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Section: Questions   Category: Hashkafa
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Hashkafa - gemara
Submitted by michael gray  Answered by Rabbi Tzvi Frank
Question: how come r shach was so against learning few blatt and learning slow yet in all the yeshivas in america they learn about ten blatt in an entire winter zman who are we to argue with the gado, hador and he said to learn at least 2 blatt a week biyun

Hi Michael,

I believe the answer to that question is that American Roshei Yeshiva feel/felt that intellectual stimulation is imperative to keep today's American youth within the walls of the bais medrash. They are not arguing whether R' Shach's derech halimud is correct. Indeed, they themselves grew into the Roshei Yeshiva that they have become through Rav Shach's m'halach. The question is, with today's environment in America, is learning with the "correct" derech enough to prevent our bochurim from seeking their intellectual stimulation elsewhere? Eis laasos L'Hashem!

Your comments are welcome!


posted:2008-04-22 14:53:53  (1) comment   email to a friend

Hashkafa - "Zissen" Pesach
Submitted by Susan Glodstein  Answered by Rabbi Tzvi Frank
Question: What does the word Zissen translate to? I know we always say have a zissen Pesach, but I don't know what it means.

Hi Susan!

Zissen translates simply into "sweet"

Have a sweet Peasach!

posted:2008-04-15 10:48:05  (0) comments   email to a friend

Hashkafa - Elijah's cup
Submitted by Ben Lazar  Answered by Rabbi Tzvi Frank
Question: Is there a reliable source that Elijah \\'drinks\\' From his cup at the Seder?

Hi Ben,

 To date I haven't found a source for this legend.

Actually, it is not clear from all sources that Eliyahu actually visits the Seder but rather that it is only symbolic that we hope and pray for him to come. There are sources though who do indeed feel that Eliyahu visits the seder similar to a bris and that we anounce Boruch Habaah! at the time of the door opening to welcome his visit. No mention of sipping the wine though...

I would not dismiss this legend out of hand though. More research is required. My experience shows that minhagim held as true by a good portion of klal yisrael usually started from somewhere. We just have to keep looking.

 Hope this helps,


posted:2008-04-15 10:35:28  (0) comments   email to a friend

Hashkafa - Where oh Where has Pesach Gone?
Submitted by Daniel F  Answered by Rabbi Tzvi Frank
Question: I remember when i was a kid and pesach meant matza and potatoes. Pesach food has become so sophisticated it seems like it's more gourmet than all year round; noodles and all. I thought Pesach was about going back to the basics foodwise. Am i a hopeless old traditionalist or is there a basis for what i am saying in halacha/hashkafa?

Hi Dan,

Pesach is about going back to the basics?

I don't think that the issue at hand is about Pesach at all. Provided that the ingredients are kosher for Pesach there should be no halachic problem.

I mean where do you draw the line? A really talented balabusta can produce a mouth watering Pesach cake that rivals most of the mediocre fare I have to deal with throughout the year. I remember when Pesach cakes meant this dry, eggshell pitted, yellow mass that would have permanently glued your tongue to your palate were it not for the borsht that came to the rescue. I see no one proclaiming how dare that woman bake such a delicious tasting cake! Stick to the Macaroons like in the Alte Heim! Farkert, the more effort you put into simchas yom tov and oineg yom tov the more you'll be rewarded (quite literally).

The issue at hand is why are we so "megusham" that we experience a void when we lack Kosher LaPesach Pepperoni Pizza? Why do we feel withdrawal symptoms when Kosher LaPesach meatballs and spaghetti are not on the menu? The manufacturers are only supplying a demand for these products. I have no issue with them. Once these products are available with a reliable hashgocho, I have no problem with their consumption. The issue is rather with the source of this demand; for it reveals a real and thriving connection with our gashmiyos when in truth we are a nation that strives to be connected with ruchniyos. This is unsettling to the older generation. They see an alarming indication that our priorities are perhaps polluted due to the relative comfort in which we find ourselves and that is why they are quick to point out how frugally they themselves were raised.

I quite agree to this sentiment. I would continue expanding upon this thought but my Kosher LaPesach Pancakes are getting cold. Would you know if they came out with Kosher LaPesach maple syrup yet?

posted:2008-04-14 10:13:23  (0) comments   email to a friend

Hashkafa - Passover-I don't speak Hebrew
Submitted by lula clements  Answered by Rabbi Tzvi Frank
Question: When is the Real Passover? I have heard the true day is Nisan{April} 14 followed by the 7 days of unleavened bread. 2ndly: Nisan 20 ending on the 27? Can you help me? I want the TRUTH.

Hi Lula,

 Yes. Passover begins at Sundown April 19th (Saturday night) and ends on Sunday night, April 27th.

Ouside of Israel, the Seder is held on the first two nights, Saturday night and Sunday night.


Kind regards,

Tzvi Frank

posted:2008-04-14 08:42:14  (1) comment   email to a friend

Hashkafa - Pesach Seder Topics
Submitted by C. Kluger  Answered by Rabbi Tzvi Frank
Question: Should one spend time and focus on the Pesach Seder recounting his own nissim or is it better to say divrei torah on the hagada. Our grandparents who were saved from the Holocaust could do the recounting pretty well. But what do we really have to say for ourselves?

Hi C.!

 There is a minhag brought down in sefarim that one should recount his own nissim that he personally experienced and one should articulate his own individual ge'ula from shi'bud l'cheirus. Some mefarshim explain "v'noimar l'fanuv shira chadasha" in this manner as it is presented b'lashon hoiveh rather than in the past tense.

Nevertheless, the main chiyuv of Pesach night is definitely Sippur Y'tzias Mitzrayim which includes expounding on the Haggadah. So, if an individual did indeed go through an unfortunate period of shi'bud and subsequently was redeemed and went out l'cheirus, according to the above mentioned minhag, he should apportion some time to relate his own personal "nes" to his children. On the other hand those of us in current times, who B'chasdei Hashem are growing up in a malchus shel chesed, should rather focus on Sippur Yitzius Mitzrayim like the rest of Klal Yisrael for thousands of years.

 May we all be zoicheh to see the true ge'ulah, b'vias HaMoshiach and personally be able to recount to our children the nissim that Hashem will do for us Bekarov B'yamaeinu.

Tzvi Frank

posted:2008-04-09 14:39:45  (0) comments   email to a friend

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