Important Passover dates: Evening of Wed, Apr 22, 2024 - Evening of Thu, Apr 30, 2024.
The History of Moses in the Bible
Rabbi David Fohrman - 14 min video - Part 1 of 6
Every hero has an origin story. We are all familiar with Moshe’s origin story. But there is one episode in the story that actually seems quite unfamiliar. On the road back to Egypt with his wife Tzipporah and their two sons, Moshe and his family stop at an inn when the strangest thing happens. God tries to kill Moses! Fortunately, level-headed Tzipporah saves the day by circumcising their second son and then the story suddenly ends. (Yes, this is a real story from the Chumash! Look it up! It’s Exodus 4:24-26.) What a strange story! God was the One who sent Moses to Egypt. Moshe was doing what God told him to do! So why would God try to kill him?! Talk about shooting the messenger! In this newly remastered and reanimated video series, Rabbi Fohrman weaves an interpretation of this story into a larger, magnificent tapestry shedding new light on our origin story - The Exodus.
How To Read The Haggadah: Explanation, Dvar Torah & The Passover Story
Rabbi David Fohrman - 14 min video - Part 1 of 5
Every Passover the Haggadah is read at the festive meal. Some parts are fun, like the singing and exciting stories. But so much of it is boring, and seemingly random! Why are these hodgepodge of stories included? In these videos, Rabbi Fohrman gives new insight into these texts, and teaches us how to really read the Haggadah.
The Exodus Story That Could Have Been
Rabbi David Fohrman - 13 min video - Part 1 of 5
The Exodus story ends in carnage for the Egyptians, and in glorious salvation for the Israelites – but could this story have ended differently? Could the Egyptians also have lived happily ever after? Rabbi Fohrman thinks we can find the answer by noticing some uncanny resemblances to another biblical story. Join us as we explore a new way of reading the Exodus story.
Passover, The Holocaust, & Beyond: What Can We Expect Of Divine Justice?
Rabbi David Fohrman - 20 min video - Part 1 of 5
The enslavement of the Jewish people in Egypt was brutal. Many were murdered, including innocent children. And although God rescued the Jews in the end, one can't help wonder - was that enough? Is there more to the story than what first meets the eye? Join Rabbi Fohrman as he takes a look at God's full response to the great evil that occurred in Egypt, and sheds light on what divine justice really looks like.
Why Did God Permit The Israelites To Become Slaves?
Rabbi David Fohrman - 8 min video - Part 1 of 5
The Exodus story is gripping, emotional, and exciting. But...isn't it also deeply theologically troubling? God freed us from slavery, yes - but why did God allow the Israelites to become enslaved in the first place? Why not skip the whole slavery part, and go straight to the happy ending? Join Rabbi Fohrman on the search for answers, and a deeper understanding about how much we have to be thankful for.
Understanding Yetziat Mitzrayim
Rabbi David Fohrman - 31 min video
On Passover, we celebrate the miracles God performed for the Israelites by freeing them from slavery. But isn’t it strange that right after the Israelites left Egypt God enforced the laws of the Ten Commandments without warning? Join Rabbi Fohrman as he explores this pivotal question by comparing the Ten Commandments with the story of the Burning Bush.
About Passover & Passover Story Videos
The Deep Connection Between the Biblical Holidays
Rabbi David Fohrman - 54 min video - Part 1 of 5
There are several holidays mentioned in the Bible, including the Three Pilgrimage Festivals: Passover, Sukkot and Shavuot. What makes these days more significant than any other holiday? The Bible seems almost elusive when describing these holy days. Join Rabbi Fohrman as he uncovers the secret theme that permeates these days, allowing a deeper understanding of the holiday cycle to emerge.
Passover Model Seder
Rabbi David Fohrman - 1 hour, 23 min video
Rabbi Fohrman and CEO Imu Shalev sit together on Zoom to discuss fresh ideas for your Seder.
Why Did God Choose Israel As His Chosen People
Rabbi David Fohrman - 8 min video - Part 1 of 8
We know what happens in the first few weekly Torah portions of the book of Exodus: God frees the Israelites from slavery, and we, officially become God's chosen people. But what does that actually mean? Join Rabbi Fohrman as he re-examines the biblical text to look for the moment when the Israelites became God's firstborn nation – and see how we can reaffirm our promise to step up to the responsibility of being God's chosen ones, thousands of years later.
Dayenu In The Passover Haggadah
Rabbi David Fohrman - 1 hour, 21 min video
Singing Dayeinu: Would It Really Have Been Enough? What do the lyrics of Dayeinu song really mean?
Origins Of The Firstborn Nation
Rabbi David Fohrman - 1 hour, 52 min video - Part 1 of 10
The story of the Exodus reminds us of the experience of our ancestors, the Israelites, and their freedom from Egypt. And the climax, of the story, right before they're all taken out of Egypt, is when the Israelites bring the Korban Pesach, the Passover offering. Today, when we think of that story, we can't help but ask...what is the Passover offering all about? And, Rabbi Fohrman asks, how meaningful can the Exodus be to us today, if we don't understand the Passover offering at all?
