Dayyenu – Passover 5784

“Dayyenu” is a curious song. Perhaps the best known and most popular of all the seder songs, “Dayyenu” is based on a mistaken premise. Seder participants proclaim that failing all the miracles and benefits God has provided us, we would have been satisfied with even...

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Pesah 5783

Each year rabbis are faced with Passover questions revolving around food products that were virtually unknown to earlier authorities. Rather than peremptorily forbid the product in question – a response that is easy – rabbis with integrity engage in research and...

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Enlarging the Story – Pesah 5781

The Passover Haggadah assures us that “all who enlarge upon the telling of the exodus from Egypt is praiseworthy.” But how one “enlarges” upon the story is unspecified. An early Midrash (Mekhilta, Bo, end) reports that Rabbi Eliezer ruled that a company of scholars...

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Words to Live By

What lies behind you and what lies ahead of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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