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Waking Up Jewish In Vietnam

<pWho calls the shots? Captain Zvi Webb shares an anecdote about finding his Jewish path while serving as a soldier in the Vietnam War. Zvi Webb joined the US Army to serve his country. There were many challenges, and with HaShem's help, he prevailed very well. Chabad Center of Sudbury, January, 2012. Read his book "Loyal Soldier" for more details.

 

Krula Camp Tish B’Av Play: Churban Habayis

28.07.2015
צפו בפעילות המיוחדת במחנה ‘נחלת צבי’ קראלי שבהרי הקטסקיל שם למדו התלמידים באופן חי ומוחשי על סדר העבודה שהיה בזמן שבית המקדש היה קיים: בעוד הילדים ה”כהנים” עסוקים בעבודה בהדלקת המנורה והקרבת הקרבנות, הגיעו הילדים ה”רומאים” והציתו אש בכותל העזרה שנשרף עד היסוד. ה”גולים” ישבו לארץ ובכו על החורבן וכל המשתתפים במחנה נמס לבבם לנוכח המחזה שהטעימם מעין הצער הגדול שהיה בעת חורבן הבית

Tu B’Av
From Wikipedia,

Tu B’Av (Hebrew: ט”ו באב, the fifteenth of the month Av) is a minor Jewish holiday. In modern-day Israel, it is celebrated as a holiday of love (Hebrew: חג האהבה‎, Hag HaAhava), similar to Valentine’s Day.[1] It has been said to be a “great day for weddings”
According to the Mishna, Tu B’Av was a joyous holiday in the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, marking the beginning of the grape harvest. Yom Kippur marked the end of the grape harvest. On both dates, the unmarried girls of Jerusalem dressed in white garments, which they borrowed,[2] and went out to dance in the vineyards (Babylonian Talmud, tractate Ta’anit 30b-31a).[3] That same section in the Talmud states that there were no holy days as happy for the Jews as Tu B’Av and Yom Kippur.[4] The holiday celebrated the wood-offering brought in the temple (see Nehemiah 10:35). Josephus refers to it as the Feast of Xylophory (“Wood-bearing”).[5] Photo by Wikipedia read more… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_B%27Av



Hasidic Nigun ~ MelavehMalka ~ י”ט באב ~ {MINOR} Qanun & Guitar

Jammin on Motzaei Shabbat – 08/09/09
Maury Epstein, Guitar – Aaron Hai, Qanun

שולי רנד – סגולה

“Jewish Valentines Day” – Tu B’Av Boat Party on Shalom TV

Jewish singles cruise around the Hudson in search of their perfect mate, on a love boat sponsored by http://www.isramerica.com. A Shalom TV extra for Valentines Day!

Tu B`Av – O amor está no ar

Charleston in Tel Aviv Yafo – Dizengoff Square – celebrating Tu B’Av

I Charleston Tel Aviv – סווינג

שיעור דבר מלכות לנשים – פרשת דברים, תשעה באב

Andrea Grinberg Tisha B’Av – My Birthday & A Day of Dischord

23.07.2015

This is israel (In 60 Seconds)

23.07.2015

This is Israel: a fast-paced view of a fast-paced nation, that also knows how to relax and have fun. Blessed with beautiful landscapes, life in Israel is jam-packed with energizing events, cutting-edge technologies and exciting people. From parties to prayers, beaches to bicycles, visitors to Israel can look forward to an unforgettable experience… and great food.

The last Tisha B’Av in Tears

23.07.2015

Dr Maurice Mizrahi – The secrets of Jewish survival (Tish’a b’Av)

22.07.2015

A few days from now is Tish’a b’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. Many catastrophes befell the Jews on that day, the Ninth of Av, including the destruction of the two temples in Jerusalem. Each of these tragedies, by itself, could have led to the disappearance of Judaism. But none did. Why? What made the Jews survive as a distinct people, when so many other civilizations have disappeared?

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Orthodox Jews Taking Jiu Jitsu Lessons for Self Defense

21.07.2015

A new version of martial arts is being taught to and practiced by Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn.

CBS2’s Scott Rapoport talked to a man who has been called the “most dangerous Jew in NYC” — Although you wouldn’t know it by looking at him.

Former NYC probation officers and Washington Heights native Steve Isaak, 67, has developed a personalized style of martial arts called

Shima Juijitsu.

He’s been teaching it for more than 40 years to a devoted following of the city’s most observant, Orthodox Jews, in a Brighton Beach studio. Part of his mission is for it to be self-defense from anti-semetism.

“Everyone need self-defense but they need it more than most, based on the history of Jewish people,” Isaak said.

His students come in all shapes, sizes, ages and sexes.

There are women, too, who want to learn to defend themselves — like Chavi Charlap.

And what does she get from the class?

“I get confidence,” Charlap replied.

Because they are Orthodox, the women train separately from the men. And though touching is traditionally verboten, some of his female students permit it during training, saying Isaak’s classes are conducted with respect to their Orthodox values.

“If I’m in a life threatening situation and because of this I can save my life and other lives then it’s definitely worth it,” Charlap said.

Isaak turned to martial arts as a young, 12-year-old boy after he says he was beaten up by two older kids.

By the time he got to college, he was teaching self-defense. He opened his own martial arts school shortly after that.

Isaak says the secret and power of Shima Juijitsu is that you don’t have to be athletic or powerful. That it is based on efficiency, not strength, Rapoport reported.

The cerebral Sensai says he teaches his students a series of moves that can deflect and derail an attacker.

