MAGGID THINK ABOUT IT
The night of Pesach is a magical time.families spanning several generations around the yom tov table discussing the exodus.This night is all about emunah bitachon and Divine Providence and we should also see this in our daily lives.(for more see pages 69-70)
MASE BREBBI ELIEZER
Rav Belsky asks how could they not see outside that it was time to say krias shema?When they were discussing the Exodus a fire came down from Heaven so they couldn't see outside.(for more see pages 56-57)
Rav Belsky Zt"l says you might think avadim hayinu is the answer to the Ma nishtana but the answer really is in Raban Gamliel kol shelo omar shelosha devarim.So make sure the kids are up for that and don't go to sleep after Abadim Hayinu.(for more see page 50-51)
In what way were Bnei Yisrael noticeable while they were in Egypt?They didn't change there names, their language,their religon or the way they dressed.In all these areas they kept there Jewish identity and not try to become more Egyptian.
The Living Lessons Haggadah asks Why do we cover the Matzos b/4 saying Vhe Sheamda?This paragraph is said while holding the wine and we don't want to emberessing it when we focus on the wine.
Rav Belsky says we see from the fact that bris milah was a prerequisite and they immediately circumcised themselves this indicates that the korban Pesach can help bring even the Rasha back in the fold.(for more see page 173)
For the Holy One Calculated the End
Rav Steinsaltz brings the Chida and others who say this is not merely a reference to the Egyptian exile.Rather it is an all inclusive lesson based on that experience:Just as there was an end to the Egyptian exile that brought redemption and salvation so it is with all Bnei Yisrael exiles until the final redemption..(for more see page 86)
Whoever is hungry let him come and eat
Rav Steinsaltz says the purpose of this invitation which summons every person to the seder night feast comes as a response to thefact the Beis Hmikdash was destroyed due to baseless hatred.The secret of redemption is for Bnei Yisrael to have achdus.(for more see page 57)
In the Otzros Haggadah section(back of big Mesivta haggadah) The Mesivta haggadah asks why do we sing Ma Nishtana?Rav Yehoshua Leib Diskin answers Ma Nishtana is in the gemara Pesachim 116 and the gemara Megillah 32a says And Rav Shefatiah also said in the name of Rav Yochanan whoever reads from the Torah w/o a pleasant tone our recites mishna w/o song about him scripture says So too I gave them decrees which are not good etc.(for more see page 445)
The Haggadah Mvueres section(front of the haggadah)of the big Mesivta haggadah asks do you sing Shalom aleichem and Eishes Chayil when Pesach on friday night?By Shalom aleichem its a machlokes in minhagim and Eishes Chayil there are those that say to only sing Eishes Chayil.(for more see page 68)
We were slaves to Pharoh in Egypt but HASHEM our GOD took us out with a mighty hand
Rav Moshe taught that avadim hayinu We were slaves is the answer to the Ma Nishtana and the primary part of this response is that we were led out of Egypt with a mighty hand.Not a natural manner and this teaches us our redemption is eternal once we became HASHEM people and got the Torah.We wereno longer slaves to material existence and we are free in whatever situation our place we find ourselves.
Whoever is needy let him come and celebrate Pesach
For many years an elderly widow was guest for the seder in Rav Mosghe home.One year however she didnt arrive.The halacha is that that 1 should start the seder immediately but Rav Moshe didnt start until he sent his wife and Rav Reuven his son to find the widow house to find her.It took a while until they returned with her only then di Rav Moshe start the seder.(Reb Moshe page 142)
Dayan HaRav HaGaon Shlomo Dichovsky Shlita, a former head of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Batei Din, was taken to the hospital on seder night in serious condition.
It is reported that his condition has since deteriorated and he is connected to a respirator and sedated. The family calls on the tzibur to be mispallel on his behalf, Refael Shlomo ben Sara Gitel bsoch kol cholei am yisrael.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Q. Why must cheese be certified kosher for Passover?
A. Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 442:5) writes that cheese that was made with wheat vinegar must be destroyed before Pesach. Mishnah Berurah explains that this is true, even if the vinegar is less than one part in sixty and does not give any taste to the cheese. Since the vinegar helps form the cheese (maamid), the regular halachos of bitul (nullification) do not apply. The same holds true for the bacterial cultures that are used to form the cheese. If the cultures were grown on glucose derived from chametz, the cheese may not be eaten on Pesach. Kosher l’Pesach cheese is made from kosher l’Pesach cultures.
OU Kosher Halacha Yomis will continue BS'D after Pesach on Monday, May 2nd. We wish all HY subscribers and all of Klal Yisroel a Chag Kosher V’samayach.
