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Historical Background: In 169 BCE in Eretz Yisrael, during the period of the second Beit Hamikdash Antiochus, the king of Greece breached the walls of Jerusalem, desecrated the Beit Hamikdash, the holy temple, and killed as well as sold to slavery thousands of Jews. Shortly thereafter, Antiochus passed laws forbidding Jews to practice the Mitzvot […]

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Editor’s Introduction Bilvavi On The Hagaddah is a collection of insights of the Rav arranged according to the Pesach Hagaddah, culled from the derashos that have been collected in “Pesach Talks”, as well as some sections from sefer “Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh – Pesach”, and from snippets of various other derashos of the Rav. The purpose […]

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Before you wrap yourself in a prayer shawl, recite a short, simple blessing Here is the text of the blessing: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וִצִוָּנוּ לְהִתְעַטֵּף בְּצִיצִית: The meaning of the blessing is: Blessed You, O God, the King of the Universe, who sanctified His commandments and commanded us to […]

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