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Six13 – Chozen (A Passover Tribute)

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24Jewish Video Clip of the day, Chinese Jews singing passover song, Part 2 Carlebach – Passover songs, Great Videos Selection

The Pesach Blues from Oorah’s Shmorg

 

 03.04.2014

Put some HUMOR in your Pesach preparations! Watch “The Pesach Blues” from Oorah’s Shmorg 5 DVD, and see Abie Rottenberg’s work come to life with this hilarious video!
Get this year’s Shmorg today athttp://www.oorahauction.org/shmorg.asp

 

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Radio SHALOM, Charles Lugassy, Délices du Chabat 3 repas du chabat 1er février

 28.03.2014

Charles Lugassy is a cultivated journalist for Radio Shalom equipped with 15 years experience in journalism with Radio Canada, 20 years experience in immigration consulting and a highly active and reputable presence in the Jewish Sephardic community.

27.03.2014

To Life, L’Chaim airs Tuesday nights at 8PM ET/PT on Jewish Life Television (JLTV) nationally on DirecTV channel 366 and Comcast channel 239.

Host Lee Lazerson talks with author Andrew Bostom about his controversial new book, Iran’s Final Solultion for Israel, The Legacy of Jihad and Shi’ite Islamic Jew-Hatred in Iran.

 

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24Jewish Video, Focus on Jewish Holidays, Pessach,Kids,passover song’s, Stories of Pesach, Part 2 Uncle Moishy , Great Videos Selection . April 8, 2014

shlomo carlebach favorite seder story

 31.03.2009

…. http://rebshlomocarlebach.blogspot.com/ …reb shlomo carlebach favorite seder storie ” passover” pasech storie about moshele the water carrier

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אברהם פריד – ניגון הצמח צדק Avraham Fried – Chabad Nigun Tzemach Tzedek

17.11.2013

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’
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שרצונם לשמוע ממך.
אינו דומה השומע מפי שליח, לשמוע מפי המלך
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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

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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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סדר פסח ספרדי Passover Seder And the haggadah

05.03.2013

A Passover Seder And the haggadah, How to passover menu? seder meal!
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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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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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27.01.2014

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Tzimmes – Jewish carrot dish

15.04.2009
Mr. Hebrew makes Tzimmes. The expression “Dont make tzimmes out of it” (a big deal) isn’t really true when you use Neal’s preparation method.

Wikipedia definition: Tzimmes or tsimmes (Yiddish, Hebrew: צימעס) is a traditional Jewish dish in which the principal ingredient is diced or sliced carrots, sometimes combined with dried fruits like prunes or raisins, or chunks of meat (usually brisket or flanken). The dish is cooked slowly over low heat and flavored with honey and sometimes cinnamon. The variations are endless. The non-meat version tends to be sweeter, along the lines of candied yams.

Tzimmes is often part of the Rosh Hashanah meal, when it is traditional to eat sweet and honey-flavored dishes.

The name may come from the German words zum (for) and essen (eating). Some say the word is a corruption of the word ‘simmer.’ “To make a big tzimmes over something” means to make a big fuss.

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

Watch more How to Celebrate Jewish Holidays videos:http://www.howcast.com/videos/3173-Ho…

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.
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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
איך להכין מרק עוף וירקות לפסח -ולראש השנה- חלק 1
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Making Matzo Balls (stuffed vegetables) for PASSOVER #2

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Six13 – Chozen (A Passover Tribute)

 07.04.2014

CHAG SAMEACH! This Passover we celebrate our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere. 🙂

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

22.05.2013

Zahi Shaked A tour guide in Israel and his camera
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AE New Chabad Niggun Leaked 5774 Yud Alf Nissan Niggun Full HD 2

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.

First UK Shmita Summit: Applying ancient tradition to modern Jewish life

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

 

 

The Jewish World

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

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Centre for Jewish Life – London·

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.

From one-to-one learning sessions to discussion groups and lectures, you have an open invitiation to join us for a personal journey that promises to enlighten and satisfy – whatever your previous experience of Jewish study.

Whether you are asking the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, or you’ve come along to hear an internationally respected speaker, you’re equally welcome.

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.

Chabad House Bowery

 

Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow invites you to the Cheder Cafe

Thursday, April 10th, 6:00 p.m.

Jewish Folk Medicine. Between Kabbalah, Folklore and Ancient Knowledge

Lecture by Marek Tuszewicki about various methods of Jewish folk medicine and how it was connected to the folk medicine of their non-Jewish neighbors.

more about the lecture

 

Six13 – Chozen (A Passover Tribute) – Jewish Music Report

Jewish Music Report  Jewish Music Reporter
The guys who originated today’s contemporary Jewish a cappella sound are setting the bar again with their Pesach adaptation of the song that’s on …

 

Hatzalah First Response Founder Eli Beer on Music & Passover

… most well-known cantors in the world of Jewish music including Netanel Hershtik and Yitzchak Meir Helfgot as well as young-up-and-coming Israeli …

Concert of South Indian and Judeo-Spanish music to be performed May 1 at Sacred Heart Chapel
CSB/SJU
Highlights of the concert will include excerpts from the oldest extant piece of notatedJewish music; improvisational performances by Rajasekar on the …

Torah portion: Purity for every person
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
Yet, after the Torah devotes five baffling chapters to the intricacies of defilement and purification (Leviticus 11-15), it is only in this week’s portion that …
Seminary Receives Ancient Hebrew Torah Scroll
Bethel University News
“It is our prayer that this gift will enhance the learning process of all who will see and study this Torah,” said Barbara. “It’s our delight to present it to …
Torah Scroll Donation Saved from Customs
Arutz Sheva
The Ministry of Religious Affairs helped release a Torah scoll held up in airport customs after a flight from France to Israel. The Torah was donated by a …
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 …
Vail Daily column: Living up to our ideals
Vail Daily News
Rabbi Mintz holds the Torah that they are borrowing from another temple for now. The commissioned Torah won’t be ready till next spring. Kathryn …
New Shas spiritual leader: Rabbi Shalom Cohen
Israel Hayom
The 83-year-old rabbi is the head of the prestigious Sephardi Porat Yosef Yeshiva in Jerusalem and is the eldest member of Shas’ Council of Torah …
What makes this book different from (most) other books?
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
Maybe it is appropriate that books created by the People of the Book are just as complex and varied as the people themselves. Our Torah contains …
A newsmaker you should know: Former classroom teacher became teacher of a different lesson
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Susan Bortz is a dedicated teacher who engages her students with Torah — not only the letters and vowels, but the meaning behind them,” Rabbi …
Rabbi J. SacksCovenant & Conversation: Sprints and Marathons
Arutz Sheva
The Torah itself says: “No other prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face” (Deut. 34: 10). That is the problem faced by …

 

Recipe for a Passover celebration
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
At sundown on Monday, April 14, the Jewish holiday of Passover begins. Once more, we gather with family and loved ones around the table. Carefully …
Kosher Baking for the Seder and Beyond
Jewish Exponent
Now, pastry chef Paula Shoyer offers a thoroughly modern approach to Jewish holidaybaking that includes both contemporary and traditional recipes, …
Just in time for Passover, these wines deserve your attention.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
With the approach of the Jewish holiday Passover, the demand for kosher wine rises, as four glasses of wine per person are ritually consumed during …
Those Jewish charity parties? Pricey
Haaretz
Jewish-American charities spend $95 million a year on fundraising events. How effective are they in raising money and are they outdated? Part three …
Jewish Passover Seder celebrated at Zocalo
Comox Vallety Record
How does this central, annual event in the life of the Jewish community lead to building and sustaining community? Why not set aside the evening of …
Event at Hillel sparks criticism, discussion about campus group’s policies
St. Louis Jewish Light
A sharp split in the American Jewish community over the future of 2.6 … surfaced at a recent event at the Hillel chapter at Washington University.
Our own little exodus
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
Talk about celebrating Pesach as though the biblical events were … of colleagues who have left Jewish News and some who have departed this life.
Jewish congregation keeps century-old schoolhouse alive
Northwest Herald
Jewish congregation keeps century-old schoolhouse alive … The congregation is hosting a series of events between April 25 and April 27 to …

 

