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The Seder Explained.

Explore the rich traditions and customs of the Passover Seder

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About the Course

The Seder is the most celebrated part of the Passover holiday. But let’s be honest: Do you sometimes feel confused and somewhat bored by the Seder’s parade of rituals and words? If yes, this four-part course is for you. Join Rabbi Moshe Steiner as the ancient traditions and laws come to life—your life. In this course you’ll learn the sources and the significance of the customs and laws of Passover, and gain an overview of the central elements of the Seder.

Course Syllabus

Chametz: What, Why & When?
The Passover Seder Explained, Lesson 1
Passover is the opportunity to break free from the number-one impediment to personal growth and problem solving. Utilize this holiday as an eight-day detox from the shackles of ego. In this lesson you’ll learn the Torah prohibition to consume and/or to own Chametz, and its central connection to the Passover’s theme of liberation.
The Four Cups of Wine
The Passover Seder Explained, Lesson 2
Stripping a slave of his oppressive master is only the beginning of the liberation process. True freedom springs from the personal appreciation of one's own unique nature and purpose. Utilize this holiday to refocus on acting upon the mission that is distinctively yours. In this lesson we focus on the rabbinic mitzvah to drink four cups of wine and the obligation to recline at the Seder. Discover freedom beyond the absence of slavery and how to reconcile freedom with our obligation to serve G d.
Maggid—Telling the Story of the Exodus
The Passover Seder Explained, Lesson 3
Life begins outside of your comfort zone. What are your personal ‘Egypt’ limitations? Pesach is the quantum leap breaking out of your ‘Egypt’ restrictions. Both feet are off the ground, and you end up in a completely new position. The Exodus needs to be a daily occurrence, because yesterday's liberation is today's Egypt. In this lesson we zero in on the mitzvah to recount the Exodus, and explore the key components of the Haggadah and its unique and engaging style.
Matzah: Bread of Affliction
The Passover Seder Explained, Lesson 4
Why does the Torah require us to perpetually retell, re-experience and re-taste the Egyptian slavery and exodus? Why can't we finally put the 3,300-year-old trauma behind us? Because freedom (like most valuable things) requires work to earn and maintain. The moment that we forget what it was like before we were free, is the moment that we begin to take our freedom for granted and can lose our freedom. That's why we can't stop remembering. In this lesson you’ll learn all about the mitzvah to eat matzah and maror.
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  • Category: Jewish Holidays
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Meet the Instructor

Rabbi Moshe Steiner, a native of Toronto, received his rabbinic ordination at the Rabbinical College of America in 2003. He has served communities spanning the globe in the years following. Rabbi Steiner and his wife Yehudis are the co-directors of the dynamic Uptown Chabad community in Toronto.

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