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Apr 25 2017, Nisan 29, 5777
Torah reading: Tazria-Metzora

Pesach Tidbits

The Money is Gone

R. Meir of Premishlan was once asked: When we perform the Pesach Seder, we place marror on the ka’arah in commemoration of the servitude. Why do we not place some money there as well in commemoration of the wealth that they took with them upon leaving Egypt? He answered: The reason is because a remembrance … Read more

Next Year In Jerusalem

At the conclusion of the Pesach Seder, the first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, was wont to say: Master of the Universe! I have done Your will and have properly conducted the Pesach Seder. Now, please do my will—“next year in Jerusalem!” (Sefer HaSichos, 5696, Pg. 235)

Reciting the Hagadah

The Zohar writes, that whoever tells over what occurred by yetzias mitzrayim and celebrates it joyfully, will merit being joyous with the Shechinah in Olam Haba. The Arizal said that the haggada should be recited loudly, with great simcha and proper kavana. The attendant Reb Nachman Maryashin related that when he was once at the … Read more

Seeing Eliyahu

When he was eight years old, the Frierdiker Rebbe recorded the events of the previous Pesach in his diary: Erev Pesach, after learning the Seder Korbon Pesach with me, my father said, “Tonight, Eliyahu Hanavi is coming to all the Jewish homes, and the great tzaddikim will merit to see him. Although all neshamos can … Read more

Becoming a Mentch

The fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Rabbi Sholom DovBer, once told the his son, the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe: “Yosef Yitzchok, during the Seder, and especially when opening the door for Eliyahu Hanavi, one must think about being a “mentch” and Hashem will help. Don’t ask for the physical, ask rather for the spiritual.” (Sichos Chag HaPesach … Read more

Mundane speech

The Shaloh Hakadosh writes: The Seder night, and all its halachos, are of great kedusha, for this is when Hashem chose us from all other nations and gave us his mitzvos. Therefore, on this night one should be occupied with the mitzvos and with telling the miracles of mitzrayim and should refrain from speaking mundane … Read more

Everything has a plan

The night of Pesach is called, “The Seder night,” meaning the night of order. This hints to the fact that everything that has happened to the Jewish people from the time of yetzi-as Mitzrayim (the exodus from Egypt) until now, is not just happenstance, G-d forbid, but is purposeful. This is so, even though we may not … Read more