His student Rabbi David Goldshyn with the Jewish Center Of Brighton Beach says it’s effective and necessary.

“You don’t want to get into a fight every two seconds,” Goldshyn said. “But you also want to have the confidence that if something happens you can protect yourself.”

Through the years, Isaak says he’s taught Shima Juijitsu to cops, prosecutors, judges and even some in Israel’s defense forces.

Isaak says he now now lives in Myrtle Beach, but comes back to Brighton Beach every two weeks for 5 days at a time to teach his Orthodox students. He says his students demand it.

IMAGINE – The Israeli version

22.06.2015

Howard Sterns Daughter Observes Shabbat

09.07.2015

The story of Howard Stern’s daughter was published by jewinthecity.com. Allison’s interview with Emily Stern brought this wonderful story to public attention.

Strictly Kosher series

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The Jewish community in Manchester is a kaleidoscope of tradition, religion and extravagance. This documentary film opens a window into their lives and shows a wide variety of ritual and celebrations.

Strictly Kosher, filmed, produced and directed by Chris Malone, revolves around three families and their friends and paints a colourful picture of the juxtaposition between the many different personalities and levels of religious observance in Manchester’s Jewish community. It offers an insight into lifestyles which range from one extreme — traditional and strict – to the other — modern and extravagant – but are bound together by one faith.

The film follows Bernette Clarke, a very lively and modern Orthodox Jewish mother of three. Bernette talks openly about her faith, explains the traditional approach her family has to the Sabbath and other Jewish festivals, and offers her views on the wider Jewish community.

Joel Lever and his wife Joanne also allow the cameras into their lives. Joel’s family are traditionally Jewish by birth, but he admits they are not very religious. Joel puts his all into his fashion boutique ‘Mon Amie’ which is frequented by the Jewish ladies of Prestwich — by making the Jewish women the talk of the town, he feels he is serving the local community.

83-year-old Jack Aizenberg tells the ultimate rags to riches story. He was just eleven years old at the outbreak of the Second World War and his family were killed in Belzec Extermination camp in 1942 when he was just 14. Against the odds Jack survived and made his way to Manchester, England in 1945. Jack feels that religion is not as important as basic common humanity and does not practice all the requirements of the Jewish faith, but he’s a celebrated survivor venerated by the Jewish community in Manchester. Having made a successful career in the luggage trade, Jack is thrilled to have the money to throw his grandson a lavish Bar Mitzvah — a special moment caught on camera.

מושיק עפיה – רק זכרונות האלבום המלא

28.03.2015

רק זכרונות האלבום המלא משנת 2015 של מושיק עפיה

אייל גולן בסוף כל יום האלבום המלא

28.03.2015

האלבום המלא של מלך הבלדות אייל גולן

Moshav Band @ Mekor Habracha, Philadelphia 2011-02-09t12 Higher And Higher

אוסף הלהיטים של מזרחית זה להיט 2015

17.04.2015

בחסות מזרחית זה להיט:

https://www.facebook.com/MizrahitZeLahit

רשימת השירים:

1.שישי בצהריים

סט קיץ מזרחית dj stav fadida

14.04.2015

JamShalom & Phishalom Summer ’15 Fundraiser

12.05.2015

Kindly donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ja…

4,000 years ago the father and mother of all Spirituality, Abraham and Sarah, set up the first JamShalom tent in the crossroads of ancient Canaan. Three Holy Chillers stopped by their tent for some great food and great company (and rumor has it that they also jammed up a storm), and the rest is history.

Fast-forward to 1965: The Grateful Dead are born, and holy chilling tents are suddenly popping up on every crossroads across the country.

Jump 44 more years to 2009, and PHISHalom sets up its first tent on Phish-Lot, bringing together the ancient Jewish traditions of hospitality and good food, joined with the love and family we first encountered on Dead-Lot.

Six years later, and PHISHalom and JamShalom have become a familiar home to hundreds of fans at Phish concerts and music festivals, and the Golden Shore has become a regular destination for Holy Chillers who find their way to Israel.

Look for us on the road at your favorite concerts and festivals this summer, and stop by for a holy chill, some great food, an open jam, and endless friendship

Family visit yanky in golani and make bbq for the soldiers

21.06.2015

פתח ליבך (הקליפ הרשמי) לזכרם של אייל יפרח, נפתלי פרנקל וגיל-עד שער

19.04.2015

הקליפ לשיר “פתח ליבך”, בהשתתפות חבריהם לישיבה של הנערים החטופים ומשפחות הנערים, רואה אור לראשונה.

הקליפ מלווה את המסע שעברו בחודשים שחלפו מאז החטיפה, משפחות הנערים החטופים, חבריהם לישיבה ועם ישראל כולו.

דוד ד’אור, כותב ומלחין השיר: “פחות משנה חלפה מאז נעתקה נשימתו של עם שלם. עם שלם התפלל כאיש אחד לשובם הביתה בשלום. נפלה בחלקי הזכות ליטול חלק בהנצחת אותה תחושת האחדות, תפילת הרבים של העם וזיכרונם הברוך של שלושת הנערים”.

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17th of Tammuz – Complete Connection – Torah Insights

http://www.naaleh.com

By Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller

On the 17th of Tammuz five horrible events occurred in Jewish history. One of these events was the chat ha’agel, the sin of the golden calf. A calf symbolizes the power of the people- the Jewish people were essentially worshiping themselves. From here we learn how to have a complete connection with Hashem, G-d. For more inspiring Torah classes visit http://www.naaleh.com.

