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Category: Pesach

What’s So Bad About Chametz?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 13, 2017

What is so bad about chametz?   On Pesach, not only may we not eat it, we may not derive any benefit from it, and we may not even own it.   And before Pesach we must search it out and destroy it.  What is this all about? A classic approach is to see chametz as representing Continue Reading »

Being In A House With Hametz

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on April 7, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

A Tale of Two Seders: Are We Defined by Law or Narrative?

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on September 12, 2016

The question of studying halakha vs. telling the story at Seder Pesach influences the way we understand our own obligation to know and study the halakha. It is clear that the halakha tells us to tell the story and does not tell us to study the halakhot. Based on the discussion of the four sons Continue Reading »

Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat? Jewish Identity and the Mitzvot of Pesach.

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on September 12, 2016

Although there are parts of Pesach and the Seder that are exclusive, their true purpose is to bond the Jewish people together more closely as a unit. Recent research about addiction indicates that social alienation and lack of feeling bonded, a part of something, makes people deeply vulnerable to addiction as well as other social Continue Reading »

Money Designated For Korban Pesach

by Rabbi Ysoscher KatzPosted on July 5, 2016

To read this hebrew article, click here.

Circumcision and Korban Pesach

by Rabbi Ysoscher KatzPosted on July 5, 2016

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The Hidden Message of the Four Children

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 25, 2016

The literal approach to the Haggadah’s four children is straightforward. On four different occasions, the Torah describes questions asked by children about Passover. Based on the language of the question, the author of the Haggadah labels each of them. One questioner is described as wise, the second rebellious, the third simple, and the fourth not Continue Reading »

Who Invited Matzah?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 21, 2016

A major part of what makes the Seder evening so powerful is the way in which the symbolic mitzvot—reclining, dipping, drinking four cups of wine, eating the marror and the matzah—bring the Pesach story to life and how the story, in turn, gives depth and meaning to these mitzvot and rituals. At the center of Continue Reading »

Have You Done Your Korban Pesach Yet?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 1, 2016

Parashat Parah commemorates the process of purification that would precede the bringing of the korban Pesach. Appropriately, sometimes we read it at the end of Parashat Shmini, which describes how, after the completion of the dedication of the altar, the sacrifices would henceforth be desired and received in Heaven: “And there came a fire out Continue Reading »

Who are the Main Characters of the Hagaddah?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 1, 2015

The central mitzvah of the Seder night is sippur yitziyat Mitzrayim, telling the story of the exodus from Egypt. The simplest way to do this would be to open Shemot and read the narrative directly from the Torah. This experience would certainly be more engaging than reading the story in the Haggadah – there is Continue Reading »

A Thought on Pesach

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 11, 2014

I would like  to share the following thought for Pesach in memory of Rivka Haut, z”l, who passed away a little over a week ago.  Rivka was, as a recent obituary put it, a fearless warrior, a warrior for the cause for justice for agunot and for creating a space for women within the Orthodox Continue Reading »

The Seder without the Korban Pesach

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 5, 2012

The seder is one of the most powerful religious experiences of the year, attracting a large percentage of unaffiliated and secular Jews: 70% of American Jews and 80% of secular Israeli Jews say they will attend a seder this year. Even for religious and observant Jews, the seder is a profound event, a night that, Continue Reading »