RavMosheWeinberger.com recently posted a free download of a shiur given on Feburary 17th in Brooklyn, titled “The Message of Purim-Appreciating the Little Good Deeds of Life“. Click on the title in the previous sentence to go to the link.
From my earliest youth, I remember that the children would ask each other on the first morning of Pesach, “How long did your Seder last?”
This was true in my youth, and it is still the case today. If the children were to ask me this now, I would answer them, “I made sure to eat the afikoman before chatzos (midnight).”
–Rav Shimon Schwab zt’l from Rav Schwab on Prayer (pg 541)
May you have a liberating and freilichen Pesach!
Dixie Yid has done the almost impossible (again). He posted the official write-up of Rav Weinberger’s Shabbos HaGadol drasha, here. Seems the drasha was on Shabbos this year. In the past it has been Motzei Shabbos and the mp3 has been available the next day.
While I have yet to read it (it’s printed and sitting in my car), I know that Dixie Yid takes great care in writing up the Torah of his Rebbe. I know that this must have taken a huge chunk of time and you have to go to Dixie Yid’s blog and check it out.
|Photo from here. Personally this reminds me of
the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine.
I have been thinking about this for over a week. At first, as I described above, I was bothered. Then, after some hisbonenus I gained a better perspective on things. A number of years ago I heard an amazing vort on the chatzatzros, trumpets, used in the Mishkan. R David Orlofsky quotes Rav Moshe Shapiro, who brings up the point that after Moshe was niftar, the trumpets he used were put away and hidden. Yehoshua had to fashion his own. Rav Shapiro says the reason is that each generation doesn’t aways respond to the clarion call of the previous generation. While the message is the same, the mode for communiting it has to be different.
The call of the shofar is eternal, and thus a shofar is not invalidated by age. However, in contrast to the raw, natural, shofar, the silver chatzotzros are man-made. Their message changes as people do. The call of the chatzotzros is distinct for the generation.
If each generation has to be approached differently then, kal v’chomer (even more so) for each person.
We know that, ” A person is obligated to see himself as if he were leaving Egypt.” (Pesachim 116b)
The way that I might perceive my own freedom from Mitzrayim is, in fact, totally different than how anyone else sees it. This obligation totally makes sense based on my son’s observation about the Mitzvah Tank. My son has no choice but to see things from his perspective. Hopefully he will experience Pesach in a very personal and meaningful way. Hopefully I will, too.
The story below is being posted with direct permission for Rabbi Shafran. His father’s memoir, Fire Ice Air: A Polish Jew’s Memoir of Yeshiva, Siberia, America is available for purchase here and was also just released for purchase as an e-book (only $3.99) at Jewish e-Books, here.
I bought this book last year before Pesach and found it to be a fascinating story of survival, determination, and family. There are amazing first-hand accounts of yeshiva life prior to the Shoah and how much impact one person can have on family, friends, and a community.
|Photo from here|
RavMosheWeinberger.com is offering a special free downloadable shiur, titled “Spiritual Growth Begins Beneath the Surface” on their website, here. We’ll worth checking out!!!
Revised (thanks to an insightful and friendly email from R Micha Berger)
Tonight after lighting, take a few minutes to think about the bracha of being able to serve our Creator, the neis (miracle) of preserving our innate holiness, and the power we have to spread it within ourselves and outward to those we are close with. Chanukah was the last Yom Tov given to us* and its’ light will bring us back to Geulah (Redemption).
Have a Frelichin Chanukah!!!
*As decided upon by Chazal
When Rav Kook and Rav Sonnenfeld went to the little communities, the little kubutzim up in the north, where they [the residents] ate chazair treif, they went together to bring people back to Yiddishkeit. Baalei Machloches- they held each other were wrong, but they worked together. They disagreed without being disagreeable and we have not learned to do that. When we disagree, you’re invalid, not entitled to your opinion. Their vehement machloches never devolved in animosity.
You know, Rav Kook and Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld were once invited to a bris. Rav Yosef Chaim was to be the mohel and Rav Kook was supposed to be the zandek and they got to the shul at the same time. Rav Yosef Chaim insisted that Rav Kook go in first, because he was a cohen. Rav Kook insisted that Rav Yosef Chaim should go in, because he was a bigger person. And they stood at the door frozen, they wouldn’t go until Rav Kook noticed that it was a double door and the left portion of the door was locked. He reached in beside and pulled down the thing and they opened both doors simultaneously and they went in together. That’s the paradigm [to how we should behave].
Any inaccuracies in this transcription are mine. This is posted in zechus of a refuah shelayma for Reuven ben Tova Chaya and Miriam Orit bas Devorah.