Rav Kook on the Haggadah with Yiscah Smith: Part 4 — Yachatz/Dividing the Middle Matzah

Posted by Yiscah Smith on February 27, 2017
Topics: Rav Kook on the Haggadah with Yiscah Smith, Pesach

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In this episode of Rav Kook on the Haggadah, Yiscah Smith discusses Yachatz/Dividing the middle matzah. In a person’s journey to freedom, discover why not only the ends are important, but the means as well; each step along the path contains important meaning in and of itself.


Rav Kook on the Haggadah with Yiscah Smith is a 10-part series that explores some of Rav Kook’s commentaries on the Haggadah. The focus will be on moving from the space of spiritual slavery to freedom, from a limited consciousness to an expanded consciousness, from fear based behavior to compassion based behavior, as inspired by excerpts from Rav Kook’s “Olat Ha Ra’ayah.”

It’s never too early to prepare for Pesach and many of us find, with our busy lives, that we don’t have the opportunity to glance at the Haggadah until just a few days before the Seder. It leaves us feeling, “if I only had more time to prepare.” And now we do.

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About Yiscah Smith

Yiscah is an adjunct faculty member at Pardes. She is a Jewish educator, spiritual activist and published author who addresses the spiritual dimension of authentic living. Yiscah employs her own story of ​the joys and struggles with her own spirituality, gender identity and commitment to authentic living​. As one who transitioned from a Chabad man to an observant woman, she presents topics in an accessible and vivid style, from both a personal and a text-based perspective. Click here to read more.

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