Tag Archives: Passover



April 8, 2018

Let’s Talk Torah – Episode 33

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April 8, 2018. Special guest in studio is Rob Roth to discuss AIPAC and what the organization stands for. Other topics discussed are Isru Chag, Land of Israel, Circumcision and Passover, Passover being the holiday of freedom, plus trending news and the word and letter of the week. 

    March 25, 2018

    Let’s Talk Torah – Episode 32

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    March 25, 2018. Joined by special guest Hy Safran. Topics include Achdus and the Jewish people, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Passover sacrifice, and many more. With trending news and the word and letter of the week. 

      March 18, 2018

      Let’s Talk Torah – Episode 31

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      March 18, 2018. Special guest Abraham Ben Ze’ev joins Rabbi Tzvi. Discussion topics include: Vayikra, Small children/small aleph, sacrifices, passover, trending news and of course the letter and word of the week and much more. 

        March 11, 2018

        Let’s Talk Torah – Episode 30

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        March 11, 2018. Special guest Jason Goldis in studio. Topics are Vayakhel – Pekudei, Building the Tabernacle, Jewish Values, The Sabbath and many more including trending news and the word of the week. 

          January 21, 2018

          Let’s Talk Torah – Episode 23

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          January 21, 2018. Tzvi and Peter discuss the Torah in depth as well as children and holidays and individual definition of “fair.” Continuing with plagues; more specifically the 10th plague which is of the first born. Hardening Pharaoh’s heart, passover sacrifice and circumcision were also covered. 

            March 30, 2018

            What’s With the Number 4?

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            Did you ever notice how many times the number 4 comes up at the Passover seder?

            There are
            4 cups of wine,
            4 questions,
            4 sons, and
            4 steps to the salvation from Egypt.

            Is there anything special about this number in regards to Passover?

            The Vilna Gaon (an 18th century Torah scholar) explains, during the time of the Temple, when a person wanted to thank G-d, he would bring a special thank you offering. There were 4 people who were required to bring this sacrifice (others could also bring this sacrifice but in 4 cases it was an obligation): a person who crossed a sea, a person who crossed a desert, a person who was healed, and a person who got out of jail. If you think about it, you will notice all these happened to the Jewish people when they left Egypt.

            We went out into the desert, crossed the Red Sea, left the jail of Egypt, and the Talmud says all the sick were miraculously healed. The night of Passover is one in which we need to remember to thank G-d for all the miracles he did for us, and the number 4 helps us remember them.

            Think about it!


            About the Author

            Rabbi Tzvi Jacobson, Host of Let’s Talk Torah on the New Radio Media Community Channel

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            Let's Talk Torah on New Radio Media

            I am the Director of Development and the 3rd Grade Judaic studies teacher for Yeshivas Darchei Torah located in Southfield, Michigan. In these roles, I am able to pursue both my passions; teaching children and meeting people from all walks of life who share an interest in the education of children.

            I love to be challenged; whether in the classroom helping a child with learning or behavior difficulties, or helping Yeshivas Darchei Torah meet its financial obligation.

            As a teacher, I like to keep my students guessing what’s next. Whether it’s puppet shows, stories, trips or programs, my classroom is always warm and exciting. I enjoy studying Torah, and I love to share.

            March 26, 2018

            Matzah – Poor Man’s Bread or Free Man’s bread?

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            Matzah plays a central role during Passover. There seem to be conflicting rationales about why we eat the Matzah. Early in the Hagadah, we pick up a broken piece of Matzah and say that this is the poor man’s bread that we ate in Egypt. It was food fed to slaves, cheap and easy to make, plus it was filling.

            Later in the Hagadah, we say that we are eating the Matzah to show how fast we left Egypt. The morning after the plague of the firstborn, the Egyptians rushed us out of their country and didn’t even give us time for our dough to rise.

            So, which one is it? When we are sitting at our Seder reciting the Hagadah, we are actually accomplishing two things. First, we are telling our children (and ourselves) that at one time we were slaves. That’s the “poor man’s bread.” Then we need to understand what we are celebrating on Passover; that G-d took us out of Egypt and the speed with which He took us out. This is also symbolized when we eat Matzah.

            When you are crunching on your Matzah remember these lessons: we were once slaves and G-d freed us, so that we could serve Him. Something to think about when you eat your Matzah.

            Think about it!


            About the Author

            Rabbi Tzvi Jacobson, Host of Let’s Talk Torah on the New Radio Media Community Channel

            Get it on Google Play Download on the App Store

            Let's Talk Torah on New Radio Media

            I am the Director of Development and the 3rd Grade Judaic studies teacher for Yeshivas Darchei Torah located in Southfield, Michigan. In these roles, I am able to pursue both my passions; teaching children and meeting people from all walks of life who share an interest in the education of children.

            I love to be challenged; whether in the classroom helping a child with learning or behavior difficulties, or helping Yeshivas Darchei Torah meet its financial obligation.

            As a teacher, I like to keep my students guessing what’s next. Whether it’s puppet shows, stories, trips or programs, my classroom is always warm and exciting. I enjoy studying Torah, and I love to share.