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In this 3 part series, we explore the main portion of Maggid- retelling the story of Pesach through the text said when bikkurim were brought. We discuss Hashem’s promise to keep us as a nation, and the impact of Lavan and his quest to destroy us.
In this 5 part series, we explore ways to learn and teach the haggadah, as well as different fundamental lessons that we can glean through the structural elements of the text.
In this haggadah series, we learn about different parts of the hagaddah through the ideas of “Sefer Habris”—the eternal bond that Hashem has with the Jewish people for all generations. We explore this idea specifically through the different aspects of the story of Yosef in Mitzrayim.
In this 3 part series, we explore different fundamental ideas related to Pesach, based on the teachings of Rav Hutner. We learn about the role of the power of speech, our connection to Hashem shifting from complete dependence to a partnership, and our renewed responsibility as we accept the yoke of Heaven upon ourselves at this time.
Length: 1 hour 3 minutes
On the night of the Pesach seder we tell the story of Yetzias Mitzrayim to our children. We do not appoint anyone to accomplish this all-important task- rather, we ourselves the the story of the foundation of our nation. In this shiur, we discuss 5 goals and messages that we want to convey. We talk about the sensitivity and chessed of a Jew, the importance of questions, making it personal, our mission and purpose, and the importance of simcha.
Length: 30 minutes
The nissim(miracles) that Moshe performed are qualitatively different from any other navi (prophet). Moshe did miracles in front of the entire nation, unlike other neviim, who performed miracles for small groups of people, or in homes of individuals. Additionally, Moshe acted as a direct emissary of Hashem, performing exactly what Hashem wanted, not as an agent who fulfills Hashem’s will without the specific knowledge or ability to differentiate between exactly who deserves consequences and who does not. On the night of Pesach, we aim to follow this approach of Moshe—tailoring the telling of Yetzias Mitzrayim to each individual child, as opposed to taking a ‘wholesale approach’.
Length: 30 minutes
Eliyahu Hanavi is identified as coming to a bris, and coming to the seder. In the last nevuah (prophecy), it says that Eliyahu will come and return the hearts of fathers through their children, and children through their fathers. This power of Eliyahu, preserving the future through being zealous for Hashem, is evident in both of these occasions. A child represents the future, and we try to pass on our legacy and impart our mesorah to our children. This obligates us to become better, working to be examples for our children and to answer their questions. On the night of Pesach, we give to our children, enabling them to move forward and become our future.
On the night of the seder, we are conveying fundamental messages to our families. The seder is structured in a way to make sure that everyone is involved.We discuss different aspects of the Seder structure: questions and answers, and how in every generation we are obligated to feel as if we left Mitzrayim, along with the excitement and joy that needs to come along with the responsibility we have to do the mitzvos.
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