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Pesach – Video messages by Rav Cherki

True freedom is serving the Holy One, Blessed be He. One of the messages of Passover is the concept of unity. Everything in the world, including what appears to be good and what appears at first glance to be bad, is an expression of the unity of God. This is also the essence of the Passover Sacrifice, which like matza ... Read More »

Grain from the Land

What is the main characteristic of the holiday of Pesach? At first glance, the answer to this question is simple: It is the Exodus from Egypt! However, if this is so then we are celebrating an event that has not reached an end. It is true that we were released from slavery into freedom, but we did not make it ... Read More »

Video: Making matza

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See how matza is baked – a demonstration that was filmed at Merkas Harav, the yeshiva that was established 90 years ago by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. Includes all the necessary steps: mixing and kneading the dough, rolling out the matza, baking.   Read More »

Rav Cherki: Letter of greetings for Pesach

To my brothers and sisters, Noahides wherever they may be: At this time of spring, when nature renews its appearance, The season when a new light of  freedom was spread out over the whole world – during the Exodus from Egypt – Let us all be blessed with an abundance of renewal from the Creator of the Universe, who shows His love for ... Read More »

A Perfect Passover

The special Haftarah reading for this week (Parshat Hachodesh) is a prophecy by Ezekiel which describes a unique set of sacrifices. The question of the differences between the prophet’s description and the laws of sacrifices in the Torah was already addressed in the days of the Tana’im, who wrote the Mishna, and the apparent contradictions were explained in an analysis ... Read More »

Pesach for the Nations

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On the face of it, the date of the holiday of Succot seems to be out of place. The Torah teaches us that the purpose of Succot is “so that your later generations will know that I caused The Children of Israel to dwell in succot when I took them out of the Land of Egypt” [Leviticus 23:43]. This could ... Read More »

A New Order

The story of the scouts is repeated in the Torah portion, revealing a unique trait of Moses. The people decided that they would not be able to conquer the land because of the existence of the giants, and they said: “Because of G-d’s hatred for us, He took us out of Egypt to deliver us to the hands of the ... Read More »

The Daily Olah Sacrifice

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The list in this week’s Torah portion of sacrifices during the different times in the year is precise to the very last detail. We might well wonder why this is so. Two sheep are sacrificed every day in the Temple, one in the early morning and one in the evening. This teaches us about the eternal link between the Children ... Read More »