Thursday, April 6, 2017

Shabbos HaGadol Pessach-Passover Special Issue

Re-added Melech David ben Sulah Pearla also adding Meir Yisrael ben Fegie and Binyamin Aharon ben Inbal

Shabbos HaGadol Drasha (the lecture on the great Shabbos)

Rabbi Jacobson Shlita from Chabad put out a spiritual guide to enhance one’s Seder: PDF free download: Rabbi Jacobson also has a spiritual guide to the counting of Omer available in pamphlet form for $10 or There is also an e-mail reminder and a phone app. A number of years ago I also copied and pasted one of these in the blogspot. Remember if you counted the first day with a blessing and forgot the next night to bless but remembered to count during the day, then you can continue blessing if not then you must say Amen at the Synagogue to grab or hop on to the blessing.

The 7 weeks of Sefira (counting) are preparation for the receiving of Torah on Shavuos and it is the barley and wheat harvest time. During these weeks there is a bit of a mystical rise in spirituality. Starting with Motzei Chag HaPessach aka the Second Seder outside of Israel, we count the 49 days in this order. The first week is Chessed or Mercy. Within the Chessed we have 7 aspects. Chessed within Chessed or the highest degree of mercy. We continue on within the week the way we count the weeks. So the second week and second day of each week’s counting is Gevura or Severity. Rabbi Jacobson calls the seven as follows until we have a 7 x 7 or 49 ways of elevating ourselves spiritually.
The seven emotional attributes are:
  1. Chesed ― Loving-kindness
  2. Gevurah ― Justice and discipline
  3. Tiferet ― Harmony, compassion
  4. Netzach ― Endurance
  5. Hod ― Humility
  6. Yesod ― Bonding
  7. Malchut ― Sovereignty, leadership

For my large readership outside of Israel, I use the standard pronunciation of Tiferes and Malchus. I use for Malchus the word Kingship for Melech David, Melech Shlomo and the whole line until Moshiach is Malchus David pronounced more like DAA VEED.

Sell your Chametz (leaven) or finish up all your whiskey. If you drink like I do you will sell your stock. If for some reason you cannot get to your local Rabbi click here for an on-line sale. Have in mind that Chabad is your agent for selling.

Steps in preparation for the Seder: First clean up the house. I do normal cleaning of most of my house as Chametz is only in the kitchen, living room and dining room area. I check my forester son’s room a bit more but it essentially is Chametz free as he is close to 12.
Second buy Kosher Le Pessach food. Third check for Chametz on the night before the Seder. I place 10 counted and recounted pieces of bread in aluminum foil and my wife distributes them in the house. One should remember where they were place. One then makes the blessing found in the Haggada and lights a candle (for automobiles the Rabbis allow a small flashlight even if it is bright like a torch [English name for flashlight] for safety around gasoline comes first). After we have finished the Bedikah (checking for Chametz), we say the Aramaic version and then in English or Hebrew voiding all leavening that is in our physical possession and we have not known about it. Of course if Spanish, Russian, French are your native tongue it is proper to also say this in a language that all in the house can understand.

Three: Once the Kitchen and a section of the refrigerator-freezer is for Pessach, one can start cooking and one need not wait until the last minute. There are Pessach recipes and the Code of Jewish Law (Kitzur Shulchan Aruch) has one for Charoses. 

Four: On the Shabbos before Pessach it is customary even by the greatest of
Rabbis to review the laws of Pessach, the conducting of the Seder and Omer Counting.

Five: Erev Pessach - In the tenth and final plague inflicted upon Egypt, G‑d killed the firstborn in all of Egypt. But, as in all the plagues brought upon Egypt, the Children of Israel were spared. In the Plague of the Firstborn, not one Jewish firstborn died. To express their gratitude, all firstborn males fast on the day before Passover (Erev Pesach). The fathers of firstborn boys under the age of 13 fast in their stead.
The prevailing custom, however, is for the firstborn to exempt themselves from the obligation to fast by participating in a Seudas mitzvah (a meal marking the fulfillment of a mitzvah), such as a Seeum--a festive meal celebrating the conclusion of the study of a section of Torah). Most synagogues host such a celebration after morning prayers.

Six: Preparing the needs of the Seder Plate Erev Yom Tov which would be the salt water, eggs, Charoses (paste mix of nuts, wine, raisins, apples, cinnamon, ginger, dates and other traditional items). Cutting up celery, radish, parsley or a potato for the first blessing for the dipping of the vegetable. Checking for worms in the lettuce and preparing the horseradish. (Some people use a vegetable called wormwood which is also good.)