Jay Leno’s Serious Appreciation for Israel

22.06.2015

Comedic giant and TV superstar Jay Leno, on his second trip to Israel to MC the prestigious Genesis Award ceremony, makes VOI’s Molly Livingstone laugh. Seriously.

Cantor Concert Special

Hollywood in the Holy City

22.06.2015

What do Natalie Portman and Richard Gere have in common? Both have recently filmed in Jerusalem. Yes, with the help of the Jerusalem Film and TV Fund, the entertainment industry is finding a new home in modern Jerusalem and booming here. VOI’s Molly Livingstone is joined in-studio by its director, Yoram Honig, to hear about the latest screen magic occurring in the heart of the holy city; collaborations with some of the biggest film companies; future opportunities; and the plan to build the largest sound stage in the Middle East in Jerusalem by 2020, adding a whole new dimension to the city as we know it.

Chukat 5775 – Mrs. Batya Weinberg

22.06.2015

Being A Part Of The Story

19.06.2015

A special presentation in honor of Gimmel Tammuz, the anniversary of the Rebbe’s passing.

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Farewell to Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival 2014

2014 brought the winds of war to our region, throwing a shadow over the festival that threated to unravel the delicate fabric and ideals upon which it is based. But despite this, international and local artists came to Jerusalem imbued with a sense of commitment and a renewed belief in the message that calls on the Middle East’ peoples to open their hearts and allow music to unite us.

In what is now an annual tradition, the festival offers unique experiences that bring together international and Israeli artists in performances under a canopy of stars, opposite Jerusalem’s ancient walls and in houses of prayer. Each year we invite audiences to take part in “A Night Stroll,” a magical white night at the Tower of David comprising performances, ceremonies, some whispering and a series of “Testimony Encounters” — guided tours that trace the sacred sounds that play year-round in Jerusalem.

Samarkand Live at the Sufi Festival

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Rabbi Lau 2015 March of the Living Speech

23.04.2015

The annual March of the Living program brings thousands of young people from around the world each year on Holocaust Remembrance Day to Auschwitz-Birkenau to honour the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and to pledge to build a better world for all humanity.

Introductory Melodies, Aviva Rajsky, Tom Bellman, Chanan Elias, 2015 March of the Living

23.04.2015

Aviva Rajsky, Vocals, Tom Bellman, Guitar, Chanan Elias Keyboard (Vocals on Ki Maolam), Janet Orenstein Violin (Oifen Pripachek)

Emil Zrihan and Yossi Fine Live at JSMF 2014

עופר לוי-אהבה אמיתית

מושיק עפי Moshik Afia

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DJ Asaf Gez | DJ’s סט לתחרות

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Neshama Carlebach “Esso Ennai”

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Mally Mazal-Davidoff. Jewish Life in Pre-State Israel

09.06.2015

Mally Mazal-Davidoff was born to a family of Yemenite and Sephardic Jews who lived in Jerusalem for more than five generations. Born in the East Jerusalem village of Kfar Hashiloach, present day “Silwan”, she recalls her memories of Arab – Jewish relations in pre-State Israel. She vividly remember the Hebron Massacre, Yom Kippur at the Kotel, and the Old City of Jerusalem in the 1930s and 40s.

Jewish Life at Northeastern Hillel

10.06.2015

We asked Northeastern students to tell us about their Hillel experience. Check out what they had to say!

Stuart Klein – OFJCC President’s Award Honoree

10.06.2015

The Oshman Family JCC is pleased to present Stuart Klein with the first ever President’s Award for his outstanding service to the Jewish Community in the Bay area and his key role in the founding of the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life. Thank you Stuart!

Arutz Sheva TV @ Celebrate Israel 2015

31.05.2015

http://www.israelnationalnews.com

You Will Never Look at Israel the Same Again

28.05.2015

When a second earthquake hit Nepal, Israel sent another rescue team into the devastated areas. Some of the best rescue units in the world from the Israeli army were deployed to a nation halfway around the world. Discover why Israel invests its resources to help men, women, and children in other nations.

Religious Jewish youth revel to singer, Edon, at Israel Day Concert in NYC Central Park

01.06.2015

http://JooTube.TV Affiliated, observant Jewish young people revel to EDON at Israel Day Concert in NYC Central Park, 2013.

Edon – Imagine – Jewish Justin Bieber – http://www.ncsy.org

12-year-old “Jewish Justin Bieber” Edan Pinchot sings for NCSY’s annual auction. Support the Jewish future and win amazing prizes, go to http://www.ncsy.org

A Rare Inside Look At Hasidic Village of New Square

03.05.2015

Kal Holczler returns to his home in the ultra-orthodox village of New Square, New York to confront his parents and engage them to join his fight against sexual abuse of children in their community.

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Jerusalem Day, 2015: Rightful Owners of the Temple Mount

17.05.2015

The holiday known as ‘Jerusalem Day’ is observed in Israel every year on the Hebrew date of Iyar 28 – the day corresponding with June 7th, 1967 on which the city of Jerusalem was liberated and united by the paratrooper brigade of the Israel Defense Forces in the Six Day War.

48 years later to the day, on May 17th, 2015, a crowd numbering 1,000 Jews converged at the gate of the Temple Mount, eager to ascend the mountain in joyous acknowledgment of the miraculous return of the city to Jewish sovereignty and in fulfillment of the Biblical commandment to revere the place of the Holy Temple. Most of all, they came to pray at the holy site.

