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12 April, 200912 April, 2009 1 comments Passover Passover

On the first day of Passover, April 8, 2009, many Jews from around the world awoke prior to sunrise to say a special prayer that is read once in 28 years. Why? Because once every 28 years, the Sun returns to the position it occupied when it was created at the beginning of the fourth day of creation. the praryer, "God, today I shall begin to cling to You!"  is a declaration of a new beginning - we are wiping our slate clean of yesterday's excess emotional baggage. It underscores man's need to  constantly rejuvenate ourselves.

Creation declares a new beginning every twenty eight years. 

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11 April, 200911 April, 2009 0 comments Passover Passover

What does it mean to truly live in, to truly be in a moment? One day, when we are all up in heaven, perhaps I will have the chance to ask Noam Apter, 22, of Otniel. 

 

By Rav Binny Freedman

 

Friday night: White tablecloths and china, the light of the Shabbat candles, and the sweet singing of Shalom Aleichem, a song of peace that begins every Shabbat dinner in every Jewish home. No matter where Jews have been, and how unwelcoming and challenging the world around them has been, they are still singing of peace on Friday nights.  And this particular Friday night in the Yeshiva at Otniel was no different. Except that while the students of this yeshiva and their families were singing of peace, no one heard the silent click of wire cutters slicing through the security fence.

Smiling faces, Kiddush over wine, and the blessing of the children; every Friday night for thousands of years Jewish parents have taken a moment to appreciate the gift of children sitting at the Shabbat table. It is a moment of dreams and joy, of potential and love. If we can bless the sweet delicious challot, and appreciate how blessed we are have to have bread on our tabl

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