The Unforgettable Seder of My Father, Rabbi Yaakov Edelstein zt”l

The Unforgettable Seder of My Father, Rabbi Yaakov Edelstein zt”l

How do I reward myself for working so hard to get ready for Pesach? Every year, I treat myself to weekly sushi, my favorite food, and I spend at least a little time every night reading something I enjoy. The book I’ve been reading this pre-Passover is the newly-released bestseller, “Jacob’s Ladder: Rabbi Yaakov Edelstein […]

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4 Cups of Wine, Imbibing Our Mother’s Faith

4 Cups of Wine, Imbibing Our Mother’s Faith

Every day until seder (5 days to go!) I will be posting a “Meaning-in-the-Cleaning Minute”: a minute-long video or short word of inspiration that made ME smile as I get ready this year for Pesach.

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The Drunkard’s Seder as told by Rabbi Fischel Schachter

The Drunkard’s Seder as told by Rabbi Fischel Schachter

Every day until seder (6 days to go!) I will be posting a “Meaning-in-the-Cleaning Minute”: a minute-long video or short word of inspiration that made ME smile as I get ready this year for Pesach.

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Forget About the Afikomen, Who Stole Pesach?! by IDF Captain Aviad Hazani

Forget About the Afikomen, Who Stole Pesach?! by IDF Captain Aviad Hazani

This morning, at the bus stop I heard two older women talking about how there’s nothing to eat on Passover. Yesterday, a friend muttered something my way about matzot and stomach pains. And over the last few days, I have come across dozens of posts about Passover-cleaning suffering. Dear friends, Passover is being stolen from […]

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The Wedding Made by a Matzah in Bergen Belsen

The Wedding Made by a Matzah in Bergen Belsen

What the Bluzhever Rebbe went through during the Holocaust was mindboggling. The Nazis murdered his wife, his only daughter, his entire family, almost all of his hundreds of Chassidim. After the War, it took a lot of courage for survivors to remarry. But after his liberation from Bergen Belsen, somebody suggested a match to the […]

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Pesach Cleaning, Car-Wash Style by Rabbi Fischel Schachter (1-Minute Meaning-in-the-Cleaning Video)

Pesach Cleaning, Car-Wash Style by Rabbi Fischel Schachter (1-Minute Meaning-in-the-Cleaning Video)

Every day until seder (10 days to go!) I will be posting a “Meaning-in-the-Cleaning Minute”: a minute-long video or short word of inspiration that made ME smile as I get ready this year for Pesach.

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The Problem with Kids Cleaning for Pesach

The Problem with Kids Cleaning for Pesach

This morning, I ran into my neighbor who has 6 kids under the age of 7. Her kids are home today for election today, and she quipped: “Not getting any cleaning done today, that’s for sure!” “Just wait,” I told her, “in 10 years those same kids who make it impossible to clean will clean […]

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“The Holiest Day of My Life”: A Personal Account of Israel’s 1st Elections in 1949

“The Holiest Day of My Life”: A Personal Account of Israel’s 1st Elections in 1949

70 years ago, just 4 years after the Holocaust, and after thousands of more Jewish lives had been lost in Israel’s War of Independence, Rabbi Moshe Alpert went very early one morning in 1949, in his finest Shabbat clothing, to vote in Israel’s first elections. Rabbi Alpert clearly saw the miracle, the Divine hand that […]

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Dreaming About Pesach Cleaning from the ICU (2 Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Dreaming About Pesach Cleaning from the ICU (2 Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Reflections on the mother of a very ill baby and Pesach cleaning. We spent this past Shabbat in Tsfat, and while there I met an incredibly lovely woman named Chaya. Chaya has soft-brown eyes, a gorgeous smile. She radiates quiet joy, deep faith. Seeing her, you would never guess that 16 months ago Chaya gave […]

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How to Do Your Pesach Cleaning Happily In Less than 1 Day by Rabbi Shlomo Aviner

How to Do Your Pesach Cleaning Happily In Less than 1 Day by Rabbi Shlomo Aviner

Being away for the holiday: If you are going away and no one will use the house at all during the holiday, you may close up all the rooms that will not be used, sell all of the chametz, and do no Pesach cleaning at all. If some part of the house will be lived […]

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