Author: Marc Rosenberg

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Chametz vs. Matzah When Bnei Yisrael left Egypt, their oppressors did not give them enough time to wait for their dough to rise, so they had to take it with them as matzos. Throughout slavery, they had never been given time to let their dough rise. Driven by the whip and constant toil, they could bake bread only in haste. Thus,matzah is the bread of slavery, and we still call it “the bread of dependence that our forefathers ate in Egypt.” Matzah symbolizes avdus, social dependence. Its opposite ischametz, which, accordingly, symbolizes independence. Now, Pesach serves as a zikaron,...

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The Myserious Eavsdropper

A Moral Dilemma to Ask Your Family at the Shabbos Table: “The Mysterious Eavesdropper” By Rabbi Yitzi Weiner This week’s Torah portion begins with the purification process for one who has tzaras, a spiritual skin disease. One who has tzaras is called a Metzora. Our Sages (Vayikra Rabba 16) teach that the word Metzora is related to the term Motzie Ra, one who speaks evil. One can become a Metzora for being Motzie Ra, violating the prohibition of speaking Lashon Hara, negative or harmful gossip. The following is a well known, true story but it contains a fascinating moral dilemma. In Israel, two young friends, Rachel and Naomi were once...

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THE THREE FIXINGS OF PESACH SEDER FOODS    Rabban Gamliel lists off Pesach Matzah and Maror as the three foods that one must explain during the Haggadah, otherwise he did not fulfill his obligation to the fullest. The Meforshim question the order of Rabban Gamliel. Maror symbolizes the galus and Matzah and Pesach the geula. Would it not have been more proper to list  the explanation of Maror prior to the elaboration on Pesach and Matzah?The answer is that Pesach, Matzah, and Maror does not only go back to Yetzias Mitzrayim but find their source in the chait of...

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Vegetarian Chili, By Jamie Geller

This delicious chili will melt your taste buds and leave you wanting more. 45 MIN DURATION 35 MIN COOK TIME 10 MIN PREP TIME 6 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped 1 green pepper, seeds and ribs removed, coarsely chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained 2 (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained 2 cups water 1 teaspoon sugar 1 cinnamon stick 3...

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Joy of Kosher- Double Veggie Chesseburgers, By Jamie Geller

Cheeseburgers are usually off limits to even the most liberal yid, These veggie cheeseburgers let you join in on the fun. (and probably taste much better too) 15 MIN DURATION 10 MIN COOK TIME 5 MIN PREP TIME 4 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS 8 frozen veggie burgers 4 hamburger buns, split in half 4 slices Natural & Kosher Mozzarella 4 slices Natural & Kosher Swiss 1 medium red onion, sliced 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced 2 medium ripe tomatoes, sliced 4 lettuce leaves Mustard Ketchup PREPARATION 1. Cook veggie burgers according to package instructions. In the last two minutes of cooking, place mozzarella cheese...

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