Shabbat HaGadol: The Clock Struck Midnight!

Posted by Alex Israel on April 14, 2016
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Pesach, Shabbat HaGadol

At the Seder, three unusual rituals coalesce in a single moment – 1. The filling of Elijah’s Cup, 2. the Opening of the door, and 3. the recital of the prayer “Pour out Thy Wrath”. In this week’s podcast Rabbi Alex Israel discusses how all three rituals fuse into a powerful articulation of pain and longing.

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About Alex Israel

Alex teaches Bible at Pardes and is the Director of the Community Education Program and the Summer Program. Alex was born and raised in London. He holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education London and Bar-Ilan University. Alex studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehudah Amital, and gained Rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate. Click here to read more. You can find books written by Alex by clicking here

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