Times Will Tell

Podcast: Matzah as meditation: A dissident’s daughter thinks about Exodus

Two Jerusalem teachers, Rachel Sharansky Danziger and Sarah Yehudit Schneider, speak about Passover, the seder and their approach to the Haggadah

Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel.

This week, we’re thinking about Passover, the spring holiday that begins Friday night, April 15.

We speak with two Jerusalem-based teachers and writers who have spent a lot of time studying the Haggadah, the Jewish text read during the Passover seder.

First up is Rachel Sharansky Danziger, a teacher, writer and daughter of Natan Sharansky, the Soviet dissident whose battle for freedom formed the very background of his daughter’s life.

She speaks about the disjointed storytelling of the Haggadah text, and how to think about that story as she teaches it, and her own family history, to her children.

We also speak with Sarah Yehudit Schneider, a teacher of Hasidic philosophy and Kabbalah whose Haggadah, “A Small Still Voice” was recently published.

She shares ideas and thoughts about matzah as a meditative focus and the telling of the Passover story as a form of narrative therapy.

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