We have constant reminders in our daily tefillos and throughout the Torah that Hashem is our G-d Who took us out of Mitzrayim. There are four explanations to the fundamental question of why it is so important to remember Yetzias Mitzrayim. These concepts form the building blocks of what we are supposed to gain from the seder, and the essential principles of our faith which we give over to our children on seder night.
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|Haggadah Series - Part II - Questions & Answers - Slavery & Freedom
|The haggadah is written in question answer format in order for us to explain the mitzvos that we are doing on Pesach. Even if a person is alone, he is required to explain the mitzvos of the night through questions and answers. As servants of Hashem, we have the freedom to ask questions, and are told how what we do is the best thing us. This is true liberation--receiving answers to our questions, with the knowledge and understanding that the mitzvos we are doing can help us to reach our full potential.
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|Haggadah Series - Part III - Identifying with the Jewish People
In the haggadah we read that every person is supposed to view themselves as if he himself left Mitzrayim. This does not require imagination; rather, we need to view ourselves as part of the chain of Klal Yisroel, part of a whole entity that was redeemed from Mitzrayim. It is a matter of our identity. Our tool for conveying this is the power of speech, as we tell over the story to our children. Through the positive power of speech, we are able to build a sense of connection and identity, and know that we are part of something greater, a nation that is bound by a covenant with Hashem that spans time.
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|Haggadah Series - Part IV - The Home and the Mikdash
Throughout the geulah process of Sefer Shemos, we are getting back to a place where Hashem's shechinah rests among us, just like it did with the Avos. However, there is a difference between the centralized mishkan, and the presence of Hashem on each and every home. On the original night of Pesach, each home served as the mishkan, with the doorposts serving as the mizbeach, We try to build this special, unique environment of Pesach, bringing people together in the home, united by the presence of Hashem and a greater goal.
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|Haggadah Series - Part V - The Core Text of the Haggadah - Bikkurim
|The body of the haggadah mainly consists of the concise story of Mitzrayim found in Parshas Bikkurim, rather than the more elaborate descriptions of Sefer Shemos. There are 3 elements that we discuss: a springboard for drashos (deeper explanations), our appreciation for Hashem's miracles, and the answer to the mystery of the missing 5th cup for “V'heiveisi�?. We also discuss how to celebrate the Seder without the Beis Hamikdash and Eretz Yisroel.
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New York - A pilot who died when his helicopter crashed atop a New York City skyscraper on June 10 had been flying erratically and said he did not know where he was shortly before the accident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a preliminary report released on Tuesday.
The report said the pilot, who has been identified as Tim McCormack, 58, of Clinton Corners, New York, had asked air traffic controllers for permission to return to a heliport on East 34th Street and then changed course and altitude several times. He came within 500 feet of the heliport before reversing course and striking the 54-story AXA Equitable Center on Seventh Avenue in one of the city’s busiest areas a few blocks north of Times Square. No one in the building or on the ground was injured.
Springfield, IL - Illinois’ new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, the 11th state to do so and the first to implement a comprehensive statewide cannabis marketplace designed by legislators.
Legalization in Illinois also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less may have those records expunged, a provision minority lawmakers and interest groups demanded.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker, whose election last year gave Democrats complete control over state government again after four years under GOP predecessor Bruce Rauner, signed the bill in Chicago amid a bevy of lawmakers and pot proponents.
Under the measure, residents can...
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked “anything American” after Tehran said the latest U.S. sanctions had scuttled any chance of diplomacy, calling White House actions “mentally retarded”.
Trump on Monday signed an executive order imposing sanctions against Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior figures, with punitive measures against Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expected later this week.
The moves came after Iran shot down a U.S. drone on June 20 and Trump called off a retaliatory air strike minutes before impact, saying too many people would have been killed. It would have been the first time the United States had bombed the Islamic Republic in four decades of mu...
New York - Steve Dunleavy, a reporter and columnist for the New York Post who helped define the tabloid’s modern style, died. He was 81.
The Post reported that Dunleavy died at his home on Long Island on Monday night.
Steve Dunleavy was one of the greatest reporters of all time,” Post owner Rupert Murdoch said. “His passing is the end of a great era.”
