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Chol HaMo-eid Pesach

Chol HaMo-eid Pesach

Passover Intermediate Days
Exodus 33:12-34:26

Moses said to the Eternal, "See, You say to me, 'Lead this people forward,' but You have not made known to me whom You will send with me. Further, You have said, 'I have singled you out by name, and you have, indeed, gained My favor.'"- Exodus 33:12


On the Shabbat during Passover, we are reminded of the age-old desire to know God. Moses implores God to let him see God. While God will not allow Moses to see God’s face, God tells Moses, “I will make My goodness pass before you…" Perhaps we experience the divine presence through the goodness we create in the world. The Torah then sets forth the thirteen attributes of God, among them that God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. By emulating these very attributes, we create the goodness which allows us to know God.

When do we read Chol HaMo-eid Pesach?

2017 Apr 15 /19 Nisan, 5777


  • By Robert Tornberg

    As someone who has spent over forty years as a Jewish educator, I have always been fascinated by the Pesach seder. In fact, I have often said that it is the most perfect "lesson plan" ever created. The seder, when planned and done well, is truly "experiential education" at its best. It makes use of all five senses, the imagination, the mind (both the right and left sides of the brain), and the heart. I have seen this encounter engage toddlers, teens, university professors, Jews, non-Jews, parents, and grandparents – all at the same time – speaking to each one at a level appropriate for that person.

    Furthermore, the seder is not just an event that takes place and is then forgotten. Over the years, I have come to realize that people who know little about Jewish history or Torah can somehow draw on their Passover memories and tell the story of the Exodus with some credibility. In other words, the "lesson plan" is not simply entertaining and interesting . . . it works!

  • Torah for Tweens

    The Torah reading for Shabbat Chol ha-Mo'eid Pesach describes scenes on Mount Sinai following the incident of the Golden Calf including Moses asking to see God's presence and learning 13 divine attributes (mid

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