We finally understand why Chazal composed the fourth bracha of Birkat HaMazon, “HaTov V’hameitiv,” in an expression of profound gratitude to Hashem for facilitating the burial of those who died at Beitar in the wake of the Bar Kochba rebellion (Brachot 49b). It seemed odd to express such a deep sense of thanksgiving for
Over the years, we have struggled to understand why this selection from the navi Malachi, the very final words of the last prophet of Israel, was chosen to be read on the Shabbat before Pesach. A simple reading of the text reveals to us that the chosen perek
The Mishnah in the 10th chapter of Pesacḥim includes a set of Ma Nishtana. If one opens a standard Babylonian Talmud (Pesacḥim 116a), one sees four questions in the text of the Mishnah (matzah, maror, roast and dipping). But if one opens a standard Jerusalem Talmud, one sees three questions (dipping, matzah and roast). Is this
Editor’s note: The below was written originally on Facebook in honor of the Yudins’ fifty years of service to Fair Lawn’s Congregation Shomrei Torah.
Get out the tissues.
The only decision that God lets you base completely on emotions is your choice of
We are amazed by the fact that we celebrated the bris of our 13th great-grandchild this past Shabbat in Chicago. It is almost as difficult to write those words as it is to tell anyone that we have all of these beautiful great-grandchildren. Why would anyone think that such a z’chut is difficult to say? Somehow the connotation of
As I walked out of my house on my way to work the other day, I met some neighbors waiting for their children’s school buses. As is usual at this time of year, the conversation turned to where everyone was in her Pesach preparations.
I never understood the need to compare notes or brag. Why would it
One of the main reasons we are commanded to partake in the Seder is to make sure children stay interested. Are you looking for a different kind of Haggadah that will keep the family interested? The Philatelic Passover Haggadah may be what you are seeking.
Whether or not you are a
The original Maxwell House Haggadah has gotten a “marvelous” makeover. Just in time for Passover 2019, the coffee brand, owned by Kraft Heinz, partnered with online retailer Amazon to create a new version of the traditional seder staple.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel seder manual, billed as
World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) launches social media campaign: #MyPropertyStory.
(Courtesy of WJRO) In preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom HaShoah), the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) is launching a month-long social media
It’s been two weeks since the AIPAC Policy Conference, but I still can’t get the uneasy feeling out of my mind. Keep in mind that AIPAC is my favorite conference. Period.
I’ve seen over the years the critical importance of the Israel-American connection. And I’ve learned a great deal at
Throughout April, May and June 1940, the Nazis continued their drive to dominate Europe by conquering Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. As Saul Friedlander noted, the stunning Nazi victories caused panic in the U.S. and fear that an invasion of the Western hemisphere
In an article on the Seder al-Tahwid liturgy, liturgical scholar Ezra Fleischer postulates that the Kiddush ceremony on the holiday was based on an earlier Mishnaic-era institution. The Mishnah in Rosh Hashanah 2:7 describes how the Sanhedrin, the high