Passover night is an excellent example of Judaism's outside apparent dullness that conceals its inner glamor and excitement. To those who lack an appreciation for Judaism's exquisite inner dimension, Passover seems strangling: you can't eat bread or bread derivatives, you have to spend an arm and a leg preparing for the holiday, and you have to work your fingers to the bone – how dull and unattractive to the spiritually unaware! Yet, once one realizes that Passover is true freedom, that our Hagada is a monumental story of our people that is ever so relevant to this day, and that we sit around our Seder table like the sons of royalty, he can begin to recognize the deep inner value of Judaism, which I compare in my feature article this week to The Finest Fabric. In my second article, we see that Spain after the Inquisition was a dangerous place for a Jew: he'd be faced with the choice of death or forced conversion. And here, Shimon and Reuven were shipwrecked... Not Even A Trace is a delightful parable by that I retell from the Ben Ish Chai to help us prepare for Passover.
Rav Shalom Arush asks what it means to be an "outstanding" people, as the Haggada calls us. He says that in the 210 years of the Egyptian exile, there was only one case of breached modesty among the millions of Jewish women; that's why they're called "outstanding"... Don't miss his article Apart from the Rest in our Passover Eve issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
If you'd like to gauge your emuna, read The Emuna Dial by Dr. Zev Ballen.
Leave it to our dragon-slayer Racheli Reckles to tackle subjects that other people get wobbly knees about. Ritalin: the Drug of Choice? is a must-read.
Did you know that Herman Melville, famed author of Moby Dick, made a historical visit to Jerusalem in 1857? Howard Morton's Melville in Jerusalem is priceless testimony that the notion of a Palestinian people is an utter myth - check it out…
Yardena Slater shows how your soul is really a magnet in Sparks of Attraction.
Dovber Halevi offers Five Hacks to Clear Your Mind.
Enjoy, and have a wonderful week with meaningful preparations for Passover.