The Straus Center: In Preparation for Pesach

In preparation for Pesach, we invite you to enjoy these videos and articles

Why Do We Open the Door on This Night?

  • Dr. Chaya Sima Koenigsberg, Straus Center Resident Scholar, examines the roots and significance of filling a cup for Elijah the Prophet and opening the door of the home to greet him, culling explanations from legal sources and illuminated manuscripts. Watch here»

Smitten With Sympathy

  • Writing for the Jewish Review of Books, Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern, Straus Center Senior Program Officer, argues that we should not allow misplaced feelings of victimhood toward the Egyptians to cloud the true reasons for Passover’s traditions. Read More»

Superheroes at the Seder

  • Writing for Moment, Samuel Gelman, Straus Center Communications and Program Officer, makes the case for the unifying nature of the Seder and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read More»

Satan at the Seder?

  • Writing for Tablet, Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern, Straus Center Senior Program Officer, looks at the book of Jubilees and the surprising connection it draws between Satan, the Binding of Isaac and the Seder. Read More»

Bread for Thought

  • Writing for YU’s Pesach To-Go, Dr. Chaya Sima Koenigsberg, Straus Center Resident Scholar, explores the historical, halakhic and theological differences between bread and matzah. Read More»

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