Video: The Odd Seder Invitation

Torah Cafe presents two inspiring videos for the upcoming holiday of Pesach. In the first, former Chief Rabbi of Britain Lord Jonathan Sacks gives a eye opening explanation for the opening invitation to the Seder. In the second, Rabbi Aryeh Weinstein, director of the Jewish Learning Academy at Lubavitch of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, answers the question: Do we need “freedom to do” or “freedom to be”?

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Weekly Story: You Were Not Abandoned, Part 2

One year, around ten years after the passing of Malka’s adopted parents and her immediate decision to move as far away as one can, a rabbi showed up in her village, knocked on her door and asked if she was Jewish. “I was shocked,” says Malka, “as I thought I would never be found; but I answered truthfully, ‘Yes.’ But then I asked him, ‘How do you know?’ He told me that he has a small package containing matza for me from the Rebbe.”

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Did you say the ‘Nasi’ Today? (Tes Nissan)

From the Safer Haminhagim: Every day from Rosh Chodesh Nissan until the twelfth of the month, one reads the passage that describes the offering brought on that day by a particular Nasi, or tribal prince, for the dedication of the altar of the Mishkan. Yehi Ratzon in the Extended Article.

8:00: Why Did Pesach Become Unaffordable?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 157, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: Chassidus Applied to Yud Alef Nisan; Why Did Pesach Become Unaffordable? Why Do We Refer to Non-Jews as ‘Dust of Earth’? Is There a Difference Between a Healthy and an Unhealthy Baal Teshuva? Also: The Winners of the 3rd Annual MyLife Essay Contest!

Weekly Story: You Were Not Abandoned

“When we visited him, the Rebbe spoke to all of us and then asked if he can speak to me alone. I thought it was strange, but my parents agreed to step out of the room. The Rebbe then told me that I was born Jewish from Jewish parents who truly loved me and still love me from Heaven. He stated emphatically that they never abandoned me; rather they died in a car crash. He told me that it was G-d’s will (for whatever His reason was) that they died and I should be an orphan.”

Did You Say the ‘Nasi’ Today? (Daled Nissan)

From the Safer Haminhagim: Every day from Rosh Chodesh Nissan until the twelfth of the month, one reads the passage that describes the offering brought on that day by a particular Nasi, or tribal prince, for the dedication of the altar of the Mishkan. Yehi Ratzon in the Extended Article.

Here’s My Story: Extended Family

Rabbi Dr. Israel Drazin has served for over three decades as in the US Army, ending as Assistant Chief of Chaplains of the US Army, where he held the rank of Brigadier General. He authored numerous articles and 38 books on philosophy and the Bible. He was interviewed by JEM’s My Encounter with the Rebbe project in March of 2011.