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We reenact the Exodus from Egypt every year during the Passover Seder. How do we draw upon 3300 year old lessons to gain liberty in the 21st century?

The Exodus

The Exodus

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Abel rejoiced for the Jews, and thus offered a sheep to resemble the paschal lamb. Cain identified with Egypt, and thus offered produce.
Nothing is more real than the story. G‑d cherished the story so much, He built a world in which it would unfold...
"Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice…"
Will the Messianic redemption be a cataclysmic event akin to the Exodus, or a natural process? That seemingly depends on us...
Why did the Exodus have to take place prtecisely at midnight? Indeed, what is "midnight"?
What is the point in celebrating an event that has already happened? This question applies to our birthday, anniversary or our Exodus from Egypt
When you walk or run, your change of place derives from your prior position. One foot leaves the ground, while the other remains planted there to provide the forward impetus. But when you jump, both feet leave the ground...
On the Seder night, we are confronted with a wealth of forms, symbols, complicated customs and rituals, and several different phases of Jewish history.
Passover is supposedly the festival of freedom from slavery. But it seems ridiculous to celebrate freedom by not eating bread!
On the first night of Passover, we are commanded to relate the miracles and wonders that were performed for our forefathers in Egypt, as it is written, "Remember this day, on which you went out of Egypt".
We are once again, thank G-d, approaching and preparing for the holiday of Passover, when we remember and celebrate the freedom we were granted by Almighty G-d in the past, while we eagerly anticipate to be emancipated now.
How authentic is the story of the Israelite Exodus from Egypt? From the Aztecs to the Athenians, every nation has myths about their origins. Is the Exodus story not just a Jewish legend, our nation's attempt to glorify its beginnings?
After their many years of enslavement in Egypt, our ancestors had difficulty conceiving of any other possible framework of existence. A parallel exists in the present age. Today, after thousands of years in exile, many find the concepts of Mashiach and Redemption foreign.
G-d "passed over" the Jewish homes and spared the first born Israelites from the fate of their Egyptian counterparts. There was no physical passing over. Why then, does the Torah describe it as such. And why do we highlight the "Passing-Over" phenomenon, by referring to the Holiday as "Passover".
The problem with most revolutions is that they are true revolutions -- revolve a full 360 degrees and the same ingrained patterns reassert themselves...
While the importance of transmitting the message of Passover to our children is self-understood, why is Passover's message deemed more important for the children than the messages carried by other festivals?
At the Passover Seder, it is important to convey an accurate rendition of the lesson of the Exodus. Moses' immortal clarion call, "Let my people go," has a lesser-known postscript—"That they may serve Me."
An exact moment of midnight doesn't exist. Any moment of time belongs either to the first or second half of the night. There is no moment that exists in between the two...
The Inner Power of Passover
From that moment, there was no longer any force in the world powerful enough to keep a Jew from connecting with G‑d. No force in the world. But inside the Jew—that's a different story...
Until Sinai, we were all dressed up with nowhere to go. On Passover we emerged from the confines of Egypt like the egg that drops out of the hen. But only at Sinai were we hatched and born properly . . .
Religion, they arugue, stifles the imagination, stunts our creative style, forever shouts instructions and lays down the law. Why would someone want to submit to the rigors of religion when he can be a free spirit?
In these four words lies the difference between the American Revolution, which made the country the beacon of freedom and liberty until this very day, and other revolutions crying the same cry of "all men are created equal," which did not last.
Make use of your mental Photoshop program and insert yourself into the picture. You will be experiencing the drama along with the others; you will try to feel their pain and plight. Ready?
Does Passover have a bipolar disorder?
If I was to psychoanalyze the Passover Seder, I’d diagnose it as bipolar.
Our retelling of the Exodus on Passover ends when we close the Haggadah text. But when did the story really end?
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