We all know how we want our Seder night to be, but there are usually surprises along the way - that's part of the Passover turf. Why, As Rabbi Shalom Arush teaches us, Passover is the holiday of emuna, and you don't strengthen emuna by eating chocolate ice-cream...
Imagine coming home from synagogue and looking forward to start your Seder, but the house is flooded. No joke - this is a true story as you can see in The Aquatic Seder, Rav Shalom Arush's Passover message in this week's special Pesach issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Here's a moving story about my father, of blessed memory: At the time, I was ten or eleven years old. It was the first day of Passover, and I was in the local Conservative synagogue with my father for Passover services. "Pop" was by no means religious, for his father had already left the fold of observant Judaism when he left the pogroms of Ukraine for Canada, but he had a really warm Jewish soul. He loved every Jew, respected Torah scholars and was constantly giving charity. He had the burly exterior of a kid who grew up on the tough side of town and of a World War II veteran, but underneath it, he had the softest heart in the world. Seeing a sick baby would bring tears to his eyes. Seeing a poor person would break his heart. But hearing anyone badmouth Jews would make his blood boil... don't miss the rest of Four Sons, all at the Table.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev's famous story about the two vagabond guests for Passover teaches that we should always have patience, otherwise we’ll miss the treats on the way, as we see in The Bitter Herbs.
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach teaches that Seder night is when we tell our children there is one G-d. There is one Torah. There is Eretz Yisrael. There's no time to waste - there's much to do in One Short Night...
Rebbetzen Chana Bracha Siegelbaum gives us a beautiful explanation of women's role at the Seder Table with Four Cups, Four Mothers.
While we're on the subject of Seder night, can you guess why it is God's Favorite Night...
You'll find a treasury of more Passover articles here.
To round out this week's Breslev Israel web-mag, see these great articles:
Racheli Reckles: Abusing Antibiotics, a must-read, especially if you have children.
Dr. Zev Ballen: The Double Bind, how to escape a negative pattern.
Yehudit Channen: Golden Years - is there life past 60?
Dovber Halevi: Hi-tech and the Chafetz Chaim: did teh Chafetz Chaim envision smartphones?
Lori Steiner: The Emuna 26 - practical points of emuna.
Shai Mor: A Time to Shine, a tale of two sons...
Important Reminder! There are only 24 hours left to fulfill the mitzva of Kimcha D'Pischa. Don't miss out! Big Beams Blessings for a wonderful week and a joyous Passover!