The cost of a committed Jewish life
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
When I was younger, the approach of summer was met with excitement – a break from the routine of school and a time for new adventures. As a parent …
Making Mischief Of The Parade
The Jewish Week
But life is not simple, certainly not Jewish life, and the fissures that create tensions within our community over Israel have come to the surface once …
Former Akron couple’s $10 million gift gives Jewish Community Board of Akron bright future
Cleveland Jewish News
The funds purpose is to pay for any needed improvements to the Albert L. and Janet A. Schultz Campus for Jewish life at the Shaw Jewish Community …
Next Year In …
The Jewish Week
How The Jews Of Kiev Got Their Matzah In time For Passover . … Council on Soviet Jewry to support Jewish life in the USSR and former Soviet Union.
Polish Museum Director Stresses 1000-Year Jewish History
Jewish Daily Forward
The bespectacled history professor, who is not Jewish, says the museum … “would you want people to remember the day of your death, or your life?”.
Passover Seder Losing Steam As Key Marker Of Affiliation
The Jewish Week
According to statistical and anecdotal evidence, attendance at a seder was once a near-mandatory part of Jewish life in this country, even though the …
Help For Boomers
The Jewish Week
… re-engage baby boomers in Jewish life. Thousands upon thousands who “retire” each year can be positioned as a new infusion of Jewish resources …
Author offers path to a ‘thick’ Jewish self
New Jersey Jewish News
Brown, who lives in Silver Spring, Md., is the author of a number of popular books ofJewish wisdom, including Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life …
Jewish Refugees Respond to “Zionism Unsettled”
Arutz Sheva
JIMENA Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and N. Africa. JIMENA is … The fear of impending violence dictated and suppressed Iraqi Jewish life.
Founder of Mazel Day School To Receive Jewish Education Award
Lubavitch.com
“Through their children, parents of Mazel students are learning more about Jewish life and values,” Favel says. “This acts as a catalyst which enables …

How Andy Met Jason

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
Kyiv Post
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
San Diego Jewish World
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
The Jewish Week
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
EDGE Boston
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
The Jewish Week
Baum’s work was representative of an approach to public affairs in American Jewish lifethat characterized an era forgotten by most — to say nothing …
Merion Station Pennsylvania 19066
Jewish Exponent
Thirteen scholars from Penn’s Katz Center offer snapshots from Jewish life during the early modern period, an era marked by a dynamic interplay …
Epicenter of Holocaust now fastest-growing Jewish community
Haaretz
Those wishing to delve deeper into real and current Jewish life in Berlin can visit the functioning synagogues, check on ongoing community activities, …
Golem: Wild monster music with a heart
San Diego Jewish World
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
The Jewish Voice
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
Haaretz
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
Arutz Sheva
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
Arizona Public Media
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)
Huffington Post
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 …
youtube.com
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

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YOUR HOLIDAY GUIDE: Passover 5774 – 2014 (April 14-22, 2014)

Your Passover Guide – 2014

 

Editor’s NotePassover begins this year on Monday evening, April 14, 2014, and continues until nightfall, April 22, 2014. We bring you a brief overview of how and when to prepare your home for Passover, along with a daily holiday schedule for the entire holiday. If you have any further questions please consult your local orthodox rabbi or, in case you don’t have one, write to us atwww.chabad.org/asktherabbi.Please read this guide in its entirety before the beginning of the holiday. Some holiday items need pre-holiday “action.” We welcome you to print it and carry it with you in the days before Passover for easy reference, and to distribute this guide to whomever will benefit from it.

Operation Zero Chametz

Passover is a holiday that mandates our complete involvement, not just during its eight days but for weeks before. Aside from the regular holiday obligations, we are also commanded (Exodus 13:3–7): “No leaven shall be eaten . . . For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread . . . and no leaven shall be seen of yours [in your possession].”

We accomplish this by cleaning and inspecting our homes well before Passover, and gradually eliminating chametz from every room and crevice. This intensive cleaning takes place in Jewish homes throughout the world.

What is Chametz?

Chametz is any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, or their derivatives, which has leavened (risen). Our sages have determined that flour from any of these five grains that comes in contact with water or moisture will leaven, unless fully baked within eighteen minutes. As we are commanded by the Torah, if a food contains even a trace of chametz, we don’t eat it, we don’t derive benefit from it, and we make sure not to have any of it in our possession for all the days of Passover.

To be certain that a product is kosher for Passover, it must have rabbinical certification. Otherwise it is possible that it contains chametz ingredients, or traces of chametz if it was processed on the same equipment as chametz products. Thus, unless a product is certified Kosher for Passover, we consider it chametz, and make sure not to have it in our possession on Passover.

Note: Matzah used all year round might be pure chametz, and not for Passover use. Only matzahs baked especially for Passover may be used on Passover.

Kitniyot

The medieval Jewish sages placed a ban on eating legumes (kitniyot) on Passover, because they are similar in texture to chametz—even bread can be made out of their flour—so people might assume that if, for example, cornbread can be eaten on Passover, wheat or rye bread can be eaten too. This prohibition includes rice, beans and corn. This injunction was unanimously accepted by Ashkenazic Jews; many Sephardic Jews, however, continue to eat kitniyot on Passover. If you are Sephardic, speak to your rabbi to determine your family and community tradition.

The prohibition is only with regards to consumption ofkitniyot; there is no obligation, however, to destroy or sell kitniyot products before Passover.

Getting Rid of Chametz

Search and Destroy
Any area where one can reasonably suspect that chametz might have been brought throughout the year must be thoroughly cleaned. This includes the home, office, cars, garage, etc. Check carefully to ensure that no crumb is left behind: check and clean desks, drawers, closets, clothing pockets (especially the children’s), pocketbooks, briefcases and attache cases, beds, dining and living room furniture, bookcases, etc.

If You Can’t Destroy it, Sell It
Chametz that you don’t want to destroy, and utensils used throughout the year (and not koshered for Passover), should be stored in closets or rooms which will be sealed for the duration of Passover. The chametz should be sold to a non-Jew through a rabbi.Click here to sell your chametz online.

Preparing the Kitchen

Every part of our homes is cleaned for Passover, but we pay special attention to the kitchen, because (a) that’s where most of our chametz hangs out during the year, and (b) we will be using our kitchens to prepare our Passover food.

Dishes and Utensils
Today, most Passover-savvy homes have a special set of dishes, silverware, pots, pans and other utensils for Passover use only. If necessary, certain year-round utensils can be used—provided they are koshered for Passover. This gets rather complex—you’ll need to consult a competent rabbi about your particular utensils, but you can click here for the basic koshering procedures.

Stove
Thoroughly clean and scour every part of the stove. Heat the oven to the highest temperature possible for 1–2 hours. Heat the grates and the iron parts of the stove (and the elements, if electric) until they are red-hot. It is suggested that the oven and the stove top should be covered with aluminum foil afterwards for the duration of Passover.

Microwave Ovens
Clean the oven thoroughly. Fill a completely clean container, that was not used for 24 hours, with water. Turn on the microwave and let it steam heavily. Turn it off and wipe out the inside.

To use the microwave during Passover, use a flat, thick, microwave-safe object as a separation between the bottom of the oven and the cooking dish. When cooking or warming, the food should be covered on all sides.

Sink
For 24 hours before koshering the sink, do not pour hot water from chametz pots into it. Meticulously clean the sink, boil water in a clean pot which was not used for 24 hours, and pour three times onto every part of the sink, including the drain stopper. Then line the sink with foil or liner.

Refrigerator, Freezer, Cupboards, Closets, Tables, and Counters
Thoroughly clean and scrub them to remove any crumbs and residue. Afterwards, place a heavy covering over those surfaces that come into contact with hot food or utensils.

Tablecloths and Napkins
Launder without starch.

Cars, Garages, etc.
Vacuum your car or van; thoroughly clean your basement, garage, or any property you own. Special care should be taken with items you will be using, or rooms you will be accessing, during Passover.

Passover Shopping

While shopping for Passover we must be careful that the foods we buy are not only kosher, but are also kosher for Passover—that is, chametz-free.

Starting “From Scratch”

All fruits and vegetables, as well as all kosher cuts of meat and kosher fish, are kosher for Passover, provided they have been prepared in accordance with Jewish law and have not come into contact withchametz or chametz utensils.

The prevailing custom in Ashkenazi communities is that on Passover we do not eat rice, millet, corn, mustard, legumes (beans, etc.) or food made from any of these.

Commercially Prepared Products

Today there are many kosher-for-Passover packaged foods available. However, care must be used to purchase only those packaged foods that have reliable rabbinical supervision which is valid for Passover.

Obviously, all leavened foods made from—or that contain among their ingredients—wheat, barley, rye, oats, or spelt are actual chametz and are prohibited on Passover. Examples are bread, cake, cereal, spaghetti, beer and whiskey.

Check That Medicine Cabinet!

Many medicines, sprays, and cosmetics contain chametz. Consult a competent rabbi as to which ones may be used on Passover. The same applies to pet food.

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The Passover Calendar—2014

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridayShabbatSundayMondayTuesdayWednesday

 April 13—13 NissanDid you remember to sell your chametz? Your local Chabad rabbican help, or complete an online “Authorization for the Sale of Chametz” form by clicking here.Search for the chametz after dark (click here for the exact time). Recite the blessing prior to the search, and the nullification of thechametz (Kol Chamira) following the search. Click here for more information on the search and removal of chametz.
April 14—14 Nissan
The day before Passover
Fast of the Firstborn. For a male firstborn to be exempt from fasting, he must participate in a meal marking the fulfillment of a mitzvah; such a meal is generally held in a synagogue after morning prayers on this day.Have you sold your chametz? Final call! Your local Chabad rabbican help, or complete an online “Authorization for the Sale of Chametz” form by clicking here.

