Just a few weeks ago we were gathered around a festive table with our family and friends. Our purpose was to retell the events surrounding our Exodus from Egypt. The Haggadah recounts the story of five great rabbis having a Seder together in Bnai Brak, a city in Israel. They were discussing the Exodus from Egypt all night until close to sunrise. What did they have so much to talk about? One clue is found from this week’s Torah reading.
Yom HaZikaron, the Day of Remembrance, which we marked this week, marks a sad and difficult day in our homeland, מדינת ישראל, the land of Israel, the land of the ברית, the eternal covenant between Hashem and our forefathers and...
This past week, Jewish communities throughout the world, as well as many non-Jewish communities, marked April 8th, Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with meaningful commemorations. Our great Torah scholar, Maimonides, lists “remember what Amalek did” and “do not forget what Amalek did” as two separate but closely related Torah mitzvot, incumbent on every Jew. Neither command has any designated time or place to be fulfilled. In fact, they can be accomplished every day, at any time.
Why was the Shabbat before the first Pesach and every Shabbat that precedes Pesach thereafter known as “Shabbat Hagadol,” the Great Shabbat? What was significant about that Shabbat that we commemorate it every year? Click to find out.
There have been many memorable movie one-liners over the years. One comes from Clint Eastwood in one of his Dirty Harry movies. At the end of one particular movie, when the villain is finally disposed of, Inspector Callahan coolly reminds us, “A man has to know his limitations.” In this week’s Torah reading, פרשת כי תשא, God makes a similar comment to Moshe.