Seven: Set the Table before sundown so that the people upon returning from the Schul go straight to the Seder.

Eight: Conduct an inspiring Seder that involves the participation of the children. “And you shall tell your son on that day saying…” Shemos 13:8 Each child on his or her level and their participation is of the highest order.

Nine: Remember the Apikoyman is the desert but it is a larger than half a Matzo which symbolizes the Korban Pessach while the egg is the symbol of the Korban Chagigah (visiting Yerushayim and the Beis HaMikdash of the Yom Tov). The Korban Pessach was eaten on a full stomach hence the last part of the meal. After than one can only drink and take medication if necessary.

The four sons of the Seder are an integral part of Am Yisrael. We have the Chacham, wise son, that wants to learn and discuss the Seder. We have the Rasha, wicked son, today who purposely goes and has bread and beer instead of a religious Seder. We have the Tam, simple son, that comes to the Seder enjoys the food but neither adds nor detracts or participates on an intellectual level. Finally, we have the baby or lost Jew that does not know even what to ask or what a Seder is. I was there for the first years of my life prior to close to my tenth birthday. It was I who conducted the Seder. I have cousins whom I suspect don’t know what a Seder is. There are perhaps thousands in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe who do not know or those who were born Jewish but after WWII the parents or grandparents hid their identity.

Remember Kitniyos is a Minchag and not Halacha. Some families eat rice and maize corn. Others eat peanuts and some who don’t in case of emergency or one is in a hospital, one may eat without worry something that is not his or her custom or on their standard.

Checking for Chametz & blessings in a nut shell:

Remember that the Seder Plate items such as horseradish, salt water should be ground or mixed before sundown and lettuce should be checked for bugs before Yom Tov.

My last bit of advice is to have everything ready early and try to take a nap for alertness.

Parsha Tzav

Dear Reader I did not feel that it would be fair to you or the quality of the weekly Parsha if
I rushed through the Parsha which deals with the initiation of the Mishkan by Aaron and
Cohanim. This is the same time as the gifts of the tribal leaders.

The Broader Outlook by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles

When one developed a relationship with the Lubavitcher Rebbe of our generation --and I (Ephraim "Freddie" Hager) think this is true for most people--it helped one realize more about oneself. It wasn't about analyzing the Rebbe, like going to interview a great man and finding out more about him; it was about meeting yourself.
The second time I went into "yechidus" -- a private audience with the Rebbe -- was Yud Shevat 5730/1970. Many of us flew over especially for it, the 20th anniversary of the sixth Rebbe's passing and the Rebbe's succession to the leadership. It was Sunday evening, and the Rebbe's secretary Rabbi Groner called me over and said that the Rebbe wants to see each of the guests in yechidus.
I never expected to receive a yechidus, because I had one some five months previously. This night it was a ten minute yechidus, which was much shorter than the previous time. There were hundreds of people going in that night. In that yechidus, the Rebbe asked me, "What do the students in London University do about kosher food?"
So I said, "Well, they are now rebuilding Hillel House; it'll be finished in October and then there will be facilities." This was January, 1970.
So the Rebbe looked at me, a piercing look...and he says, "So tell me: Until October is it permissible to eat non-kosher food?" I felt very, very stupid.
Before I go on, I must say this: As far as I know, the Rebbe never visited London and had no first-hand knowledge of London.
"As far as I understand," the Rebbe continued, "the University of London is not a typical university campus with all the colleges in one location, but the colleges are spread out and dotted around parts of the town; so would I not be correct in saying that only a committed student who is specifically looking for kosher food will come to the Hillel House?"
Of course I agreed.
So the Rebbe says, "What do we do about the other students?"
Silence from yours truly...
The Rebbe said, "Wouldn't it be a good idea to make a meal service and actively invite people to come and eat kosher food?"
So I got very enthusiastic and I warmed to the theme and I said, "That's a wonderful idea! And we could have lectures and guest speakers, and draw them closer to Torah Judaism..."
The Rebbe held up his hand and said, "That's very nice and it may be a good idea, but that's not what I have in mind. What I have in mind with this suggestion is purely that a Jewish boy should sit next to a Jewish girl; he should sit eating a kosher meal next to a Jewish girl rather than eating a non-kosher meal next to a non-Jewish girl."
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I told the Rebbe "We'll do it."
And we did it.
I came back to London and talked to a friend of mine, a very enthusiastic young man, and we arranged a meal service. We collaborated with one of the then major restaurants in London and they delivered meals to three colleges; I think it was London School of Economics, Kings College and Imperial College in London. And the service went on for many years. I think, in some sort of transmuted way, it still continues.
The service was a tremendous success. We used to go out two or three times a week raising money because it needed a lot of subsidy and I think I did more of that than studying at university. I think my grades reflected that fact, but we won't dwell on that...
This came out of one ten minute yechidus! And it was only part of a ten minute yechidus ...It was a monumental, cataclysmic idea which must have changed many peoples' lives.
There are a number of leaders-rabbis, rebbes, heads of yeshivas, who worry about their communities--and that's great, very laudable and very wonderful, and we need more leaders like that. But the Rebbe had a broader outlook. He was concerned about the wider world. He was concerned about people that he'd never met, that he may possibly never meet but that concerned him, and it wouldn't let him sleep and it wouldn't let him rest until he did something about it...
Source: Excerpted by Yerachmiel Tilles from a mailing of "JEM - Here's My Story" (//, as part of their extraordinary "My Encounter with the Rebbe" project, documenting the life of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson of righteous memory, in one of the thousand plus videotaped interviews conducted to date with seniors who knew the Rebbe in the early years, even in the 30's and 40's before he became the Rebbe.
Ephraim "Freddie" Hager was interviewed in his home in London in the summer of 2007. He passed away in 2011.
Connection: Seasonal--the 116th anniversary of the birth of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Biographical note:
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe: [11 Nissan 5662 - 3 Tammuz 5754 (April 1902 - June 1994 C.E.)], became the seventh Rebbe of the Chabad dynasty after his father-in-law's passing on 10 Shvat 5710 (1950 C.E.). He is widely acknowledged as the greatest Jewish leader of the second half of the 20th century. Although a dominant scholar in both the revealed and hidden aspects of Torah and fluent in many languages and scientific subjects, the Rebbe is best known for his extraordinary love and concern for every Jew on the planet. His emissaries around the globe are dedicated to strengthening Judaism number in the thousands. Hundreds of volumes of his teachings have been printed, as well as dozens of English renditions.