Stop eating chametz before the end of the fourth seasonal hour (click here for the exact time).

Burn your remaining (unsold) chametz before the fifth seasonal hour (click here for the exact time).

It is customary to recite the “Order of the Passover Offering” after the afternoon Minchah prayer.

Light the Passover candles, reciting blessings 2 & 4Click herefor the blessings, and here for local candle-lighting times. Click here for a summary of the laws of Yom Tov.

According to Chabad custom, complete Hallel is recited during Maariv (evening) services.

First Seder: The Seder contains the observance of many biblical and rabbinical mitzvot, including: eating matzah, eating maror(bitter herbs), drinking four cups of wine, relating the story of the Exodus to our children, reclining as a symbol of freedom, etc. (Click here for a How-To Seder guide.)

To locate a public Seder near you, please click here.

The first night of Passover is referred to as leil shimurim (a night of guarding), based on Exodus 12:42.

April 15—15 Nissan
1st day of Passover
Morning service. Full Hallel is recited. Two Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark.
Torah reading: Exodus 12:21–51 and Numbers 28:16–25.
Haftorah: Joshua 3:5–7, 5:2–6:1, 6:27.Beginning with the Musaf Amidah, we recite morid hatal, the prayer for dew, and we omit the prayer for rain. This practice continues until Shemini Atzeret, the day after Sukkot.

The priests bless the congregation with the priestly blessingduring the Musaf prayer.

Festive lunch meal.

According to Chabad custom, complete Hallel is recited during Maariv evening prayers, followed by the “Counting of the Omer.” We count the 1st day of the Omer. The counting of the Omer is recited during each of the next 49 days, leading up to the holiday of Shavuot on the 50th day. The 49 days embody the 49 steps of self-improvement—beginning with the departure from our “personal” Egypt, until our arrival at Mount Sinai, when we are ready to accept the wisdom of the Torah.

After dark, light candles for the second day of Passover, using an existing flame, and recite blessings 2 & 4Click here for the blessings, and here for local candle-lighting times.

Second Seder: The Seder contains the observance of many biblical and rabbinical mitzvot, including: eating matzah, eatingmaror (bitter herbs), drinking four cups of wine, relating the story of the Exodus to our children, reclining as a symbol of freedom, etc. (Click here for a How-To Seder guide.)

April 16—16 Nissan
2nd day of Passover

Morning service. Full Hallel is recited. Two Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark.
Torah reading: Leviticus 22:26–23:44 and Numbers 28:16–25.
Haftorah: II Kings 23:1–9, 21–25.The priests bless the congregation with the priestly blessingduring the Musaf prayer.

Festive lunch meal.

After nightfall, count the 2nd day of the Omer, and perform thehavdalah ceremony, omitting the blessings on the spices and candle.

Celebrate Passover’s intermediate days. Between now and the last two days of Passover, we may resume much (not all) of our regular workday activities; but, of course, we continue to eat Kosher for Passover foods exclusively. It is customary to drink a glass of wine each day, in celebration of the festival.

April 17—17 Nissan
3rd day of Passover
1st day of Chol Hamoed (intermediate days)
Morning service: In many communities, throughout the intermediate days of Passover, tefillin are not worn.Half-Hallel is recited. Two Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark. Torah reading: Exodus 13:1-16 and Numbers 28:19–25. The Musaf Amidah is recited. During all of the intermediate days, “Yaaleh Veyavo” is inserted during all prayers and in the Grace After Meals.

The intermediate days are observed with limited work restrictions.

After nightfall, count the 3rd day of the Omer.

April 18—18 Nissan
4th day of Passover
2nd day of Chol Hamoed (intermediate days)
Morning service: In many communities, throughout the intermediate days of Passover, tefillin are not worn.Half-Hallel is recited. Two Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark. Torah reading: Exodus 22:24–23:19 and Numbers 28:19–25. The Musaf Amidah is recited. During all of the intermediate days, “Yaaleh Veyavo” is inserted during all prayers and in the Grace After Meals.

The intermediate days are observed with limited work restrictions.

Light Shabbat candles and recite blessing 1Click here for the blessing, and here for local candle-lighting times.

After nightfall, count the 4th day of the Omer.

Festive holiday meal, complete with kiddush.

April 19—19 Nissan
5th day of Passover
3rd day of Chol Hamoed (intermediate days)

Torah reading: Exodus 33:12-34:26 and Numbers 28:19–25.
Haftorah: Ezekiel 37:1-14.
Morning service: Half-Hallel is recited. Two Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark. During all of the intermediate days, “Yaaleh Veyavo” is inserted during all prayers and in the Grace After Meals.Festive holiday meal, complete with kiddush.

Evening prayers and havdalah, including the blessings on the spices and fire, are recited after dark.

After nightfall, count the 5th day of the Omer.

April 20—20 Nissan
6th day of Passover
4th day of Chol Hamoed (intermediate days)
Morning service: In many communities, throughout the intermediate days of Passover, tefillin are not worn.Half-Hallel is recited. Two Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark. Torah reading: Numbers 9:1–15 and Numbers 28:19–25. The Musaf Amidah is recited. During all of the Intermediate Days, “Yaaleh Veyavo” is inserted during all prayers and in the Grace After Meals.

The Intermediate Days are observed with limited work restrictions.

Light candles for the 7th day of Passover, and recite blessing 2.Click here for the blessing, and here for local candle-lighting times.

Evening prayers. After the Amidah, count the 6th day of the Omer.

Festive holiday meal, complete with the holiday kiddush.

It is customary in many communities to remain awake all night, studying Torah, in commemoration of the great miracle of the splitting of the sea, which occurred on the 7th day of Passover.

April 21—21 Nissan
7th day of Passover—Shevi’i Shel Pesach
Morning service. Half-Hallel is recited. Two Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark.
Torah reading: Exodus 13:17–15:26 and Numbers 28:19–25.
Haftorah: II Samuel 22:1–51.The priests bless the congregation with the priestly blessingduring the Musaf prayer.

Festive lunch meal.

Evening prayers. After the Amidah, count the 7th day of the Omer.

Light candles after dark for the 8th day of Passover before sunset, using an existing flame, and recite blessing 2Click herefor the blessing, and here for local candle-lighting times.

Festive holiday meal, complete with the holiday kiddush.

April 22—22 Nissan
Final Day of Passover—Acharon Shel Pesach
Morning service. Half-Hallel is recited. Two Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark.
Torah reading: Deuteronomy 14:22–16:17 and Numbers 28:19–25.
Haftorah: Isaiah 10:32–12:6.The Yizkor memorial service is recited following the Torah reading.

The priests bless the congregation with the priestly blessingduring the Musaf prayer.

Festive lunch meal.

On this final day of Passover we strive for the highest level of freedom, and focus on the final redemption. Following the Baal Shem Tov’s custom, we end Passover with “Moshiach’s Feast”—a festive meal complete with matzah and four cups of wine, during which we celebrate the imminent arrival of the Messiah. The feast begins before sunset and continues until after nightfall.

Evening prayers. After the Amidah, count the 8th day of the Omer.

After nightfall, perform the havdalah ceremony, omitting the blessings on the spices and the candle.

Nightfall is the official end of Passover (for the exact time, click here). Wait an hour to give the rabbi enough time to buy back yourchametz before eating it.

April 23—23 NissanThe day following the holiday is known as Isru Chag. It is forbidden to fast on this day.

Passover Candle-Lighting Blessings

Note: Please refer to the Holiday Calendar above to determine which blessings are recited on which holiday and Shabbat nights.

  1.  BAH-ROOCH AH-TAH AH-DOH-NOI EH-LOH-HEH-NOO MEH-LECH HAH-OH-LAHM AH-SHER KEE-DEH-SHAH-NOO BEH-MITZ-VOH-TAHV VEH-TZEE-VAH-NOO LEH-HAD-LEEK NER SHEL SHAH-BAHT KOH-DESH.

Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the holy Shabbat.

  1.  BAH-ROOCH AH-TAH AH-DOH-NOI EH-LOH-HEH-NOO MEH-LECH HAH-OH-LAHM AH-SHER KEE-DEH-SHAH-NOO BEH-MITZ-VOH-TAHV VEH-TZEE-VAH-NOO LEH-HAD-LEEK NER SHEL YOHM TOHV.

Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Yom Tov light.

  1.  BAH-ROOCH AH-TAH AH-DOH-NOI EH-LOH-HEH-NOO MEH-LECH HAH-OH-LAHM AH-SHER KEE-DEH-SHAH-NOO BEH-MITZ-VOH-TAHV VEH-TZEE-VAH-NOO LEH-HAD-LEEK NER SHEL SHAH-BAHT VEH-SHEL YOHM TOHV.

Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Shabbat and Yom Tov light.

  1.  BAH-ROOCH AH-TAH AH-DOH-NOI EH-LOH-HEH-NOO MEH-LECH HAH-OH-LAHM SHEH-HEH-CHEH-YAH-NOO VEH-KEE-YEH-MAH-NOO VEH-HEE-GHEE-AH-NOO LIZ-MAHN HAH-ZEH.

Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

The Seder Ingredients

Matzah, the “Food of Faith”
When our forefathers left Egypt, they were in such a hurry that there was no time to wait for the dough to rise. They therefore ate matzah, unleavened bread. With only this food (but with great faith), our ancestors relied on the Almighty to provide sustenance for the entire Jewish nation—men, women and children. Each year, to remember this, we eat matzah on the first two nights of Pesach, thereby fulfilling the Torah’s commandment, “Matzot shall you eat . . .”

The Humblest of Foods
Matzah symbolizes faith. In contrast to leavened bread, matzah is not enriched with oil, honey or other substances. It consists only of flour and water, and is not allowed to rise. Similarly, the only “ingredients” for faith are humility and submission to G‑d, which come from recognizing our “nothingness” when compared with the infinite wisdom of the Creator.

One of the holiday’s primary obligations is to eat matzah during the Seder. It is strongly recommended to use shmurah matzah to fulfill this commandment.

Matzah is eaten three times during the Seder:

  1. After telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt (Maggid), washing our hands for bread (Rachtzah) and reciting the blessings (Motzi Matzah), 1¾ ounces of matzah are eaten.
  2. For the sandwich (Korech), ¾ of an ounce of matzah is eaten.
  3. For the afikoman at the end of the meal (Tzafun), a minimum of ¾ of an ounce (and ideally 1½ ounces) of matzah are eaten.

In each instance, the matzah should be eaten within 4 minutes.

How much is one ounce of Matzah?
Half a piece of shmurah matzah is generally one ounce.

If store-bought matzot are used, the weight of the box of matzot divided by the number of pieces shows how much matzah is the equivalent of one ounce.

Shmurah Matzah

Shmurah means “watched,” and it is an apt description of this matzah, the ingredients of which (the flour and water) are watched from the moment of harvesting and drawing.

The day chosen for the harvesting of the wheat is a clear, dry day. The moment it is harvested, the wheat is inspected to ensure that there is absolutely no moisture. From then on, careful watch is kept upon the grains as they are transported to the mill. The mill is meticulously inspected by rabbis and supervision professionals to ensure that every piece of equipment is absolutely clean and dry. After the wheat is milled, the flour is again guarded in its transportation to the bakery. Thus, from the moment of harvesting through the actual baking of the matzah, the flour is carefully watched to ensure against any contact with water.

The water, too, is carefully guarded to prevent any contact with wheat or other grain. It is drawn the night before the baking, and kept pure until the moment it is mixed with the flour to bake the shmurah matzah.

Also in the bakery itself, shmurah matzot are under strict supervision to avoid any possibility of leavening during the baking process. This intensive process and careful guarding gives the shmurah matzah an added infusion of faith and sanctity—in fact, as the matzah is being made, all those involved constantly repeat, “L’shem matzot mitzvah”—“We are doing this for the sake of the mitzvah of matzah.”

Shmurah matzot are round, kneaded and shaped by hand, and are similar to the matzot that were baked by the Children of Israel as they left Egypt. It is thus fitting to use shmurah matzah on each of the two Seder nights for the matzot of the Seder plate.

Click to order your own shmurah matzah.

Passover Wine

For each of the four cups at the Seder, it is preferable to use undiluted wine. However, if needed, the wine may be diluted with grape juice. (One who cannot drink wine may use grape juice alone.)

One drinks a cup of wine four times during the Seder:

  1. At the conclusion of kiddush.
  2. After telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt, before eating the matzah ofMotzi Matzah.
  3. At the conclusion of the Grace After Meals.
  4. After reciting the Hallel.

It is preferable to drink the entire cup each time. However, it is sufficient to drink only the majority of each cup.

How large a cup should be used? One that contains at least 3½ fluid ounces.

The Bitter Herbs

The bitter herbs are eaten once after the matzah (step 9 of the Seder), and then again with matzah in the Korech sandwich (step 10).

How much bitter herbs should one eat each time? Three-quarters of an ounce (a little more than 7 grams).

Either of two different types of bitter herbs may be used at the Seder, individually or in combination:

  1. Peeled and grated raw horseradish.
  2. Romaine lettuce. [Some suggest that the stalks be used rather than the leafy parts, because of the difficulty in properly examining and ridding the leafy parts of commonly present tiny insects.] Three-quarters of an ounce of stalks covers an area 3″ × 5″.

Click here to learn more about the bitter herbs used on the Passover seder plate.

Introduction to the Seder Plate

Preparing the items for the Seder plate requires some time. It is best to prepare all the Seder foods before the onset of the holiday, in order to avoid halachic questions.

Three matzot are placed on top of each other on a plate or napkin, and then covered. (Some also have the custom to separate the matzot from each other with interleaved plates, napkins or the like.)

The matzot are symbolic of the three castes of Jews: Priests, Levites, and Israelites. They also commemorate the three measures of fine flour that Abraham told Sarah to bake into matzah when they were visited by the three angels (Genesis 18:6).

On a practical level, three matzot are needed so that when we break the middle matzah, we are still left with two whole ones to pronounce the hamotzi blessing (as required on Shabbat and holidays).

On a cloth or plate placed above the three matzot, we place the following items:

The Shank Bone

A piece of roasted meat represents the lamb that was the special Paschal sacrifice on the eve of the exodus from Egypt, and annually, on the afternoon before Passover, in the Holy Temple.

Since we can’t offer the Paschal sacrifice in the absence of the Holy Temple, we take care to use something that is relatively dissimilar to the actual offering. Accordingly, many communities have the custom to use a roasted chicken neck or the like.

Preparation: Roast the neck on all sides over an open fire on the stove. Afterwards, some have the custom to remove the majority of the meat of the neck.

Role in the Seder: The shank bone is not eaten. After the meal it is refrigerated, and used a second time on the Seder plate the following night.

The Egg

A hard-boiled egg represents the holiday offering brought in the days of the Holy Temple. The meat of this animal constituted the main part of the Passover meal.

Preparation: Boil one egg per Seder plate, and possibly more for use during the meal.

Role in the Seder: Place one egg on each plate. As soon as the actual meal is about to begin, remove the egg from the Seder plate and use during the meal.

A popular way of eating these eggs is to chop and mix them with the saltwater which was set on the table. The eggs prepared this way are then served as an appetizer before the fish.

The Bitter Herbs

Bitter herbs (maror) remind us of the bitterness of the slavery of our forefathers in Egypt. Fresh grated horseradish, romaine lettuce, and endive are the most common choices.

Preparation: This must be done before the holiday begins. Peel the raw horseradish roots, and rinse them off well.

Note: Dry the roots very carefully, since they will be eaten with the matzah later on for the korech sandwich; to avoidgebrokts, not even a drop of water should be left on the horseradish.

Next, grate the horseradish with a hand grater or electric grinder. (Whoever will be grating the horseradish will begin to shed copious tears or cough a lot. Covering the face with a cloth from the eyes downwards helps prevent inhalation of the strong, bitter odor.)

The lettuce or endive leaves must be washed, carefully checked for insects, and thoroughly dried. You can instead use just the stalks, which are easier to clean and check.

Place the horseradish on the Seder plate, on top of a few cleaned, dried leaves of romaine lettuce.

Role in the Seder: After the recital of most of the haggadah comes the ritual handwashing. Then matzah is eaten, followed by some maror, followed in turn by a sandwich of matzah and maror.

The Paste

A mixture of apples, nuts and wine which resembles the mortar and brick made by the Jews when they toiled for Pharaoh.

Preparation: Shell walnuts and peel apples and chop finely. Mix together and add a small amount of wine.

Role in the Seder: This is used as a type of relish into which the maror is dipped (and then shaken off) before eating.

The Vegetable

A non-bitter root vegetable alludes to the backbreaking work of the Jews as slaves. The Hebrew letters of the word karpas can be arranged to spell “perech samech.”

Perech means backbreaking work, and samech is numerically equivalent to 60, referring to 60 myriads, equaling 600,000, which was the number of Jewish males over 20 years of age who were enslaved in Egypt.

Preparation: Peel an onion or boiled potato. Cut off a slice and place on Seder plate. On the table, next to the Seder plate, place a small bowl of salted water.

Role in the Seder: After recital of kiddush, the family goes to the sink and ritually washes hands, but without saying the usual blessing.

Then the head of the household cuts a small piece of the root vegetable used, dips it in saltwater, and gives each person at the table a very small piece over which they say the appropriate blessing. Care should be taken that each person eats less than 17 grams (about ½ ounce).

The Lettuce

The lettuce symbolizes the bitter enslavement of our fathers in Egypt. The leaves of romaine lettuce are not bitter, but the stem, when left to grow in the ground, turns hard and bitter.

So it was with our enslavement in Egypt. At first the deceitful approach of Pharaoh was soft and sensible, and the work was done voluntarily and even for pay. Gradually, it evolved into forced and cruel labor.

