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2006-01-31 17:45
The Haggadah quotes from Mekhilta Ex. 14:31.:In Egypt it says of them, "The magicians said to Pharaoh `This is the finger of G-d.' (Shemot 8:15) At the sea it says, "Israel saw the great han… Read More
2006-01-26 16:43
Ok, I've been a bit lax in posting as of late, but parashat Shemot is here and I'm ready to go:"The Egyptians treated us badly," as it is said: Come, let us deal wisely them lest they multip… Read More
2006-01-05 18:38
Today I came across a braille Haggadah and was reminded of the following joke:A blind man is given a piece of matzah. He runs his fingers across it and exclaims: "Who wrote this nonsense!" Read More
2005-12-29 14:56
Lamedzayin relates the baraita of the four sons to the whole Slifkin debacle and the nature of critical inquiry within Judaism. Required reading.Hirhurim has a post on the nature of darkness… Read More
2005-12-27 18:29
I am way too satiated with homemade sufganiyot to be overly cynical about Hanukah. Hag sameah to all!Now here's a bit on Barukh ha-Makom which precedes the baraita of the Four Sons in the H… Read More
2005-12-23 21:39
Ok, just a little more pessimism and I promise I'll be cheery by the time Hanukkah actually rolls around. Here are two more areas in which Pesach is superior to Hanukkah: Our attitudes to o… Read More
2005-12-21 19:48
There is an apocrophal tale told about Beethoven that he had a servant wake him in the morning by playing an unresolved progression of chords on the piano. It bugged Beethoven so much that… Read More
2005-12-20 13:50
The Tosefta (Hagigah 1:2) says that a child who is old enough to eat a ke-zayit (measure of an egg) of roasted meat is obligated in the korban.James Frazer thought that the korban Pesach was… Read More

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