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Chol Hamoed Pesach

  • Chol Hamoed Pesach 2017

    On Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach, the Megillah Shir haShirim is read.

    Many of the early Rabbanim argued that this book should not even be included in the Tanach, as its content was too sensual and might be misconstrued, but Rabbi Akiva, the most spiritual of all, argued for its inclusion, and won the day.
    Shir haShirim was deemed to be suitable for reading on Pesach as spring is the time for renewal, for joy and for redemption.

  • Chol Hamoed Pesach 2013

    This Shabbat, just halfway through Pesach with the taste of matzah no longer a novelty, we need some inspiration to see us through the Festival. This week’s Haftarah, Ezekiel, chapter 37, tells one of the most dramatic stories in the bible, and fills that need. The prophet is led to a valley filled with dry, lifeless bones. He is instructed to deliver his prophecy so that the bones will rise, become covered with muscle and flesh, and ultimately live again once they are infused with the spirit of life.

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