Preparation: Romaine lettuce is often very sandy. Wash each of the leaves separately, checking very carefully for insects. (Pat gently with a towel and let sit until completely dry, so that there will be no moisture to come in contact with the matzah.)

Depending on how much romaine lettuce is needed, it can take several hours to prepare. This task should be completed before candle-lighting time on the first night. Prepare enough leaves for both nights and store in the refrigerator. Soaking of the romaine leaves may not be done on the holiday.

Role in the Seder: The lettuce is used in conjunction with horseradish. It is used when eating the maror and when eating the matzah-and-maror sandwich.

Place the leaves in two piles on the Seder plate, one under the maror and one separately at the bottom.

Keep a stack of extra cleaned leaves handy in the refrigerator in case additional leaves are needed.

The Seder Service in a Nutshell

Click here for a more detailed Seder wizard, and here for a spiritual guide to the Seder.

In Our Forefathers’ Footsteps

At the Seder, every person should see himself as if he were going out of Egypt. Beginning with our Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we recount the Jewish people’s descent into Egypt and recall their suffering and persecution. We are with them as G‑d sends the Ten Plagues to punish Pharaoh and his nation, and follow along as they leave Egypt and cross the Sea of Reeds. We witness the miraculous hand of G‑d as the waters part to allow the Israelites to pass, then return to inundate the Egyptian legions.

Kadesh—the Benediction

The Seder service begins with the recitation of kiddush, proclaiming the holiness of the holiday. This is done over a cup of wine, the first of the four cups we will drink (while reclining) at the Seder.

The Four Cups of Wine

Why four cups? The Torah uses four expressions of freedom or deliverance in connection with our liberation from Egypt (see Exodus 6:6–7). Also, the Children of Israel had four great merits even while in exile: (1) They did not change their Hebrew names; (2) they continued to speak their own language, Hebrew; (3) they remained highly moral; (4) they remained loyal to one another.

Wine is used because it is a symbol of joy and happiness.

Why We Recline

When drinking the four cups and eating the matzah, we lean on our left side to accentuate the fact that we are free people. In ancient times only free people had the luxury of reclining while eating.

Urchatz—Purification

We wash our hands in the usual, ritually prescribed manner as is done before a meal, but without the customary blessing.

The next step in the Seder, Karpas, requires dipping food into water, which in turn mandates, according to Jewish law, that either the food be eaten with a utensil or that one’s hands be purified by washing. On the Seder eve we choose the less common observance to arouse the child’s curiosity.

Karpas—the “Appetizer”

A small piece of onion or boiled potato is dipped into saltwater and eaten (after reciting the blessing over vegetables).

Dipping the karpas in saltwater is an act of pleasure and freedom, which further arouses the child’s curiosity.

The Hebrew word karpas, when read backwards, alludes to the backbreaking labor performed by the 600,000 Jews in Egypt. [Samech has the numerical equivalent of 60 (representing 60 times 10,000), while the last three Hebrew letters spell perech, hard work.]

The saltwater represents the tears of our ancestors in Egypt.

Yachatz—Breaking the Matzah

The middle matzah on the Seder plate is broken in two. The larger part is put aside for later use as the afikoman. This unusual action not only attracts the child’s attention once again, but also recalls G‑d’s splitting of the Sea of Reeds to allow the Children of Israel to cross on dry land. The smaller part of the middle matzah is returned to the Seder plate. This broken middle matzah symbolizes humility, and will be eaten later as the “bread of poverty.”

Maggid—the Haggadah

At this point, the poor are invited to join the Seder. The Seder tray is moved aside, a second cup of wine is poured, and the child, who by now is bursting with curiosity, asks the time-honored question: “Mah nishtanah ha-lailah hazeh mikol ha-leilot? Why is this night different from all other nights?” Why only matzah? Why the dipping? Why the bitter herbs? Why are we relaxing and leaning on cushions as if we were kings?

The child’s questioning triggers one of the most significant mitzvot of Passover, which is the highlight of the Seder ceremony: the haggadah, telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The answer includes a brief review of history, a description of the suffering imposed upon the Israelites, a listing of the plagues visited on the Egyptians, and an enumeration of the miracles performed by the Almighty for the redemption of His people.

Rochtzah—Washing Before the Meal

After concluding the first part of the haggadah by drinking the second cup of wine (while reclining), the hands are washed again, this time with the customary blessings, as is usually done before eating bread.

Motzi Matzah—We Eat the Matzah

Taking hold of the three matzot (with the broken one between the two whole ones), recite the customary blessing before bread. Then, letting the bottom matzah drop back onto the plate, and holding the top whole matzah with the broken middle one, recite the special blessing “al achilat matzah.” Then break at least one ounce from each matzah and eat the two pieces together, while reclining.

Maror—the Bitter Herbs

Take at least one ounce of the bitter herbs. Dip it in the charoset, then shake the latter off and make the blessing “al achilat maror.” Eat without reclining.

Korech—the Sandwich

In keeping with the custom instituted by Hillel, the great Talmudic sage, a sandwich of matzah and maror is eaten. Break off two pieces of the bottom matzah, which together should be at least one ounce. Again, take at least one ounce of bitter herbs and dip them in the charoset. Place this between the two pieces of matzah, say “kein asah Hillel . . .” and eat the sandwich while reclining.

Shulchan Orech—the Feast

The holiday meal is now served. We begin the meal with a hard-boiled egg dipped into saltwater.

A rabbi was once asked why Jews eat eggs on Passover. “Because eggs symbolize the Jew,” the rabbi answered. “The more an egg is burned or boiled, the harder it gets.”

Note: The chicken neck is not eaten at the Seder.

Tzafun—Out of Hiding

After the meal, the half-matzah which had been “hidden,” set aside for the afikoman(“dessert”), is taken out and eaten. It symbolizes the Paschal lamb, which was eaten at the end of the meal.

Everyone should eat at least 1½ ounces of matzah, reclining, before midnight. After eating the afikoman, we do not eat or drink anything except for the two remaining cups of wine.

Berach—Blessings After the Meal

A third cup of wine is filled and Grace is recited. After the Grace we recite the blessing over wine and drink the third cup while reclining.

Now we fill the cup of Elijah and our own cups with wine. We open the door and recite the passage which is an invitation to the Prophet Elijah, the harbinger of the coming of Moshiach, our righteous Messiah.

Hallel—Songs of Praise

At this point, having recognized the Almighty and His unique guidance of the Jewish people, we go still further and sing His praises as L‑rd of the entire universe.

After reciting the Hallel, we again recite the blessing over wine and drink the fourth cup, reclining.

Nirtzah—Acceptance

Having carried out the Seder service properly, we are sure that it has been well received by the Almighty. We then say “Leshanah haba’ah bee-rushalayim—Next year in Jerusalem.”

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Are All Believers Insane?
Nissan 9, 5774 · April 9, 2014
And can we live without them?

 

From a talk to students of Emory University, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, in March 2014, billed as “Jews and the New Atheism.”

I’m A Believer

Hi, my name is Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. I am the person your professor warned you about.

Why? Because I am a true believer. I believe first and prove afterwards.

More than that, I am a dogmatist. Even when the reality before my eyes flies in the face of all I believe, I continue as doggedly as before. Until I get the facts to conform to what I believe.

What do I believe?

I am the person your professor warned you about.

Well, I’m a dad, see. So, I believe in my kids. I believe that each one of them is a precious jewel with enormous gifts to grant the world.

Actually, I believe the same is true of every human being born on this earth, because each contains a spark of the divine, as hidden as it may be.

I believe the value of each individual is greater than the value of the entire society composed of those individuals. Even though the math doesn’t work.

I believe that life, each life, is worth living no matter what the struggle, just as the biosphere in which we live is worth saving no matter what the cost.

I have absolutely no evidence that this is so.

I believe that this world in which we live is totally amazing beyond anything we have yet to discover, that we have only begun to scratch the surface of treasures yet to be exposed—technology that will join the entirety of humanity into communication and dialogue, providing each of us access to all that can be known, unleashing the latent creativity of every human being, and placing before our eyes the oneness and harmony of this wondrous universe.

I believe that the world has one Creator, and that He is good, and that His intents in creating this place were good, even though it doesn’t always look that way. It sometimes looks quite the opposite. But I believe, so I dismiss evidence to the contrary as outlier data yet to be explained.

You can argue with me, you can bring a thousand proofs that my beliefs are wrong, absurd and harmful. Save your breath. I am a true believer. I am a fanatic. I am the person your professor warned you about.

Dangerous Beliefs

Now let’s get this straight: Belief is dangerous. Lethal. Belief can destroy humankind—and it almost has, several times over.

Take the belief that human worth can be measured, “just as a rod of iron can be measured.” That belief was responsible for racist immigration quotas and tens of thousands of forced sterilizations in America. Shipped across the Atlantic, that belief gave warrant to the Nazis to terminate the lives of miscreants, crippled children, bed-wetters, homosexuals, gypsies and Jews.

