Have Questions or Comments?
Leave us some feedback and we'll reply back!

    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Phone Number)

    In Reference to

    Your Message


    Pesach preparations

    are complex and multi-
    faceted. Way before

    Pesach, many people
    personally go to the
    matzah bakery and
    physically assist in the
    baking of the matzos,
    fulfilling the Talmudic dictum, “Mitzvah bo
    yotzeir m’b’shlucho – It is a greater mitzvah
    to do it yourself than to do it through an
    agent.” Then, there are those who go the extra
    mile and bake mitzvah matzos after chatzos,
    midday, on erev Pesach itself. Of course, there
    is the seasonal cleansing of the entire house,
    the office, one’s cars, lockers and everywhere
    else. These are not only time-consuming;
    they are also a barometer of our sincerity
    and dedication to fulfill Hashem’s will. Then,
    there is the specific Pesach shopping, both
    for the Pesach hardware and the Pesachdige
    food, but also for the clothing and accessories
    in honor of the festival that celebrates the
    birth of the Jewish People.
    But, there is another vital part of preparing
    for Pesach that is sometimes overlooked
    in the midst of the hectic hustle and bustle
    of this frenetic season. This is the crucial
    mitzvah of passing the essential traditions of
    Yiddishkeit to our children at the Seder table.
    On this Night of Heritage, when we have the
    opportunity to etch the fundamentals of our

    faith into our children and grandchildren’s
    memory banks, it behooves us to spend time
    in preparation for this monumental task. One
    should spend at least as much time preparing
    a curriculum to pass over to his descendants
    as he spends time looking for a suit, shirt,
    shoes and tie.
    Although we might be tempted to kick back
    our heels, recline, and listen to our children’s
    many p’shotim that they garnished in Yeshiva
    or from their own hard work, we must know
    that the directive of v’higadeta l’vincha, to
    teach your child, is a Biblical mandate for a
    father to forge another link in the chain of the
    Jewish People, and thereby connecting his
    children with that royal and lofty chain which
    goes all the way back to Hashem taking us
    our of Mitzrayim.
    When preparing our presentation for the
    Seder, we must know our children. If sibling
    rivalry is a problem, we should discuss the
    fact that it was the hatred of the brothers to
    Yosef that led to us selling him as a slave. This
    in turn generated the punishment wherein we
    should be sold down to slavery in Egypt.
    Thus, the Seder table can become a spirited
    springboard for discussing how important it
    is that brothers and sisters not fight among
    If we find that our children are being
    seduced by the styles and fashions of the
    secular world, we should put emphasis

    on what the Haggadah says, “She’Bnei
    Yisroel hayu mitzuyanim sham,” that Klal
    Yisroel remained distinct when in Egypt.
    Even in the throes of the degradation and
    indignities of slavery, they maintained their
    sense of modesty and distinctive Jewish garb
    The fact that Ukraine is at war is definitely
    on everyone’s mind. So, while we eat the
    bitter herbs and stimulate a remembrance of
    the suffering of our ancestors thousands of
    years ago, we should point out to our children
    how it is even more important to think about
    the suffering and the terror of our brethren in
    the Ukraine and in Russia during these times
    of danger.
    Rav Shach, Zt”l, Zy”a, would never eat
    breakfast from 8:00 to 8:30 in the morning. He
    exclaimed that when hundreds of thousands
    of secular Jewish children start their school
    day without saying Krias Shema, how could
    he eat? Lessons such as these are examples
    of the legacy we want to carve and engrave
    in the memory banks of our beloved children.
    When the Seder conductor announces
    “Boreich,” it is time to bentch, we can point
    out to our families that on the anniversary
    of the birth of the Jewish People, we should
    realize that we were chosen specifically for
    our dedication to show appreciation and
    thanks to Hashem for all the gifts of life.
    The posuk says, “Am zu yetzarti li, tehilasi

    yisapeiru – This nation I have created to
    relate My praises.” Thus, in a very real way,
    one of the main reasons we eat is to be able
    to fulfill our Jewish destiny with the privilege
    of bentching. Indeed, when Rav Shach
    was asked what he attributed his amazing
    longevity to, he answered that he always
    bentched from a bentcher. It is practical
    lessons like these that leave a lasting and vital
    impression on our children.
    May Hashem bless us with the wisdom to
    impart to our children the essential teachings
    of our Holy Torah and in that merit may we
    be blessed with good health, happiness and
    everything wonderful.