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Mrs. Shaina Batya Lipskier

Mrs. Shaina Lipskier, an accomplished educator, holds a degree in higher education. She presently teaches at the Chaya Mushka Institute in Dniepropretrovsk, Ukraine, where she resides with her husband DovBer.


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What is Parshat HaChodesh?

Parshat HaChodesh is a special section of the Torah (Exodus 12:1-20) which is read on the Shabbat before the month of Nissan. Or, if Rosh Chodesh Nissan falls out on Shabbat, this section is read on that day. It is read as a preparation for Pesach, and discusses various commandments related to the...

What is Parshat Shekalim?

This special section of the Torah (Exodus 30:11-16) is read on the Shabbat before the month of Adar. Or, if Rosh Chodesh Adar is on Shabbat, Parshat Shekalim is read on that day. Parshat Shekalim discusses the Biblical obligation of Machatzit Hashekel, or Half Shekel, which was a required annual tax to be...

What are the Four Parshiyot?

The "Four Parshiyot" (four portions or four readings), are read as an addition to the regular Shabbat Torah portion, starting on the Shabbat directly preceding the month of Adar. These four portions are not read consecutively, but in commemoration of their designated times. a) Parshat Shekalim, is the Shabbat...

Who lights Shabbat candles?

Each and every Jew is obligated to light Shabbat candles, but it is done by the women of the household, because the primary role and obligation of a woman is her home. In addition, it was the first woman, Eve, who "extinguished" the light of the world by talking Adam into eating from the "Tree...

At what age should a girl start lighting Shabbat candles?

Rabbi Menachem Schneersohn, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, strongly urged that girls start lighting Shabbat candles as soon as they can recite the blessing said before kindling the candles, which is usually around the third birthday. This is also the age when our Matriarch Rebecca began...

Is it preferable to marry a virgin?

Marriage is two entities becoming one, and Judaism reveres and sanctifies this union. The Torah ensures the sanctity of marriage by providing specific guidelines for Jewish family life. Adherence to these guidelines does not start when one becomes of age to marry, but way before then. Interaction between...

How can romaine lettuce be used for the “bitter herbs” if it’s not bitter?

We place Maror (bitter herbs)on our Seder plate to remind us of the embittered lives we led in Egypt. We use romaine lettuce, because it is soft and sweet, but when left in the ground it becomes bitter and tough. So, too, at first the Egyptians sweet-talked the Jews into building cities for Pharaoh,...

Why is there an egg on the Seder Plate?

We place an egg on the Seder Plate to commemorate the Chagiga sacrifice (holiday offering,) which was offered in the Holy Temple on the 14th of Nissan, and eaten during the Seder, along with the Paschal Offering. The meat of the Chagiga constituted the entree of the Passover meal, while the...

How do I arrange my Seder plate?

The Seder plate requires a considerable amount of preparation, and it is best if all preparations are done before the Seder begins... The foundation of the seder plate are the three matzot. We place the three matzot, separated from each other by either a plate, napkin or handkerchief, one on top of the other...

What time can I start my Seder?

The seder cannot begin before nightfall. 1 The mitzvah of drinking four cups of wine and eating the matzah cannot be fulfilled until the night of the 15th of Nissan has arrived. 2 This sometimes means that the seder cannot commence until eight or nine o'clock at night -- depending on your location, and...

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