Thursday, March 22, 2018

Aneinu Please Daven

Please daven for Aneinu member,  Esther Zissel Bas Chaya Basha, who is having surgery on Monday.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

OU HOLIDAYS Mikra Bikkurim and How We Tell the Story of Yetziat Mitzrayim By Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

Understanding Magid: A Biblical Perspective – Expression of Gratitude or Recognition of Destiny Should Passover be understood as our ‘holiday of freedom’ – a special time set aside to thank God for taking us out of slavery? Certainly, the popular song of “avadim hayinu… ata benei chorin” [‘We were once slaves, but now we are free’] – seems to state exactly that point. However, if you read your Haggadah carefully, you’ll notice that those words never appear (in that combination). And if you study the Haggadah, you’ll notice that it states quite the opposite, i.e. that we remain ‘servants’, but we simply have a new ‘boss’! In the following ‘Guide for Maggid’, we attempt to arrive at a better understanding of how and why we tell the story of the Exodus – and how that story explains why Passover is such an important holiday. Hopefully, it will ask help make your Seder evening a little more interesting (and life – a bit more meaningful).


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OU HOLIDAYS YU TORAH and NAALEH.COM Recognition and Rejoicement By Shira Smiles

An integral part of the Haggadah is the recitation of Hallel comprised of five paragraphs from Psalms. The Hallel begins with the introductory paragraph,”Therefore it is our duty to thank, praise… from slavery to freedom, from sadness to joy, from mourning to festivity, from darkness to great light. Let us/We will therefore recite a new song before Him, Hallelukah.” Immediately following, we recite the first two paragraphs of the Hallel/Praise. This section then concludes with the final words of the blessing, “Go’al Yisroel/Who has redeemed Israel.” We continue the Seder with the Matzah, the bitter herbs, and the festive meal, and conclude with the last three paragraphs of Hallel and Nirtzah/Accept [our observance].


The opening words of this the third book of the Torah highlights for us an important idea. It is that God so to speak calls upon the people for service, position and action. Moshe is called on by God to order the services in the Temple. He used to see this task as being his personal responsibility.


One of the more uncanny peculiarities in human history has been that whenever a sinister unexplained event in the world occurs, the Jews are immediately sought out as the scapegoats and the cause of the event. Unfortunately there is a very long and bitter history to this phenomenon. It is so deeply ingrained in parts of the non-Jewish world that even in our time, despite a long history and in the face of logic and fact this type of canard still persists.

OU TORAH Introduction to Sefer Vayikra By Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

Most of us find Sefer Vayikra rather boring – at least until we reach Parshat Kedoshim. In our series on Sefer Vayikra we attempt to make the study of this book a bit more exciting, not only by analyzing its specific laws, but also by paying careful attention to its structure and theme.