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17 - The Pesach Seder - Making it Real, Making it Relevant
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
On the night of the Pesach seder we tell the story of Yetzias Mitzrayim to our children. We do not appoint anyone to accomplish this all-important task- rather, we ourselves the the story of the foundation of our nation. In this shiur, we discuss 5 goals and messages that we want to convey. We talk about the sensitivity and chessed of a Jew, the importance of questions, making it personal, our mission and purpose, and the importance of simcha.
18 - Haggadah - Privilege & Obligation
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The mitzvah of telling over and remembering Yetzias Mitzrayim is a fundamental mitzvah; one which we stress on Pesach and mention daily throughout the entire year. We discuss three different aspects regarding the centrality of our exodus from Egypt. Yetzias Mitzrayim is when we saw Hashem running the world. Additionally, we experience His personal care and concern for us as a nation. The fact that we were taken out of Mitzrayim also stresses our obligation to serve Hashem, who took us out from the bondage of Mitzrayim in order to serve Him.
19 - Tzav - Korban Todah & Pesach- Third Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the third aliyah of Parshas Tzav, we learn about the korban todah. This thanksgiving offering is brought under 4 circumstances when a person was saved-from illness, traveling in the desert or ocean, or being released from captivity. The Maharal explains how Bnei Yisrael went through each of these elements through the enslavement and redemption from Mitzrayim. Although the korban todah includes chametz, on Pesach, we cannot bring this offering, requiring us to recognize that everything comes from Hashem, even when it appears to be through the hands of people.
A Thought on the Haggadah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Chizuk and Guidance for This Pesach for Women - by Rabbi and Rebbetzin Hauer
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Emunah 6 - Pesach
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
From Yetzias Mitzrayim to Matan Torah - A Vision of Galus and Geulah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Gan Eden and Galus - Thoughts for Sefiras HaOmer
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Gevuros Hashem - Chapter 52 - Haggadah Shel Pesach
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Hagaddah - Rabbi Akiva, Bnei Brak and Investing in the Future
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Haggadah - A Story of Empathy and Compassion
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The text we use in the haggadah to tell over the Pesach story begins with "Arami Oved Avi." Lavan tried to destroy Bnei Yisroel by undermining the unity in the house of Yaakov, forcing him to marry to sisters. This tension between brothers is what brought us down to Mitzrayim. Our experience as slaves in Mitzrayim helps us to be a more empathetic and compassionate people, rectifying the original lack of empathy that led the brothers to sell Yosef down to Mitzrayim.
Haggadah - As If You Left Mitzrayim
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
We say in the haggadah that every person should view themselves as if they left Mitzrayim. We discuss three ways that one can understand this practically. First, although we were not the first hand recipients of Hashem's redemption, it is only because of it that we are alive today. Additionally, through this we define our national identity and our connection to all of Klal Yisrael, going beyond our individual selves. As we sit at our Seder table, we are the continuity of our forefathers, living the legacy and passing it on; therefore, they are still considered to be here through us.
Haggadah - The Basis of our Faith
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Our belief in Hashem is grounded in Yetzias Mitzrayim, which our ancestors witnessed firsthand, and passed down the revelation to us. This is different than the belief of Avraham Avinu, who discovered Hashem through looking at the world, and coming to a knowledge of Hashem. We are not commanded to follow the path of belief of Avraham; rather, our belief is from an experience that we saw.
Haggadah as Testimony
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
On the night of Pesach, we are giving testimony about Yetzias Mitzrayim. We testify about Hashem's existence based on what we actually saw and experienced. Therefore, it is important for every person to feel as if they themselves left Mitzrayim. Shabbos is also referred to as eidus, testimony, and we say that it is a remembrance to Yetzias Mitzrayim. The fact that we saw Hashem's hand directly involved in the world enables us to give testimony about Him as the Creator.
Haggadah Series - Part I - Teaching the Foundations of Faith
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
We have constant reminders in our daily tefillos and throughout the Torah that Hashem is our G-d Who took us out of Mitzrayim. There are four explanations to the fundamental question of why it is so important to remember Yetzias Mitzrayim. These concepts form the building blocks of what we are supposed to gain from the seder, and the essential principles of our faith which we give over to our children on seder night.
Haggadah Series - Part II - Questions & Answers - Slavery & Freedom
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The haggadah is written in question answer format in order for us to explain the mitzvos that we are doing on Pesach. Even if a person is alone, he is required to explain the mitzvos of the night through questions and answers. As servants of Hashem, we have the freedom to ask questions, and are told how what we do is the best thing us. This is true liberation--receiving answers to our questions, with the knowledge and understanding that the mitzvos we are doing can help us to reach our full potential.
Haggadah Series - Part III - Identifying with the Jewish People
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the haggadah we read that every person is supposed to view themselves as if he himself left Mitzrayim. This does not require imagination; rather, we need to view ourselves as part of the chain of Klal Yisroel, part of a whole entity that was redeemed from Mitzrayim. It is a matter of our identity. Our tool for conveying this is the power of speech, as we tell over the story to our children. Through the positive power of speech, we are able to build a sense of connection and identity, and know that we are part of something greater, a nation that is bound by a covenant with Hashem that spans time.
Haggadah Series - Part IV - The Home and the Mikdash
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Throughout the geulah process of Sefer Shemos, we are getting back to a place where Hashem's shechinah rests among us, just like it did with the Avos. However, there is a difference between the centralized mishkan, and the presence of Hashem on each and every home. On the original night of Pesach, each home served as the mishkan, with the doorposts serving as the mizbeach, We try to build this special, unique environment of Pesach, bringing people together in the home, united by the presence of Hashem and a greater goal.
Haggadah Series - Part V - The Core Text of the Haggadah - Bikkurim
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The body of the haggadah mainly consists of the concise story of Mitzrayim found in Parshas Bikkurim, rather than the more elaborate descriptions of Sefer Shemos. There are 3 elements that we discuss: a springboard for drashos (deeper explanations), our appreciation for Hashem's miracles, and the answer to the mystery of the missing 5th cup for “V'heiveisi?. We also discuss how to celebrate the Seder without the Beis Hamikdash and Eretz Yisroel.
Haggadah Series 5776 Part I - Sefer HaBris
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In this haggadah series, we learn about different parts of the hagaddah through the ideas of "Sefer Habris"-the eternal bond that Hashem has with the Jewish people for all generations. The mitzvah of bris milah and of korban Pesach are interconnected, as seen explicitly with the blood of both intermingling on the first Pesach. Both of these mitzvos play a critical role in our relationship with Hashem, and the ongoing connection that we have with Him.