In the first half of the 20th century, eugenics was considered the cutting edge of science. But eugenics was not a science. It was a belief. A belief that ended up threatening the survival of humankind.

Eugenics was not a science. It was a belief. A belief that threatened humanity’s survival.

Take the belief that proletariat revolution would lead to emancipation of the people, fair distribution of wealth, the eventual dissolution of governments and peace on earth. In retrospect, it sounds downright silly, but people really believed, truly believed in it. They believed it enough to fight bloody revolutions that relegated hundreds of millions of people into virtual serfdom, and stole tens of millions of lives through artificial famine and forced labor.

Communism was touted as social science. But it was not a science. It was a belief.

Take the belief that the state trumps the rights of the individual. Because the many are more important than the few. Because there is nothing divine or special about the life of any human being that accords any individual inalienable rights. Worship of the state—“statolity,” as the Vatican called it—was an idea that captured the imaginations of philosophers, writers and statesmen—and brought with it the greatest atrocities of history.

Fascism, it turned out, was nothing more than a belief. A lethal belief.

Take the belief that everything can be explained as emergent phenomena of a small set of physical laws—including your subjective experience of those laws. Nobody has explained how subjective consciousness can arise from matter, energy and physical law. Nobody has even explained what subjective consciousness is. But we are told to believe, just believe, that there is an explanation waiting to be found, and that therefore this is absolutely so. You are nothing more than a device, and all that is most real to you, all that matters the most to you—your joy and sadness, your love and fear, your aspirations and inspirations—all is an illusion, nothing more than software running on hardware made of meat.

Materialist reductionism has been a very successful strategy to predict observable phenomena. To believe that it can explain the observer as well is not science. It is a belief—a very radical belief. One that threatens to undermine the dignity of human life.

Take the belief that everything we see about us got here by accident, and so there is no purpose or meaning, other than whatever we wishfully assign to our inherently futile lives. Accordingly, saving the environment and leaving behind a better world for our grandchildren is of nothing more than sentimental value. The world really has no inherent meaning or purpose.

Atheism is the belief that there is nothing in which to believe.

How do we know? We don’t know. Atheism is a belief. Atheism is the belief that there is nothing in which to believe.

All these beliefs—eugenics, communism, fascism, materialist reductionism and atheism—are regressive beliefs. Regressive, because they never assisted humanity progress forward towards a healthier, happier, more harmonious world. On the contrary, they have provided a fast escape route to the past.

As the Bolshevik revolution returned a populace only recently released from serfdom back to their chains, so materialism and atheism can only return humanity back to the era before the word progress was uttered, before the mavericks of the Renaissance spoke of human dignity, before the emancipators of the Age of Reason spoke of human rights, before humanity began to dream of an age of world harmony and peace. From physical law and a purposeless universe emerge neither dreams nor destiny.

But that’s not what’s most noxious about those beliefs. What makes them most pernicious is that those who believe those beliefs don’t believe they are beliefs. They believe they are pure reason. Proven fact. Science.

And therein lies the trouble with reason that denies belief. Not that it is bad reasoning. Quite often it is very brilliant reasoning. It may even turn out to contain some great truths. The real trouble is that it doesn’t know who is its father and mother. It believes it gave birth to itself. It believes that reason has proven itself as fact without recourse to any other faculty of the human being. And that therefore anyone who believes otherwise is an ignorant, damned fool.

If anyone ever tells you that his beliefs have been proven absolutely true by science, he is playing with fire. Wildfire. It is such beliefs that have the capacity to destroy the world.

Is It Okay to Believe?

The other day, I met an atheist. He told me he doesn’t believe in anything that cannot be proven to him beyond reasonable doubt.

I told him I don’t believe him.

“What don’t you believe?” he asked.

“That you don’t believe,” I answered. “Can you prove that to me—beyond reasonable doubt?”

“Well, I’m telling you so!” he replied.

“So,” I answered, “I’m just supposed to naively believe anything you tell me without proof?”

The truth is, there is no human being without beliefs. Without many, many beliefs.

Belief is to humankind as sunlight is to the forest.

Without belief, there is no life.

If lovers didn’t believe “this is the one!” if couples didn’t believe “our children will be beautiful!” if parents didn’t believe, “one day they’ll grow up and it will all pay off”—oh, what a desolate world this would be.

And without belief, life is not worth living.

If businessmen didn’t believe their hunches, if athletes didn’t believe they’ll get that medal, if artists didn’t believe they can become eternal through their art, oh what a dull, abysmal world.

“The human being believes in eternal life, and therefore plants seeds.”

“The human being believes in eternal life,” the Talmud says, “and therefore plants seeds.” We live, love, build and create as though we will live forever, as though our deeds are eternal. Because we believe.

Without belief, there is no success.

Simon Sinek tells us that businesses succeed, inventors succeed, leaders succeed, movements, countries, projects—everything that succeeds—not because of what they do or how they do it, but because of the “why” in which they believe. People buy your product because of what you believe. And employees do their best job for you because they believe in what you believe. “If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”

We’re all feasting and enjoying one another’s company at this beautiful Chabad on Campus event. None of this could happen if the young couple who are your hosts didn’t believe in you. And they believe in you because their rebbe believed in you.

Without belief there can be no progress.

If Newton had not believed that there is harmony in the universe, we wouldn’t have his exquisitely simple formulas for gravity and for motion. If a young Swiss patent clerk hadn’t believed the universe to be a single whole, we wouldn’t have relativity.

I have a little book on my shelf titled, “What I Believe But Cannot Prove.” It’s a collection of essays by researchers in various fields providing their particular belief that they are either out to prove, or just take as a given. That is how science works. Because no human being can put one foot forward without first reaching beyond his own intellect and believing—in himself, in his ideals and his ideas, and in his ability to transform a belief that is even beyond insight into a reality.

Reason is useful, very useful. But it goes nowhere without the faith that there is a somewhere to go.

Without belief, the human moral compass is doomed.

Yes, we have an innate moral compass. Our sense of reason is often its worst enemy.

If there were never people who believed that all human life is sacred, we would be living today in a world ruled void of civil rights. They never had proof. There still is no proof. It was, after all, the rational scientists of the first half of the 20th century who supported modern racism. At that time, reason was on the side of totalitarian states, the quashing of individualism, and the supremacy of “the Nordics.”

Thank G‑d for the believers who have saved us from the rationalists.

Because reason alone won’t get you ethics, won’t get you truth, won’t find you meaning. “There are people who live by reason alone,” writes social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, “and they are called psychopaths.”

With reason, we observe the world. With faith, we change it.

Without reason, we cannot listen to the world and discover what it is. Without faith, we cannot speak back to it and tell it what it must be.

Without reason, we cannot know where we are. Without faith, we have no power to change our course.

Without reason, we lose touch with the here and now. Without faith, we forsake the future.

Betting on the Human Soul

There are seven billion people living together in this tightly knitted global shtetl, carrying at least a million banners of diverse beliefs. Can such a cacophony of voices harmonize together without the tyranny of forced conformity?

That depends. If there can be dialogue, there can be harmony. But for there to be dialogue, we all need to come to a simple recognition: That just as we have two legs, two eyes, two ears, two ventricles of the heart and two lobes of the brain, so we have two faculties by which our minds interact with the the world: reason and faith.

But if someone refuses to recognize the sanity of faith, the channels of dialogue are closed.

If someone tells me they believe something is true but cannot prove it, I can speak with that person. I can say, “You have beliefs, and I have beliefs. I can’t prove mine, you can’t prove yours.” I can ask that person, “Just what sort of a world do you think these beliefs will take us to?” That’s a great measuring stick. Because if both of us agree on the same goal, we can work together.

But if that person tells me that if I don’t believe what they believe it’s because I’m ignorant, stupid and insane…well, you get the idea. I can’t see that as a route to a happy world.

All this means that no one has to give up their beliefs in order to live peacefully with everyone else. No one has to even compromise in the slightest. That would be nothing less than a death knell to the magnificent patchwork of wisdoms and cultures that multiculturalism purports to preserve.

It would also be murder of the human soul. You can’t tell a world, “Believe that you’re sort of right, maybe, under certain circumstances” and expect a symphony of voices worth paying attention to.

There is just one condition for us to live in multiple cultures, each with its own beliefs and yet living together: We simply must know that what we believe is belief, and whatever we reason also starts with belief. There is no need to ridicule belief, because none of us can so much as breathe without it.

Those “others” may be unscientific, they may be heretics, or just plain wrong. But they are not insane. They may not be “us,” but they are still human as we are. We can understand them and they can understand us, once we both understand that “our beliefs are not your beliefs, my starting point is not yours.”

Basically, I’m betting on the human soul. I’m gambling that we all really do share common truths, a sense of the transcendent, of meaning to life, and of human dignity, and that through dialogue we will discover those shared truths.

I believe in the human being. And I’ll admit, that’s a belief.

