסוק ט’.
ויגד משה את דברי העם אל ה’
תשובה על הדבר הזה שמעתי מהם
שרצונם לשמוע ממך.
אינו דומה השומע מפי שליח, לשמוע מפי המלך
רצוננו לראות מלכנו.

 

El Adon – Yossi Azulay

 

10.02.2013

For best viewing, watch the HD version and switch to full screen.
Lyrics: Traditional. Music: composed and sung by Yossi Azulay.
Watch the (changing) footnotes. Also, watch the second half for English translation.

Yosi Azulay – Yigdal

27.07.2012

I don’t own the rights of the song. All rights reserved to the owners.
first picture: http://www.photos8.com

 

Yossi Azulay – Prayers II (full album)

06.03.2013

Yossi Azulay “Tfilot” – Prayers I (full album)

24.01.2013

1. Shma Israel
2. Shir La-Ma’alot (0:445:20)
3. Al Tashliheni Le’et Zikna (5:20– 10:51)
4. Adon Ha-Selihot (10:54– 15:30)
5. Tfilat Av (15:31– 20:26)
6. Ana Be-Koah (20:27– 25:28)
7. Nerot shabat (25:39– 26:05)
8. Zur Mishelo Ahalnu (26:06– 31:58)
9. El Adon (32:00– 36:44)
10. Avi Hatov She-Bashamaim (36:48– 41:47)
11. Leha Eli Teshukati (41:50– 46:14)
12. Yerushalahaym Shel Zahav (46:16– 51:23)
13. Avinu Malkenu (51:26– 55:06)
14. Shirat Ha-Navad (55:08– 1:00:49)
15. Os’e Shalom Bimromav (1:00:50– 1:02:42)

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Hagada Of Pessach Part 3 – Extras (5773) By A Israeli

 02.04.2014

Hagada Of Pessach Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in Likutey Sichos vol 17, 6, 11 and 31.

Hagada Of Pessach Part 2 – Answers (5774) By A Israeli

02.04.2014

Hagada Of Pessach Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Likutey Sichos vol 17 – Pessach 2

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24Jewish Video, Focus on Jewish Holidays, Pessach, The Laws of Passover, Part 2 Shiurim Pessach channel, Great Videos Selection . April 6, 2014

24Jewish Video, Focus on Jewish Holidays, Pessach, Halachos of Pessach, Part 2 Passover Seder 101, P1-P15, Great Videos Selection 30 March 2014

Passover Message – Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar – Pesach

 17.04.2008

Rabbi Sholom Lipskar’s Pesach Message
Sholom Dovber Lipskar is a Chabad rabbi who founded the Landow Yeshiva Center in Miami Beach in 1969, he has served as its principal and dean of its elementary, academy, and high school studies. Rabbi Sholom Lipskar also founded The Shul of Bal Harbour, Aleph Insititute and the Educational Academy for the Elderly in 1981. As The Shul’s head Rabbi he is both the spiritual leader and educational programmer for all ages. Since receiving rabbinical ordination from the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn in 1968, Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar has worked as an emissary for the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar is recognized as an international leader bringing Torah values to people from all walks of life.

Torah Studies – Passover I – “The Freedom of Discontent”

 02.04.2014

Aah, freedom! No work, lying on the beach, mind at rest. We challenge this conventional model of liberty and instead look at Passover, the festival of freedom, to discover that true emancipation is when we remain shackled to our raging minds and restless hearts.

Pesach/Passover Laws and Halacha Pt. 1

29.03.2014
Pesach/Passover Halachah. A practical shiur which assists one to observe Pesach properly. Please subscribe and feel free to leave comments.

Pesach Part 1 – הרב דוד לוי – פסח פרק

30.03.2014

Pesach Part 2 – הרב דוד לוי – פסח פרק

Rabbi Gibber Pesach 5773 Shiur part 1

21.03.2013

Rabbi Gibber Pesach 5773 Shiur part 2

21.03.2013

24Jewish Video Jewish Torah Insights of the Day Rabbi David Sperling – Pesach: How much of the Hagadah must we read?, Part 2 Machon Meir channel, Great Videos Selection

 

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Este é primeiro o canal de shiurim ao vivo em português no You Tube do mundo!

Por que “Happy Hour”?

Este projeto foi idealizado para que, logo após o trabalho, as pessoas possam estudar Torá de forma leve e agradável.

As aulas do Kolel Happy Hour são realizadas por David Leitman, na Sinagoga CCI (Rua Anita Garibaldi, 37A – Copacabana), de segunda a quinta, a partir das 19:15 (Shiur – Ao Vivo) de Guemará Kidushin, seguido de um lanche e pequenas aulas (também ao vivo, aqui no YouTube), de filosofia judaica e leis práticas (halachá). As aulas terminam em torno de 20:45.

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jkidphilly Passover

01.04.2014

A fun idea to celebrate Passover with your jkids, making harosets together for your Passover seder. For more, see jkidphilly.org.

How to Host a Passover Seder

09.04.2009

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A seder is a ceremonial dinner service usually observed on the first or first and second nights of the Jewish holiday Passover. It’s also a joyful occasion to gather with friends and family!

Step 1: Place matzos and seder plate on table
Wrap three whole matzos in a cloth, and place them on the table, along with the seder plate.

Step 2: Place filled wine glass and Haggadah
Set down a filled wine glass at each adult’s place setting. Also give each person a Haggadah, which contains the Exodus story and the guidelines for the ritual meal.

Step 3: Elder leads seder
When all the guests have arrived, a designated person, usually an elder or one of the hosts, leads the seder.

Tip
While it is customary to complete all the steps of the seder, feel free to spend more or less time on the steps you find most or least interesting.

Step 4: Recite the Kiddush blessing
Recite the Kiddush blessing over the wine. In some families, everyone holds their own cup for the blessing. In others, the Kiddush is said over one large cup, which is then distributed into individual glasses.

Step 5: Drink the first cup of wine
Drink the first cup of wine. Attendees drink four cups of wine each throughout the seder to symbolize the four redemption promises found in Exodus: God tells the Jews he will take them out of Egypt, deliver them from bondage, redeem them with an outstretched arm, and acquire them to be God’s chosen people.

Tip
For children or those who prefer not to drink wine, you may substitute grape juice or another beverage.

Step 6: Wash your hands
Wash your hands, either away from the table or using a pitcher and bowl passed around the table.

Step 7: Dip the karpas
Dip the karpas, or green vegetable, symbolizing rebirth, into the salt water, representing the tears of slavery. Recite the corresponding blessing and eat. Celery or parsley is often used.

Step 8: Leader breaks the middle matzoh in two
The leader breaks the middle matzo in two and places the smaller half back in the cloth between the other matzos. The other half is wrapped and hidden for the afikomen, which children will hunt for later in the evening. Fill the second cup of wine.

Step 9: Ask the four questions
The youngest person at the seder asks the four questions, which encourage participation in the ritual. The questions are all meant to explain why this night is different from other nights.

Tip
Engage people, especially children, in discussion.

Step 10: Recite the Passover story
Recite the Passover story found in the Haggadah. Drink the second cup of wine and wash hands as before, this time accompanied by the traditional blessing for washing hands, which can be found in the Haggadah.

Step 11: Recite blessing over remaining matzo
Recite the blessing over the remaining matzo on the table. Each person eats a small piece from the top matzo and broken middle matzo. If there is not enough matzo from the seder plate to go around, supplement with some from a box.

Step 12: Dip the maror
Dip the maror, or bitter herb (representing slavery’s bitterness), into the charoset, the sweet fruit and nut mixture that symbolizes the slave labor Jews performed with bricks and mortar. Recite the corresponding blessing and eat. Then, take pieces from the bottom matzo and make a sandwich with the chazeret, or second bitter herb, dipped into the charoset.

Tip
If the seder plate does not contain any chazeret you may also use the maror to make the sandwich.

Step 13: Eat dinner
Eat dinner. Typical main dishes include brisket, matzo ball soup, and potato kugel. Many Passover meals begin with the egg on the seder plate dipped in salt water, a sign both of mourning for the destruction of the Temple and of new life.

Step 14: Hunt for the afikomen
At some point while the adults are eating, the children hunt for the afikomen. Since the meal cannot finish without eating it, it is traditional for the children to ransom the afikomen in exchange for a prize, such as candy or a small toy.

Step 15: Fill your cup with wine
Fill your cup with wine. Say the grace after meals and wine blessing as found in the Haggadah, and drink the third cup of wine.

Step 16: Pour the fourth cup of wine for Elijah
Pour the fourth cup of wine, setting aside an extra glass of wine for the Prophet Elijah, and open the door for Elijah.

Step 17: Drink the fourth cup and eat the afikomen
Sing psalms and recite the blessing over the wine. Drink the fourth cup of wine. After dinner, eat a piece of the afikomen. Don’t eat or drink anything else for the rest of the night.

Step 18: End ritual
The ritual ends with a statement that the seder is done and the wish that Passover might be celebrated

The Seder Plate

07.04.2014

Slide show of my favorite Seder Plates (4 minutes). Which one do you like best?

jkidphilly Passover

 01.04.2014

A fun idea to celebrate Passover with your jkids, making harosets together for your Passover seder. For more, see jkidphilly.org.

How to Make Matzah Brie

02.04.2014

Bubby Chanele makes Gefilte Fish in Yiddish

15.08.2010

Bubby Chanele Gonshor, of Montreal, Canada, visits her granddaughter in Berkeley, California, and teachers her how to make Geflite Fish in Yiddish.

Passover Recipe – Fried Gefilte Fish

10.09.2009
Step-by-step guide to making fried gefilte fish for Passover (Pesach). Enjoy this delicacy hot or cold. These are Jewish fish cakes!

