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My Pesach Story
a Letter from Jerusalem
The philosophical conclusion of quantum physics is that physical reality is determined by a human observer. Halachah (Torah law) requires me to check every corner of my home for pretzel crumbs. Corrective observation
An Easy Life
The thought first occurred to me in the throes of pre-Passover cleaning: What an incredibly easy religion. I don't say it aloud; to do so would elicit hostile stares from all the exhausted people in the room
The Matzah Man
How an everyday dough boy gets to be a mystical matzah man
Are We Having Fun Yet?
In our dual quests for the security of routine on the one hand and the excitement of change on the other, we've been quite successful in the former, but have failed miserably in the latter. Why is it so hard for us to have fun?
Weekly Sermonette
Little Moons
The Freeman Files
The Moon and Us
To an ancient Greek or a Hindu, passive stillness is masculine, activity and motion are feminine. To a Taoist, action is masculine and passiveness is feminine. In other words, if it is a virtue it is masculine. The Jew turns the pyramid on its head
The Lunar Files
The backstory behind oppression, suffering, darkness and everything else that ever goes wrong.
It was an eerie feeling as the orbit of the planets suddenly swung into reverse. The moon was no longer receiving and reflecting light; as though sucked inwards, radiance flowed from the moon to the sun...
Parshah Messages
Stony Light
What is so remarkable about moonlight? After all, it is only a weak reflection of the powerful sun...
Your Help Needed!
Though most of the mitzvot were transmitted at Sinai, a select few were given beforehand. They were yet in Egypt when they received their first mitzvah: it’s time to establish a new calendar!
Reflections on the Parshah
The Power of Revival
The lunar calendar must have a special quality beyond its specific function, a pervasive characteristic, to merit its beginning Jewry’s service of G‑d.
Parshah Musings
When Is Passover this Year?
Wouldn't it be wonderful if Rosh Hashanah would be regular and Passover punctual? And there would be an absolute guarantee that the World Series and Yom Kippur don't clash...
Parshah Moment
L'chaim to Chutzpah!
Imagine coming home one day, taking the beloved idiot box and throwing it out the window. Now, picture doing that when you work for the networks, and your boss came over to watch the news with you . . .
The Nineteen-Year Marriage
The easiest thing to do would be to get a divorce and follow one path through life, but Jews are notorious for their refusal to accept the easier solution
Riding with the Moon
Did you ever wonder why our calendar has both weeks and months? Why follow two different cycles that never match up?
The Escape Hatch
You're trapped in your life. Whichever way you turn, you encounter walls -- unshakable habits, antagonistic colleagues, elusive desires. There is a way out, but you're too big to squeeze through
The Fifth Question
At the Passover seder, the child asks, and we answer. But there is another dialogue taking place -- a dialogue in which we ask, and the child explains
More Parshah Articles
What's the Rush?
So, they happened to eat matzah because they were in a rush. So what? I thought that Passover is about freedom, not food!
Sickle in hand, the elderly Reb Zalman, with his broad, regal beard and face shining with joy, was swift and nimble as a lad . . .
Four Boxes of Matzah
"Why," pondered the sad little accountant, "couldn't I get into a government refund loop, instead of a Shmurah Matzah loop? Just my mazel," he said to himself, "everyone else gets money when there is a mistake, I get Matzah."
Hachodesh Haftarah Companion
For an informed reading of Ezekiel 45:18–46:15
Beyond Speech
On the Haftarah: Essence Revealed
For the Shabbat Preceding the Month of Nissan, From the Teachings of the Rebbe
Know Who You Are
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