Pesachim 2-3: Light Up the Night

June 25, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"To tell of  Your loving-kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness at night" (Tehilim 92:3). Night and day, from a Jewish perspective, are much more than astronomical phenomena. Morning represents hope, confidence, and song. Night represents fear, uncertainty, and loneliness. It is not by chance that Abraham, who ushered in a new way of thinking, is credited with the establishment ofshacharit, the morning prayer;...
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Pesachim: Some Opening Thoughts

June 23, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"On the night of the 14th [of Nissan], one [begins the] search for chametz". So begins mashechet Pesachim, the tractate dealing with the myriad laws of Passover.  The Mishnah follows a most simple and logical structure, beginning at the night before the seder with the mitzvah of bedikat chametz (the search for chametz). The Mishnah continues with the laws applicable on the morning...
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