They never made it to the Seder but…

From a beauty to a burnt captain hook thanks to the PLO which pays terrorist.

Cantor celebrates his engagement with song:

VP Mike Pence does not think about dining with other women outside of his wife.

Inyanay Diyoma

From Jewish Republicans - President Donald Trump is moving forward on key campaign promises he made to the American people:

Declaring “a new era of American energy,” the Trump administration approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The Trump administration is preparing new executive orders to re-examine all 14 U.S. free trade agreements and review government procurement policies to aid American companies.
President Trump announced the White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy using principles and ideas from the business world.
The Justice Department will withhold grants from state and local governments with "sanctuary city" policies (states and cities whose governments refuse to work with federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws).
President Trump signed a resolution passed by the House and Senate overturning a rule that would have "blacklisted" companies engaged in labor disputes, an Obama-era rule that benefited unions.
In an executive order focused on energy independence and economic growth, the President ordered federal departments and agencies to review and revise or rescind regulations that unduly burden the development of domestic energy sources, while taking appropriate action to protect clean air and water.

Terrorist stabs two civilians and attacks border police is shot in the middle of his attack.

Ed-Op an open letter to Richard Gere:,7340,L-4942727,00.html

Ed-Op Alex Fishman on Gaza:,7340,L-4942165,00.html

Turks out of the picture Kurds lacking weapons.

While we are having the worse drought in modern history. Columbia had too much rain and flooding 256 dead and 200 missing in landslides.

Toll climbs to 11 victims video or panic and injured:

Bill to withhold money from terrorists by blocking certain funds that equal the aid to the PLO.,7340,L-4944524,00.html

How is this possible after all it is “the religion of peace” (G.W. Bush)?,7340,L-4944753,00.html

Almost a year after terrorist died, his lover claims that Hezballah killed him.,7340,L-4945014,00.html

Syria is not the top of US foreign policy. US to press China on N. Korea when Trump meets with the Chinese President.

Syrian Gas Warfare: UN talks, US hits at an attack.,7340,L-4945772,00.html

Israel must have proof via recordings that Assad ordered the Chemical Attack:

Golani Soldier murdered in car ramming attack. He may have been in my daughter’s kindergarten when she years ago.,7340,L-4946163,00.html

A good Shabbos, Chag Kosher V’ Samayach get some needed rest,

Rachamim Pauli