The discriminatory practices and self-styled, anti-democratic ‘rules’ of the police prevented Jewish prayer, but once again fully allowed the demonic incitement of crowds of Muslim thugs and mercenaries who dogged every step of the Jewish pilgrims on the Mount and generally did their best to cause the Jews misery. And while the Jewish worshipers waited on line in the sun for as long as three hours for a chance to ascend even briefly on this special day, many were turned away in disappointment.

But the Jews who gathered that morning at the Mugrabi Gate waiting to ascend to the Temple Mount had the honor of welcoming and hearing a hero in their midst: renowned Torah scholar Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder and president of the Temple Institute, was himself an IDF paratrooper who fought for the liberation of the Temple Mount on this very day, 48 years ago. The rabbi addressed the enthusiastic crowd and spoke of his experiences as a soldier in this very spot on that fateful day. Rabbi Ariel recalled his fallen comrades who gave their lives for the return of the Temple Mount to the Jewish people, and encouraged the assembled to continue in the heroes’ footsteps by demonstrating Jewish presence and rightful ownership of the Mount.

Rabbi Shmuley’s Address at Jerusalem Day Celebrations

18.05.2015

A Part of Rabbi Shmuley’s Address at Jerusalem Day Celebrations Attended by PM Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett

Happy Jerusalem Day 2015

18.05.2015

Jerusalem of Gold – Yerushalayim shel Zahav -Ofra Haza- with English Lyrics

“Jerusalem of Gold” (Hebrew: ירושלים של זהב‎, Yerushalayim Shel Zahav) is a popular Israeli song written by Naomi Shemer in 1967. The original song described the Jewish people’s 2000-year longing to return to Jerusalem; Shemer added a final verse after the Six-Day War to celebrate Jerusalem’s unification under Israeli control.

At that time, the Old City was under Jordanian rule; Jews had been barred from entering, and many holy sites had been desecrated. Only three weeks after the song was published, the Six-Day War broke out. The song was the battle cry and morale booster of the Israeli troops. Shemer even sang it for them before the war and festival, making them among the first in the world to hear it. On 7 June, the Israel Defense Forces captured the eastern part of Jerusalem and the Old City from the Jordanians. When Shemer heard the paratroopers singing “Jerusalem of Gold” at the Western Wall, she wrote a final verse, reversing the phrases of lamentation found in the second verse. The line about shofars sounding from the Temple Mount is a reference to an event that actually took place on 7 June.

This beautiful version is from the late OFRA HAZA.

Jerusalem Day 2015

17.05.2015

Damascus Gate, May 17, 2015

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Jerusalem Day dancing @ Downtown Jerusalem

17.05.2015

Jerusalem Day Cotel 2015

17.05.2015

Israel Day Concert 2015 promo

מירון התשע”ה – אלי אביב ONE

The Festival of Shavuot

Intimately connected to the land of Israel, Shavuot is the festival of the bringing of the first-fruits to the Holy Temple. Shavuot is also the anniversary of the Sinai revelation and the receiving of Torah by Israel, and since the destruction of the Holy Temple the emphasis of Shavuot has been Torah study. Ultimately, Torah study and the bringing of the first-fruits are both expressions of the centrality of Torah in our lives. When we build the Holy Temple we best exemplify the fulfillment of Torah in this world by the bringing of the first-fruits.

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Daily Rebbe Video

Watch: Special Lag Ba’Omer Program on Arutz Sheva

06.05.2015

http://www.israelnationalnews.com

Lag BaOmer Over Meah Shearim | IsraelByDrone.com [4K] צילום אווירי של מאה שערים בל”ג בעומר

07.05.2015

On the eve of Lag BaOmer, the streets of Jerusalem and most other cities in Israel come alight in the magical glow of the bonfire meduras. We put together a short clip of mesmerizing footage from the heart of Meah Shearim, from Toldos Aharon, Breslov, and Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok.

‫באיאן מירון ל”ג בעומר תשע”ה – Boyan Bonfire in Miron on Lag Bi’Omer 2015

06.05.2015

אירוע ההדלקה המרכזי והראשון במתחם הרשב”י במירון, היה של חסידות באיאן. כ”ק האדמו”ר עלה על גג הציון, להדלקה המסורתית, ומסביבו החסידים הנעימו בזמירות ובריקודים. אלפי עיניים היו נשואות לעבר כ”ק האדמו”ר, כשהוא מתכונן ומכוון כוונות ארוכות ברגעים שלפני ההדלקה.

-ל״ג בעומר תשע״ה במירון – קבר הרשב״י חסידים רוקדים בטרנס אדיר את ״אדונינו בר-יוחאי״ לקולות תזמורת קר

Lag Baomer Efrat Israel 2015 ל”ג בעומר אפרת ישראל

06.05.2015

Sights And Sounds lag BaOmer At Yeshiva Veretsky

07.05.2015

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תהלוכת לג בעומר – כפר חב”ד תשע”ה

07.05.2015

ואמרתם כל לחי רבי שמעון בר יוחאי – ישראל דגן.

לכבוד התנא רבי שמעון בר יוחאי זיע”א

ישראל דגן.

