Rabbi Avi Weinstein is the Head of Jewish Studies at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Kansas City.
Selections from traditional sources
The commandment to return to God is always within our reach.
Among the curses for those who break the covenant is the inability to provide for themselves.
The concept of peace is deeply ingrained in the Jewish legal and ethical system.
The hero of the Exodus is nearly absent from the Passover account.
Following the deaths of Korach and his followers, Aaron stands between the Angel of Death and the Israelites.
The manna was not only a gift of food, but also a tangible sign of God's relationship with the Children of Israel.
The instruction not to provoke the descendants of Esau reminds us that there is always potential for family reconciliation.
The verses recited when the ark (and today the Torah) was carried remind us of our own restless wanderings.
The days between Passover and Shavuot are a time of great vulnerability and profound opportunity.