Light in an Increasingly Darkening World
The wicked son, we are told, would not have been redeemed
from Mitzrayim, had he been there at the time. He would not
have been worthy. But there were really many Yidden who were
lost in Mitzrayim. Chazal say that 80 percent were killed
during the plague of darkness because they were reshoim.
The Practical Lesson of Yetzias Mitzrayim: A Shmuess for
the Seder Night
HaRav Sholom's son, HaRav Yitzchok, told us that this
shmuess was the focus of his father's main Pesach
Torah, that he repeated to the family every year at their
by HaRav Sholom Schwadron, zt'l
Understanding Leil HaSeder
HaRav Shimshon Pincus zt"l was killed, along with
his wife and daughter, in a tragic car accident on the 12th
of Nisan, 5761. In addition to being the rov of the
kehilla of Ofakim, Israel, HaRav Pincus lectured and
participated in seminars throughout the world. The following
article is taken from a taped lecture "Leil HaSeder" that he
delivered in the U.S. before Pesach 5760.
Bondage and Redemption as One Unit: Understanding the
Foundation of the Jewish Nation
In order to fully appreciate the redemption, one must first
understand the purpose of our bondage in Egypt. The following
analogy can help illustrate why this is so. Someone attacks a
person and breaks his legs. The attacker then explains to him
that he is an orthopedic surgeon and he will set his legs and
heal him, and in six months he will be walking again as if
by Rav Zeev Leff
A Torah, Not a Template
Contrary to what some assume, no inclination or orientation
is condemned by the Torah. It is Jewishly axiomatic that only
acts and willful attitudes (like nurturing improper desires)
can be prohibited, never innate proclivities. But there are
acts, however, that the Torah clearly regards as immoral --
regardless of the actors' inclinations or self-definition.
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
Pesach: Points to Ponder
Sweating Over Baking Matzos -- An Effective Remedy
by HaRav Chaim Charlap
The Shulchan Oruch (Orach Chaim 460:2) states that the
Rosh would attend personally to the baking of matzos. He
would stand over their preparation, spur on those who worked
the dough, and assist with the rolling of the matzoh. The
Shulchan Oruch concludes: "This is how everyone should
act. He should apply himself personally to the mitzvah."
What's Happening Here? -- A Look at the Pesach
Rav Yitzchok Maltzen zt'l, best known as the author of
Siddur HaGra: Ishei Yisroel, also wrote a very
wonderful commentary on the Haggodoh called Maggid
by Rabbi Yitzchok Boruch Fishel
Searching Within: Understanding the Mitzvah of Bedikas
by Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis
"The neshomoh of a person is the candle of Hashem; it
[the neshomoh] searches all of the inner chambers of a
man's heart (Mishlei 20:27). From this verse the
gemora learns that on the night of erev Pesach,
every Jew is required to search the rooms of his home for
chometz (Pesochim 7b).
Halachic Questions and Answers about Pesach
Member of the Beis Din of Shearis Yisroel
by HaRav Eliezer Halevy Dunner
Rov of Khal Adas Yisroel, Bnei Brak, Israel
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Yishmoel is Chesed Deklippah
To the Editor:
Nothing exemplifies the chesed deklippah of Yishmoel
more than the Erez Crossing bombing in Aza three months ago,
where a female homicide bomber pleaded for mercy and then
blew up the very Jews offering her mercy.
Politica: Shas and Sharon Drawing Closer?
Last week Ariel Sharon reached what every Prime Minister with
coalition trouble yearns for: a recess. For one month he
won't have to wheedle for votes or deal with rebellious MKs,
threats and no-confidence votes.
By E. Rauchberger
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