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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Following the procedure G-d prescribed (Numbers 8:5-22), Moses inducted the Levites into Tabernacle service. The induction ceremony included sprinkling them with the ashes of the Red Heifer which was prepared the day beforehand.

Link: The Levites

Laws and Customs

In today's "Nasi" reading (see "Nasi of the Day" in Nissan 1), we read of the gift bought by the nasi of the tribe of Zebulun, Eliav ben Cheilon, for the inauguration of the Mishkan.

Text of today's Nasi in Hebrew and English.

Daily Thought

The Haggadah itself admits: The liberation from Egypt remains incomplete.

Poverty remains. Evil thrives. We are all still slaves.

What went wrong?

It was that G‑d took us out of bondage “with a strong hand and an outstretched arm.”

We were grabbed and lifted out of there. Which means we really never left.

Every day since, we’ve been running from slavery in Egypt.

Because the only way to attain real freedom is to take some responsibility for your own life, with conviction, purpose and meaning.

You need to be a partner in your own Exodus.

That’s why we come to the Seder. To finish off where the Exodus left off. To participate in our own liberation.