הועלה בל”ג בעומר התשע”א

Lag B’omer in Meron 2012 “AMAZING FOOTAGE” ל״ג בעומר במירון תשע״ב

Lag Baomer~

Lag Baomer 5770

Lag Baomer

Nigun “Sheyiboneh” sung @ a lag Baomer parade with the Lubavitcher Rebbe

From Living Torah (Volume 47, Episode 185)

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La Gran Fogata de Lag BaOmer en Jerusalén / Rabino Shalom Arush y Rab Yonatán D. Galed

Una exclusiva oportunidad para experimentar la alegría y la energía de la celebración de Lag BaOmer con el Rabino Shalom Arush, autor del gran éxito En el Jardín de la Fe, y el Rab Yonatan D. Galed, Director de ‘Breslev Español’, en la Yeshivá Jut shel Jesed – Hilo de Bondad, en Jerusalén. Lag BaOmer es una celebración en honor del gran Justo de la época de la Mishná, el Rabí Shimon Bar Yojai, autor del sagrado libro del Zohar. Cada año, en esta misma fecha, agradecemos por la Luz que llegó, a través de Rabí Shimon Bar Yojai, al mundo entero y al Pueblo de Israel en especial. ¡Que lo disfruten!

Lag Baomer 5774 With Toldos Aharon Rebbe In Miron

Lag Baomer 5774 With Toldos Aharon Rebbe In Miron

lag baomer – מראות ההוד מלג בעומר הילולת רבי שמעון בר יוחאי

מראות ההוד מלג בעומר כש מאות אלפי יהודים היתרפקו על הציון הקדוש ובאו מכל רחבי העולם לציון הקדוש להישתתף בשמחה.

ריקוד הבקבוקים במירון

Prominent NY Rabbi Arthur Schneier Honored With Papal Knighthood

03.05.2015

Lenny Bruce famously said that even a Catholic in New York is Jewish, but that didn’t stop one of the city’s most prominent Jewish leaders from accepting a touch of the Holy See on Monday.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue was knighted and made a member of the Papal Order of St. Sylvester at a ceremony on the Upper East Side, joining luminaries such as industrialist Oskar Schindler and comedian Bob Hope who have held the title.

“It’s Pope Francis’ very touching and tender way of confirming [Rabbi Schneier] and the good works that he’s done on behalf of religious freedom, international peace and justice,” said longtime pal and neighbor Cardinal Timothy Dolan, head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

The cardinal grinned broadly as he pinned the order’s gold cross to the 84-year-old Holocaust survivor’s lapel. “It’s an honor.”

During his career, Rabbi Schneier campaigned vigorously alongside other faith leaders for greater religious freedom and tolerance, as well as helping to build ties between Jews and Roman Catholics following World War II.

“In 1965, in the height of religious persecution in the Soviet Union, I mobilized with Robert Kennedy religious leaders of all faiths in an appeal to our first religious freedom mission to Moscow, but via Rome,” Rabbi Schneier said. “We need to strive together…for a world of mutual acceptance—not tolerance, acceptance.”

Rabbi Schneier has been associated with the Park East Synagogue since 1962.

After the ceremony, the new knight shared a Champagne toast with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Mayor David Dinkins and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, as well as half a dozen of the city’s most prominent religious leaders.

“I’m here to pay tribute to a dear friend and a good leader,” Dr. Kissinger said. “He’s contributed to the solution of one our great problems,” promoting peace between the major world faiths.

The knighthood, which may be bestowed on Catholics and non-Catholics alike, is intended to honor significant contributions to humanity.

The ancient order’s origin is somewhat murky, though it apparently was first intended to honor lay Catholics who showed intense devotion to the church.

In 1905, Pope Pius X changed the Order of St. Sylvester to include non-Catholic honorees, separating it from the so-called Golden Militia, of which it had previously been a part.

In addition to the gold cross, the official St. Sylvester regalia includes a red-and-black uniform and a sword.

“You mentioned about my getting a sword? I have a problem with a sword, though,” Rabbi Schneier insisted. “I’m for peace!”

“Turn it into a plowshare,” Cardinal Dolan suggested.

A CJ STUDIOS BAR MITZVAH (Crown Heights)

ever wanted to learn how to wrap tefillin? CHABAD.ORG

21.04.2015

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Lubavitcher Rebbe visits Camp Gan Yisroel in 1960

Lubavitcher Rebbe visits Camp Gan Yisroel, Swan Lake, NY in 1960. Compiled from individual shots taken from a recently scanned 16MM film that was photographed by Rabbi Yosef Goldstein. Our thanks to the family for letting us enjoy these treasures.

Holocaust Concert Shanghai

Jerry Silverman on L’Chayim

20.10.2014

The President CEO of the JFNA (Jewish Federations of North A

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24Jewish Video Jewish Clip of the Day ! Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin ordered the President’s Residence to Chabad emissaries’ children in Nepal , Part 2 Section on the right side,President Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin,., Great Videos Selection

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24Jewish Video Jewish Clip of the Day ! 100,000 Jews Celebrate the Liberation of the Old City on Yom Yerushalayim at the Kotel, Part 2 Section on the right side,Israel Defense Forces,., Great Videos Selection

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) in Israel

Sun May 17 2015

Yom Yerushalayim, also known as Jerusalem Day, commemorates Jerusalem’s reunification in 1967. This day begins on 28th day of the month of Iyyar in the Hebrew calendar.

Jerusalem Day

From Wikipedia

Jerusalem Day (Hebrew: יום ירושלים‎, Yom Yerushalayim) is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalemand the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War. The day is officially marked by state ceremonies and memorial services. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to mark the regaining of access to the Western Wall.[1] While the day has lost its significance for most secular Israelis,[2][3][4] the day is still very much celebrated by Israel’s Religious Zionist community[5][6] with parades and additional prayers in the synagogue.Photo by Wikipedia Read More Button--orange

Brothers in arms IDF

This is an eye-watering video made by the IDF spokes person in dedication to the thousands of soldiers fighting everyday to protect the lives of the Israeli civilians from the terrorists who wish to end them.

