The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

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Haggadah of the Inner Seder

Use this haggadah to unlock the mysteries and hidden structure of the seder. Based on the Beit Midrash Ruach v'Lev session on "Unlocking the Mysteries of the Haggadah".

Two source sheets on immigration and the stranger

One from R' David Siff, one from R' David Seidenberg

A Kavvanah for Bedikat Chametz

On the earth and soil and afra d'ara

A Stolner Dance Nigun for second Seder and the Omer

This nigun is sung for hours on the second night of Pesach after counting the first night of the Omer in Brooklyn. It's a great nigun for any Chasidish dancing, and for any night of the Omer!

Waking Up the Chamets!

A strange rule about Chamets can teach us some profound lessons.

How to count the omer!

Each day between the beginning of Passover and Shavuot gets counted, 49 days in all, 7 weeks of seven days. Here are the words we say and some of the meaning behind the ritual.


iPhone app and **Android** app to count the Omer!!!

Birkat Ha-ilanot

Once a year there is Jewish custom is to say a special blessing on flowering fruit trees. It happens in spring, especially during the Omer, but it's also a good teaching for Tu Bish'vat. You'll also find some other good tree texts here.

The Omer Widget

Get the Omer Counter widget! Plus other pages on the Omer.

Yachats: Sharing the Broken Piece

At Yachats we split the middle matsah, inviting the stranger to share a fragment of broken matsah that wouldn't be even enough for one.

Sparks of Pesach

The Besh"t on the Pesach sacrifice and raising the holy sparks.

The Mystery of Charoset

There's one important symbol that we don't explain or mention even once in the Passover seder: the charoset. Why?

B'tseis Yisroel

A nigun for the second Psalm of Hallel, B'tseit Yisrael, "When Israel went out of Egypt..."

V'hi She'amdah

A dance nigun to replace the tune most folks know for "V'hi She'amdah".

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