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An Overview of Passover
Audio | 1:18 :00
An Overview of Passover
The Body and the Soul of Passover: A practical guide to the laws of Passover as well as their inner meaning and spiritual dimension.
Matzah: The Food of Faith
Faith does not direct one's behavior even while it inspires one to great heights; proper behavior without faith is lacking as well. Matzah teaches us how to combine faith with everyday life.
The Four Sons
Audio | 23:16
The Four Sons
The Four Sons are the main guests at the Seder night, let’s get acquainted with them.
Chametz And Matzah
Audio | 16:24
Chametz And Matzah
A deeper look at the difference between Chametz and Matzah, in Hebrew it is the simple letter change from ‘Hey’ to ‘Ches’. And the laws of how to rid of Chometz.
Passover Night and Kabbalah
Uncover the secrets of the Passover seder
The deep levels of Kabbalah that can be reached on the Passover Seder night, and practical lessons that we can learn for our day-to-day life.
Rich Matzah Poor Matzah
The Rich Matzah and Poor Matzah that the Jews ate when leaving Egypt, and its implication and lesson to us.
Chametz, Matzah and Freedom
Rabb Kraznianski explains the inner dimension of Passover sprinkled with insights into the haggadah.
A Life-Changing Passover Seder
It is the oldest interactive, multi-sensory experience in the world, the Passover Seder is more than just a story, it’s a complex tool for self-growth.
Meaningful Matzah Musings
Eating matzah, a central tradition of Pesach, is one of the first mitzvot performed by our forefathers as a nation. Learn what Jewish mysticism has to say about its spiritual significance.
The 10 Plagues: Fact or Fiction?
The Rabbi and the Scientist
The scientist's view on how we can explain the ten plagues in Egypt according to the laws of nature and the Rabbi’s view on why we should not accept such theories.
Five Sons – Five Decades
The sons of the haggadah: the wise, the wicked, the simple and the one who asks not, typify the four decades: the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, resulting in the unique decade of the 90s.
Why Does Matzah Taste Bad?
It's no accident that matzah tastes so bland, find out what its lack of flavor really represents.
Flags of our Fathers
Audio | 1:31:48
Flags of our Fathers
Who are you? Where do you come from? And why do you observe different customs on Passover than your friends and neighbors? A very nice insight of what really happened when we left Egypt.
Passover Offerings
Audio | 53:28
Passover Offerings
The significance of the Passover offerings and insights into portions of the Hagadah.
The Fifth Son As Teacher
It’s a well known fact that our critics are our best teachers; but what can the pious learn from the sinner, what can the nonobservant teach the observant? Let’s meet the fifth son.
Meditation & the Seder
Learn what meditation has to do with Judaism and what are the three steps to the meditation.
Four Squared
Audio | 42:51
Four Squared
Crossing the Red Sea
When the Jews encountered the red sea and they had the Egyptians closing in behind them, they broke up in to four camps: Where should they go? What should they do?
The Sea Split
The splitting of the Sea of Reeds is the prototype for all events in history, when G-dliness was made evident: prophecy of sort, a curtain removed, truth revealed.
The Chassidic Dimension - Pesach
An in depth presentation of Chassidic teachings on the holiday of Pesach.
Why the War Against Chametz?
Audio | 29:43
Intermediate
Why the War Against Chametz?
Jews are so careful about the smallest crumbs of bread over Pesach. What is the deeper significance to this leaven-hunt?
The Ten Makkot – Plagues
Audio | 52:46
Advanced
The Ten Makkot – Plagues
This class takes a deeper look at the purpose of the ten plagues that afflicted the Egyptians and what they represent.
The 3 Matzot and 4 Cups of Wine
Audio | 42:38
Advanced
The 3 Matzot and 4 Cups of Wine
This class presents the mystical significance of the three matzot and the four cups of wine used at the Pesach Seder.
Torah Gems - Parshah Vayikra - Pesach
Experience the gems of the Parshah with the classic commentaries, and a kabbalistic twist.
Torah Gems - Parsha Tzav - Pesach
Experience the gems of the Parsha with the classic commentaries, and a kabbalstic twist.
Life, Liberty and What?!
The Torah attitude about freedom and true liberty.
The Chassidic Dimension - Acharon Shel Pesach
An in depth presentation of Chassidic teachings on the Final Day of Pesach.
Pesach (1)
Audio | 18:27
Advanced
Rabbi Schapiro on Pesach
This is an advanced class on the holiday of Pesach.
Acharon shel Pesach
This is an advanced class on the Final Day of Pesach.
Bread of Poverty
Audio | 44:50
Bread of Poverty
A Passover Class
The matzah we eat at the seder must be "lechem oni" (lit. bread of poverty) which is made from nothing but flour and water, yet the matzah that the Jews ate when they left Egypt was allowed to be made with other ingredients as well. What are the practical and spiritual differences between "bread of poverty" and "bread of wealth"? (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 16, p. 122.)
So Where is the Wisdom?
The Wise Child at the Passover Seder
The question of the wise son in the Passover Haggadah seems, on the surface, to express not wisdom but much ignorance. This class will reveal the profundity of his question—indeed one that we all need to ask.
The Humble Charoset
Audio | 42:05
The Humble Charoset
Symbols of the Seder
What is the meaning of the charoset at the Passover Seder? And why do two of the greatest halachic codifiers (Maimonides and Raavad) argue over whether we dip the matzah into the charoset? (Based on Likkutei Sichot, vol. 32, pp. 44–53.)
Four Cups, Four Mothers, Four Sons: Part 1
The Passover Seder
The Four Cups of the Passover Seder as they correspond to the "four sons" (the wise one, the wicked one, the simple one, the one who does not know how to ask) as well as the four matriarchs (Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah.) Part 1 of this class addresses the first two cups.
Four Cups, Four Mothers, Four Sons: Part 2
The Passover Seder
The Four Cups of the Passover Seder as they correspond to the "four sons" (the wise one, the wicked one, the simple one, the one who does not know how to ask) as well as the four matriarchs (Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah.) Part 2 of this class addresses the second two cups as well as the cup poured for Elijah the prophet.
Moshiach's Meal
Audio | 29:20
Moshiach’s Meal
The eighth day of Passover
On the final day of Passover (Acharon Shel Pesach), there is a custom to partake of a festive celebration known as Moshiach’s Seudah (the meal of Moshiach). What is the source and meaning of this custom, and what is its connection to the final redemption that will come about through Moshiach?
Passover and the Paschal Lamb
In temple times, each Jew would participate in a Passover offering. We examine two details of the Pascal sacrifice: its bones were not to be broken and it was to be eaten roasted. What is the deeper meaning behind this and how is it relevant today?
Retelling the Exodus from Egypt
On Seder night, we are obligated to tell over at length the story of the Exodus (as described in the in the section of Maggid in the Passover haggadah). How is this mitzvah different than the daily remembrance?
Passover Insights on the Haggadah
The Physics of the Ten Plagues
Differing opinions of the sages in the haggadah as to how the Ten Plagues affected physical matter.
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