Dunleavy was born in Sydney, Australia, and began his journalism career at The Sun, where his father worked as a photographer.
He did stints at a variety of newspapers, including the Daily Mirror and The South China Morning Post, before arriving in New York City in 1966 where he eventually joined the New York Post in 1977 shortly after Murdoch bought the tabloid.
Dunleavy also helped create the television ne...
BREAKING: Melania Trump announces that her spokesperson Stephanie Grisham to be Next White House Press Secretary And Communications Director
Orange County, NY - A Kiryas Joel paramedic was honored last night as ALS provider of the year by Orange County Department of Emergency Services, the first time a Chasidic individual has ever been selected to receive that award.
Avrohom Yitzchok Flohr, a senior member of Kiryas Joel Hatzolah, was hailed for responding to 350 mutual aid calls, responding to calls from local ambulance companies located outside the village. The decision to honor Flohr as the Advance Life Support provider of the year was made by the Orange County Emergency Medical Services council, said Frank Cassanite, deputy commissioner of Orange County EMS.
“He is an excellent medic who does a great job for Orange County,” Cassanite told VIN News. “Their agency provides mutual aid services and he ...
Israel announced on Tuesday that it will cut the supply of fuel to the Gaza Strip in response to a wave of arson attacks from the Hamas enclave.
At least 13 fires were started by incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip on Monday.
“In the wake of the uptick of incendiary balloons from Gaza into Israel and arsons in the Gaza border area, it has been decided to stop transfers of fuel to the Gaza power station via the Kerem Shalom crossing beginning this morning,” said Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) in a statement released on Tuesday morning.
The statement came after local fire services in southern Israel fought at least 13 brush fires on Monday which were started by balloons loaded with flammables and launched into Israel...
Belgian counter-terror police have arrested a man suspected of plotting an attack against the US embassy in Brussels, federal prosecutors said Monday.
The police on Saturday arrested the man following “converging signs raising fears of an attack against the US embassy,” the prosecutor’s office said.
“The suspect has been detained for an alleged attempted attack within a terrorist context and preparation of a terrorist offence,” it said in a statement.
The suspect, who identified only as M.G., denied the allegations.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.
מעמד הנחת אבן הפינה לבנין ביהמ"ד החדש טשערנאביל בבארא פארק
Hanuchas Even Hapinah for the new Chernobile Shul in Boro Park
The Admor of Sadigura, Rav Yisroel Moshe Friedman, was taken to the hospital in Los Angeles yesterday to get treatment for a serious infection.
The Admor, who is a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, traveled to Los Angeles a few months ago in order to receive medical treatment for an illness. Early Monday afternoon in Los Angeles he was admitted to the hospital in serious condition.
Everyone is asked to please daven for Rav Yisrael Moshe ben Tzipora Feiga.
Recently, the Torah world was electrified by the news and video of the Shas Yiden public farher on the entire shas by Harav Nissan Kaplan and Harav Rephael Shmuelewitz at Yeshivas Daas Aharon. Maran Harav David Cohen, Rosh Yeshivas Chevron, suggested that yeshivos should invite the Shas Yiden avreichim geonim so that yeshiva bochrim could see true Shas Yiden and be inspired.
Let the Geonim Test Them!
However, Hagaon Harav Yehoshua Menachem Weiss, menahel haruchani of the Erlau Yeshiva Ketana in Bnei Brak, decided to go a step further. “The second shiur of the yeshiva had been spending many hours mastering the 120 daf of Bava Kamma. 20 of the bachurim knew the masechta both by heart and in depth. What better challenge could there be than for them to be tested by the Shas Yiden avrei...
Baltimore, MD - June 25, 2019 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Avrumi & Aleeza Reches on the birth of a son.
Mazel Tov to grandparents Jeffrey & Renee Reches and David and Darlene Schwartz
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן
The Jewish community in Strand, South Africa, filed a police complaint recently after four gravestones in the local Jewish cemetery were vandalized. Last week, two other Jewish cemeteries in the same district of Western Cape were also the target of vandalism. Police fear it may be the work of a neo-Nazi cell.
