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The following web-site is adapted from the book "Thoughts on the Hagadah" by Rabbi Eli Teitelbaum
Insightful Divrei torah for the Yom Tov of Pesach ( Passover )

One can also watch a beautiful slide show entitled  " A guide to Matzah Baking "

and general matzah baking footage

Click here to download the PDF version of this book

 

Table of Contents:
Read the Preface
This is The Bread of Our Afflict
We Hide the Afikomon
A Symbol of Unity
Why The Repertition
The Secret Password
The Belief in Miracles
Some Points To Ponder
Pesach Matzoh & Morror
makos bchoros
Signs and Wonders
The Belief in G-d
Warning
Changing Matza into Chometz
Our Long Dark Golus
The Egyptian Avodah Zorah
Golus A State Of Mind
Vehi Sheumda
And G-d Saves Us From Their Hand
And Lavan Tried to Destroy Us Al
ולמד צא  go out and learn our Ch
And We Cried Out To G-d
It is I and No Other
Blood, Fire, and Pillars of Smoke!
With A Powerful Hand and an
Magic and Witchcraft
God's Myriads of Messengers
Showing Our Gratitude
We Must Eat it Together
Chag HaMatzos
GOLUS MITZRAYIM
The Time of Our Freedom
Just One Speck
Kol Dichfin Yasei Uyachal
Mah Nishtanah
v'hegadeta l'vincha
Answering the Rosho
The Fifth Son
THE HEY AND THE CHES
In Every Generation One Must Look Upon Himself
"Tzei U’lmad"
A Stick that Turns into a Snake!
Boruch Ha’Mokom Boruch Hu
Leave with Great Wealth
And Hashem Hardened His Heart
Chometz and Matza ~ Just one second apart!
Lachmo Anyah..    "This is the bread of affliction..."
Let My People Go!
Nisan, The Month of Great Miracles
The Virus!
And Iyov Was Silent
The Four Cups of Wine
Rosho Ma Hu Omer
Chacham Ma Hu Omer
Black Magic
Mit’chila Ovdei Avoda Zarah Hoyu Avoseinu
Mo Ho’eidus V’ha’chukim V’hamishpotim...?
Korban Pesach a Symbol of Unity
THE SPECIAL PASSWORD
V’chol Ha’marbe.... Harei Zeh M’shuboch
What's the Big Rush?
The Five Questions
Egypt, The Magical Capital of the Ancient World
Dayeinu!
B’Yod Chazakah Shtayim. Bz’roah Netuyah Shtayim, B’morah Godol Shtayim, B’osos Shtayim, U’b’mofsim Shtayim
Beware the False Novi
Ani Hu V’lo Acheir
...Ad Be’chor Hashvi Asher B’veis Ha’bor
The $100 Challenge

The rest have not been added as of yet.

7) V'rav cmoh she'n'e'emar
8) With a strong hand, an outstretched arm and with great fear
9) The Makos and Moshe’s Stick
10) Nochosh or Tanin - Which Is It?
11) A Stick That Turns Into A Snake - Isn’t That Elementary?
12) The Makkos As Mentioned In Tehillim?
13) "Moshe - for I have drawn him form the water"
14) "Pakod Pokadti" - That Special Password!
14B) Arami oved avi - vayered Mitzraymah
15) The Egyptian Avoda Zoroh - The River Or the Sheep?
16) Avodah Zoroh - It’s All A Mirage!
17) "This is how you should eat it (the Korban Pesach) with your belts on, your shoes on and your sticks in your hands" -What's the big rush?
18) Let’s Eat It Together - Korbon Pesach
19) "A wise man will take mitzvos"
20) You Try Your Best - Hashem Will Do the Rest!
21) The 50th Level of Tumoh
22) Who Gets the Credit?
23) The Meaning of the Strange Phey
24) What's In A Name?
25) "Hashem hardened Paroh's heart"
26) "This night we dip twice"
28) Dayeinu: It Would Have Been Enough
29) If Hashem would have brought us to Har Sinai, but had not given us the Torah - Dayeinu
30) Chad Gadya
31) Rabbi Yehuda gave signs for the makkos; d'tzach adash b'achav
32) "b'domeiyich chayee b'domeiyich chayee"
33) Chometz and Matzoh
34) The First Three Makkos
35) The Tam Asks, What Is This
36) The Four Cups of Wine:Their Meaning and Significance
37) Survival in Golus
38) Why The Repetition

Preface

Pesach is that extraordinary Yom Tov on which all the others are based. After all, don’t they all revert back to Yetzias Mitzraim ? Pesach night is that very unique time when we discuss the story of Yetzias Mitzrayim (redemption from Egypt), which led to the birth of our nationhood. We try our utmost to elicit questions from all participants in the hope of stimulating within them a desire to comprehend the meaning of Yetzias Mitzrayim to its very last detail. It’s the one special night when we strive to clarify and explain to our children and students the very essence of our emunah (faith) and the great miraculous ways in which Hashem took us out of Mitzrayim and made us into His nation.

In fact, the word Pesach itself also stands for opening. For it’s the night that we must open our children’s minds to the point where there are no more questions or doubts as to the basic tenets of our emunah. We must totally remove any question from their minds and hearts until they are completely immersed in the proper service of Hashem.

Even the Aseres Hadibros themselves starts with "I am Hashem who took you out of Mitzraim" rather than "Who Created heaven and earth". This shows us the great importance given to yetzias Mitzrayim. The purpose of questions is, of course, to shed light and bring clarity to a difficult subject.

Over the many years of teaching I realize that I owe the greatest debt of thanks to my dear and treasured students who never failed to keep me on my toes with their wise and clever queries. There is nothing more enjoyable than having students that are ihbgf ktua (ask to the point) . For it’s their many tough questions that help clarify issues even to the Rebbi himself. This is certainly what our chachomim (sages) had in mind when they said that one learns more from his students than even from one’s own Rebbi. It’s their questions that have propelled me into taking pen in hand and putting down the answers that came to mind. Many of the answers came to me during the interesting discussions we shared. Unfortunately I never kept records and therefore don’t remember the names of the students who asked many of these simplistic but brilliant questions. I thank them all the same, for it’s their thought-provoking questions that stimulated me to think as well. I must admit, however, that many of their questions have stumped me, and I was not ashamed to say, I don’t know.

One must realize that many of their questions can probably be found in the Meforshim, and a variety of answers can be found in all four different parts of Torah, be it p’shat, remez, drush and sod. However, I’ve tried my best to answer them in the simplest manner possible in order to show them that their questions can be answered even on the very basic level.

I greatly appreciate my readers’ comments and certainly would like to hear your answers to these questions.

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This site is a project of Camp S'dei Chemed International
for more information come visit our web page.
or Email us at info@campsci.com .
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