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Mish Nisht

By Yakov Spil From my earliest memories, Pesach was special. I remember my mother a’h making her own chicken soup (which she did a few times a year) and watching her make chopped liver. I watched. I couldn’t eat that, then at least. My taste buds matured and have come to enjoy it and all […]

One Minute Guide To Passover

The Events of the Exodus The process of the Exodus began when our forefather Jacob, the son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham, and his family settled in Egypt as the honored guests of the Pharaoh at that time. The process continued through the Jewish enslavement by the Egyptians; the 10 nature-defying plagues prophesized by […]

Passover Seder Guide

The purpose of this guide is to highlight the structure, Mitzvos and some insights to the Passover Seder. The halachos and measurements were mostly culled from the Kol Dodi Haggadah by Rabbi David Feinstein. Mitzvos of the night Biblical Mitzvos are mitzvos that are found in the Torah (five books of Moses) Rabbinic Mitzvos are […]

The Five Minute Seder

Some people want to have a very fast seder. This guide is for them. A few years ago 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 […]

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 […]

Cleaning for Pesach; from Rav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg – z”tl

These notes are based on the responsa of Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, Zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva Torah Ore, to questions posed by women attending his regular chizuk talks. They have been compiled by a group of his Talmidim. PREFACE: In former times, wealthy people who had large houses also had many servants who did their every […]

Must You Blog Thirty Days Before Pesach about Pesach?

Rabbi Welcher gave a shiur last week about “Thirty Days Before the Chag” and three ways that Gemora is understood. Go download it and give it a listen when you have the chance. Pesach is the holiday which requires the most preparation, has the most mitzvos, and affords us the opportunity to make significant spiritual […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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