Share Your Stories of Passover

If you have wonderful, spiritual or funny Pesach (Passover) stories, share them here with a comment!  If you are new to Passover observance, share the challenges and questions you face.  Then, bring your reflections to our “Passover is Coming! Preparing the Haggadah and the Kitchen” conversation with Rabbi Bill Kuhn on...

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Kneel Down to Open Something New: A Pesach Teaching

by Rabbi Jill Maderer Tired of eating matza yet?  And why are we still eating it anyway?  The seder is over; we have celebrated the redemption of our people and our journey to freedom.  So why, now in the middle of the week of Pesach, are we still eating the bread...

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Pesach: The Miracle of Telling the Tale

by Rabbi Jill Maderer What is the true miracle of Pesach?  Study the first half of the Book of Exodus or watch the film “The Ten Commandments” and it is clear: When the people of Israel, enslaved for generations, flees the Pharaoh’s horse-driven armies and escapes through the parted Sea...

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Passover Traditions

By Rabbi Bill Kuhn Passover and Yom Kippur are the same holiday.  Well, maybe there is a little difference, but they share many of the same themes.  It’s all about renewal, rebirth, starting over and second chances.  Passover takes place in the spring of the year for a reason.  All...

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Haggadah Recommendations for the Passover Seder

by Rabbi Jill Maderer Pesach is around the corner and the time has come to make plans for Seder, and to prepare to tell the story of the Israelites’ redemption from slavery to freedom! In the last week, I have received many emails with Pesach questions. Q: Does Rodeph Shalom...

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Tot Seder Spirit

by Rabbi Jill L. Maderer Why was Thursday night different from all other nights?  Matzah ball soup on the table cloths, jumping singing frogs in every family, and Elijah the prophet in costume!  Tots, parents and grandparents sang with spirit and Miles found the afikomen at RS’ first ever Tot...

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Passover Haggadot

 By Rabbi William Kuhn The Seder is filled with many questions, but one of the most asked questions is, “Which is the correct Haggadah to use?” Is there a real, official Passover Haggadah? Well, the answer is the same as the answer to so many Jewish questions, “Yes and No.”...

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Is your soul ready for Pesach?

By Rabbi Jill Maderer The Four Special Torah Portions Prepare Us for Pesach On what day of the week do we start to wish our friends a “Shabbat shalom”? On Wednesday! When does the process of High Holy Day repentance begin-Yom Kippur? Rosh Hashanah? No! The High Holy Days actually...

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