Parashat Hachodesh: The Purpose of Pesach

Posted by Neima Novetsky on April 5, 2016
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Pesach

At first glance, the Pesach sacrifice and the smearing of blood on doorposts seems to be a protective ritual, designed to ensure that the Israelites were spared during the Plague of First Borns. Why, though, would God need a sign to differentiate Israelite and Egyptian homes? Is it possible that there is more going on here than originally seems? What was the purpose of the Pesach offering?

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About Neima Novetsky

She and her family made aliyah from New York where she founded and directed the Advanced Tanakh Beit Midrash Program at Lincoln Square Synagogue. She has taught at Midreshet Lindenbaum, Midreshet Moriah, the Ma'ayan Institute for Women, and the Princeton University Hillel and has lectured on Biblical topics in various synagogues in both Israel and the USA. She is also a co-founder of a new Tanakh and Parshanut website called 'Al Ha Torah.'

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