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Yosef Marcus is director of the Chabad center in S. Mateo, California, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He is a translator of Judaic texts and a contributor to several websites including: Chabad.org, Askmoses.com and KabbalaOnline.com. He can be reached via his website www.chabadnp.com.
The mnemonic/poem Kadesh, Urechatz etc. is attributed to the great commentator Rashi.
The mnemonic/poem Kadesh, Urechatz etc. is attributed to the great commentator Rashi.
Internalize the 15 steps of the Seder, and you will always be able to accept favorably whatever challenges you may face.
The two halves of the matzah correspond to the two redemptions we celebrate on the night of Passover.
An anthology of classic and Kabbalistic teachings
The Four Questions What makes this night different from all other nights? 1. On all nights we need not dip even once, and on this night we dip twice! 2. On all nights we eat leavened bread or matzah, and on this night, only matzah! 3. On all nights we eat...
An anthology of classic and kabbalistic teachings
Four Blessings, Four Children Blessed is the omnipresent one, blessed be He! Blessed is He who gave the Torah to His people Israel, blessed be He! The Torah speaks of four children: one wise, one wicked, one simple, and one who does not know how to ask. B...
Adapted from the teaching of Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch
What of the world and all that is in it? What of the empirical sightings of our fleshly eye? Is it only an illusion?
We often find ourselves inundated with worldly concerns. Are we then spiritually lost? Can the Divine sensibilities of our souls survive the onslaught of "the real world"?
G‑d uses four expressions of redemption in describing our Exodus from Egypt and our birth as a nation: Exodus 6:6-7. 1. "I will take you out…" 2. "I will save you…" 3. "I will redeem you…" 4. "I will take you as a nation…" Our sages instituted that we sho...
Actually there is an opinion in the Mishna, Beit Shammai, that says that the blessing should be “he who created the illumination of fire.” The version that we use is that of Beit Hillel. The Talmud explains that the plural “illuminations” alludes to the v...
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