Q. How must bedikat chametz be performed? Can a flashlight be used?
A. One must check all rooms, closets and anywhere chametz may have been brought. Special care should be given to corners and crevices as it is possible that chametz may be lodged there. The Rama (432:2) writes that it is customary to hide pieces of bread so that one will definitely find chametz and the bracha will not be livatala (in vain). The Mishna Berura (432:13) quotes the Arizal who recommended putting 10 pieces of bread in the home for Kabbalistic reasons. Each piece should be carefully wrapped (to avoid leaving crumbs) and should be less than a kezayis (in case one gets lost). The bedika should begin immediately after tzais ha’kochavim (approximately 42-72 minutes after sunset) with the aid of a single-wick candle. The generally accepted custom is to start with a candle and then one may transition to a flashlight if desired. (Halachos of Pesach (p. 86) quoting Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l and Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l that a flashlight is acceptable.)
In his writings, Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch offered profound and original insights into the meaning of all aspects of Jewish life and thought. His successor, Rav Dr. Salomon Breuer, and his grandson, Rav Dr. Joseph Breuer, offered further understanding, following the ideas of Rav Hirsch.
Moadim Perspectives: Pesach-Shavuos contains inspiring teachings from these great Rabbinic leaders that will serve to imbue a deeper appreciation for these festive days and enhance the spiritual level that these Moadim help us to achieve.Bring Rav Hirsch to your seder but hurry to your local bookstore it sells fast.
6-year-old child is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle in Boro Park, and people are being asked to say Tehillim.
The tragic incident happened on Wednesday afternoon at around 2:30PM on 54th Street near 13th Avenue – in the heart of Boro Parks Jewish community.
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Eye witnesses said the child was struck so hard that he was thrown many feet, and became pinned under a parked vehicle.
Hatzolah was on the scene in seconds, followed moments later by FDNY and the NYPD.
The child was quickly extricated, and Hatzolah Paramedics began working to stabilize the child.
He was rushed to Lutheran Trauma Center, where he is listed in very critical condition.
The NYPD Highway Patrol Unit was on the scene conducting an investigating into the cause of the incident.
Please be Mispallel for Berish ben Chana Rivka.
Q. I sometimes use liquid medicines or chewable pills without a hechsher during the year. Can I use them for Pesach? (A Subscriber’s Question)
A. Liquid medicines, chewable pills and pills coated with a flavored glaze are considered palatable and may contain chametz. Therefore:
1.If possible, they should be replaced, under the direction of a doctor, with a non-chewable, uncoated pill.
2.If substitution is not possible and the person is in a state of sakana or sofek sakana (any possible danger to human life), the medication may be owned and consumed. The same applies if the condition is not yet a safek sakana but may deteriorate to that point. A rabbi should be consulted, on a case by case basis, as to whether it is preferable to purchase the medicine before or during Pesach, and as to how to dispose of the medicine once the danger passes.
3.If substitution is not possible and a doctor determines that there is no possibility of sakana if the person does not take the medicine, a rabbi should be consulted. He may be able to investigate if the medication actually contains chametz.
8:35am Current list of names for prayers
Eden bat Rachel (15 year old girl very seriously wounded in bus bomb attack in Jerusalem)
May they all have a refuah shelaima -- a full and speedy recovery among all the sick and wounded of Israel.
Q. I am an adult diabetic. May I take a non-chewable tablet for my diabetes during Pesach? (A Subscriber’s Question)
A. As an introductory comment, one should exercise extreme caution and consult with a doctor and rabbi before considering any changes in medication for Pesach.
Known and tested medications in the form of non-chewable and non-candy coated pills may be owned, used and consumed on Pesach, even if they contain chametz and kitniyot, since they are inedible. This covers most medicines used by adults. If possible, it is preferable to procure a new container of pills before Pesach that had not been handled during the year together with chametz.
Q. Is baker’s yeast chametz?
A. The se’or prohibited by the Torah does not refer to baker’s yeast. Se’or is sourdough, which is made by allowing raw dough to become moldy and capable of leavening future dough. Baker’s yeast, however, is a microorganism propagated on various media, typically, in its final production stage, on molasses. It can be sold before Pesach even by people who are careful to avoid selling chametz gamor. Baker’s yeast should not, however, be consumed on Pesach. Even if a manufacturer claims that the medium for producing yeast is molasses, it should not be used. The production process for yeast involves multiple stages, and it is possible that the manufacturer is referring only to the final production stage.
Please continue to daven for a little boy, cousin of a Chicagoan, who was pulled unconcious from a pool in July 2014 and is still in need of a big refuah,
Nosson Tzvi ben Sara Rivka Kashtiya
Q. My elderly parents have a number of products that contain a thickener, which makes swallowing the product easier. These thickeners are usually identified in the ingredient panel as either “food starch”, “modified food starch” or “maltodextrin.” Are these ingredients chametz?
A. Food starch, modified food starch, and maltodextrin, when sourced in the United States, are generally from corn (kitniyot). Kitniyot is permitted for the infirm and elderly who need it, (see Mishnah Berurah 453:7). If the product is “non-GMO” or is imported from Europe these ingredients are very likely chametz.