Video Jewish Recipes of the Day

how to make matzo crack

25.03.2014
our FoodtoEat cook/baker teaches us how to make matzo crack.
For Full Recipe Visit: http://dailyfoodtoeat.com/

SDJA Kosher Cooking

12.04.2008
SDJA 5th grade students make matzah chocolate cake for passover.

Passover Recipe – How to Make Passover Apple Cake

 29.03.2013

Get the recipe @ http://allrecipes.com/recipe/passover…

Watch how to make delicious Passover apple cake from scratch. It’s easy, moist, and tender, and sure to be a hit at your Seder.

PASSOVER-Making Matzo Balls (stuffed) #2 להכין “קניידלך” לראש השנה -לפסח

16.03.2012

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High Holidays/PASSOVER-Making- Chicken Soup & Vegetables Kosher for PASSOVER – Part 1
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המטבח של אורה – הדרכה בעברית ואנגלית
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וידיאו מספר 2 – איך להכין “קניידלך” כדורי מצה – כשר פסח
Making Matzo Balls (stuffed vegetables) for PASSOVER #2

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The tomb of Rabbi Hiyya (Hiyya the Great), Tiberias, Israel. Tour Guide: Zahi Shaked

22.05.2013

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06.04.2014

Daniel K. Simon Speech – Siyum Sefer Torah Chabad of S. Barbara

 06.04.2014

http://www.sbchabad.org – Siyum Sefer Torah completion and dedication, April 6, 2014 – Remarks by Daniel K. Simon.

2014 Winter Jewish Music Concert (complete)

20.01.2014

The complete recording of the 2014 Winter Jewish Music Concert. Miami, Florida. January 18, 2014. http://www.JewishConcert.org.

Performers in order of appearance:

Paul Offenkrantz: A Dudele

Michelle Auslander Cohen: Avinu Shebashamayim

Noah Aronson: Shir lama’a lot, Create a Pure Heart Within Me

Elena Correia: Bei Mir Bist Du Schön, Ich Hob Dich Tsu Fil Lieb

Meir Goldberg: My Yiddishe Mama, Sheyibone Beis Hamikdosh

Judith Ovadia: Vos Iz Gover’n Fun Mayn Shtetele?

Stephen Texon: Yiru Einenu, Hashir Shehal’viim

Shiree Kidron: T’filat Tal

Mark Glanville: Vilne, Shma Yisroel

Sharón Clark: Exodus, Now

Gabrielle Fink: It Ain’t Necessarily So, Bess, You Is My Woman

Sheba Ensemble: Cuando el Rey Nimrod, Tumbalalaika

Famous Mexican-Jewish Chef Speaks to JN1

 02.04.2014

Pati Jinich has made a unique culinary career out of combining her Jewish and Mexican roots. With her own TV show, cookbook, and sold out cooking classes, she’s bringing new tastes – and new audiences – to the art of Jewish food here in Washington.

A Haggadah for children by children

 02.04.2014

The first two days of the upcoming Pesach celebration are dedicated to the Passover Seder and the reading of the Haggadah. This year, Jewish children in Rome will have a very special Haggadah called “L’Allegra Haggadà”, the Cheerful Haggadah. Made by the children of the Rav Elio Toaff nursery school, this Haggadah is intended for other children, not only Jewish.

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CHABAD SUMMER CAMP- EASTERN QUEENS!

31.03.2014
A glimpse into the jam-packed, incredible experience that is summer camp at Camp Gan Israel Chabad of Eastern Queens Activities, trips, swimming, sports and more! All in a wonderful environment with the best staff!!!

LET US GO – PASSOVER “FROZEN” PARODY (LET IT GO – IDINA MENZEL)

27.03.2014

A Passover parody of the “Let It Go” song from the Disney movie, “Frozen,” made famous by the performance of Idina Menzel. Our version, “Let Us Go,” is performed by Moses and Pharaoh.

 

Best Pessach (Passover) Musical Haggadah Gift Ever!

24.03.2014

Best Pessach (Passover) Musical Haggadah Gift Ever For Children

 

 

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מטלטל-האדמור מקאליב מספר על היותו בשואה-מרגש

24.03.2014

http://israelvideosfeed.com נולד במרגיטה שבטרנסילבניה למשפחת אדמו”רים צאצאי רבי יצחק אייזיק מקאליב. נישא לחנה שרה שפרה טאוב (תרע”ח, 1918 -כ”ד בכסלו תשע”ב, דצמבר 2011), בתו של רבי פנחס שפירא מקעכניא. ב-1939 נפטר אביו בהותירו אחריו 7 יתומים. לאחר כיבוש הונגריה על ידי הגרמנים ב-1944, מנחם מנדל עם כל אחיו ואחיותיו נשלחו לאושוויץ וכל אחיו נספו שם. הוא שרד אך עבר עינויים קשים, בהם טיפול כימי המונע מזקנו לצמוח. לאחר השואה עבר לשבדיה, שם התאחד עם אשתו שפרה (נפטרה בשנת ה’תשע”ב). לאחר מכן עבר לארצות הברית. ב-1963 הקים את מרכז חסידי קאליב בראשון לציון (קריית קאליב) ובשנת 1980 עבר לבני ברק, שם הקים את מרכז חסידות קאליב ברחוב השומר. בשנת תשס”ב עבר להתגורר בירושלים ברחוב חנה.
האדמו”ר מקאליב הוא אחד מגדולי מנציחי השואה כיום. הוא תיקן את אמירת שמע ישראל בסיום כל תפילה לזכר הניספים, וכמו כן מעודד אמירת “שמע ישראל” כזכר לקדושי השואה בסיום עצרות המוניות בציבור הדתי והחרדי. בשנים האחרונות הוא החל במפעל אנציקלופדיה לשואה לציבור החרדי ופועל להקמת מוזיאון לשואה עבור הציבור החרדי, שיהיה מוזיאון משלים ליד ושם, לאחר שלדבריו לא מנציחים מספיק את גבורתם הרוחנית של היהודים שמסרו נפשם לקיים מצוות גם בשנים ההן.
באייר תשע”ב, לאחר פטירת אשתו הראשונה, והוא בן 89, התחתן בשנית עם שיינדיל מלניק (נולדה בשנת תש”ט)מוויניצא אוקראנה ואחר מכן מבני ברק

 

 

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WorldJewish Congress

 25.02.2014

Jewish life in Ukraine today: Yaakov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine and Vice-President of the WJC, offers his perspective on the challenges ahead of one of the biggest Jewish communities in Europe. Distributed by OneLoad.com

Dejavu band – israeli cover band | jewish wedding band | band for events | wedding in israel

09.02.2014

http://www.dejavuisrael.com

Deja Vu is a cover band who plays the greatest hits from the 60’s and 70’s.
The band’s professional, well-experienced musicians perform the songs with excitement and precision.
The full-band show is great for weddings, wedding parties, company events, birthday parties and more. Deja Vu can also perform more intimate sets such as receptions, small private events and more.

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Transformational Tuesdays: TED Style – Keith Breslauer

05.03.2014

The Centre for Jewish Life offers a varied and exciting programme of discovery as you explore classic and mystical themes in a format tailored to you.

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Whatever the case, it’s never too late to find out more about your Jewish Heritage – if you don’t find what you’re looking for, just ask! Our programme is your programme.

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It was Simcha who brought Andy and Jason together, but not deliberately. … The Jewish community in his hometown of St. Louis gives testimony to …
How To Make Seder Desserts Your Guests Won’t Believe Are Kosher for Passover
Tablet Magazine
We went home contented, having fulfilled our Jewish obligation to ask questions and eat my grandmother’s food, and went about the rest of our lives, …
New York Times: Ukraine’s Jews dismiss claims of anti-Semitism
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Before the Holocaust, Jews made up nearly a third of Dnipropetrovsk’s population, making it one of the biggest centers of Jewish life and culture in …
Jewish Federation names new senior director
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Jewish Federation names new senior director … Israel, broadening and deepening connections in Jewish life, and creating a more caring community.
The Fifth Son At The Seder
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People participate in Jewish life differently, yet somehow the Passover seder always stands out. The 2011 Jewish Community Study of New York, …
No Jews Allowed! Anti-Gay Scouts Wont Allow Parents of Jewish Kids Either
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In the FAQ section of the Trail Life USA website, there is a section devoted to addressing the issue of including jewish boys as members. It reads:.
A Pioneer In Jewish Public Affairs
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Baum’s work was representative of an approach to public affairs in American Jewish lifethat characterized an era forgotten by most — to say nothing …
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Thirteen scholars from Penn’s Katz Center offer snapshots from Jewish life during the early modern period, an era marked by a dynamic interplay …
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Those wishing to delve deeper into real and current Jewish life in Berlin can visit the functioning synagogues, check on ongoing community activities, …
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NEW YORK — As the story goes, when the Jews of 17th-century Prague feared for theirlives, their rabbi went down to the river where he collected …
Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform To Engage With Jewish Ideas
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Especially for the younger generation who are not engaging in Jewish life in a traditional way, we need to create more and more opportunities to …
Ultra-Orthodox Shas party gets a new spiritual leader
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Aryeh Deri, left, was behind the appoinment of Rabbi Shalom Cohen to head the Shas Council of Torah Sages, filling the void left by the death of …
Head of Itamar Torah Academy Blames Anti-Zionist Ideology
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Head of the Itamar Torah Academy Rabbi Amichai Ronsky has attacked what he calls the anti-Zionist movement governing those responsible for …
UA Houses a Mysterious Jewish Biblical Document
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In December 2009, a nearly 200-year old Torah scroll arrived in a box stuffed with newspaper to The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. Because it …
Covering the Blood Before Us (Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16:1-18:30)
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In the Torah portion of Acharei-Mot, we learn the obligation of “kisui ha’dam,” to cover the blood produced from slaughtering (Leviticus 17:13).
Novosibirsk inaugurates New Torah Scroll
Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS
The last letters of the Torah scroll that was donated by the Zilvonesky family, were written in a special ceremony at the home of the community’s rabbi …
A Memorable Milestone in Jerusalem for Orphaned Boys
Chabad.org
One by one, each of the boys was called up to the Torah, where they recited a blessing over the scroll as it was read aloud either by the bar mitzvah …
Noah and the flood of reactions
MercatorNet (blog)
Because it portrays a key event in the Bible and Torah, and offends the sensibilities of even the most open minded Hollywood insiders willing to give a …
Gross Family to Host Dinner in Gratitude Over Surviving Sons
Arutz Sheva
… hosting a “dinner of gratitude” (Hebrew: seudat hodaya) in the Aish HaTorah Yeshiva (Torah Academy) on Tuesday, in honor of their sons’ survival.
BuzzTorah Wants to Make Judaism Go Viral
Tablet Magazine
Asked about BuzzTorah, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith laughed and said, “As long as its not called BuzzFeed Torah, we’re happy about it.”.
In music, tracing the 600-year odyssey of the Sarajevo Haggadah
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
The first was at Yellow Barn, a prominent center for chamber music in … the BostonJewish Music Festival in partnership with New Center for the Arts.
Pre-Pesach Special! Jewish Music to Get You in the Passover Mood
Arutz Sheva
This very special Pesach themed episode of J-JAM includes a tribute to Cantor David Werdyger z”l, and a world-exclusive play of the first single from …
Golem: Wild monster music with a heart
San Diego Jewish World
“We chose the name Golem,” explains singer, accordionist and bandleader Annette Ezekiel Kogan, “because we play Jewish music like a wild, …
Song leader helps minyan ‘step it up a notch’

