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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, October 24, 2017


On the first day of Passover (last Shabbat) we read from the book of Exodus (12:21-51) of the bringing of the Passover Offering in Egypt, the Plague of the Firstborn at the stroke of midnight, and how "On this very day, G-d took the Children of Israel out of Egypt."

The reading for the second day of Passover, Leviticus 22:26-23:44, includes: a list of the moadim – the "appointed times" on the Jewish calendar for festive celebration of our bond with G-d; the mitzvah to Count the Omer (the 49-day "countdown" to the festival of Shavuot which begins on the 2nd night of Passover); and the obligation to journey to the Holy Temple to "to see and be seen before the face of G-d" on the three annual pilgrimage festivals—Passover, Shavuot and

Why Is This Exile Different?

One of the most famous elements of the Passover Seder is the “Ma Nishtana” paragraph, more commonly known as “The Four Questions.” After asking, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” the paragraph continues by listing four differences:

  1. On all other nights we eat bread or matzah, but tonight we eat only matzah.
  2. On all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables, but tonight we eat only marror (bitter herbs).
  3. On all other nights we don’t dip our food even

The ‘Right’ Kind of Jealousy

During its outline of the various korbanot (sacrifices), the Torah forbids bringing offerings of leaven and honey.(1) It then immediately tells us that, in contrast, we must include salt in all the meal-offerings.(2) What is the difference between salt with honey and leaven, to the extent that salt is obligatory, whilst the other two substances are forbidden? The commentaries point out that there is great symbolism in the sacrifices, and that each of these three

Not Too Big to Take Out the Ash

The Torah section of Tzav begins by telling us (Vayikra 6:1-4): “And G-d spoke to Moses, saying:  Command Aaron and his sons, saying: This is the law of the burnt-offering; it is the burnt-offering [that stays] on the flame, on the Altar, all night until the morning, and the fire of the Altar should be kept aflame on it.

The priest shall don his fitted linen Tunic, and he shall don linen breeches on his flesh; he shall separate the ash of what the fire consumed of

“We can never forget,” exclaimed Mrs. Goldblatt, “the Friday night that you had us over for a Shabbat meal. What we remember most was the light – the candles, the chandelier, and the standing lamps in the corner. They made the entire dining room glow.”“Black Sabbath”

We were walking down the long airport corridor on the way to the boarding gate. Somehow, it seems that whenever my wife and I have a flight to catch, anywhere, our gate is always at the furthest end of the long hall. We had plenty of time until the airplane departed, but somehow I experience an urgent need to rush whenever I am in an airport, and so we were in a hurry.

There was a couple coming toward us, equally hurried. At first, they didn't even come into focus for me. They were just anonymous