What Is Taanit Bechorot?
Beth Lesch - 7 min video
Taanit Bechorot commemorates the tenth and final plague in the Passover story -- when God killed all of the firstborn Egyptians, but spared those of the Israelites. To remember, firstborns fast. But what’s interesting about Taanit Bechorot is that most firstborns don’t actually fast. Instead, there’s another tradition of joining a se’udat mitzvah -- a special kind of religious meal, whose joy overrides the fast. So, if no one's fasting, why are we even celebrating this day? Join us as we explore this unique question by reexamining the language used to describe God’s firstborn child, the Israelites -- and never think of Taanit Bechorot the same way again.
What Is The Main Theme Of Passover?
Immanuel Shalev - 7 min video
If Passover was really about freedom, then why didn’t God take the Israelites out of Egypt sooner? Why did he have to go through all of the trouble of making plagues? Join Imu as he explores this pivotal question by re-examining the Exodus text, and never read the Passover story the same way again.
The Meaning of Hallel
Rabbi David Fohrman - 56 min video - Part 1 of 7
We add the prayer service of Hallel on holidays, but what exactly are we saying? Is it just a collection of Psalms? In this course, Rabbi Fohrman argues that not only are we learning what it is to be a servant of God, but we are also discovering the origins of the nation of Israel.
Passover Learning & Divrei Torah
How To Read The Passover Haggadah
Reading the Haggadah is one of many rituals of the Passover Seder – but it can be difficult to read. Sometimes we mumble our way through it, without real comprehension. This Haggadah outlines guides you through the important messages in Maggid.
The Exodus You Almost Passed Over: Chapter 1
Is there more to the Exodus story than we think we know? Rabbi Fohrman's book reveals a side of the ancient Exodus saga that illuminates not just our past, but our future, and tells not only of our freedom, but of our destiny. Take a peek at Chapter 1 for free.
The Meaning of Passover (Pesach)
Passover commemorates God’s redemption of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery, but it is also monumental for another significant reason – becoming God’s chosen people. Today we observe Passover for seven days starting with a spiritual and symbolic Seder dinner.
Before the Israelites became a nation, it was just a promise, made by God to His faithful servant Abraham. God told Abraham that his descendants would become a great nation in the land of Israel, but first, they would be enslaved and made to suffer in a foreign land. Sure enough, several generations later, the descendants of Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, were enslaved by Egypt, the greatest power of the Middle East at the time.
Pesach, or Passover, commemorates the beginning of the fulfillment of God’s promise. God freed the people and set them on the path that would lead them to Israel and to greatness. In the process, God brought the mighty Egypt to its knees with a series of powerful miracles, including the ten plagues and the splitting of the Red Sea. The last plague, the killing of the Egyptian firstborns, as the Israelite firstborns were passed over, is what we commemorate with the name of the holiday, Passover.
Each year, Jews celebrate this pivotal moment in their national history by retelling the Exodus story at a special ceremonial dinner called a Seder. Special symbolic foods, such as Matzah, Marror and salt water represent different aspects of the slavery and the redemption. Additionally, no leavened bread is eaten for all seven days of Pesach, to commemorate the unleavened bread the people ate in their hurry to leave Egypt.
Passover is undoubtedly one of the most important moments in our nation’s history. But it also begets many questions. For instance, why is the holiday named after a small detail in the story, when the Israelite firstborns were “passed over”, and not the other mind-blowing miracles? And, why did God even use ten plagues against the Egyptians? After all, couldn’t He have whisked the entire nation out on a magic carpet, and called it a day? And, perhaps most perplexing, why was the enslavement of the people a part of God’s promise of Abraham? Why was it necessary? Our videos and guides address these questions to help you develop a deeper understanding of Passover.
The Exodus You Almost Passed Over
Consider this question: Doesn’t the name “Passover” seem a bit strange? It seems like a fairly minor detail in the story... that God "passed over" the houses of the Israelites during the Tenth Plague and didn't kill their firstborn. But the story of the Exodus from Egypt is much bigger than that one detail! Wouldn't it make more sense to call the holiday "Freedom Day" or "Independence Day" or "Liberation from Egypt Day"?
And while you're pondering that, here's another question: Why did the Exodus have to be so complicated? Couldn’t an All-Powerful deity have teleported the Israelites out of Egypt and spared everyone the messy hassle of the Ten Plagues? And a related question: Was it really fair that God hardened Pharaoh's hard, and then punished him for saying: "No!"?
In his full-length book, The Exodus You Almost Passed Over, Rabbi Fohrman answers these questions and more. He reveals a side of the Exodus story that illuminates not just our past, but our future, and tells not only of our freedom, but of our destiny. This book will uncover secrets that lay hidden in this ancient and sacred saga: the Exodus you thought you knew. Download the first chapter for free.