Let My People Go

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Jason Aronson, Incorporated, Apr 18, 2002 - Religion - 192 pages
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Let My People Go: Insights to Passover and the Haggadah offers an analysis of ancient and modern perspectives on the themes of slavery and freedom. Rabbi Jeffrey M. Cohen provides an original interpretation of the central biblical sources of Passover, with particular focus on the Haggadah and its manifold rituals. Topics discussed include, Why We Were Slaves in Egypt, Is Freedom a Jewish Concept?, The Symbolism of the Paschal Lamb, The Four Cups of Wine, The Challenge of the Omer Period, and more. Rabbi Cohen brings to the reader indispensable insights of this festive holiday, while he enriches the celebration of the Seder and enlightens the reading of the Haggadah. Rabbi Cohen currently serves as rabbi of the Stanmore Synagogue in London, England, the largest Orthodox congregation in Europe, and is a past member of the Chief Rabbi’s cabinet.
 

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Contents

The Fertility of the Early Israelites
1
Why we were Slaves in Egypt
11
Is Freedom a Jewish Concept?
23
A Nation of Survivors
29
Searching for the Chametz and the Origin of Pesach
39
The Symbolism of the Paschal Lamb
45
Why Moses is not Mentioned in the Haggadah
87
The Four Cups of Wine
93
Not Just Once but in Every Generation
121
R Eleazars Dispute with the Sages
125
A Problem Verse in Dayyenu
135
Rabban Gamaliel Used to Say
143
The Message of Hillels Sandwich
151
The Spirit of the Shirah
157
Marital Lessons from Shir Hashirim
163
The Challenge of the Omer Period
171

Four Sons or One?
103
The Son without Questions
109
Dislodging the Wicked Sons Teeth
115
Lag bOmer and World Reconciliation
177
Index
185
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Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey M. Cohen has distinguished himself in the field of religious affairs as a broadcaster, lecturer, writer, and reviewer. A graduate of Jews’ College, London, and the Yeshivot of Manchester and Gateshead, he gained a first class honors degree and a master’s degree in philosophy from London University and a Ph.D. from Glasgow University. He is the author of fourteen books – the most recent being Prayer and Penitence: A Commentary on the High Holy Day Machzor, Following the Synagogue Service, 1,001 Questions and Answers on Pesach, 1,001 Questions and Answers on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as over 300 articles. Rabbi Cohen currently serves as senior rabbi of the Stanmore Synagogue in London, England, the largest Orthodox congregation in Europe, and is a past member of the Chief Rabbi’s cabinet. He and his wife Gloria have four children and ten grandchildren.

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