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60 Second Guide to Passover

The Events of the Exodus The process of the Exodus began when our forefather Abraham was told by G-d that his descendents would be enslaved in Egypt and subsequently freed. It was two generations later when Jacob, the son of Isaac and the grandson of Abraham, and his family settled in Egypt as the honored […]

Sederim Without Extended Family

My children, ages 10 – 13, feel sad every year when Pesach comes around, because they are in yeshivas where they are surrounded by friends who talk about their excitement about Pesach Sederim, and all the extended family who will be there. My children have grown up with their grandparents never at the Seder table, […]

The Ramchal on Pesach from Derech Hashem

The significance of matzah is related to the Exodus from Egypt. Until the Exodus, Israel was assimilated among other peoples, one nation in the midst of another. With the Exodus, they were redeemed and separated. Until that time, every aspect of the human being was darkened by the spiritual opaqueness and pollution that overcame it. […]

The Five Minute Seder

Some people want to have a very fast seder. This guide is for them. Last year a non-observant friend asked if I could put together a five minute seder. I pared down the Beyond BT Guide to the Seder and produced the instructions below. Pass it on to anyone for whom it might be helpful. […]

It’s Rosh Chodesh Nisan, a Good Time to Continue Preparing for Pesach

Here is the Beyond BT Guide to the Seder which goes through the basic halachos of each step of the seder. While getting ready for Pesach, you might want to give Rabbi Welcher’s Preparing for Pesach, Insights in the Haggadah and Pesach Renewal shiurum a listen. Check out YU Torah’s Pesach to Go. Don’t forget […]

The Illusion of Freedom

After generations of slavery and oppression, amidst miracles unprecedented and unrepeated, the Children of Israel marched forth out of Egypt and into the wilderness as a free people for the first time in their collective memory. Fifty days later they stood together at Sinai to receive the Torah — the code of 613 commandments that […]

Key Points For the Seder

TEN WAYS to help you and YOUR CHILDREN have a more Meaningful and Inspiring PESACH SEDER

Use these suggestions to infuse new meaning and excitement into your seder and create a lasting experience for you and your family. 1.Make the most of your Seder and best fulfill the mitzvah of V’higadita L’vincha by staying focused on telling the actual story of Yetzias Mitzrayim; concentrate on the events and their lessons. 2. […]

Five Minute Passover Seder

Some people want to have a very fast seder. This guide is for them. 1) Kaddesh – Sanctify the day with the recitation of Kiddush *Leader says Boruch Atoh Ado-noy Elo-haynu Melech Ho-olom Boray P’ri Ha-Gofen and 2 other blessings whose text can be found in the Hagadah *Drink the 1st cup of wine. Lean […]

Beyond BT Guide to the Passover Seder

Please make copies of the guide for your seder so that participants who want to perform the mitzvos properly can do so, without the need for continual instruction. Please feel free to email it to anyone who you think would find it useful. Here is the link for the Beyond BT Guide to the Seder. […]

One Minute Guide To Passover

The Events of the Exodus The process of the Exodus began when our forefather Abraham was told by G-d that his descendents would be enslaved in Egypt and subsequently freed. It was two generations later when Jacob, the son of Isaac and the grandson of Abraham, and his family settled in Egypt as the honored […]

Rabbi Moshe Gordon on Pesach

The Haggadah relates that: In every generation a person is obligated to regard himself as if he had come out of Mitzrayim, as it is says: “You shall tell your child on that day, it is because of this that Hashem did for me when I left Mitzrayim.” In this mp3, Rabbi Moshe Gordon explores […]

The Making of a Pesach Seder

Chapter 1 The Great Pesach Divide I don’t think there are many days in the year that can cause greater strife in BT-Familial relations than Pesach. I think the reason for that is twofold. First, Pesach is a holiday that involves a high level of kashrus scrutiny. Second, many non-religious people take Pesach seriously on […]

Cleaning for Pesach; from Rav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg

Rabbi Scheinberg has recently fallen ill and needs a Refuah Shleimah. We hope that learning his halachos regarding cleaning for Pesach will be a merit for him. These notes are based on the responsa of Moreinu v’Rabbeinu HaGaon HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, Shlita, Rosh Yeshiva Torah Ore, to questions posed by women attending his regular […]

Gebroks or Non-Gebroks…That is the Question

Pesach is here and here’s a blast from the past first published on April 06, 2006. Shayna was one of original contributors and if you’re still checking, we hope everything is going well with you and your family. Being kosher seemed like a good way to be a true Jew, so I called the local […]

Structure of Maggid According to the Malbim

According to the Malbim (although there is a dispute whether it really is the Malbim) the structure of the narrative portion of the Haggadah is based on the verse in the Torah from which the obligation to tell the story is derived: And you shall relate to your child on that day, saying “It is […]

Seder Challenges

Rabbi Mordechai Scher www.kolberamah.org Sometimes it’s worth knowing someone has been here before me. So many of us, as hozrim beteshuvah, want to share the light of Torah with family and friends. Pesach is one of those prime times. We may be the first for generations to do a complete, traditional seder. We want to […]

Rabbi Hershel Welcher – Kashering Your Home for Pesach – mp3

Rabbi Hershel Welcher’s shiur on Kashering Your Home for Pesach can be downloaded here.

Surviving the Seder – Guide to the [Very] Perplexed

Surviving the Seder – Guide to the [Very] Perplexed Years ago, Maxwell House Coffees used to give out free Haggadahs at all the grocery stores, a nice way of reminding people that Maxwell House Coffees are Kosher for Passover. Those Haggadahs were actually quite nice (with charming illustrations) and were really helpful, with clear translations, […]

A Potpourri of Pesach Resources

Here is the Beyond BT Guide to the Seder which goes through the basic halachos of each step of the seder. While getting ready for Pesach, you might want to give Rabbi Welcher’s Preparing for Pesach a listen. The Absolut Haggadah, a refreshing blend of humor and commentary trying to uncover the pshat (basic meaning) […]

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