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A client wanted to go apartment hunting in Jerusalem during chol hamoed (intermediate days of) Pesach but was unsure whether according to Halacha (Jewish law) he may do so. I told him to ask his local rabbi as I am not fit to make that decision for him. As this question comes up often, I decided to devote this article to review some of the issues.
The major question is whether one is permitted to “do business” during the holiday. In Tractate Pesachim 118a, Rav Sheshes says in very strong words, “One who disgraces chol hamoed is regarded as if he worships idols.” One major reason for forbidding business activity during chol hamoed is because it will distract one from the joy of Yom Tov, which includes eating, drinking, doing enjoyable
The Seder is a place of learning and family, of song and holiness, lots of food, fun, and mitzvot, small children, big children, wise grandparents, laughter, and great seriousness, even awe. It’s also about contradictions.
The symbols collide throughout the night. There are symbols of celebration such as matzah and reclining, and symbols of pain such as maror (bitter herbs) and strange dips that serve to remind us of tears, cement and bricks of our slavery. One interpretation of the meaning of
On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli visited the Satmar Matzah Bakery in Williamsburg with a group of local Jewish community leaders, lead by Rabbi David Niederman, President of the United Jewish Organizations Williamsburg, to view the traditional preparation of matzah before the beginning of Passover on March 25th.
“With Passover fast approaching, I would like to send along my best wishes to all of those in Jewish communities across New York. It is
How to jumpstart your personal exodus
Shimon E., a 16-year-old Israeli Shotokan karate champion, was in Philadelphia with eleven other Israeli boys for his first international competition. He had trained long and hard, but eying his opponents, especially the Japanese contingent, he felt daunted. The Japanese contenders seemed to have karate in their blood.
What did he have in his blood? Suddenly it hit him: He had not seen any of the contenders pray. Although Shimon was not religious, he
Eat. Pray. Love. A famous book and movie. Pray. Drink. Eat. A typical Passover. The holiday season brings with it bigger, later meals, junk food, socialized eating and less physical activity. Rest assured, there are ways to not let the food restrictions defined by Passover define poor food choices. Understanding the reality will help you calmly take control of what and how you are eating. Recalling the splitting of the Red Sea does not have to result in the splitting of your pants. Here are