Cantor Ushi Blumenberg Yedidim Choir – Yismechu | חזן אשר בלומנברג וידידים – ישמחו

26.04.2015

Talented cantor Ushi Blumenberg performing “Yismechu” composed by the great jewish cantor, the world famous Yosele Roanblatt, backed by Yedidim Choir, Masterly arranged and conducted by Tzvi Blumenfeld at a recent event in Brooklyn, NY.

h1>Yom HaZikaron – IDF Maj (res) Aviv Wishkovsky at Mount Herzl

21.04.2015

In this moving video, filmed at Israel’s national cemetery on Mt. Herzl, Maj (res) Aviv Wishkovsky talks about about the young people buried there, who died defending the State of Israel and what their sacrifice means to him, to the young people who wear the uniform of the IDF today and to all of the people of Israel.

Remember Me – תזכרו אותי

Remember Me – The Israeli version.

הקליפ הזה מוקדש לכל חיילי צה”ל וכוחות הביטחון באהבה ובהערכה רבה.

Once a Bedouin, now an Israeli Diplomat

25.04.2015

An Israeli Bedouin Sheikh tells INN TV that he is of Jewish descent. Historian claims most Bedouin, Arabs in Israel are Jewish.

This programme looks at the Bedouin lifestyle, loyalty to the military and we’ll also be looking at the growing threat of the Israeli Apartheid Week with it’s sole purpose to demonise and delegitim.

These are the original inhabitants of the land. visit to watch and purchase documentaries on these amazing people.

Bawsani and other yemeni silver designed rings make a delicate addition to any antique jewellery collection.

Parshat Tazria-Metzorah – A Blessing in Disguise – Margot Reinstein, NJ & Upstate NY and NCSY Give

22.04.2015

Would a world with tzara’at really be so bad? Margot Reinstein, a former advisor from Upstate NY and NJ NCSY, and a former bus head of NCSY GIVE, shares some important thoughts about the different forms of tzara’at, seeing spots, and what it all has to do with Yom Ha’Atzmaut and the Land of Israel.

Mt. Herzl

22.04.2015

http://www.israelnationalnews.com

The Walking Dead

23.04.2015

Oorah’s thought-provoking “Thursday-Thought” series continues with a look at the Torah portion of the week, Parshas Tazria-Metzora, featuring TorahMates coordinator Mrs Sarah Feldman. Short and to the point, guaranteed to fill your week with inspiration.

ערב חדש – 21.04.2015 – תכנית מלאה

21.04.2015

ערב יום הזיכרון לחללי צה”ל ופעולות איבה ולקראת יום העצמאות ה-67, ראיון טלוויזיוני ראשון עם האלוף הפורש גרשון הכהן; פרופ’ שמחה גולדין, אביו של סגן הדר גולדין ז”ל, מספר על הבן שנהרג במבצע ‘צוק איתן’, על החיים עם השכול, הציפיה להחזרת גופתו שנמצאת כנראה בידי החמאס ועל הערכים שלאורם חינך את ילדיו, כולם קצינים בצה”ל.

הפלמ”חניק האחרון: סרן עמרי טל ז”ל </h1

20.04.2015

סרן עמרי טל ז”ל, מפקד מחלקת הסיור בגדוד 53 חטיבה 188 בשריון, נפל במבצע ‘צוק איתן’ ב- 31.7.2014 כתוצאה מפגיעת פצצת פצמ”ר בחבל אשכול. עמרי אהב בני אדם, אהב את הארץ ואת המדינה, היה אדם צנוע בעל חיוך מאיר. בסרט זה מנסים בני משפחתו לשמר את זכרו ולספר עליו כך שייחודיותו תהא צרובה בליבנו.

Pesach 5775 In Vien

18.04.2015

Pesach 5775 In Vien

Skver Rebbe Counting The Omer Pesach 5775

18.04.2015

Skver Rebbe Counting The Omer Pesach 5775

HATIKVAH FROM YOM HA’ATZMAUT 67

How different from this time yesterday…

22.04.2015

Ceremony to mark the end of Yom Hazikaron and the beginning of Yom Haatzmaut begins in Israel…

BREATHTAKING, MUST WATCH….

22.04.2015

This truly is a must watch video from the Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony

(Dedicated to all the haters out there, you know who you are!)

יום העצמאות ה67 – Yom Ha’atzmaut

21.04.2015

This year Israel is celebrating its 67th Independence Day. In this video we’ve collected our aerial video excerpts of this beautiful land, made during the year. Congrats to all the Israelis!

Phantom 2, ZenmuseH3-3D and GoPro Hero 4 Black.

Yom Ha’atzmaut 5775 – The Rt. Hon Theresa May Home Secretary

23.04.2015

22nd April 2015 – Yom Ha’atzmaut 5775 , London.

Yom Ha’atzmaut 5775 Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

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The IDF Has Your Back!

19.04.2015

Soldiers from the Golani Brigade help a member of their community work out. Our soldiers always push themselves be the best they can be!

Ahoy! 12 Hours Aboard the IDF’s INS Degel

31.03.2015

An in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on the INS Degel, a Dvora-class patrol ship based out of Haifa.

יום העצמאת בהופ! – תוכניות ברצף לילדים

12.04.2015

בואו לחגוג את יום ההולדת למדינת ישראל עם ערוץ הופ! – שירים ותוכניות לילדים ברצף לחג העצמאות. עצמאות בהופ!

