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"The Plague of the Firstborn," by
Hashem said to Moses, "One more plague shall I bring upon
Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; after that he shall send you forth
from here. When he send forth, it shall be complete - he shall
drive you out of here...."
Moses said, "So said Hashem, 'At about midnight I shall go out
in the midst of Egypt. Every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall
die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne to
the firstborn of the maidservant who is behind the millstone and
all the firstborn of beast. There shall be a great outcry in the entire
land of Egypt, such as there has never been and such as there shall
never be again. But against all the Children of Israel, no dog shall
whet its tongue, against neither man nor beast, so that you shall
know that Hashem will have differentiated between Egypt and Israel.'
An unblemished lamb or kid, a male, within its first year shall it be
for you; from the sheep or goats shall you take it. It shall be yours
for examination until the fourteenth day of this month; the entire
congregation of the assembly of Israel shall slaughter it in the
afternoon. They shall take some of its blood and place it on the
two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they will eat it."
...Hashem said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying...
"I shall go through the land of Egypt on this night, and I shall strike
every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from man to beast; and against
all the gods of Egypt I shall mete out punishment - I am Hashem.
The blood shall be a sign for you upon the houses where you are;
when I shall see the blood and I shall pass over you; there shall not
be a plague of destruction upon you when I strike in the land of Egypt."
Exodus 11: 1, 4-7,
Exodus 12: 3-7, 12-13
The Stone Edition Tanach
Standing before Pharaoh, Moses did not merely demand, in
the name of God, that he "Let My people go," but "Let my
people go, that they may serve Me." What is the significance
of this liberating "service?" It means that man, no matter how
free of external constraints, is a finite creature, ever subject,
ever subject to the limits of his own nature and character. That
to attain true freedom he must therefore transcend his humanity -
his emotional, intellectual, even spiritual self - and access the
of G-dliness" that is his infinite, supra-human self.
Excerpt from "What is Freedom?" by Yanki Tauber
Courtesy of chabad.org
"Flame in Jewish Lamp"
Photo by Howard Sokol
"The Passover Haggadah is the 'instruction manual' of the
Seder (a festive meal that opens the Passover holiday). The
Passover Haggadah describes the order of events and rituals
in the Passover Seder using a rabbinically-formulated and
highly structured order of instructions that are organized into
15 steps. The Passover Haggadah is not a book in the classic
sense of the term. Instead, it is a collection of literary works
from many time periods...
Since the goal of the Passover Haggadah is to encourage
future generations of Jews to inquire about their history, the
four clauses are... recited by the youngest person at the
Passover seder table. They include:
1. Why is it that on all other nights during the year we eat either
bread or matzoh, but on this night we eat only matzoh?
2. Why is it that on all other nights we eat all kinds of herbs, but
on this night we eat only bitter herbs?
3. Why is it that on all other nights we do not dip our herbs even
once, but on this night we dip them twice?
4. Why is it that on all other nights we eat either sitting or reclining,
but on this night we eat in a reclining position?"
**Note: You'll find the answers by scrolling down.
Page from a Hebrew Bible with birds, dated 1299
Worship is a way of seeing
the world in the light of God.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)
One of the most important Jewish
of the 20th century
"Elijah Receiving Bread and Water from an Angel," Peter Paul Rubens
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High,
who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress;
My God, in whom I trust."
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence;
he will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you sill find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday...
Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
the Most High your habitation,
no evil shall befall you,
no scourge come near your tent.
For he will give his angels charge of you
to guard you in all your ways.
Revised Standard Version
One call and heaven's fleet appears. Your prayer on earth
activates God's power in heaven.
You are the someone of God's kingdom.
Your prayers move God to change the world.
From "For These Tough Times," by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2006
F**The answers to the four questions from the Haggadah:
1. We eat only matzoh because our ancestors could not wait for
their breads to rise when they were fleeing slavery in Egypt,
and so they took the breads out of their ovens while
still flat, which is matzoh.
2. We eat only Moror, a bitter herb, to remind us of the bitterness
of slavery that our ancestors endured while in Egypt.
3. We dip twice - (1) green vegetables in salt water, and (2) Moror
in Charoses, a sweet mixture of nuts and wine. The
first dip, green vegetables in salt water, symbolizes
the replacing of tears with gratefulness, and the
second dip, Moror in Charoses, symbolizes sweetening
the burden of bitterness and suffering to lessen its pain.
4. We recline at the seder table because in ancient times, a person
who reclined at a meal symbolized a free person, free from
slavery, and so we recline in our chairs at the Passover
seder table to remind ourselves of the glory of freedom.
And now the Last Word:
We are all limited by the very fact that we have
human form. There is no freedom in following
our whim, only further slavery to our own limited
selves. Freedom can only come by connecting to
something infinite and beyond us.
And so Moses was told, "When you take the
people out from Egypt, you shall all serve G-d
on this mountain."
From the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe;
rendered by Tzvi Freeman. Courtesy of chabad.org
One day a boy is praying to G-d when he is passed by a man
that he does not know. The man stops and asks the boy why he is
praying. The boy tells the man that he prays because G-d has
performed many miracles, such as leading the Hebrews out of
Egypt and helping them to cross the Red Sea. The man says that
the Red Sea was only about 10 inches deep when the Hebrews
left Egypt, so there was no miracle at all. The man then goes to
leave but stops when he sees that the boy is continuing to pray.
When the man asks the boy why, he replies that G-d still performed
miracles, since, "it's miraculous that he was able to drown an army
of Egyptians in only 10 inches of water!
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