New Jersey Jewish News
Noting that Jewish worshipers have rediscovered the power of song, … Weisenberg saidmusic, which has always been interwoven into Jewish …

 

Around the Jewish Year
The chronology of the Jewish year, with its holy days and commemorations brings a pattern of stability and serenity to our lives. Travel with Rabbi Wein through the yearly calendar as the various special days and times of the year are explained and discussed. The flow of times and events in “Around the Jewish Year” will provide new insights into the purpose and richness of the life of a Jew.
SEFIRAH LEARNING….
The Ethics of the Fathers, Pirkei Avos, is the summation of Torah wisdom of the ages as imparted to us by the great men of the Mishna. All of the problems of life and of human strengths and weaknesses are analyzed and portrayed through the wisdom of these great men and their Torah heritage. These words of wisdom provide a most meaningful guide to current personal life and communal events.


Ya’alili – 8th Day’s Official Music Video – Jewish Music – Chabad.org

8th Day, co-founded by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus, is one of Jewish music’s hottest bands. The group has released three studio albums and …
chabad.org

The Jewish Woman – Part 1 – Program Seventy Five – Living Torah– Chabad
Torah and Mitzvos are the foundations of every Jewish household. The three most fundamental Mitzvos of Jewish family life – Family Purity, Kosher 
chabad.org

 

G-d, Torah, and the Jews – Jewish Essentials – Part 1 – TorahClasses – Chabad
What does it mean to be a Jew? Join us as we explore the fundamentals of Judaism and our role in the world. This class is the first of a six-part lecture 
chabad.org

 

Oprah’s Visit to Hasidic Brooklyn – A Jewish.TV Exclusive Interview – Inside ChabadLubavitch
Oprah Winfrey spent a day visiting Hasidic communities in Brooklyn, NY. At the end of the day, Chabad.org’s own Rabbi Motti Seligson interviewed …
chabad.org
Live Broadcast: Conference of ChabadLubavitch Women Emissaries – Sunday, January 26 / 5:30 
Join over 3000 ChabadLubavitch women emissaries and their guests as they celebrate at the annual banquet, the culmination of a five-day …
chabad.org
Chabad niggun HIT OF THE YEAR- Berry weber! – YouTube
04:26
This song is probably the biggest hit between 2011 and 2013. Copywrite info: These videos do not belong to me, I have taken a mix of youtube videos …
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A Story in Three Acts – How the Lubavitcher Rebbe Changed My Life – Inside ChabadLubavitch
Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, tells how the Rebbe’s guidance affected him at three critical junctures in his life.
chabad.org
Itche Kadoozy Chanukah Mini-Series – Part I – Inspiration & Entertainment – Chabad.org
Jono enters a donut eating contest, Gefilte Fish orders two thousand plastic dreidels from China and Rabbi Kadoozy gets a permit for a menorah …
chabad.org
Daily Siyum – Live Broadcast – Nine Days Daily Live Siyum – Tisha B’Av and the 3  – Chabad.org
It is customary to participate in a “siyum” celebrating the completion of a section in Torah during the days that we mourn the Temple’s destruction.
chabad.org
Chabad Wins World Cup – Cape Town, South Africa – InsideChabadLubavitch – Chabad.org
Chabad of Cape Town, South Africa demonstrates how to play the spiritual game of soccer as the goal being to better the world around us.
chabad.org
My Very Own Chanukah Party – Children’s Videos – Jewish Kids –Chabad.org
Watch children host a Chanukah celebration and a grand dreidel game especially for kids!
chabad.org
Young Abraham – Children’s Videos – Jewish Kids – Chabad.org
The famous story from the Midrash about how Abraham destroyed the idols in his father’s shop. An excerpt from the one-hour DVD “Young Abraham.”
chabad.org

 

 

 

 

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Antisemitism: medieval and modern: Steven Katz, ANU

15.03.2010

This is the Herbert and Valmae Freilich Foundation Annual Lecture in Bigotry and Tolerance for 2009 and was recorded on March 12, 2009 at The Australian National University.

In it, Professor Katz covers the essential features of medieval Christian antisemitism and the very different features of modern racial antisemitism, culminating in Nazi antisemitism. He concludes with an assessment on the connection between historical antisemitism and the antisemitism of today.

Steven T. Katz is Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University, Boston, Ma., where he holds the Alvin J. and Shirley Slater Chair in Jewish and Holocaust Studies. Professor Katz was Chair of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Museum for five years and still serves on the committee. He is presently the Chair of the Holocaust Commission of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Professor Katz is one of the American representatives to the International Task Force on the Holocaust, sponsored by the European Union, and he also serves as Chair of the Academic Committee of this international organization.

His publications include: Jewish Philosophers (1975); Jewish Ideas and Concepts (1977); Post-Holocaust Dialogues, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1984; Historicism, the Holocaust and Zionism (1992); and the forthcoming multi-volume study entitled The Holocaust in Historical Context, volume 1 of which was published in 1994 and was selected as the outstanding book in philosophy and theology for that year by the American Association of University Publishers. His work on the Holocaust also includes editing two volumes on the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish thought: The Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Theology (2005) and Wrestling with God: Jewish Theological Responses During and After the Holocaust (2007) which was selected as the runner-up at the 2007 National Jewish Book Award in the Anthologies and Collections division.

Presented by the Freilich Foundation

סדר פסח ספרדי Passover Seder And the haggadah

05.03.2013

A Passover Seder And the haggadah, How to passover menu? seder meal!
http://torah-for-usa-jews.info/passov…
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Shalom Sesame: Khalikidan’s Passover Seder

23.02.2011

Khalikidan and her family came to Israel from Ethiopia. Join her family for a Passover seder, and share Khalikidan’s excitement in reciting the four questions.

For more videos, games, and parent resources, check out: http://www.shalomsesame.org.

From the creators of Sesame Street, Shalom Sesame is a cross-platform media initiative developed to introduce American children to Jewish culture, Hebrew language and the diversity of Israel

Oldest American Synagogue Celebrates 250 Years

 18.08.2013

European Jews fleeing persecution under the Spanish Inquisition founded Touro Synagogue in 1763 in Newport, Rhode Island. George Washington assured the congregation of religious freedom in 1790 before the First Amendment was passed. The synagogue continues to celebrate its freedom 250 years later. Chip Reid reports.

World’s Largest Seder Pesach (Passover Feast)

02.04.2010
World Largest Passover Feast in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Organized by the Chabad organization, and hosting over 2000 Jewish travelers from Israel, as well as many other countries.

Passover Seder with Chabad of Oxnard

Seniors SOS Passover event with Chabad of Oxnard

סדר פסח לדוגמא – בית ספר סמילנסקי רחובות – Passover Chabad Rehovot

31.03.2009
בבית הספר סמילנסקי נערך מדי שנה סדר פסח לדוגמא, בהשתתפות מאות תלמידים מורים והורים.
הסדר נערך בשיתוף בית חב”ד רחובות
את הסדר עורכים מועצת התלמידים, יחד עם השליח הרב מיכאל רייניץ
עוד פרטים ותמונות באתר בית חב”ד
http://www.ChabadRehovot.co.il

Film for ‘The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia’

31.03.2014

Marburg Mission: Israeli man’s quest to rebuild Jewish community life in Germany

29.03.2014

In 1983, Israeli businessman Amnon Orbach migrated to Marburg, a city of 50,000 people in the center of Germany. He found Judaism was practically dead with only 25 elderly Jews divorced from their religion. And then Amnon Orbach decided to bring Judaism back to life in Marburg.

