Tag Archives: Pesach

Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–The Journey from Passover to Shavuot

Many people use the time from the Second Night of Passover to Shavuot—Sefirat HaOmer as a time for personal reflection and refinement. After all, the Midrash tells us that B’nai Yisrael was at the lowest level of spiritual degradation in … Continue reading

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Shabbat Vayikra 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–From Freedom to Slavery?

Last week we noted that the very first mitzvah given to us as “free” people would be to take control of our time. Prior to freedom, the slaves lived according to their masters’ calendar. Now that the Israelites would be … Continue reading

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Parshat Bo 5777–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom–The Freedom to Do the Right Thing

We often wonder about the tension between “free will” and destiny. Nowhere is this tension more clearly seen than in the Exodus story. “Let my people go,” Moses tells Pharaoh. Pharaoh might have relented in response to a number of … Continue reading

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Shabbat Pesach 5776–The Fifth Child–Who Is Missing from the Seder?

I read recently that though there are many examples of the “famous fours” during the Seder (4 questions, 4 cups of wine, 4 expressions of redemption and, of course, the 4 children), the reality is that they are supposed to … Continue reading

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Shabbat HaGadol 5776–Parshat Metzorah–Shabbat Torah Study–Plan Your Journey Well

This is Shabbat HaGadol. What I like best is not why we call it Shabbat HaGadol, but what tradition asks us to do on it. The Pesach Seder is so important on so many levels that we make sure that … Continue reading

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Shabbat Tazria- Parshat HaChodesh 5776–Clean up your speech and your house. You don’t want Tzaras or Tzuros

We are working our way to Pesach. Rosh Chodesh Nissan (not the car, but the first month of the Jewish Year) and the month of Pesach begin this evening! The first Seder is just 2 weeks from tonight! This is … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shemini/Parshat Parah 5776– Shabbat Torah Study and More at Adat Shalom–Kosher Eating and Speaking

Parshat Shemini contains a listing of kosher animals and the bright line tests for kosher mammals and fish. The Torah goes to some effort to identify a few creatures that have certain kosher characteristics, but not others. We hear of … Continue reading

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