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Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

Rabbi Silberberg, a native of Detroit, Michigan, is a renowned scholar known for his sharp wit and vast Talmudic knowledge.

He resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Chaya Mushka and their three children.


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Got a lot more than four questions about Passover?

Go out and get a book about Passover. The Haggadah is one of the most studied texts in Jewish literature; literally thousands of books have been written to explain the Haggadah and elaborating on its every nuance. We particularly recommend the “Passover Haggadah, with Insights from the Teachings of the...

If Pharaoh was so evil, why did G-d create him?

G-d doesn’t create “evil” people, nor does he create “good” people. G-d creates people who have the freedom of choice to be good like Moses, evil like Pharaoh, or anywhere in between. 1 If G-d wanted creations that are robot-like and automatically do good, He would have been...

Is there historical evidence for the Jews being in Egypt?

There is plenty of archeological evidence that indicate that the Jews were enslaved in Ancient Egypt. Many books have been written on this topic, one of them is “Israel in Egypt – Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition” written by James Hoffmeier. Additionally a papyrus was found...

More reasons for the 4 cups of wine at the seder?

Wine is considered to be a royal drink and symbolizes freedom. We drink four cups of wine because of (see Why four cups of wine at the Passover Seder? and) the following reasons: 1. We were liberated from Pharaoh’s four evil edicts: a. The decree which ordered the Jews to work for the Egyptians. b. The...

Why do we need two Seders; is one not enough?

There are those who insist that the second Seder is the creation of some children who wanted a second chance at finding the Afikoman, but Halachic sources indicate otherwise... We have two Seders in the Diaspora (in Israel they only have one Seder) because as Tevye would say, “Tradition,...

Does the Matzah Ball have any meaning?

Not really. On Passover we cannot use flour when we bake or cook because it will become leavened when coming in contact with moisture. Instead we use Matzah meal which is ground Matzahs, for once Matzah is fully baked it cannot become leavened anymore. Hence the Matzah Ball.

Four sons. Four questions. Four cups. For what?

G-d's name is comprised of four letters Y-H-V-H . This specific name of G-d supplies life and energy to all of creation, and therefore all of creation is divided into four categories. For example: 1. There are four primary spiritual worlds: Emanation, Creation, Formation and Action. 2. This...

Why didn't the Rebbe ever visit Israel?

[It is important to note that since the Rebbe took leadership of the Chabad movement in 1951, he never took a day off, and never traveled outside of New York.] There are several possible reasons for why the Rebbe never visited Israel; some of them were voiced by the Rebbe himself in private on...

Why doesn't Chabad select a new Rebbe?

The Rebbe accepted the leadership of Chabad (and world Jewry) in 1951 and became the seventh Chabad Rebbe. In his very first chassidic discourse, he set forth the goal of his "administration": It says in Midrash Rabbah (on Shir Hashirim 5:1) that when the world was first created the Ikar Shechinah...

Shouldn't the most worthy person -- not necessarily the son -- become the next Rebbe?

Priesthood, royalty and high priesthood are just a few of the distinctions that are passed from parent to child. Maimonides writes (Laws of Kings 1:7) "Not only royalty [is passed on from father to son], but all leadership and appointed positions are an inheritance to his son and grandson for perpetuity....

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