סרט לפסח – נוער מוסיקלי בישראל

02.04.2014

Happy Passover from Youth and Music Israel 2014

ISRAEL MUSIC HISTORY

ISRAEL MUSIC HISTORY by Boaz Guttman

Father of 3 Musicians in USA/Germany/Israel

University Graduates US/NYC BA & MA/France Paris-Sorbonne BA & Germany Berlin BA & MA/Israel Haifa BA

Iran’s chief Rabbi Yousef Hamadani Cohen has passed away

 30.03.2014

The Iranian chief rabbi, Yousef Hamadani Cohen has passed away.

The Jewish community of Iran is mourning the passing of its former leader who died on Saturday. Hamadani Cohen served as chief rabbi of the Iranian Jewish community for many years. He was laid to rest on Sunday after battling sickness for some years. Now Mashallah Golestani Nejad has replaced him as the chief rabbi. Iran is home to nearly 9-thousand Jews who make up one of the biggest Jewish communities in the Middle East. They also have representatives in the country’s parliament.

Israel Study Tour 2012: A Visit with Rabbi Eliezer Waldman

11.04.2012

Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Kiryat Arba outside of Hebron, Israel, speaks to a group from Fellowship Church in Winter Springs, FL. He discusses spring as a time of new beginnings and its connection with the festival of Passover. He then puts the season in the historic context of the birth of new life in Judea and Samaria, as it was during Pesach in 1968 that 88 people celebrated the first Seder at the Park Hotel in Hebron (the community where Abraham first settled and King David first established his throne). That group, originally headed by Rabbis Levinger and Waldman, remained long after Pesach and were eventually relocated to an abandoned military base in nearby Kiryat Arba. In 1971 Kiryat Arba became the first community to be established in Judea and Samaria. Today it boasts more than 7,000 residents. Tying the history of Pesach to Israel’s present, Rabbi Waldman compares the Egyptians, Israel’s ancient oppressors, to her present day foes, saying that nothing any enemy can do will thwart God’s purposes and plan for His people.
March 21, 2012

 

Popular Kibbutz videos

Israel – Kibbutz – Communities – World of their own

 06.09.2010

Thames Televisions cameras were given unique access to an Israeli fishing Kibbutz, the ultimate self sustaining community, where all are equal, and material wealth is not an issue. First transmitted on ITV in 11/01/1972

Mix Events Israel

New Kosher restaurant in Brussels gains popularity

 08.11.2012

Food, in particular Kosher food, is an important part of the Jewish way of life.

 

WorldJewish Congress

 

Israel Tourism

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Chabad of Boulder, Colorado

Groundbreaking Part Four.

12.03.2014

Chabad of Boulder in the fourth and final film of the groundbreaking in the Orthodox community of Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Jewish News

 

Rabbi Yechiel Z. Eckstein honored with Jerusalem Post Award

… bridges between the Christian and Jewish communities around the world. “Eckstein is recognized as the world’s leading Jewish authority on …

A Little Small Talk with Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

04.11.2010

Preview version! Save the Date for “Building Bridges, Saving Lives” Wednesday, November 17, a joint campaign kick-off event of the Tampa Jewish Federations of Pinellas and Pasco Counties on Wed., Nov.17 at 7:00 pm featuring Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
Rabbi Eckstein has devoted the past 25 years to building bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews as well as broad support of the State of Israel. He is recognized as the world’s leading Jewish authority on evangelical Christians. He currently serves on the executive committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the board of directors of the Jewish Agency for Israel, both overseas organizations supported by the Jewish Federations of North America. In Israel, Rabbi Eckstein serves as an unofficial adviser to the Prime Minister and recently was appointed Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Israel with special emphasis on Israel’s relationship with evangelical communities in Latin America.

 

China’s ancient Jewish community returning to roots to celebrate Passover
JNS.org
(JNS.org) China’s ancient Jewish community in Kaifeng is set to celebrate a traditional Passover seder for what may be the first time in centuries.
The Jewish community isn’t united against Mohabbat
Daily Californian
Given these varying opinions, when the Daily Cal runs an op-ed that makes categorical statements about the Jewish community and its values, it’s at …
French Jews say Prime Minister Manuel Valls has their back
Jerusalem Post
But to many French Jews, Valls is something of a hero for his unusually robust defense of Israel and the French Jewish community, and his elevation is …
What ‘Jewish State’ advocates need to know
Waterbury Republican American
Those countries were once home to thriving Jewish communities that dated back to or before Roman times, and all were deliberately chased out …
Shalom, Vietnam: A Jewish Culture Guide
Shalom Life
The Jewish community steadily increased, and by the dawn of World War II, there were an estimated 1,000 Jewish individuals residing in Indochina.
‘KKL-JNF, the emissary of the Jewish People in its homeland’
European Jewish Press
Stenzler addressed a number of issues, including the rising anti-Semitism around the world, the strengthening of the Jewish communities, and the …
Austrian Candidate Who Called Nazis ‘Liberal’ Quits Race
Jewish Daily Forward
Austrian Jewish leader Oskar Deutsch, president of the Federation of JewishCommunities in Austria, had called on Moelzer to quit the race after the …
Mazsihisz congratulates Orbán on election victory
Politics.hu
The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz) has sent a letter of congratulation to Prime Minister Viktor Orban after his Fidesz party’s …
A Pioneer In Jewish Public Affairs
The Jewish Week
Brilliant, idiosyncratic, passionate about social justice and Israel and captive Jewish communities, he was shaped by, and in his more than 50 years

 

The Jews of Holland – History of the Jewish communities of the Netherlands – Lectures – Chabad.org
Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, chief rabbi of the Netherlands, describes the rich history of the Jewish people in his native country from medieval times until …
chabad.org

 

RTE Nationwide Special Irish Jewish Community
RTE Television recently did a programme as part of their Nationwide series that focused on the Jewish community in Dublin. In the programme …
jewishireland.org

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A Richer Knowledge of Being Jewish Through Yiddish

08.04.2014

Sara Israel, former Yiddish Book Center fellow, reflects on the importance of Yiddish in her Jewish identity, remembering how she related much more to Yiddish than to her Hebrew school studies.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit:http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell…

Jewish Culture Movie for NU204

 18.10.2012

Written and Narrated by Svetlana, produced by John M.
This is a general description of the Jewish culture.
Several Jewish songs were used as the soundtrack.
The remake of “Hava Nagila” that plays at the end was performed by John M.
All images were found on various web sites using “Google Images.” I have no rights over any of this material. This was made for a short-term, educational experience. There will be no sale of, or profit derived from this work.

Radical Jewish Culture (exhibition in the Jewish Museum Berlin)

 11.12.2011

Impressions of the exhibition “Radical Jewish Culture – the music scene in New York since 1990” from 08.04.2011 to 24.07.2011 at the Jewish Museum Berlin… read more in German:

Impressionen der Ausstellung” Radical Jewish Culture – Musikszene New York seit 1990″ vom 08.04.2011 bis 24.07.2011 im Jüdischen Museum Berlin.

Die Kristallnacht als Suite in sechs Sätzen: Ab 1992 spielten New Yorker Avantgardisten radikal neue jüdische Musik. Das Jüdische Museum widmet der Bewegung nun eine klangvolle Ausstellung.

Einen ausführlichen Bericht finden Sie bei “Kunst+Film”:
http://kunstundfilm.de/2011/04/radica…

Being Jewish in the New Germany

 03.07.2013

For more on this event, visit: http://bit.ly/16OtfI5
For more on the Berkley Center, visit:http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu

January 29, 2006 | At this event, Jeffrey Peck argued that we must now begin considering how Jews live in Germany rather than merely asking why they would choose to do so. Germany today boasts the fastest growing population of Jews in Europe. The streets of Berlin abound with signs of a revival of Jewish culture, ranging from bagel shops to the sight of worshipers leaving synagogue on Saturday. This revival is spurred by the new energy infused by Jewish immigration from Russia and changes in immigration and naturalization laws in general. This event was cosponsored by Georgetown University’s Program for Jewish Civilization.

Jeffrey Peck is a professor of Comparative Literature, dean of the Weissman School, and vice provost for global strategies at Baruch College, as well as a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He previously was a professor in the Communication, Culture and Technology Program at Georgetown University; he has also held positions at Humboldt University in Berlin, the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, and the University of Washington. His research focuses on questions of national and minority identities, particularly German-Jewish life since unification and contemporary responses to the Holocaust in a transatlantic context. His most recent books include Being Jewish in the New Germany (2006) and Multiculturalism in Transit: A German-American Exchange (1998, edited with Klaus Milich). Peck received a Fulbright Scholar grant during the 2006-2007 academic year. He received his M.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jewish Life – Yiddish Show

12.12.2011
In this Jewish Life Show, we interviewed Arthur Schwartz (head of the SB Yiddish Club,) heard a Yiddish song by Lorraine Klein, and saw a Yiddish Play based on a famous Jewish Story. Join us for a Yiddish Night!

Thomashefskys Yiddish Theatre

15.10.2011
Zalmen Mlotek Judy Blazer discuss Yiddish musical theatre giants Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, along with a concert in their memory (and honoring National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene) created by their grandson, renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

A Field Course on Jews in Eastern Europe

31.03.2014
Sophia Oklhova – 2012 Steiner Summer Program student – reflects on her experiences in a class that traveled to Europe to study not only Jewish history, but also contemporary Jewish culture.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell&#8230;

Dr.Henry Abramson The Holocaust Essential Lectures in Jewish History by Dr. Henry Abramson

02.04.2014

This is a brief academic presentation of the history of the Nazi attempt to destroy the Jews of Europe during World War II. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series by Dr. Henry Abramson. To view the Prezi used in this lecture please visit:http://jewishhistorylectures.org/2014…

Which Came First: The Chicken, the Egg, or the Divine Law That Governs Their Use?