Deputy chairman of the World Zionist Organization, Yaakov Hagoel, responded on Sunday to the event, saying: “These incidents, unfortunately, spread like wildfire and have become a global trend, and these are very serious incidents that must be stopped immediately before they kill Jews. I appeal to governments around the world and to law enforcement authorities to not take it lightly, and to take a firm hand against any manifestation of anti-Semitism.”
“The South Af...
Israel’s repeat election on Sept. 17 might not be a literal do-over of April 9, as two new parties may be entering the fray.
The first of these new parties belongs to former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, who seems to be preparing for a Knesset run. Barak has confirmed reports to this effect, telling Israel’s Channel 12 news, “I would like to see if we can put a bloc together that can defeat [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.”
He explained that there must be a coming together of forces on the center-left “to prevent what happened in the last elections,” in which the Blue and White Party, with three former Israel Defense Forces chiefs of staff in its leadership, failed to topple Netanyahu.
Barak is the most highly decorated soldier in Isr...
Communications Minister Ayoub Kara of the Likud party has quit his ministerial post.
In his letter of resignation, Kara accuses Likud members of working to discredit him within the party.
The resignation comes a day after the longtime Netanyahu ally offered rare criticism of the prime minister and his Likud party in a Channel 12 interview.
Read more at Times of Israel.
Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, Libra, is disrupting central banks and will force them to recalibrate their policies, Israeli banking regulator Hedva Bar said Monday. Bar spoke at a fintech conference held in Tel Aviv by Calcalist, Bank Leumi’s tech banking arm LeumiTech, and accounting firm KPMG.
Libra is a game changer, raising issues of money laundering and the difficulties in regulating cryptocurrency, Bar said. “From our perspective as bank regulators, we want to encourage innovation while also ensuring proper risk management,” she added.
Bar believes the payment sector is the banking branch that is going through the most changes and that Israel is currently lagging behind compared to other countries. As Israel’s main fault in the sector, Bar named the h...
A New Jersey native who acted as a double agent for ISIS was being sentenced in Brooklyn on Monday for providing material support to the terror group — for the second time.
Sinmyah Amera Ceasar was arrested in 2016 and pleaded guilty a year later to providing material support to ISIS, officials said Monday morning during the sentencing. Ceasar signed a cooperation agreement with the federal government following the sentencing. But afterward, she secretly continued supporting the terror group, prosecutors said.
Ceasar — who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in March — was being sentenced as a Jane Doe in Brooklyn federal court on Monday.
Read more at THE NY POST.
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations is defending shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz and says Tehran will not be forced back into negotiations with the White House.
“You cannot negotiate with somebody who has a knife in his hand putting the knife under your throat,” Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, said in an exclusive interview with NPR. “That cannot be acceptable by anybody. Any reasonable person cannot accept to have negotiations with somebody who is threatening you.”
Ravanchi also accused American leaders of unleashing “economic warfare” against Iran in attempting to isolate the country and forcing it back to the negotiating table.
George Soros, heiresses to the Pritzker fortune, Abigail Disney and Facebook Inc. co-founder Chris Hughes are among those calling for a wealth tax to help address income inequality and provide funding for climate change and public health initiatives.
“We are writing to call on all candidates for President, whether they are Republicans or Democrats, to support a moderate wealth tax on the fortunes of the richest one-tenth of the richest 1% of Americans — on us,” according to a letter signed by 19 individuals — one anonymously — and posted online Monday. “The next dollar of new tax revenue should come from the most financially fortunate, not from middle-income and lower-income Americans.”
One of the youngest signers, 35-year-old Liesel Pritzker Sim...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem on Monday with visiting Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.
The Russian official was in the Jewish state to attend a tripartite summit on Tuesday with his American and Israeli counterparts, John Bolton and Meir Ben-Shabbat, on regional security issues.
“Israel will not allow Iran, which calls for our destruction, to entrench on our border; we will do everything to prevent it from attaining nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told Patrushev on Monday. “Self-defense is a very important lesson of 20th-century history, certainly for the Jewish people and its state.”
“Our joint goal is to advance substantive dialogue together with the US in order to deal with the complex security chall...