Two very interesting classes around the lead up and preparation for Pesach putting the upcoming Pesach holiday in proper perspective with lots of background information to help us better understand the context.
Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz: Preparation for Pesach through the 4 Special Parshiot
Pesach and the Slaughtering of the Egyptian Deity with Rabbi Aaron Dovid Poston
Rabbi Asher Baruch Wegbreit – Rabbi Wegbreit shares how we can get the most of our Passover seder this year with just simple thoughts. Simple to do but not easy without intention to do it. Add kavanah (intentional thought) to the mitzvot of the Seder night and having a spiritual experience as a result.
Rabbi Alon Anava – Brings back the topic of Pesach Sheni which we actually had on the Jewish calendar over a month ago but is brought up again in this week’s Torah Portion. Why is there a second chance for the holiday of Pesach (Passover) specifically? Why are there no second chances for other Jewish holidays? What is so special about Pesach that it “requires” a second chance? Why are we talking about this now (isn’t it too late)? Why is this related to Brit Milah (circumcision)? Listen to the calls by Rabbi Anava to learn the answers to these questions.
The Period of the Omer and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself – Rabbi Breitowitz shares how the current Omer counting period has both a positive and negative perspective. The positive is the joyous period between leaving slavery (Pesach) and receiving the Torah (Shavuot). The negative is 24,000 students of the great sage, Rabbi Akiva, dies during this period of time – which makes the Omer a time of mourning. The ultimate goal of this mourning is to rectify the character trait of not giving kavod to others (“love your neighbor as yourself”). Watch the video to get filled in on all the details in between.
Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz – Shares about the Omer period of time that we are in between Pesach and Shavuot and explains some very interesting disagreements between Jews of the past and present on when actually to start counting the Omer. The Rabbi made some very clear distinctions about the difference between Shabbat and the Jewish Holidays and our relationship as Jews to each one (a fascinating discussion).
Rabbi Asher Baruch Wegbreit – Shares how we can elevate the Pesach song Dayenu on this coming up Seder! We are “paid” by Hashem for our mitzvot – not only for actions, not only for speech, but also for thoughts. Dayenu!
After several days without video posts – here are plenty of good videos about various topics including of course the upcoming Pesach holiday. Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz mentioned in one of the videos below that Jews tend to (overly/obsessively) focus on cleaning for Pesach to find every last crumb of chametz in a physical sense. However, that’s only half the battle – it’s also important for Jews to uncover and clean the “spiritual” chametz inside of us to help us come to Pesach spiritually clean from our yetzer harah (our inclincation towards evil thoughts and actions).
Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz: The Haggadah – The Plan to Achieving Spiritual Liberation
Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz: Ask the Rabbi: Modern Orthodoxy & Modesty Rules, Pesach Cleaning, Does God Regret & More
Rabbi David Yisrael Kalmus: This Could Change Your Life
Rabbi Mendel Kessin: Weekly Hashkafa Shiur #91 | The Tikun Process of Passover – Part 1 [AUDIO]