Since the current cycle began in August 2012, Daf Yomi readers have been making our way through Seder Moed, the division of the Talmud devoted …

Brooklyn’s Oldest Synagogue Celebrates Model Seder

CBJOS’ rich cultural heritage dates back to the 19th Century. Beth Jacob was established in 1869 by reform German Jews who migrated to North …
Scholar gets serious about Jewish humor
New Jersey Jewish News
Jewish jokes are no laughing matter in the latest book by Ruth Wisse, a professor ofYiddish and comparative literature at Harvard University.
For Yom HaShoah: A Search for Bones in Lithuania
Huffington Post
Rokiskis (Rakishok in Yiddish) is a town of 16,000, famous for its cheese, where myJewish family tree extends back many generations.
Hundreds Flock To Jewish Food Festival – WETM
WEST ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM-TV)- Hundreds of people gathered at Kol Ami Congregation on West Water Street to celebrate Jewish culture and food on …
mytwintiers.com
German-Jewish cultural heritage in South Africa | DW.DE
DW presents a look at the development of German-Jewish culturalheritage in South Africa.
dw.de
German-Jewish cultural heritage in Brazil | DW.DE
DW presents a look at the development of German-Jewish culturalheritage in Brazil.
dw.de
German-Jewish cultural heritage in China | DW.DE
DW presents a look at the development of German-Jewish culturalheritage in China.
dw.de

The Story Behind ‘Transgender & Jewish

Forward deputy culture editor Naomi Zeveloff and Yeshiva University … of New York’s ethnic media show about transgender inclusion in Jewish life, …

Cantor to Speak on ‘Judaism: Mythology, Mysticism and Anti-Semitism’

The goal for this project is to replace stereotypes and myths about Jewish cultureand people with factual experiences for the Ferris community.

In music, tracing the 600-year odyssey of the Sarajevo Haggadah

The composition, commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s New Jewish Culture Network, had its world premiere to sold out-audiences at ..

Israel Philharmonic musicians to perform as Brown holds conference on Zionistculture

… as a political organization, but as a cultural agent that facilitated the development of a new kind of multifaceted and trans-regional Jewish culture.”.

Jewish Heritage Festival in Daytona Beach celebrates diverse aspects of Judaism

They wanted to make clear the event is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to immerse themselves in Jewish culture. Entertainment on …

Jewish cultural heritage exhibit on view at City Hall Park

A cultural heritage exhibit on Jewish culture is on display at the Bellevue City Hall Pavilion in City Hall Park, 450 110th Ave. N.E. through May 31.

Jewish history, culture, fun open to all at annual festival
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Jewish history, culture, fun open to all at annual festival … of our friends to get together on a wonderful afternoon and learn more about Jewish culture, …

Facing a New Wave of French Canadian Nationalism, Quebec’s Jews Stand Their Ground
Tablet Magazine
The show, called “From Where We Stand,” explored how Jewish culture is “defined by its persecution and assimilation” and attracted a mix of religious …

Jewish Food and Cultural Festival At Temple Israel

WCTV
Tallahassee, FL – Dozens of people got the chance to experience another culture today. It was all part of the 5Th Annual Jewish Food and Cultural …

Jewish Top 10s: MLB 2014 Edition

Welcome to Jewish Top 10s, where we compile lists that highlight the best and the … Here’s the top 10 Jews you need to keep an eye on this year: …. to share, discuss and inspire our readers with stories about Jewish culture and life.

Getting to the Heart and Sole of the Matter
Jewish Daily Forward
No, Shelly, you didn’t make it up; it definitely is Yiddish, though it’s a word …. thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community.

VOICES: Welcome to Spaceship Passover

Welcome to Spaceship Passover
Nissan 8, 5774 · April 8, 2014
A saga of chametz-purging and ego-blasting

If you mention the word Pesach (Passover) around women who are remotely familiar with traditional observance, they might roll their eyes, laugh nervously, or groan.

It’s the Jewish version of extreme sports. Bungee jumping? Hang gliding? Cliff jumping? Feh. Try Pesach cleaning. It’s one of those special times we love to hate, but really love.

Growing up, we had a large family Seder at Bubby and Zaidy’s. We sat around the table, as Zaidy led the show with care, orchestrating and doling out parts to read. Most of thehaggadah (Pesach liturgy) was from their

It’s the Jewish version of extreme sports

Yiddish culture circle, the Shalom Aleichem Shul, with poetic readings about freedom, flavored with bits and pieces from the traditional text. I thought my cousins Elissa and Stephen were super-religious because they could read the Mah Nishtanah (Four Questions) in Hebrew. We ate matzah at the Seder, but bread the rest of the holiday. I had heard something about changing dishes and schlepping boxes of special Passover tableware up from the basement, but that sounded completely archaic and over the top. 

Fast forward to my first Pesach as a newly religious woman, and a newlywed too.How was this night, a full-blown chassidic Passover night, different from all of my childhood Passover nights? I came to the Seder table with a new focus. I was a burgeoning religious “fanatic” who knew the deep, mystical meaning of chametz(leavened food), matzah, and freedom from slavery.

Armed with these blazing insights, I was ready to tackle my first Passover in my new home. My other half balanced and tempered me in many ways, but he followed my lead in frenzied Pesach fanaticism. After all, as bachelorettes, my roommates and I had done an extreme Passover-cleaning makeover on our basement apartment, including scrubbing down the spongy layer of dust on the water pipes. I assured my husband that I was experienced.

As we cleaned the small kitchen in our cozy apartment, I obsessed. All the splatters and splotches from our gourmet Shabbat preparations haunted me. “Yankel, cake batter flies off beaters and onto these walls.” I paced the floor. “And over there by the garbage can, food sometimes splashes on the floor.”

Normal procedure is to scrub surfaces that came in regular contact with food. A once-over with cleaning solution is enough to make any remnants inedible—and if it’s not edible, then it’s not chametz. Next step, line the areas that are directly used for food preparation—counters, and maybe a few inches of backsplash too. The actual food-prep surfaces. But that wasn’t enough for me! My husband came home one day to find his eishet chayil (woman of valor) covering the walls with foil and plastic sheeting.

We took him on a guided tour of Pesach on the spaceship

 

By the time I finished dreaming up possible places where remaining shadows and faint stains fromchametz might somehow jump off the thoroughly scrubbed surfaces and into our bowls and food, our humble kitchen looked like a psychedelic spaceship. My husband considered buying stock in the Reynolds aluminum foil company.

Our guest for the second Seder was Yankel’s brother Ken. Ever the amazingly polite, good sport, he listened quietly as we took him on a guided tour of Pesach on the spaceship. Ken didn’t comment, but I imagine he must have been thinking, “Great religion you got here, guys.” All we needed was that little Martian from the Glad plastic-wrap commercial to jump out and chant, “Man from Glad, man from Glad.”

Gradually, my chametz purges became a bit more tempered. I came to realize, with a sigh of relief, that the Torah is for flesh-and-blood people. Is it humanly possible to remove every crumb, especially while raising a gang of cookie-loving children? We do our best, then “nullify,” through a halachic procedure, anychametz we miss. We can close off and sell whole dressers, closets, even rooms, for those eight days—and buy them back after Passover. So, regular people can observe Passover with a concerted, somewhat strenuous—but doable—amount of effort.

Years later, as a seasoned Passover cleaner, I now have my set routine:

  1. I procrastinate as long as possible.
  2. I indulge in mentally groaning about what a waste of time this cleaning is, and how I have more momentous and earth-saving things to do. How can I be expected to spend my precious time vacuuming the back corners of a closet, when I would otherwise be saving kids in Darfur? Or discovering the cure for cancer?
  3. (I’d possibly—okay, probably—be sitting on my duff surfing the Web if I wasn’t cleaning, but these grandiose images of picketing, protesting, and doing something big arise as soon as I pick up the dust rag.)

As the

I’ve learned to relax since my early days of chassidic fervor

days march on and the holiday gets a little too close to continue with Steps A and B, I finally get off the arrogant “I’m too good for this” ego train. I push myself to switch gears—and get out the vacuum cleaner. (Side benefit: This Pesach practice also helps me own my life—to take stock of those nefarious, multiplying possessions. Spiritual life here on earth means knowing where you’re at: your thoughts, your words, even your stuff.) 

Although I’ve learned to relax since my early days of chassidic fervor, the message of Pesach remains the same. Chametz, which we are forbidden to own or eat on Passover, signifies puffy arrogance, being full of oneself. Flat, tasteless matzah symbolizes humility and being open to G‑dliness. And true freedom means much more than a historical or political event. It means going out of our personal enslavement—our ego, our desires, our limitations.

“In every generation [and every day] a person should see himself as if he personally went out of Egypt,” the Haggadah exhorts. And Mitzrayim, the Hebrew word for Egypt, also means “boundaries” and “limitations.” So, on a deeper level, Passover is about going beyond our comfort zone, pushing higher.

This Passover, while I don’t plan on converting my kitchen into an aluminum-foil spaceship, I’ll focus on growing and refining myself, and hopefully wearing down that blasted ego and laziness a bit, when I pull out that dish rag.

WEEKLY STORY: Sascha and the “Kremels”: A True Passover Story

Sascha and the “Kremels”: A True Passover Story
Nissan 8, 5774 · April 8, 2014

 

Years ago in Minnesota, there lived a Holocaust survivor named Sascha Breslermann (1925–1998). He was a middle-aged German Jew with a ready smile. He was immaculate, bordering on compulsive—you could eat off his garage floor! His charming German accent rendered the English language quite amusing.