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: for #blogExodus


Daily April poem: for #blogExodus

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 06:25 AM PDT

ASK

BlogexodusWhy is this night different from all other nights?
Don’t we know the answer to that already?

Why are they called “the four questions”
when it’s really one question with four answers?

Do you believe we were slaves to a Pharaoh in Egypt?
That we cried out to God and God heard us?

That the Holy Blessed One lifted us out of there
with that mighty hand and outstretched arm?

Does the archaeological record support any of this?
Wouldn’t we know if Hebrews had built the pyramids?

If the Angel of Death passed over the bloody lintels
why didn’t the Egyptians just imitate the Hebrews?

Does it matter if the Exodus actually happened?
Does it matter to whom? Who’s asking?

Is the story untrue if it isn’t history?
If I say I love you, is that true or false?

Why do we keep repeating this narrative?
What does that say about who we think we are?


Today’s #blogExodus prompt is “Ask.” So today’s daily poem takes the form of a series of questions. Some of them are questions I’ve actually been asked — including a few by Hebrew school students this very week.

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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Jewish History Lecture Series by Rabbi Dovid Katz Winter 2013 Lecture 5

09.04.2014

The Seventh Annual Winter
Jewish History Lecture Series
by
Rabbi Dovid Katz
Thirteen lectures held on Saturday
Progress Without Peace:
Israel and the Jewish People, 1952-1956
The Snake-Pit: Politics, National-Security, & the Clash of Personalities 1952-56
Sponsored by Avi and Michael Glazer, in honor of their nieces and nephew, Alyson, Danielle, Emily, Chana, and Ari

The Borders of Israel (Essential Lectures in Jewish History) Dr. Henry Abramson

08.04.2014

This video describes the changes in the political boundaries of the State of Israel from its inception 1948 through the disengagement from Gaza in 2005. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series by Dr. Henry Abramson. To see the Prezi associated with this video please visit http://jewishhistorylectures.org/2014…

Charlie Weinbaum, Beaumont

18.06.2013   ISJL Oral History , Institute of Southern Jewish Life

Charlie Weinbaum was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1926 to Charles Sr. and Eleanor Perlstein Weinbaum. He has been in the insurance business since 1949 and is involved with numerous community groups and projects. A 1947 graduate of Texas A&M University, he received their Dinstinguished Almni Award in 2008.

In this video, he discusses his grandfather, Hyman Asher Perlstein, an immigrant to Beaumont who became a prominent business man and fixture in the local Jewish community.

For more on Beaumont’s Jewish history, visit:
http://isjl.org/history/archive/tx/be….

Paris Jewish Cultural Centre celebrates rich and ancient history of Moroccan Judaism

 05.04.2014

What pushed thousands of Moroccan Jews to emigrate to Israel? And what elements of their past remain today? These are some of the questions explored in the documentary “Moroccan Jews: destinies undone”, which was shown at the Jewish cultural centre as part of a festival celebrating the history of Judaism in Morocco. But at a time where the government of Rabat is debating a new law to cut ties with Israel, Moroccan Jews could find themselves caught in the middle.

 

Moshe Arens – Flags over the Warsaw Ghetto – Jerusalem Great Synagogue

 13.03.2014

Moshe Arens
Flags over the Warsaw Ghetto
Jerusalem Great Synagogue
Videograohy by Dr. Les Glassman

What is on the Seder Plate?

24.03.2010

Dr. Rachael Turkienicz takes you through the different objects that are on the Seder Plate at Passover.

If you like this video, check us out athttp://www.rachaelscentre.org.

 

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Popular Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive videos

The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive is dedicated to the preservation and research of Jewish documentary films. The archive is jointly administered by the Abraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Central Zionist Archives of the World Zionist Organization

 

Jewish Biography as History By Dr.Henry Abramson

Videos of Henry Abramson’s lectures in Jewish History and Thought. Supports courses and other materials available at http://www.jewishhistorylectures.org.

Yom Hashoah 2009: Holocaust Remembrance Day Service in Geneva

21.04.2009

GENEVA (JTA) — The Geneva Jewish community held a ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day opposite the United Nations, April 20, 2009.
http://bit.ly/x2XMv

Yom HaShoah

16.05.2011

Over 1,100 Students, faculty and staff gathered to commemorate the Holocaust in Yeshiva University’s Yom Hashoa ceremony. The event was hosted by the Student Holocaust Education Movement (SHEM).
http://www.yu.edu

 

The Exodus: Jewish history, or ancient Semitic memory?
Haaretz
So if the Exodus that Jews tell every year on Passover didn’t happen, … There may be evidence of a long oral history combined with the use of the rich …
Polish Museum Director Stresses 1000-Year Jewish History
Jewish Daily Forward
Dariusz Stola, the newly appointed director of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, never seems to tire of discussing the groundbreaking …
Exhibit in Manhattan sheds revealing light on Iraqi-Jewish history
New Jersey Jewish News
“Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage” offers a glimpse of the life of a community whose history dates back to the Babylonian era; …
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s THE HISTORY OF INVULNERABILITY to Open 4/19
Broadway World
The History of Invulnerability will be playing April 19 through May 11; Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 1 p.m. …
‘Frozen Tableau’ helps faith’s history, values come alive at Temple Sinai
Cranston Herald
The stories of the Torah and values of Judaism are being taught to the students at Temple Sinai in Cranston through acting. The theater program is the …
Jewish Refugees Respond to “Zionism Unsettled”
Arutz Sheva
The Presbyterian Church, which published a revisionist history of Mizrahi Jewry, can hear … JIMENA Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and N. Africa.
Ballroom peace
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
The long history of Jewish-Arab animosity is a hard thing to change, but that didn’t stop ballroom dance champion and choreographer Pierre Dulaine …
Those Jewish charity parties? Pricey
Haaretz
Other top spenders include the National Museum of American Jewish History, which spent $3.3 million; Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which …
The Secret Jewish History of Tax Day
Jewish Daily Forward
As Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz writes in the Jewish Journal, “The principle of dina d’malchuta dina explicitly includes tax money (Bava Kamma 113a, …
Re-examining Atlanta’s Jewish History
GPB
In March, The PBS documentary series “ The Story of The Jews” chronicled the impact of the Jewish diaspora through 300 years of art, history, and …
The Story of the Jews: Documentary on Judaism tells a story that deserves to be told
DigiNews
“If you were to remove from our collective history the contribution Jews have made to human culture, our world would be almost unrecognizable,” said …
Erasure and Exodus: The Forgotten History of the Jews of Egypt
Inter Press Service
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 7 2014 (IPS) – In the early 1940s, minorities like the approximately 80,000 Jews, or even the 200,000 Greeks, did not make up …
Shalom, Vietnam: A Jewish Culture Guide
Shalom Life
World cities, provincial towns, and even the most unassuming of suburbs are infused withJewish history and culture, some of which is waiting to be …
How Israelis, American Jews Differ, Even On Passover
The Jewish Week
I understand the dark side of Jewish history. But part of Zionism is the wish for us to become a normal people, like all other people. We have our own …
Studying the Role and Finances of Fundraising Galas among Jewish Organizations
The Nonprofit Quarterly
Other big spenders are the National Museum of American Jewish History, which spent $3.3 million; Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which spent …
Epicenter of Holocaust now fastest-growing Jewish community
Haaretz
And this upsurge in the Jewish population — believed to be more than … museums and workaday places related to Jewish history and present life in …

 

Tragic Past, Rebirth in Berlin’s Jewish Community
ABC News
And this upsurge in the Jewish population — believed to be more than … museums and workaday places related to Jewish history and present life in …

26 Billion Bucks: Those Jewish Charity Parties? Pricey.

Other top spenders include the National Museum of American Jewish History, which spent $3.3 million; Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which …
The Intricate Past of Modern-Day Portuguese Jewry
Chabad.org
He explains that Portugal has a long Jewish history, but its public celebration of Judaism has not been the same since the infamous expulsions of the …
Richmond has history, art and many monuments
San Diego Jewish World
Thus, the city has a proud Colonial past and Civil War history. … There is also a thrivingJewish population which has been in the area almost since the …
‘Kabbalat Shabbat Ala Blues’ at Wayland temple
Wicked Local Weston
As he explains, “As the African slave experience was a catalyst for blues, Jewish historyfostered its own form of soulful tears, from Jews crying out in …
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, Southwestern Jewish Press, Part 2
San Diego Jewish World
Attention Family Historians: If you would like a JPG photo copy from the Southwestern Jewish Press of any “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” …
Reexamining History at AJFF: Austin Jewish Film Festival wrap
Austin Chronicle
The 12th annual Austin Jewish Film Festival offered up yet another nicely curated slate of movies-with-a-Jewish-nexus for a broad range of ages and …
The Pesach Seder – 3rd in a Series of 5 Blogs
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A. (blog)
The Very First Seder in Jewish History – The first Seder was held in Egypt before the Exodus itself. Consequently, the Seder is not a celebration of …

Jewish leadership in the Baltic states

The breakup of the Soviet Union and the end of Communist domination in Eastern Europe opened a new chapter in the history of the Jewish …

Jewish cultural heritage exhibit on view at City Hall Park

People interested in Jewish history, roots and genealogy are especially welcome on Tuesdays at noon, when a member of the Jewish Genealogy …

The Faith of Fallen Jews: Conforming Doesn’t Work

The title of this compilation, The Faith of Fallen Jews: Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and the Writing of Jewish History, comes from the major interest of his …

Judaism: Feminism and Chazaka

Judaism: Feminism and Chazaka … and educator, admired the world over for his audio tapes/CDs, videos and books, particularly on Jewish history.

