Yachatz and Tzafun are two interconnected sections of the Seder that provide an extraordinary insight into healing ourselves and our responsibility toward a fractured world. My thoughts on a crucial moment during Seder night.
With the war in Ukraine, riots in Jerusalem, an unstable global economy and uncertainty in Israel's government, we are in a holiday season where peace and tranquility seem to be in rare supply. My thoughts on Pesach, Shavuot and some perspective to this turbulent time in history.
Bedikat Chametz is the recognition that the darkness that clouds the crevices of our existence can be defeated. This process begins with the realization that a search is required and that the leavening process that occurs in our lives can be reversed.
The Four Redemptions (והוצאתי, והצלתי, וגאלתי ולקחתי) are a Talmudic basis for the Arba Kosot at the Seder. Why is there an obligation to borrow or spend our last penny to fulfill this Mitzvah d'Rabbanan? Thoughts on Parshat Va'era and how there is no redemption without sacrifice.
Fulfilling a mitzvah at the first opportunity is a core Jewish value. So why wait until Adar II to observe Purim? Thoughts on the connection between Purim and Pesach, how they represent two forms of redemption, and how their celebrations begin with caring for the other.
Shabbat Hagadol receives its name from its special Haftorah reading from the final chapter of the Book of Malachi. Why was this section chosen? It doesn't even mentioned the holiday of Passover! Thoughts on its redemptive holiday message.