Sascha lived in a modest home with his wife, Ruth, and their daughter, Rochelle. Ruth was a slight, stoic American Jew who complemented Sascha’s personality.

Sascha worked for a rental car

He was immaculate, bordering on compulsive

agency at the Twin Cities airport. Every day at exactly 8:20 AM, rain, snow or shine, Sascha would leave to get to his job on time. Ruth prepared a lunch for Sascha every morning in a brown paper bag that she placed every day on the kitchen table. And so, day in and day out, year in and year out, Sascha maintained a precise schedule, never deviating, except of course on Shabbat or holidays. 

As most Jews know, there is one time during the year when pressure mounts. That is Pesach, Passover. During the week before Pesach, we must finalize the cleaning, removal and sale of all leavened food items. Finally, in the last throes of the Pesach cleaning frenzy, we perform a ritual called bedikat chametz. We carefully prepare 10 pieces of chametz (leavened food), as transmitted by Kabbalistic tradition, and then hide them throughout the house. After saying a blessing, we search silently for the chametz by candlelight. When a piece is found, we use a feather and a wooden spoon to sweep the chametz into a paper bag. Although all of this is a lot of fun, it is serious business. Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi spent hours “searching for the chametz, the specks of arrogance in the soul.”

The following day, the bag with the 10 pieces of chametz, along with the wooden spoon, feather and candle, are burned in another ceremony called biur chametz. The chametz must be burned before the official time designated for each city. This, then, is the final “curtain” for the chametz.

On the day before Pesach, Sascha’s home was even cleaner than usual, if that was possible. Ruth placed the brown paper bag containing the chametz on the kitchen table, which she would bring to a communal biur chametz ceremony on behalf of the family.

That morning, two brown paper lunch bags stood at attention on the kitchen table. Each was folded three times to form a slight handle. Each bag awaited its destiny.

Sascha checked his watch, as he had done at least 10 times since waking, to see that he was on his precise schedule. His last task before leaving work was to get his lunch and car keys and leave the house. He entered the kitchen and, without taking note of anything unusual, Sascha took a brown bag from the kitchen table and drove off to work.

Sascha parked his car in the employee lot outside the airport. He took his usual path to punch his timecard. On the way, he greeted his friend and co-worker Jerry.

“How’s it goin’, Saycha?” Jerry just couldn’t get Sascha’s name right.

“Goot, goot,” replied Sasha, giving him a toothy, friendly smile. As he made his way near his office, his stomach growled. He was hungry; on the day before Pesach, there wasn’t too much to eat in the house. Sascha looked in his lunch bag, and to his chagrin there were only crumbs—“kremels,” in Sascha’s unique vocabulary. He immediately tossed the bag into the big green dumpster, and off to work he went.

Meanwhile, Ruth was getting ready to join the community in the group burning of the chametz, which was the last ritual to divest oneself of all

To her horror, there were no chametz pieces inside

ownership of chametz. After putting on her jacket, Ruth went to the kitchen table and took the remaining brown paper bag. Much to her horror, there were nochametz pieces inside, only Sascha’s lunch! 

Time was of the essence! The crumbs had to be burned within an hour. Ruth quickly called Sascha. “Sascha, you must have the chametz!”

“Vat are you meaning?”

“The chametz,” Ruth said, “from the bedikat chametz, the search for thechametz. You took it—it was on the kitchen table, in a brown bag.”

Sascha’s face turned pale. He had immediate recognition—life had thrown him a brown paper curveball.

“Sascha, Sascha, are you there?”

“Ya, ya.”

He hoisted himself into the dumpster

 

“Sascha, you have to bring the chametz back home so I can burn it. We have only a little time left.”

“Ya, ya, chametz, you mean the kremels,” said Sascha, “I bring zem, I bring the kremels.”

Sascha immediately went to survey the big green dumpster. It was 12 feet high. Sascha rolled up his sleeves. He looked to the right and to the left. Luckily, no one was around. He focused on the top rim of the dumpster. After two tries, he hoisted himself up to the top and jumped in.

Sascha looked around him, feeling like Jonah in the whale. Fortunately, the dumpster was not full. Sascha gingerly started to look for the bag with the “kremels.” There weren’t too many brown bags, especially those that were folded quite neatly. After poking and searching around, Sascha found the bag, and yes, the “kremels” were intact.

Now Sascha had one big problem—well, actually, two: how to get out of the dumpster, and what to tell the person who would help him out. Sascha took his cell phone and called Jerry.

“Jerry, I need your help.”

“What do you need, Saycha?”

“Vell, I’m in the dumpster and I can’t get out.”

There was a long pause on the other end of the phone.

“Saycha, you say you are in the dumpster?”

“Ya, can you help me get out?”

“Okay, this oughta be a good one!”

Jerry went to get a ladder and brought it to the dumpster. He climbed up and saw Sascha. “You are in there, all right!”

As he grabbed Sascha’s hands and hoisted him out of the dumpster, he asked, “Now Saycha, you gotta tell me what made you get into this dumpster in the first place.”

“Da vife, she left her watch in the paper bag, and called to tell me to go get it.”

“She left her watch in your lunch bag! Incredible, what wives don’t think of!”

Sascha raced home with the “kremels.” Ruth finished burning the chametz, and Passover started on time that night. And Sascha—well, he started a new habit: checking to make sure his lunch was in the bag, and not the “kremels.”

 

COMMENT: Are You Successful?

Are You Successful?
Nissan 8, 5774 · April 8, 2014

 

The place was the Holy of Holies in the Temple; the person was the high priest; the time was Yom Kippur.

The epitome of holiness in Jewish tradition, where the holiest time, space and soul met, touched and merged.

The moment was awesome; it glowed and radiated, then burst and blazed. It would sustain the world an entire year.

Where and when did it pass? How was the moment seen off?

A Holy Party

The

A few escorts somehow evolved into a nation of escorts

Mishnaic description of Yom Kippur’s final moments: 

. . . The high priest sanctified [washed] his hands and feet, undressed, immersed in the ritual bath, and got dressed in the “golden clothing.” He sanctified his hands and feet again, and entered the sanctuary to burn the holy incense and to light the menorah. After sanctifying his hands and feet again, he undressed and was given his own clothing. He was escorted home, where a festival was prepared for those he held dear, celebrating his peaceful departure from the Temple.1

Maimonides, in relating the same account in his halachic code, adjusts two details:

[After] he got dressed in his own clothing, he headed to his home, and was escorted by the entire nation until he reached his home, where a festival was prepared to celebrate his peaceful departure.2

According to Maimonides, a few escorts somehow evolved into a nation of escorts.

Additionally, Maimonides opens up the festival to everyone, not limiting it only to “those he held dear.”

These tweaks are significant:

Firstly, they transform an act of Temple protocol carried out by a few into a religious ceremony performed by all. Secondly, they turn the high priest’s personal celebration into a national one.

Moreover, as Maimonides was not a historian but a codifier, choosing to note these changes must somehow relate to the law.

It has thus been suggested that, in the view of Maimonides, accompanying the high priest to his quarters after dark wasn’t merely a safety precaution or an act of Temple etiquette; it was part of the Yom Kippur service. It was a sacred duty, which is why every Jew joined the convoy.

But why extend a day of prayer and fasting into the night? (Indeed, due to the huge throngs of people that surrounded him, the high priest would often get home well after midnight!3) What could possibly be so important about the priest’s homebound walk?

What could possibly be so important about the priest’s homebound walk?

 

And why, according to Maimonides, was the high priest’s private party opened to the public?

Beyond the halachic reasoning,4 the symbolism here is absolutely profound.

Home Run

Various religious doctrines see marriage as a concession to human weakness. It also serves as the outlet for certain bodily needs perceived as inherently mundane. Celibacy is thus worshipped as an ideal.

Nothing could be further from Jewish thought, which maintains that family is at the center of religion. Far from being a sin, procreation in Judaism is a “great mitzvah,” a sacred act.5

This revolutionary idea comes to full expression in a puzzling Yom Kippur law.

“Aaron [and all future high priests] shall bring near his sin-offering bull, and atone for himself and his household.”6

Our sages interpret “his household” to mean “his wife.”7 This verse teaches that in order to perform the Yom Kippur service in the Temple, the high priest had to be married.

A priest whose worldview and lifestyle excluded family was unfit to be high priest.

He could be holy, but not the holiest. He could do holy acts, but not the holiest.

For true holiness cannot be fully realized in the Sanctuary, but at home.

As such, the holiest service of the year did not end at the gates of the Holy Temple, but began at the gates to the high priest’s home!

Indeed, according to some,8 before donning his weekday clothes after concluding his Temple duties, the high priest would immerse in the mikvah one last time, in preparation for the culminating Yom Kippur act, and indeed the climax and finale of the three holiest—his homecoming.

Crossing his doorstep was like crossing home plate. It was then that he scored.

What followed then, according to Maimonides, was not a family celebration, but a celebration of family.

Is it any wonder then that the festival was open to all?

What’s in It for Me?

“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent”—Barbara Bush.

A societal paradigm shift is in order: the home must be repositioned to the center our lives

 

We live in an age when success is largely measured by one’s accomplishments at the office, not at home.

A beautiful home, not a stable one, garners respect.

With family, people once sought fulfillment and satisfaction, while the workplace was associated with responsibility and duty. Today, in growing numbers, the opposite is true.

Is it any wonder, then, that failed relationships and dysfunctional homes have become the norm?

A societal paradigm shift is in order: the home must be repositioned to the center our lives.