Elsewhere: Putin and Ukraine’s Jews, story of slivovitz, why kosher bacon?

… slivovitz: The characteristically Jewish plum brandy, a popular Passover drink, has its roots in Jewish history but is thriving in contemporary America.

Jews had no place on earth, so they hid under it

Jews had no place on earth, so they hid under it … HISTORY is supporting No Place on Earth with educational content for schools nationwide.
‘San Diego Yesterday’ filled with fascinating tidbits
San Diego Jewish World
SAN DIEGO–Anyone who has ever seriously researched San Diego history … Donald H. Harrison is editor of San Diego Jewish World, which seeks …
Richmond has history, art and many monuments
San Diego Jewish World
Thus, the city has a proud Colonial past and Civil War history. … There is also a thrivingJewish population which has been in the area almost since the …
‘Kabbalat Shabbat Ala Blues’ at Wayland temple
Wicked Local Weston
As he explains, “As the African slave experience was a catalyst for blues, Jewish historyfostered its own form of soulful tears, from Jews crying out in …

The Pesach Seder – 3rd in a Series of 5 Blogs
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A. (blog)
The Very First Seder in Jewish History – The first Seder was held in Egypt before the Exodus itself. Consequently, the Seder is not a celebration of ..

Jewish baseball cards hit home

… pictures of objets d’baseball currently being shown in “Chasing Dreams,” the new exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History, where …

Baseball historian headlines National Museum of American Jewish History party

Professional baseball’s official historian was the guest speaker at a cocktail party honoring the National Museum of American Jewish History.

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Jewish History Lectures – Winter 2013-14

 

Rabbi Dovid Katz

Rise in immigration to Israel: January witnesses 6% increase in Aliya to Jewish homeland

26.03.2014

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics shows a 6% increase in immigration to Israel in January, what is referred to here as “Aliya”, Hebrew for ascending to the land of Israel. Strolling the streets of Tel Aviv, we asked Israelis why they felt many Jews from abroad make their way over here

Passover Story

27.03.2009
http://JewishHistory.org The Passover Story. The great holiday of Passover is one of the central days in the Jewish Calendar. The Jewish people came down to Egypt through Joseph. Joseph was at one point the viceroy of Egypt, but after he died, the Jewish people sink into slavery. This slavery was very harsh- both physically and spiritually, yet somehow there is a core of the Jewish people that survives and remains loyal to the ideas of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Moses is the great redeemer, who was himself raised in the Egyptian court through the Princess having adopted him. Through a series of events involving G-d miracles and plagues, Moses becomes the messenger of freedom- and the Jewish people leave Egypt.

Not all the Jews make it out of Egypt. According to a Midrash, 80% of the Jewish people stayed and died in Egypt. Whatever the Exact numbers, there was still a massive exodus- and the Jewish people (along with some others who left Egypt with them) were freed and begin their wandering in the Desert. Freedom must have a purpose, and the purpose of the Jewish people was to spread the concept of G-d, morality, charity, Monotheism, and goodness throughout the world.

In the Sinai Desert, the Jewish people receive the Torah and become a nation- the beginning of a long journey of spreading light throughout the world. The Passover holiday is re-enacted every year and tells us the value of freedom, purpose, faith, and family.

At Rabbi Wein’s Passover table- there was sometimes a span of over 300 years sitting at the table (the Rabbi’s great-grandfather who witnessed generations before him, and his great grandson who will G-d willing witness generations after him). Going back in History, it would only take 10 more tables like this to connect the Jewish people back to the time of the Exodus. This is an example of how Passover is a family holiday.

By sitting together, we testify to our past, to our commitment to the future, to our faith, to the fact that we are an eternal people. And to the fact that freedom means discipline and purpose- only a person who accepts upon themselves the yoke of Torah and morality is truly free.

The first law of Passover is to give charity to the poor so that they can also have a Seder (Passover meal).

The history and tradition of Passover

14.04.2011
Rabbi Yossi Shemtov of the Chabad House discusses in this edition of FOX Toledo Talk Back about Passover, the most holiest of the Jewish faith holidays, and the history and tradition of the seder.

Talmud Pesachim page 51 Rabbi Weisblum הרב ויסבלום תלמוד פסחים דף נ”א, Passover Pesach Torah reading Shabbat Chol Hamoed Rabbi Weisblum קריאת התורה שבת פסח

21.03.2013
Torah Reading for Passover Pesach Shabbat Col Hamoed by Rabbi Moshe P. Weisblum PhD. Torah reading is slow and clear and accompanied with the text to make it easier to follow the lead of Rabbi Weisblum. Ashkenaz Nigun. קריאת התורה לפסח שבת חול המועד .קריאה איטית ברורה ובהירה. נוסח אשכנז אשכנזי. הטקסט נמצא על המסך ומאפשר לצופה לעקוב אחרי הקריאה. צפייה נעימה!
Lecture de la Bible pour la Pâque
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This Week in Jewish History by Dr. Henry Abramson

A Tribute to Leslie Howard for His 120th Birthday, April 3, 2013

 03.04.2013

A tribute to Leslie Howard, this wonderful actor and unforgettable man, celebrating his 120th birthday.

This Day in Jewish History / British heartthrob actor is shot down by the Nazis
Haaretz
Leslie Howard’s most-remembered role is probably his 1939 performance as Ashley Wilkes in ‘Gone with the Wind,’ although it was a part he hated.

TheJerusalemCenter

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (http://www.jcpa.org) is an independent non-profit institute for policy research and education.
Established in 1976, the Jerusalem Center focuses on the main issues affecting Israel’s security and international standing in order to wage the war of ideas in global opinion.
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helena rubinstein biography

17.07.2013
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Lost Tribes of Israel: Indian Families Make Aliya

 10.01.2014

Lost Tribes of Israel: Indian Families Make Aliya

Sephardic History Part 1-6

 

28.11.2011

A 6 part introduction to Medieval Jewish History with JTS Professor Benjamin Gampel.

When the Jews Arrived in the Iberian Peninsula.

25th Anniversary Part 6A Rabbi David Nesenoff

13.09.2013

Rabbi Dr. David Nesenoff

janis joplin interview

04.12.2007

janis joplin on the dick cavett show

Aaron Kreisler: Rabbi Cohen of Galveston

27.06.2013

Dr. Aaron Kreisler of Dallas contrasts reform Rabbi Henry Cohen of Galveston with his orthodox counterpart, Rabbi Louis Feigon. Dr. Kreisler grew up in Galveston, where his parents settled after fleeing Poland in the late 1930s. “The Bishop” Kreisler mentions is most likely Father James M. Kirwin.

You can read more about Galveston’s Jewish history here:
http://www.isjl.org/history/archive/t…

This Day in Jewish History || The first synagogue in the U.S. is consecrated in New York City 

Shearith Israel was founded in lower Manhattan more than a century before American independence, and it still exists today.

Congregation Shearith Israel, Central Park West

30.01.2014

Michelle Nevius, co-author of “Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers” discusses the history of America’s oldest Jewish congregation, Shearith Israel, now headquartered on the Upper West Side. http://www.footprintsinnewyork.com

Cleveland Jewish News (blog)
1637: Venetian Rabbi, Judah di Modena “received word that his Italian manuscript entitled ‘History of Hebrew‘ customs had been published in Paris.

This Day, April 8, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin

April 8

73(15th of Nisan, 3833): The Great Revolt came to an end today when the defenders of Masada completed their murder/suicide pact

This Day in Jewish History / A Texas rabbi and foil to the KKK is born

This Day in Jewish History / A Texas rabbi and foil to the KKK is born … Cohen, both recent immigrants from the town of Rava (in present-day Ukraine).

This Day, April 7, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin
Cleveland Jewish News (blog)
Today Charles University is the home base for a Jewish Studies program offered to American college students that examines the history of Central ..

This Day in Jewish History / Ottoman authority orders Jews to evacuate Tel Aviv
Haaretz
This Day in Jewish History / Ottoman authority orders Jews to evacuate Tel Aviv. A total of 1,500 Jewish evacuees are thought to have died after …

 

This Day, April 5, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin

1291: Muslim forces began the siege of Acre, the last Crusader stronghold. Today, this site, Akko, is back in the control of the true titleholders, the …

This Day in Jewish History / The record exec who signed up Janis Joplin

This Day in Jewish History / The record exec who signed up Janis Joplin. After experiencing an epiphany at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, Clive …