Tagged ‘Pesah’

Hol Hamoed Pesah

April 12, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah

Miriam the Healer Rabbi Jill Hammer As we approach the seventh day of Pesach, when we read the narrative of crossing of the Sea, I am thinking of the prophetess Miriam, who dances and sings to celebrate the crossing and … Continue reading »



April 7, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah

by Rabbi Isaac Mann One of the key principles that the Haggadah follows in recounting the story of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt is “matchil be’genut u’mesayim be’shevah” (literally, “one begins with the disgrace and ends with the … Continue reading »


The Last Days of Pesah

April 27, 2016 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

by Rabbi Isaac Mann Many commentators on the Haggadah have pointed to the apparent contradictory symbolism of the matzah at the Seder table. On the one hand, we start the Maggid (telling of the story) section with referring to the … Continue reading »



April 22, 2016 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

The Four Cups and the Four Children: A Meditative Journey for Passover “I will take you out, I will save you, I will redeem you, I will take you to be my people.” Four promises of the Exodus, represented by … Continue reading »


Pesah and Sefirat Haomer

April 8, 2015 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

The Crossing of the Sea and Serach bat Asher by Rabbi Jill Hammer The Israelites believed because they heard, not because they saw the signs. What made them believe? The sign of redemption. They had this sign as a tradition … Continue reading »



April 3, 2015 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

PESAH: THE SECRET OF JEWISH MEMORY by Rabbi Len Levin The taste of the maror and haroset are imprinted in my sensory memory, along with the smell of the wine and the eggs. The crunchy feel of the first seder matzah between my tongue and teeth. … Continue reading »



November 5, 2014 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

What’s in a Name? Hazzan Marcia Lane Like all three pilgrimage festivals, Passover has several names. It’s called Hag ha-Pesah, the ‘passing-over’ holiday, in Exodus 12:11 and in several other places in the Torah. That name refers to the fact that … Continue reading »



March 28, 2013 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

By Rabbi Isaac Mann Freedom From or Freedom To The Pesah holiday is referred to in our liturgy as zman heruteinu, the time of our freedom. The reference is of course to our freedom from Egypt, our release from slavery. … Continue reading »


Pesah – Last Day

April 12, 2012 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

By Simcha Raphael, PhD Yizkor – Remembrance of Souls on the Eighth Day of Passover On the eighth day of Passover we recite Yizkor prayers in memory of deceased family members. In our contemporary society, we think of Yizkor as … Continue reading »



April 4, 2012 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

By Rabbi Heidi Hoover More than a decade ago, shortly after my conversion to Judaism, I was working as a religious school tutor. One day at about this time of year, I was having a conversation with a colleague about … Continue reading »