Successful people caught singing their own praises should be saying: “You should see how good a mom I am!” “My wife and children are so happy.” “You should have seen the time we had together last night.”

The Fortune 500 should list the greatest marriages!

As we stand on the threshold of our homes each night after a long day of work, like the high priest of old, we should view entering not as the day’s end, but as its beginning.9

FOOTNOTES
1. Mishnah, Yoma 7:4.
2. Mishneh Torah, Laws of Yom Kippur, end of chapter 4.
3. See Siddur Yaavetz, beginning of the laws of the Ten Days of Repentance.
4. Discussed at length in the Rebbe’s talk upon which this essay is based.
5. Indeed, according to the Midrash (Vayikra Rabbah 20:8), one of the reasons for the death of Aaron’s two sons Nadav and Avihu (see Leviticus ch. 10) was their “crime” in remaining single!
6. Leviticus 16:6.
7. See Yoma 1:1.
8. See Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 70a (version of the mishnah in parentheses), and Jerusalem Talmud, ibid. 7:2.
9. Based on a talk by the Rebbe, recorded in Likkutei Sichot, vol. 32, pp. 106–111.

PARENTING: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Nissan 8, 5774 · April 8, 2014

 

“Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is the fairest of them all?” I gaze into the mirror. For once, it’s spotless. My Passover cleaning has done away with any smudges or fingerprints. I look at my reflection and give a heavy sigh. It’s the first year that I don’t have my mother-in-law to call for advice about Passover cleaning or making the family charoset. I see a sad face in the mirror. A tear falls from my eye. I wipe it away and look again. “Smile, Elana. Do what she would do. Do what she would want. Be beautiful and smile.”

Who is the fairest of them all?

 

My mother-in-law, Mrs. Frida Mizrahi, always had a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face. She was always dressed-up and elegant, her home always neat and welcoming. Everything she made was delicious, and looked it, too. Every word she spoke to us, her children, was encouraging and positive. Mrs. Frida Mizrahi was, if I can be so bold as to describe her in a mere word, beautiful.

I clean the mirror one more time and ask it, “Mirror, mirror on the wall. Am I, too, beautiful?”

The sages tell us that due to the merit of the righteous women G‑d redeemed the nation of Israel from Egypt, and through the merit of the righteous women we will be redeemed again. What was the merit of the women in Egypt?

The Midrash describes how these women, who lived a life of slavery and torture, made themselves beautiful. After working a very long, hard day of backbreaking labor, the women would catch and cook some fish. They then put on makeup and made themselves attractive. They proceeded to serve the fish to their husbands, who had returned from torturous labor, and entice them with the mirrors. “Look how beautiful I am!” a woman would say to her husband. She would tease him, “I’m more attractive then you!” He would look into the mirror and see his wife. He would see himself. With the mirrors, all the pain dissolved, and they lovingly came together.

With the mirrors, there was faith and there was desire. Faith and desire led to redemption.

I always wondered about this Midrash. Why the mirrors? Yes, these women of faith knew that G‑d would redeem them, and therefore they continued having children. Yes, they brought the redemption with their faith and belief in the future. But why did they have to use mirrors?

Why? Because it’s not enough to look and be beautiful. You

Why did they have to use mirrors?

have to see your own beauty. Beauty, real beauty, is not superficial. True beauty is internal, and if you can’t see it and don’t reflect it, then there isn’t any beauty to see. The women of Egypt had the power to not only make things beautiful, even amongst the most difficult circumstances, but they had the power to help their spouses see that beauty within themselves, as well. 

Those encouraging words, those smiles and twinkling eyes. The optimism and positivity. The power to reflect goodness and help others see their own goodness and beauty. This was the merit of the Jewish woman in Egypt. She gave hope. She had faith. She had desire. This is the legacy of my mother-in-law, a Jewish woman who poured her heart out in prayer for her family, who fed and took care of everyone with such joy, who made everything and everyone beautiful—this is what she taught me.

Her precious soul returned to her Maker just a short time ago, but as I gaze into the mirror, I smile and I see her smile back at me. I’ll set my table this Passover, and I’ll do what a Jewish woman is empowered to do—I’ll bring the redemption closer. And I’ll make it beautiful.

 

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Daily April poem: a Pesach sestina for #blogExodus


Daily April poem: a Pesach sestina for #blogExodus

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 06:13 AM PDT

ALWAYS MORE TO LEARN

BlogexodusIt’s time to unearth the haggadot again.
Scour the countertops before the night
we’ll gather around the table, all
ears to hear the story our people tell:
once were slaves, now we’re free — that’s why
the songs and foods and prayers: come and learn.

The sages say there’s always more to learn
even if you’re wise, discerning, have studied again
the details of the Exodus, even why
Akiva and his fellows stayed up all night.
Explain matzah, maror, paschal lamb. Tell
your children on that day, our ancestors all

were lifted up, and not them alone, but all
the generations to come, including ours. Learn
the lessons this tale comes to teach. Tell
yourself: if you’re in that narrow place again
there’s always hope for better. Tonight
we sing the story that makes us who we are, why

this night is different: why matzah, why
we recline, eat bitter, dip parsley in tears, all
the customs of the seder night.
The orange on the plate, to help us learn
all have a seat at the table. Now again
we make the tale our own, tell

old truths in new metaphors. It’s a tell:
do you feel for the Wicked Son? (Why
does he get the bad rap for asking, again?)
Or the Good Son, memorizing all
the halakhot of Pesach: will you learn
with love as he did? Or maybe tonight

you feel like the Simple Son: “this night,
why is it special?” And you shall tell
your child on that night — listen and learn,
the “you” is feminine, mama’s job to explain why —
it’s because of what God did for me, for all
of us, bringing us out of slavery again.

Seder night with One Who doesn’t yet ask why:
tell that child what you cherish, all
the stories we learn, transform, repeat again.


Today’s #blogExodus prompt is “learn.” I thought it would be fun to write a sestina about the themes of learning, repetition, asking and telling which are so integral to Pesach.

The poem references a number of things which are in the traditional haggadah, among them the story of Akiva and his fellows staying up all night until the bedtime shema, the Four Sons, “we were slaves to a Pharaoh in Egypt,” “You shall tell your child on that day…” and “even if we were all wise, discerning, learned, scholars of Torah…” — the passage which reminds us that no matter how much we think we know about Pesach and the story of the Exodus there’s always more to learn.

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Daily April poem – a love poem


Daily April poem – a love poemPosted: 07 Apr 2014 06:54 AM PDT

TO MY HAGGADAHOver the years your staples have slipped
and pages loosened. Here a faded purple crescent
of ancient wine, there a smudge
from bricks of date paste.
But when you speak I swoon. Tell me again
how we were slaves to a Pharaoh in Egypt
but the Holy One brought us out from there
with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.
Sing to me of unleavened bread, of parsley
dipped in bitter tears. Remind me
if I wait until I feel fully ready
I might never leap at all. Waltz me giddy
through psalms of praise. Promise me
next year a world redeemed.


Today’s prompt at NaPoWriMo invites the writing of a love poem to an inanimate object. I chose the object which is the primary focus of my attention this week as Pesach approaches: my haggadah.

The first draft naturally came to sixteen lines; when I printed it out and read it aloud, I realized that if I tightened it a little bit I could get it down to a sonnet‘s fourteen lines, so that’s what I did. Though it doesn’t rhyme and has no meter, it’s loosely based around the Petrarchan sonnet form — it breaks naturally into eight lines followed by six lines.

I do love the haggadah. All of them. Every version, every iteration, from the most traditional to the most avant-garde. Variations on a theme which never fails to stir my heart. My favorite holiday is almost here!

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#blogExodus 7: BlessingPosted: 07 Apr 2014 06:09 AM PDT

12242603645_269a76785f_nThis past Shabbat was my first Shabbat home from my trip to Israel and the West Bank, and I settled back into our usual Friday evening traditions.

Step one is a trip to the A-Frame bakery for a challah and a cookie. We go there on our way home from preschool. I have known Sharon, the baker, for many years. (She catered the party after our son’s brit milah.) Every week she marvels at how big he’s getting, how tall, how chatty, how sweet.

Step two is Shabbat dinner with special guests who join us via videoconference. At the hour when our son habitually eats dinner, we sit around our small kitchen table with Shabbat candles, silver kiddush cups, and an open laptop.

Skyping with my parents for Shabbat has turned out to be a gift for me as much as it is for him and for them. I’m not sure I’ve ever lit candles with my parents on a weekly basis. Certainly not in the twenty-odd years since I left home. And now it’s something I look forward to every week. Our son does, too.

The previous week when I was in Jerusalem, I experienced some really amazing Friday night kabbalat Shabbat prayer. It was a wonderful service, with great music, great kavanah (intention/heart), and terrific company. I adored it. And I also missed my son, and this Skyping-with-my-parents tradition, keenly. I was aware, in that moment, of what a blessing it is that I was able to miss him so. What a blessing to have him in my life. What a blessing to be in Jerusalem seeking a bit of sustenance for my spirit — and  to have this reason to feel as though a part of my heart were somewhere else. My heart was in the west while I was in the east, as it were.

All of that was in my mind on Friday night as we sat at the table to Skype with my parents. Things started more or less as usual: he excitedly showed them a seascape he had made in preschool this week, they chatted a bit, and then we got down to making Shabbat. We blessed candles. We blessed juice. We blessed challah. And then, I reminded him, my last blessing would be for him. He knows this already; he sings along with the blessings now, and he knows that after candles and juice and challah I bless him.

But this time he surprised me. “And my last blessing is for you!” he told me in return. He used to respond to my blessing of peace with a blessing of “a piece” of challah, but it’s been almost a year since the last time that happened.

