Only five days before the Redemption, the people celebrated "El Shabbat HaGadol"
This is the Shabbat that precedes Pesach and is called "Shabbat HaGadol" (The High Sabbath) for important reasons.
There are also many special customs related to this Shabbat.
Israel celebrated their first Hagadol Shabbat in Egypt, on the tenth day of the Month of Nisan (present month) five days before their redemption.
On that Shabbat, the children of Israel received their first Mitzvah (Command) that was valid only for that moment and not for future generations.
"On the tenth day of this month (Nisan) each one shall take one lamb for his father's house, one for his family ..." (Exodus 12: 3)
This Mitzvah of preparing a lamb for the Pesach sacrifice, four days before making the offering, was specified only on that first Pesach in Egypt.
Great miracles our ancestors had on this first Shabbat, the "Shabbat Ha Gadol" on that day, each of them took a lamb for his offering and tied it to the legs of his bed. When the Egyptians saw this they wondered: What is this lamb for? And the children of Israel replied: "It is for the Passover sacrifice, just as the Eternal ordered us"
The teeth of the Egyptians, for whom the lamb was a god, gnashed with rage, but could not make any protesting sounds.
So also other great miracles related to this episode occurred, that is why we refer to this day as "SHABAT Hagadol" in memory of the great miracles that Hashem did on our behalf.
The Parasha for this Shabbat is "Parasha Tzav" (Vayikra-Leviticus 6.1- 8.36)
Like every Shabbat, we bring you a short summary:
“Order Aharon and his sons saying: This is the law of Olá (ascension), it is Olá that is consumed on the altar all night until morning. And the fire of the Altar will burn in it "
The word "Olá" is written twice in the verse. The reason for the repetition is because there are two types of promotions. The first is the personal spiritual of each one, and the second is the responsibility of helping others to continue growing spiritually, because the person should not think that by dedicating their time to helping others, they will lack time to study Torah. .
Rather, this is the opposite, because whoever helps others is given help so that the entire Torah I study lasts.
As they say "A lot of accumulation in a small space". I can attest that many times I have had that feeling personally. When I sit down to study to prepare a Torah class for others, Heaven helps me discover things I have never seen before.
At the beginning of the Parasha it is said "Command Aharon", the great commentator Rashi tells us that Hashem tells Moshe to tell Aharon to do the work lightly and promptly.
Rabbi Shimon said that this is especially when it comes to economic losses, and it is precisely the proposal that we have been making, we must not think that because one will give of their time to others, he will be lacking, rather that which is offers to others fulfilling "This is the ascension" is walking on the path that marks the Blessed Creator, just as Hashem was he directly who taught Moshe Torah and not through an angel or teacher, so each one must act with his brothers, and when he knows something, he must dispose himself and give himself to others.
In these moments Hashem has put us in a very special time, so that we can put into practice what we have learned in our lives. Each one should give the best of himself in all areas, kindness and justice will bring us protection and salvation in this difficult time.
We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom.May our preparation for Pesach be successful and thus we have a Passover Kasher ve Sameach!
(Dedicated for the healing of all the sick of Am Israel and the whole world, especially for the Covid-19 patients, that very soon we will see the complete Redemption)
The Garden of Breslev.