Category Archives: 30 Days of Liberation

30 Days of Liberation 2017

The Talmud teaches that, during the 30 days before Passover, we should learn about matters related to the holiday. In that spirit, I composed a brief message for each of the previous 30 days, drawing from the wisdom Passover imparts. I hope you find these … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation – 2016

The Talmud teaches that, during the 30 days before Passover, we should learn about matters related to the holiday. In that spirit, I composed a brief message for each of the previous 30 days, drawing from the wisdom Passover imparts. I hope you find these … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation 2015

The Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should start learning about matters related to the holiday. In that spirit, I humbly offer, as in past years, “30 Days of Liberation.” For each of the next 30 days, I will offer a brief message, … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 30 – Next Year in Jerusalem!

The Seder concludes with the exclamation, “Next year in Jerusalem!” This not only refers to the fact that most Jews have yet to return home, but also that our world remains in an exilic state. As yesterday’s tragic events in … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 29 – No Small Act

One of my favorite songs to conclude the Seder is “Had Gadya,” in which the purchase of a little goat sparks a chain reaction that leads all the way to God destroying the Angel of Death. There is no deed, … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 28 – Rejoice

“This is the day the Eternal One has made. Rejoice and celebrate it!” We recite this line in Hallel at Seder’s end. Contextually, the “day” refers to the holiday. But if God is the source of all creation, then every … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 27 – Praise the Lord!

Reciting Hallel, a collection of psalms praising God, is one of the Seder’s last acts. Such liturgy begs the question: why does God need our praise? We extol God not for God, but for us. Many of us habitually concentrate … Continue reading

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