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Category: Pesach

Pesach and the Problem of Passive Participation

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on April 4, 2018

There is a great irony in the fact that Pesach, the hag which commemorates the historical period of greatest activity and upheaval, is actually quite tame and uneventful once the sedarim are over.  Other than the Seder night, there are no special mitzvot or rituals.…

How is Pesach Like Shabbat? Or: The Rehabilitation of Hametz

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on March 29, 2018

At this time of year, hametz tends to get a bad rap.  In Hassidic literature it symbolizes the yetzer ha’ra, the evil inclination.  The only problem with this symbolism is that for the other 51 weeks of the year we have no problem with hametz; we actually enjoy it a great deal. …

Midnight Approaches and I haven’t Eaten the Afikomen

Kyra Young (Posted on March 28, 2018)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

This teshuvah is the fifth in a new series of teshuvot related to the yamim tovim. Each teshuvah is introduced with a small biography of the author, and teshuvot are chosen to reflect a diverse range of halakhic approaches featuring pre-modern and modern poskim from different geographical areas.…

What’s So Bad About Chametz?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted 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. …

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 Resnikoff Posted 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.…

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

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted 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 ills.…

Money Designated For Korban Pesach

by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz Posted on July 5, 2016

To read this hebrew article, click here.…

Circumcision and Korban Pesach

by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz Posted on July 5, 2016

To read this Hebrew article, click here.…

The Hidden Message of the Four Children

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted 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 even knowing how to ask.…

Who Invited Matzah?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted 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.…

Have You Done Your Korban Pesach Yet?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted 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 from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces” (Vayikra 9:24).…