“Do you want to go first?” I asked, and he said yes. So I sat back and waited, curious to see what would come out of his mouth.

He said, “Baruch atah Adonai — ” and then paused for a second, and finished, “love — Mommy.” He’s got the beginning of the standard blessing formula down! After that the syntax admittedly got a little bit confused. Was he thanking God for love and for me? Was he equating Mommy with love? Was he asking God to give love to me? Honestly, I have no idea, and I couldn’t care less. I was so tickled that he wanted to give me a blessing, that he’s learned how our standard blessings begin, and that the blessing brought me together with God and with love. What could be sweeter?

It was the best blessing ever, and I told him so. He gave me a hug, and we cuddled for a while, and then I offered the priestly blessing, as I do every week, this time with him half-in my lap. And then we returned to chatting with my parents, who were delighted to have witnessed this spontaneous outpouring of Shabbat joy. A blessing for everyone.

 

The photo accompanying this post is a few months old (you can tell because he’s wearing a wool sweater, and also it’s dark outside at his dinner hour, which is thankfully no longer true), but it gives you the basic idea.

This post is part of #blogExodus, a daily carnival of posts / tweets / status updates relating to themes of Passover and Exodus, created by ImaBima. Find other posts via the #blogExodus hashtag.

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Daily April poem: a “golden shovel”


Daily April poem: a “golden shovel”Posted: 05 Apr 2014 11:24 AM PDT

AT THE WALL

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as everywhere: in this way it is
like the nearby market stalls, though nothing
is bought or sold. We come to pray, to
pour out our hearts. Look,
on the men’s side they leap for joy, at
ease with their voices. Here any
vocalization is quiet, more
a whisper than a cry. Everything
I want to say to God blocks my words. Has
She noticed how her children have been
at each other’s throats? When I’ve seen
enough I back away and return to
where once a carpenter faced his death.


Today’s prompt at NaPoWriMo is to write a “golden shovel,” a form invented by Terrance Hayes. The way it works is this: take a short poem; break it up so that each word is its own line; and then write a new poem in which those are the end-words.

I chose a short poem called “Tourists” by DH Lawrence. (You can read it by reading the last word on each line of my poem, from top to bottom. Or you can find it on this list of poems for people with short attention spans.)

There’s a custom of departing from the Kotel (also known as the Western Wall) by walking backwards, rather than turning one’s back on the holy place. It is only a short walk from there to the Via Dolorosa.

Photo source is my own photostream again.

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#blogExodus 5: PreparePosted: 05 Apr 2014 04:00 AM PDT

At this time of year a lot of energy goes toward preparations. BlogexodusAt my synagogue, emails are flying fast and furious about our second-night community seder: do we have enough flatware? How about coffee urns? Who’s going to take care of the synagogue’s movable walls, and of setting up tables for the seder?

Meanwhile, I’m thinking: do we have enough haggadot? Do I want to bring any new melodies this year? How can I best weave in the kids who are going to act out the Exodus story as part of our Maggid / Storytelling part of the service? Do I have a sitter who can take care of our son at the seder so I don’t have to worry about what he’s getting into while I’m leading?

One of my favorite teachings about the Exodus story comes from the Hasidic rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav. (I wrote about it a few years ago: On leaping, without delay.) He’s talking about the need, when one is leaving Mitzrayim / the Constricted Place, to leap quickly without delay. In my haggadah, one of the ways I frame that is “if we wait until we feel fully ready, we might never take the leap at all.”

Preparations are important. I wouldn’t want to lead a seder without spending some time with the haggadah; I wouldn’t want to host a seder without doing the cooking first; I wouldn’t want to approach Pesach without doing at least some of the cleaning work, both physical and spiritual, which is required! But at a certain point, no matter how prepared we do or don’t feel, we have to take the leap into what’s next. It’s like preparing to be a parent: no matter how long you spend getting ready for that adventure, when the adventure begins, it’s going to take you places you never imagined. One of the things I try to learn from parenthood is that it’s good for me to prepare — and it’s even better for me to know when and how to relinquish my preparations for what I expected and savor what is, instead.

This post is part of #blogExodus, a daily carnival of posts / tweets / status updates relating to themes of Passover and Exodus, created by ImaBima. Find other posts via the #blogExodus hashtag.

Daily April poem – inspired by what’s outside the window


Daily April poem – inspired by what’s outside the windowPosted: 06 Apr 2014 10:12 AM PDT

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Bare branches splay across egshell sky
inviting the tiny caress of squirrel feet,
the sharp peck of a bird, seeking.

Parked cars rest, awaiting orders.
Electricity races invisibly
through unmoving power lines.

Rooftops have shed their winter coats.
Skylights blink owlishly at the sun,
unaccustomed to exposure.

And at the horizon, hills
the muted purple of sugared gumdrops
waiting to be popped into my mouth.


Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt invites us to look outside the window, record nouns and verbs and colors, and then weave them into a poem. This is my result — both a description of what I see outside the window, and an encapsulation of the kind of quiet stillness which can come over a residential neighborhood on a Sunday afternoon.

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#blogExodus and Metzora: plagues, cleansing, and Pesach house-cleaningPosted: 06 Apr 2014 04:00 AM PDT

Here’s the d’var Torah I offered at my shul yesterday morning for parashat Metzora. (Cross-posted to my From the Rabbi blog.) I’m also posting this as a contribution to #blogExodus, for today’s prompt “Clean.”


In this week’s Torah portion we read instructions for what to do if an eruptive plague arises on someone’s house. What does it mean to say that a house is afflicted by a plague, or something like a plague?

The description in the Torah text suggests that the plague is akin to mold, described like a disease in the walls. It is as though the house itself were alive and susceptible to infection. We could imagine that this Torah portion speaks merely of this kind of problem: when your house has termites, call the exterminator — when your house has leaks, call the roofer — when your house sprouts mold, call the priest.

But I think there’s something deeper here. What did William Shakespeare mean when his character Mercutio cursed, “a plague on both your houses”? For Shakespeare, a house meant a household, a family. If we read the Torah portion through this lens, the stakes are higher.

Sometimes, Torah says, a house needs to be scraped clean and then plastered again. And sometimes, even that isn’t enough — it’s a kind of mere whitewashing, and given opportunity, the problem will erupt again.

As we prepare to gather with our families and friends around the seder table, what are the places where our “house” needs to be scraped clean and then replastered? What’s the old emotional stuff we want to scrub away? Are we willing to do the work of removing what’s encrusted on the surface of our family relationships, and to expose what lies beneath?

In our broader community, what are the places where a plague has grown too deep — where merely cutting out a few problematic pieces won’t stem its spread, and we need to destroy the structure and build anew? Maybe it’s the plague of racism, or the plague of militarism, or the plague of ignoring someone else’s narrative or point of view. Are we willing to tear down what no longer serves us in order to build something different, something as-yet unknown?

At this season many of us are engaging in literal housecleaning. Maybe it’s that impulse toward spring cleaning which arises when the temperatures start to hover well above freezing. Maybe it’s the old pre-Pesach tradition of scouring every surface and getting ready to relinquish our hametz, our leaven, which the Hasidic tradition says can represent the puffery of ego.

As you clean for Pesach, consider this other kind of housecleaning, too. What behaviors or habits or patterns do you want to place in quarantine? What emotional dynamics in your household do you want to scrub away in order to meet the season of our liberation fresh and new?

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#blogExodus 4: FreePosted: 04 Apr 2014 10:00 AM PDT

BlogexodusWe’re one day closer to Pesach. One day closer to celebrating our freedom from slavery in Mitzrayim.

Usually that name is rendered as “Egypt,” but it means “The Narrow Place.”

What are the narrow places from which you need to be freed?

The narrow places of prejudice and preconception?

The narrow places of old habits which no longer serve?

The narrow places of not letting yourself change?

Tradition says we cried out to God from our constriction and God heard our cry.

This is what our tradition calls hit’oreruta dil’tata, “arousal from below.”

Our outpouring of desperate yearning caused God to respond.

In that sense, we instigated our own Exodus. We cried out, and God heard us.

What do you need to cry out in order to begin the journey toward freedom?

What would it feel like to cry out, and to know that God has heard you?

What would it feel like to give yourself permission to break free from all of your narrow places: the ones you’ve imposed on yourself, the ones imposed by others’ expectations — to really and truly know that it is possible to be redeemed from those constrictions?

What would it feel like, this Pesach, to really become free?

 

This post is part of #blogExodus, a daily carnival of posts / tweets / status updates relating to themes of Passover and Exodus, created by ImaBima. Find other posts via the #blogExodus hashtag.

Daily April poem: a series of lunesPosted: 04 Apr 2014 06:18 AM PDT

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Four-thirteen AM:
the call to prayer glides
into my ear.

God is greatest!
Another voice joins the song
point and counterpoint.

I bear witness
that there is no other
God but God!

Handful of stones
thrown into a still pond
make intersecting ripples.

In my bed
I think: hear, O Israel —
God is One.

When I sing
morning prayers I will remember
this sharp yearning.

One by one
the loudspeakers cease crying out.
Listen: church bells.


The day four prompt at NaPoWriMo is to write a lune, a three-line poem intended to do in English what a haiku does in Japanese. They suggested that we work with the form developed by Jack Collum, which features stanzas of three words, five words, three words.

Just last week I was in Jerusalem marveling at the early-morning sounds of the Old City (see Staying somewhere new). That’s what sparked this poem. (The photo accompanying the poem is my own.)

You can read about the adhān here at Wikipedia.

“Hear, O Israel — God is One” is a slight abbreviation of the shema.

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