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NEXT YEAR IN YERUSHALAYEEM

April 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

T O R A H F A X ®
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Friday Nissan 11, 5771/ April 15, 2011

Dear Readers

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is Parashat Acharei Mot. This Shabbat, which is the Shabbat before Passover, is called “Shabbat Hagadol” – “The Great Shabbat.”

Today marks the 109th birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe – Rabbi M. M. Schneerson, of saintly memory, whose love for every Jew in our generation was unparalleled. May his merit bring blessings to Klal Yisrael.

One of the high points of the Seder is when the children ask the “Four Questions.” Parents, grandparents and the entire family derive great Nachas as they listen to the children recite the “Mah Nishtana.” We should encourage our children to ask as many questions as possible so, through their curiosity and inquisitiveness, they will participate in the Seder. However, the children deserve an answer to their questions. Here are the answers to the four questions:

First question: Why do we eat Matzah? A. Eating Matzah commemorates the miracle of the Exodus – the miracle of freedom. Because the Egyptians made us leave quickly, the dough of our forefathers wasn’t able to rise and it became matzah.

Second question: Why do we eat Maror? A. The Maror (bitter herbs) reminds us of our slavery in Egypt. Maror literally means “bitter” and recalls the bitterness of our oppression. Only by remembering the “bitterness” that our ancestors experienced in Egypt can we appreciate and value our freedom today.

Third question: Why do we dip twice? A. Dipping is also a sign of freedom. Slaves don’t dip their food for they eat their bread without delicacies. On the night when we became a free nation, we dip our food as a sign of freedom. However, we dip it into salt water and Charoset to remind us of our time in exile. The salt water represents the tears of the Jews in Egypt. The Charoset symbolizes the mortar which the people of Israel made when building the cities of Pisom and Ramses as slaves to Pharaoh.

Fourth question: Why do we recline? A. Reclining is also a demonstration of freedom. For years, noblemen used to recline on cushions during their meals. Our reclining is a sign of freedom. As a free nation, we have the ability to enjoy our four cups of wine, matzah and the meal to the fullest measure possible.

Best wishes to you and your family for a Kosher, happy, healthy and wonderful Pesach-Passover. May this holiday of freedom bring peace and freedom to our brothers and sisters in Israel and Klall Yisrael – L’Shana Habaah Biyerushalayim – Next year in Jerusalem.
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SHABBAT SHALOM

Candle lighting time New York area: 7:17

In loving memory of YECHEZKEL CHAIM ben MOSHE SARRAF – of blessed memory.
Yartzeit is the 10th of Nissan. May his soul rest in peace in Gan Eden. Dedicated by his son MEHRDAD SARRAF.

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L’zecher nishamos Rav Yochanon Motel ben Rav Ephraim and Moras Esther Leah bas Rav Yehudah Yoseph B”H
The Salant Center
Mussar – A Healing Spirit for the Heart and Soul

PESACH: HASHEM – MASTER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

The Ten Plagues began at the lowest point on earth and incrementally rose to the highest heights of the universe. The first plague, in which the waters turned to blood, occurred in the rivers which rest on the very foundation of the earth. In the second plague, frogs swarmed in the waters which lay above the riverbed, yet still below the earth’s surface. The third plague, was lice, which emerged from the soil of earth itself.

The next plague was the wild beasts, which stand upon the earth. The fifth plague was disease, which is carried in the air suspended over the earth. The next plague was boils, which is a manifestation of fire, which is above the air. The seventh plague was hail, which comes from the clouds above. The next plague was locusts which fly above the clouds. The ninth plague was darkness, which affected the luminaries, which stand in the heavenly heights. The final plague, the death of the firstborn, demonstrated that HaShem is the master of the souls, which dwell in the spiritual realm.

Now, we understand that the ascending levels of the plagues revealed that HaShem is the Master of every dimension of creation, from the lowest to the highest.

The revelation of HaShem during the Exodus is the foundation of our faith. Since, He rules over everything from the seabed to the souls in Heaven, it makes sense for us to trust in HaShem, alone. He will help us in every situation and fill our lives with deliverance, blessing, and peace.

May the light of Pesach renew our faith in HaShem and awaken merit so that we experience great miracles, just as our ancestors witnessed in ancient days.
[Based on the Maral of Prague]

TODAY: Feel confident that HaShem will help you and protect you in every place and situation.
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L’zecher nishamos Rav Yochanon Motel ben Rav Ephraim and Moras Esther Leah bas Rav Yehudah Yoseph B”H
The Salant Center

Mussar – A Healing Spirit for the Heart and Soul

PESACH

Our Sages tell us that when Klal Yisrael was enslaved in Egypt, they where influenced by the spiritual decadence of their surroundings. Indeed, Egypt was the world center of idol worship and black magic. The crushing, ruthless bondage weakened the Jewish nation and rendered them vulnerable to the lures of idolatry. Klal Yisrael eventually sunk to the 49th level of tumah (i.e., spiritual defilement) – the lowest level of impurity.

Their spiritual state was so weak that had they remained in Egypt for one more minute, they would have been irredeemable, i.e., they would have been slaves forever in Egypt. At that very last minute, HaShem redeemedthem from the clutches of evil and favored them with eternal freedom.

This magnificent reversal of fortune took place within a moment’s time. Instantaneously, they went from slavery to freedom; from death to life; from darkness to light; from defilement to holiness; and from sadness to joy. Not only does this event reveal the great love that the HaShem bestowed upon us at the time of our redemption, even more, it demonstrates the amazing potential contained in every moment of existence. Each and every second is an abundant andboundless resource of goodness, and a powerhouse of deliverance and transformation.

The greatest lesson of the exodus is the importance of irrepressible optimism. The realization of the dramatic and awesome wonders that HaShem can perform for us in a mere second, dispels all notion of despair. Faith and salvation is a constant; an axiomatic foundation of reality.

Let us awaken our hearts to the countless opportunities embedded in each moment. By placing our faith in HaShem, we will greet each moment with joy and excitement. For each moment is a seed that blossoms forth with freedom, life, light, holiness, and redemption. [Based on Ohr Yahel]
TODAY: Envision the next moment as river of goodness that flows into your life.

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REMINDER
I, the undersigned, fully empower and permit Rabbi M. Chaim Brikman to act in my place and stead, and on my behalf to sell all Chametz and mixtures thereof possessed by me. He is also empowered to lease all places wherein the Chametz owned by me may be found. Rabbi Brikman has full right to appoint any agent or substitute in his stead and said substitute shall have full right to sell and lease as provided herein. This power is in conformity with all Torah, Rabbinic and Civil laws.

Name:……………………………………………………………..
Home Address:……………………………………………………………………..

City:……………………………………………………………….. State/Province:………………………………………………………

Business address:……………………………………………… City:……………………………………… State:…………………………………..

e-mail address:………………………………………………… Date:…………………… Signature:…………………………………………..
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  • 1 DACON9 // Apr 12, 2011 at 8:13 am

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