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I Am a Thief

Why Do We Begin Our Seder With a Declaration That We Are Slaves?!

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This women's class was presented on Tuesday Parshas Metzorah, 4 Nissan, 5779, April 9, 2019 at the Ohr Chaim Shul, Monsey, NY


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    Ruthy -5 years ago

    Thank you again for the Torah you share. It really is molding me and those around me. I am the grateful mother with a part time job so time is at a premium for me. Your shiurim, however, are a priority for me.....they infuse me with energy,inspiration, and perspective which carry me through my day. I have a tremendous thirst to learn, to grow, and to understand and your shiurim really hit the spot as you weave beautiful tapestries of textual a analysis, deeper meaning, emotional perspective, beautiful stories, and of course, great jokes.
    I am grateful to have grown up in a frum home and for having received an excellent Jewish education. I am grateful to be able to continue that education at this stage of my life. Thank you on behalf of myself and also on behalf of all of my family and friends who have been hearing your name a lot lately as I quote you.
    Chag Kasher vesameach.

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  • Anonymous -5 years ago

    Interesting class.

    One thing that I don't see is the voice of Paro within people. Most people are thinking that they are the most righteous and intelligent people. They know what is best for themselves and for all humanity. Have you seen the latesr vaccine discussions?

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    Kalman -5 years ago

    gnivat daat

    It often happens when an incorrect translation of the text leads to a distortion of the true understanding of the text itself. For example, the text says:

    דֶּרֶךְ שְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים נֵלֵךְ בַּמִּדְבָּר וְזָבַחְנוּ לַיהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ כַּאֲשֶׁר יֹאמַר אֵלֵינוּ


    Translation :

    "For three days we will go to the desert and offer sacrifices to the Lord, our Gd, as He tells us."

    דֶּרֶךְ שְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים

    Three days of travel means distance, not time. This is the distance it takes to take three days. Moshe never said they would leave for three days. And there was no theft of knowledge (gnivat daat).

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    Leah Schloss -5 years ago

    Since Pesach this year is on Shabbos all women should take a rest after Licht Bentchen. No more cooking or cleaning. I believe we will be more rested than the men.


    Gut Yom Tov


    These shiurim make my cleaning much more pleasant. I love erev Pesach

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      Kalman -5 years ago

      In continuation of the previous post:

      וַיֻּגַּד לְמֶלֶךְ מִצְרַיִם כִּי בָרַח הָעָם וַיֵּהָפֵךְ לְבַב פַּרְעֹה וַעֲבָדָיו אֶל הָעָם וַיֹּאמרוּ מַה זֹּאת עָשִׂינוּ כִּי שִׁלַּחְנוּ אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל מֵעָבְדֵנוּ

      And it was reported to the king of Mizraim that the people fled, and Paro’s heart and his servants changed to the people, and they said: What have we done by releasing Israel from serving us.(Beshalach 14:5)

      There are commentaries stating - wherever the people are written - it means erev rav. 

      And even the verse itself says that the people  fled, and Israel was released. So we are talking about Erev Rav, who fled with Israel, which was released.

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Women's Pesach Class

Rabbi YY Jacobson

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