ערוץ הופ! – “לגדול בידיים טובות” – תוכניות חינוכיות מובחרות מהארץ ומהעולם, עם דגש על הפעלה יצירתית לילדים.

The Rabbi And The Gypsy Lady – Ayeh (HD)

11.04.2015

The incredible duo The Rabbi and The Gypsy Lady performing on the street in Kikar Tzion in Jerusalem.

Life In Israel

Symphonies for IDF Soldiers,,, Avi Pilcer

PM Netanyahu at Mimouna Celebrations

11.04.2015

ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו ורעייתו הגברת שרה נתניהו משתתפים בחגיגת המימונה באור עקיבא.

וידאו: לע”מ

Yom Hashoah Message

11.04.2015

A short and moving message by Rabbi Benji Levy to mark the occasion of Yom Hashoah.

”I WILL NOT FORGET”

5.04.2015

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

Yom Hashoah 2015 – JBS Programming Preview

10.04.2015

Check http://www.jbstv.org for details.

Buchenwald: 70th anniversary of Nazi concentration camp’s liberation

11.04.2015

Survivors and veterans have been gathering at what was Buchenwald Concentration Camp

70 años de la liberación de Buchenwald

11.04.2015

El 11 de abril de 1945 los 21 000 presos del campo de concentración de Buchenwald, ubicado cerca de Weimar, fueron liberados por el ejército estadounidense. Más de 56 000 personas fueron asesinadas en este infierno circundado de alambradas.

Thousands attend inter-faith march in Brussels

16.03.2015

Around 5,000 people gathered in the centre of Brussels on Sunday to participate in a march calling for peace and tolerance between religious faiths.

Seder Table for Missing Israelis

01.04.2015

http://www.israelnationalnews.com

The Jerusalem Opera Festival June 2015

08.02.2015

L’eliser d’amore will be performed in Jerusalem’s Sultan’s Pool. The magnificent backdrop of the Old City, set the ideal tone for this breathtaking opera. june 24-28, 2015

For more information: http://www.jerusalem-opera.com

Israel’s President Shimon Peres in the The Norwegian Nobel Institute

14.05.2014

Israel’s President Shimon Peres was on a state visit to Norway 12 and 13 May 2014. He gave an interview at The Norwegian Nobel Institute.

Recording by Med Israel for fred, http://www.miff.no, the largest pro-Israel website in Scandinavia.

Israeli Female Jumper Wins Bronze in Prague

17.03.2015

Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko became the first Israeli woman to win a medal at the European Indoor Championships in Prague. http://goo.gl/KKzGje

For more news and videos: http://www.jerusalemonline.com/

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Israel housing crisis protest Revolution Rothchild Tel Aviv מאבק האוהלים ברוטשליד

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A new anti-Semitism? Why thousands of Jewish citizens are leaving France

Some Jewish citizens in France say there is a rising tide of a new, more dangerous anti-Semitism in the country. In turn, thousands are leaving for Israel and other countries. In an effort to reassure Jewish people in France that they are safe, the government has taken strict measures against anti-Semitic demonstrations. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal reports.

Why have anti-Semitic attacks on French Jews nearly doubled in one year?

08.02.2015

Last month’s terror attack at a Kosher supermarket in Paris called attention to rising anti-Semitism in France. This week, attackers slashed three soldiers guarding a Jewish community center in Nice. French authorities believe a small number of radicalized young men from North Africa are responsible for a disproportio

Historic Practice Passover Offering

30.03.2015

A FILM OF THE PRACTICE PASSOVER OFFERING

THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE CONDUCTS UNPRECEDENTED PASSOVER OFFERING PRACTICE DRILL

As reported earlier, in preparation for the upcoming festival of Passover, this past Wednesday (5 Nisan – 25 March) the ‘Priestly Training Academy’ established by the Temple Institute held a Passover offering

תרגול קרבן פסח תשע”ה – Korban Pesach 5775

01.04.2015

צולם על ידי LiveGiving TV http://video.livegiving.tv/

02-6246460 צילום אירועים עסקיים ופרטיים ושידור חי באינטרנט Shmuel Benhamou עורך: מתניה אליה בן חמו

Memorial Ceremony for Mrs. Maria Finkle z”l. March 15, 2015: Rabbanit Chana Henkin’s remarks

25.03.2015

Bobover Rebbe & Thousands Chassidim At The Kosel

09.02.2015

מוצש”ק פרשת יתרו תשע”ה

כ”ק אדמו”ר מבאבוב שליט”א בכותל המערבי עם 4000 חסידים.

Bobover Rebbe shlita and thousands of chassidim at the Kosel. Motz”k Yisro 5775

For Bobove Rebbe speaking see here: http://youtu.be/AbR3RGAgecE

Bobov Rebbe At Hachnusas S”T In Bnei Brak 5775

09.02.2015

Bobov Rebbe Shlita Was For Massive “Masa Eretz Yisroel” Shvat 5775 Feb. 2015

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Happy Pesach ! פסח שמח

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0c6sex24ok

30.03.2015

With so many of us wondering on the best wine choices for the Arba Kosos, VIN News photographer Shimon Gifter paid a visit to The Wine Cave in Flatbush for a crash course on wines, wine glasses and all things oenological.

