Tag: Passover

Senator Lieberman teaches the value of Torah law

Senator Joe Lieberman and Rabbi Ari D. Kahn offer readers fifty essays in “With Liberty and Justice.”[1] The number is built on the brilliant rabbinical idea to connect the holidays of Passover and Shavuot by instituting the practice of counting 49 days between the two holidays (changing the biblical requirement to count seven full weeks), […]

Nachmanides’ Unique View of Passover

  Some may say that the mystic Nachmanides was more interested in heaven than earth. Unlike Maimonides, who focused on a scientific study of the world, Nachmanides was concerned with the way in which Jews interact with God. Maimonides’ view led him to see three people-oriented purposes for the 613 biblical commandments. In his Guide […]

A fun Haggadah even for the non-observant Jew

                                                            The Dry Bones Passover Haggadah[1]         The Passover meal called Seder, meaning “order” and referring to the sequence of fifteen practices during the meal, is […]

Counting the Omer is not a biblical practice

The following is chapter 8 in my book “Mysteries of Judaism.” My followup book “Mysteries of Judaism II: Why the rabbis and others changed Judaism” is arriving in the US within days. If you want either book and agree to write a review and post it on amazon, even if the review is short, I […]

The current holiday of Passover is not a biblical holiday

                                                      The following essay is from my book “Mysteries of Judaism.”                                     […]

Why Was the First Passover Different From All Other Passovers?

                                                               Why Was the First Passover Different                                     […]

Demons and Sympathetic Magic in the Passover Seder

                                            Demons and Sympathetic Magic in the Passover Seder   I spoke in the past about the ancient Jews believing in demons, the power of sympathetic magic (doing something on earth that causes heaven […]

Demons and Sympathetic Magic in the Passover Seder

                                               Demons and Sympathetic Magic in the Passover Seder   We saw in the prior articles that the belief in demons, the power of sympathetic magic to conjure the appearance of the messiah, the use of an intercessor to obtain God’s attention, and the belief in the effectiveness of magic numbers to help accomplish […]

The odd practice of starting a holiday a half a day early

                                     The odd practice of starting a holiday a half a day early   The Bible requires the Israelites to observe Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month, currently called Nissan, by sacrificing a lamb, called the Pascal Lamb, and eating it together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. This biblical holiday […]

The Strange Biblical Mandate to Count Weeks

  This article appeared in my book “Mysteries of Judaism” where I point out that all the biblical holidays were changed radically by the early Israelites, Pharisees, and later rabbis. The following practice is an example of such a change.  I am repeating it here because the practice will begin this week on the second […]

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