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Mitzvot of Pesach

Dr. Shana Strauch Schick / April 2, 2020

It is curious that we recite "hinenei muchan umezuman"- declaring our intent to fuflill a mitzvah at many points during the pesach Seder.  In fact, one of the primary sugyot  addressing whether mizvot require kavvanah focuses on eating matzah on Pesach, and a number of aspects of Pesach touch on questions of intention. In this series of classes we will look at this sugya and related topics dealing with intention and the performance of mizvot concerning Pesach and the status of mental acts such as bitul hametz.


Dr. Shana Strauch Schick

Shana Strauch Schick is a fellow of the Center for Israel Studies at Yeshiva University and teaches Talmud and Halakha in Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalim and Matan in Israel and in the Drisha Summer Kollel. In 2011, she became the first woman to be awarded a PhD in Talmudic Literature from Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University where she also completed an MA in Bible. She studied in the Graduate Program in Advanced Talmud at Stern College and has held Postdoctoral Fellowships at Bar Ilan and Haifa University. Her upcoming book Between Thought and Deed: Intention in Talmudic Jurisprudence examines the role of intentionality in the development of Talmudic law and is being published by Brill.


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