It is customary to replace the Eruv Chatzerot this Friday
The first Seder is Next Friday Night
Shalom and Bracha!
This Shabbat we read the portion of
Tzav which means command. Rashi comments that the word Tzav in
this portion is an encouragement immediately and for all
generations. Although this week is the second week that deals
with the offerings in the Temple, the word Tzav is mentioned
here. Rashi explains that this section is speaking about the
Olah, the offering that was fully offered to Hashem and the
Kohen ate nothing. Where there is a financial loss, there is a
need for special encouragement. The word Tzav also means
binding. When we are ready to endure a loss for Hashem, it
creates and reveals as stronger and deeper bond than previously.
Rashi comments that this is an encouragement for all
generations. With the current financial strains, many of us are
faced with difficult choices. Maintaining our standards of
Shabbat, Kashrut, education and charity can become a challenge.
The word Tzav in this week’s portion teaches us that Hashem has
already blessed us with the strength to forge forward and that
by doing so and enduring the hardships we receive a much deeper
connection to Hashem and as a result a tremendous blessing.
Much of the portion describes the
consecration of Aharon and his children as Kohanim, priests of
Hashem. The very conclusion of the portion is that Aharon and
his sons did as Hashem commanded Moshe. Rashi comments that this
teaches their praiseworthiness because they didn’t veer to the
right or the left. Seemingly, what is so great? Would we imagine
they had done otherwise? Hashem Himself had just commanded them!
Rashi is actually alerting us to a great lesson. When a person
is raised to a position of importance, he tends to become
haughty and egotistical. His reliance upon his own
opinion becomes greater. In our relation with Hashem, the
opposite must be true. As we become closer to Hashem, we must
become more aware that His greatness and His wisdom are
unfathomable. Our total subjugation to His will must
become even greater. The greatness of Aharon and his sons was
that although they were raised to the highest office of the
Jewish people, their humility towards Hashem grew. This is also
the lesson of Matzah, which represents humility.
The Shabbat before Pesach is called Shabbat
Hagadol, the great Shabbat. This is because of the great miracle
that occurred on this Shabbat. The Jewish people were commanded
to take the Pesach lamb on the tenth of Nissan, four days before
slaughtering it. That day was Shabbat. The lamb was the idol of
the Egyptians. Readiness to slaughter the lamb was a tremendous
act of self-sacrifice. When Moshe initially spoke to Pharaoh, he
told him that the Jews must perform their offering outside of
Egypt because the Egyptians would surely stone the Jews for
slaughtering sheep. Holding a lamb for four days, in preparation
for slaughter, was an even greater act of courage. Nevertheless,
imbued with faith in Hashem and the coming redemption, The Jews
followed Moshe’s command.
Upon seeing the Jew’s taking sheep into
their homes, the Egyptians asked them what they are doing. They
responded that in four days they would slaughter the lambs, and
then Hashem would kill all of the firstborn Egyptians. Upon
hearing this, the firstborn Egyptians rebelled, demanding the
release of the Jews. Many Egyptians were killed quelling the
The reason that this is called a “great”
miracle is that although many times our enemies have been given
over into our hands, or defeated by Hashem, here the Egyptians
were smitten by there own, by their firstborn. The firstborn
represent the epitome, the cream of the crop. By the Jews
selflessly fulfilling the will of Hashem, the epitome of evil
became a tool to smite evil and pave the path to redemption.
Further, the merit of their self sacrifice made them worthy of
the redemption. May Hashem grant us the miracle of redemption
Tuesday, March 31st, marks the Lubavitcher
Rebbe’s hundred and tenth birthday. Those who say the Rebbe’s
chapter of Tehillim daily begin to say chapter 114. As we mark
this day it is an appropriate time to reflect upon the Rebbe’s
effect on worldwide Jewry and to think how we can follow in his
path, both by ourselves fulfilling additional Mitzvot and by
encouraging fellow Jews wherever they may be to embrace their
heritage. Just as we begin the Seder by inviting the hungry to
partake, every Mitzvah we do should be accompanied by a desire
to share with the spiritually hungry. Once, after the Rebbe’s
secretary had left for the night, someone slipped a note under
the Rebbe’s door. Upon receiving an answer, he realized that the
Rebbe had had to kneel to pick up the letter. Feeling that this
was disrespectful, he wrote an apology. The Rebbe responded that
his whole being was only to bow down to help a fellow Jew. This
is a lesson to all of us.
On a person’s birthday, his Mazal is strong. On the Rebbe’s
birthday, the Mazal of the entire Jewish people is strengthened.
If anyone would like a prayer said by the Rebbe’s resting place,
please contact me at
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your mother’s Hebrew name. May Hashem immediately grant the goal
that the Rebbe strived for endlessly, the coming of Moshiach.
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In memory of the Sassoon children,
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Gavriel and Gilah, Sarah Bat Gavriel and Gilah and Yaakov Ben
Gavriel and Gilah. May Hashem grant strength and comfort to
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for the Jewish people to bring the redemption and end tragedy.
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