Hamakom at the Seder

Baruch Hamakom baruch hu – Blessed is the Omnipresent. The obvious question is why does the Haggadah use this name of Hashem. Many commentators cite the midrash that explains the meaning of the name: Hashem is the place of the world, the world is not the place of Hashem. However, this midrash does not explain […]

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Pesach: The Whole Story

In a previous shiur we discussed the prevalence of “halves” with respect to Pesach and the Seder.  However, the theme of “the whole, complete, full, and total” also sticks out. We remove all of the chametz and recite “Kol chamira”, we nullify all of the chametz. Although it is accepted that the mitzvah to eat […]

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Biblical Resonances of Mah Nishtanah

When reading the narrative of the Exodus, one cannot help but notice that, along with the three times in Shmot (and once in Devarim) when children are said to ask questions, the story itself resounds with many questions.  These questions begin with the same word that begins the Haggadah’s Four Questions: “Mah – What”.  One […]

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Pesach, the seder, and the Exodus are full of “halves” and things that are “split”. Avraham split the offerings in two for the Brit Bein Habetarim which ceremony prophecies the slavery and redemption of the Jews in Egypt; and it is referenced in the Haggadah. The splitting of the Yam Suf. The splitting of the […]

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Hagaddah Insights 5777

What is the difference between Kiddush on Shabbos and the Four Cups of Pesach? You can’t drink four cups at once. Each cup must be consumed at certain junctures. Everyone drinks their own cup vs. just a drop. The whole cup or at least rov kos vs. melo lugmav ( a “gulp”, fill the cheek) “Good” […]

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Double Dipping

At the seder we dip twice:  the karpas into the salt water and the maror into the charoset.  Many commentaries agree that the double dipping reflects the two times dipping relates to the story of the Egyptian experience.  At the beginning, the brothers dip Joseph’s coat into blood-which ends in Joseph going to Egypt then […]

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