Erev Pesach in Boro Park Part 1

Erev Pesach in Boro Park Part 2

Biur Chametz

Kosher For Passover Cigarettes Explained [HD] דוגמיות חינם סיגריות כשר לפסח

30.03.2015

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – MARCH 30, 2015 – EDITORIAL NEWS VIDEO

Cigarette manufactures in Israel are ramping up their advertising campaigns ahead of passover, aggressively targeting the ultra-orthodox community by offering free sample cigarettes outside of supermarkets in orthodox neighborhoods around the country. Their main selling point are the multiple kashrut certifications that they are kosher for passover.

Non Profit Gives Kosher Foods to Needy Families for Passover in Williamsburg

29.03.2015

BROOKLYN – With the Jewish holiday of Passover just days away, one non-profit is offering help to those who need it most.

State of Israel Preparing for Pesach

29.03.2015

http://www.israelnationalnews.com

Meet David Smith, The YouTube Chossid

16.03.2015

David Smith traveled around the world, has seen many things.

But he never saw the Rebbe.

“We celebrated the holidays, my mother bentched licht,” Smith says. “We had an identity, we knew who we were – but it was a secular lifestyle.

“My mother would say in Yiddish, ‘You’re a Jew! You should be practicing Judaism!'”

And then one day, he says, he “met” the Rebbe, via YouTube.

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שירי המחרוזת של פסח: שמחה רבה, עבדים היינו, מה נשתנה ועוד.

Turkey’s Great Synagogue inaugurated after restoration

26.03.2015

The Great Synagogue, which is considered the third largest in the Europe and the largest in Turkey, has been inaugurated for worship after a-four-year-long restoration in northwestern Edirne province of Turkey on March 26, 2015. The synagogue was in use until 1983 and the restoration was launched by Turkey’s General Directorate of Foundations. (Footage by Salih Baran / Anadolu Agency)

Historical synagogue in Turkey’s northwest to open soon

09.03.2015

A historical synagogue, the subject of an outcry due to a governor’s remarks to turn it into a museum, is waiting to be reopened for services at the end of the month.

The Great Synagogue, in the northwestern province of Edirne, will open on March 26, after undergoing a four year restoration.

Jewish community head, İshak İbrahimzadeh, who visited the synagogue before the opening ceremony, said the opening of the restored synagogue was a milestone that made him very happy.

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç and Turkey’s chief rabbi, İshak Haleva, will attend the opening, along with many other Jewish community members from both Turkey and abroad.

As Europe’s second largest synagogue, the Edirne Synagogue was built in 1907 after a widespread fire in 1905 that burnt down 13 separate synagogues. The synagogue was constructed using the architectural model of Vienna’s Leopoldstadter Tempel and abandoned in 1983.

The temple was transferred to Thrace University to be used as a museum after its restoration but after much criticism from the Jewish community in Turkey, the building was transferred back to the General Directorate for Foundations.

Edirne Gov. Dursun Şahin created uproar when he told reporters on Nov. 21, 2014, that the synagogue would be turned into a museum, citing the recent Israeli raid on the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

“While those bandits blow winds of war inside al-Aqsa and slay Muslims, we build their synagogues,” Şahin said.

Şahin later offered an “apology” to Haleva, claiming that his proposal to turn the synagogue into a museum as a reprisal for Israel’s policies over Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque “had no connection” to the Turkish Jewish community.

Sefer Torah Celebration in Memory of Har Nof Terror Victims

25.03.2015

http://www.israelnationalnews.com

Colel Chabad Pesach 2015

24.03.2015

Preparing the (more than 98,000) Food Crates for Passover 5775/2015 distribution to 19,700 families.

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עשרות עובדי הקבוצה התנדבו באריזת חבילות מזון ונתנו מעצמם כדי להביא שמחת חג גם לאחרים. נתראה בפעילויות נתינה נוספות.

Chassidic Matza Baking

Matzas must be baked within 18 minutes from the time water is added to the flour until the matzas are totally baked. The Melitzer Rebbe and his staff are some of the world’s fastest bakers; their shmura matzas are kneaded and baked from start to finish in less than six minutes. Filmed in the Komemyut Moshav bakery in the south of Israel.

Lets Bake Passover Matzah

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from the wheat field to the flour mill, to the matzoh bakery, including the art of kosher wine making , by Sholom B. Goldstein

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YOUR HOLIDAY GUIDE: Passover 5775 – 2015 (April 3-11, 2015)

Your Passover Guide – 2015

Editor’s NotePassover begins this year on Friday evening, April 3, 2015, and continues until nightfall, April 11, 2015. 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.

Click here to to purchase your Passover essentials from our store.

The Passover Calendar—2015

Thursday  April 2—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.
Friday April 3—14 NissanThe day before PassoverFast 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 & 4. Click here for the blessings, and here for local candle-lighting times. Click herefor 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.
Shabbat April 4—15 Nissan1st day of PassoverMorning 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 blessing during 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 & 4. Click 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.)
Sunday April 5—16 Nissan2nd day of PassoverMorning 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 blessing during 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.
Monday April 6—17 Nissan3rd day of Passover1st 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.
Tuesday April 7—18 Nissan4th day of Passover2nd 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 1. Click 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.
Wednesday April 8—19 Nissan5th day of Passover3rd 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.

Thursday April 9—20 Nissan6th day of Passover4th 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.
Friday April 10—21 Nissan7th day of Passover—Shevi’i Shel PesachMorning 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 blessing during 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 2. Click here for the blessing, and here for local candle-lighting times.Festive holiday meal, complete with the holiday kiddush.
Shabbat April 11—22 NissanFinal Day of Passover—Acharon Shel PesachMorning 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 blessing during 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.
Wednesday April 12—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 useshmurah 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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