Shabbos in the Parashah
This Shabbos is Shevii Shel Pesach, the seventh day of Pesach. Although the festival of Pesach is one long eight-day holiday, the seventh day of Pesach bears its own uniqueness. What is so special about the seventh day of Pesach? Rashi quotes the Medrash that states that the Jewish People were liberated from
Shabbos in the Zemiros
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Sheyifkiduni birachamim vivarchuni bivoam liveisi biyom kadsheinu, that they remember me with mercy and bless me when they enter my home on our holy day. It is noteworthy that we request from HaShem that the angels bless us upon entering into our homes. The Gemara (Shabbos 119b) states that two angels, one good and one bad, escort a person home on Friday night. When the person arrives home and finds his lamp burning, the table set and his bed made, the good angel declares, “may it be HaShem’s will that it should be this way the next Shabbos as well.” The bad angel is then forced to answer “Amen” against his will. The Ohr HaChaim (Bamidbar 23:24) writes that Balaam was akin to the bad angel, and thus Balaam was forced to bless the Jewish People against his will. The Torah states that Balaam was profuse in his blessing of the Jewish People when he saw that they were modest in their tents. We should take a lesson from this and ensure that our homes are infused with modesty and respect, and HaShem will then bless our homes with plenty in all of our material and spiritual needs.
Shabbos in Tefillah
Efes biltecho goaleinu limos hamashiach, there will be nothing without You, our Redeemer, in Messianic days. This is truly an amazing idea. For two thousand years we are praying that HaShem send us Moshiach, His anointed one, and then all our problems will be solved. Yet, we still acknowledge that there will be nothing without HaShem. This idea is also reflected in Shemone Esrei where we beseech HaShem: hashivah shofteinu kivarishona viyoatzeinu kivatchila vihaseir mimenu yagon vaanacha umloch aleinu miheira atah HaShem livadcho bichesed uvirachamim, restore our judges as in earliest times and our counselors as at first; remove from us sorrow and groan; and speedily reign over us – You, HaShem, alone – with kindness and compassion. Ultimately, we understand that only HaShem is our true King. HaShem should allow us to witness His reign in our times.
[Reprinted with permission from Torah.org] With Passover come and gone, thoughts of liberation and Jewish survival linger in the hearts and minds of many. Linked inextricably with these thoughts is the image of the Jewish woman, who has always been an agent of continuity and vision for her people. From the enslavement in
By Lady Amelie Jacobovits
(Adapted from The Jewish Women's Journal, Summer 1993)
“Occasionally, one memory escapes from the vault that holds the terror of those years. One Passover, my three-year old grandchild looked up at me from his chair at the Seder table. I don’t even know what he said, because the rush of Passover 1941 blocked everything else. I was a young girl hidden in a dark cellar in central
[Women in Judaism, Copyright (c) 2002 by Mrs. Leah Kohn and Project Genesis, Inc.]
Shabbos in Navi
In this chapter the Navi records the evil that was perpetrated by Avimelech the son of Gideon. Avimelech killed his seventy brothers on one rock and only his brother Yosam was left alive. HaShem ultimately punished Avimelech and he was wounded by a woman and Avimelech had his attendant kill him so that people would not say that he was killed by a woman. On the surface it is difficult to understand why the Navi recorded this tragic chapter in Jewish history. Yet, we must realize that we are presented with similar challenges in our lives and one must be wise enough to acknowledge the challenges and pray to HaShem for salvation. In a similar vein, throughout the week we are under pressure from all the foreign influences that surround us. On Shabbos, however, HaShem in His graciousness envelopes us in a Cloud of Glory which shields us from all evil influences. This Shabbos is Shevii Shel Pesach, when HaShem created darkness for the pursuing Egyptians and light for the Jewish People. Thus, we should merit recognizing that HaShem is constantly seeking our welfare and we should never despair of His salvation, which can come in the blink of an eye.
Shabbos in Agadah
Reb Menachem Mendel of Rimanov (Menachem Tziyon Vayikra) writes that Moshe did not instruct the Jewish People regarding the Shabbos immediately, as Moshe desired that the Jewish People recognize and know on their own that Shabbos emanates from HaShem. Shabbos is referred to as daas, knowledge. Thus, it is insufficient for one to sanctify the Shabbos because that is what everyone else is doing. Rather, one must feel a close attachment to the Holy Shabbos, as Shabbos is a gift from HaShem.
Shabbos in Halacha
In summary, it is forbidden for one to stir or to scoop food from a pot of fully cooked food while directly over a flame. One must first lift the pot or move it away from the flame before stirring or scooping food from it. In a situation where it would be forbidden to return the pot to its position, one could scoop out fully cooked food while directly over the flame. However, one is forbidden to stir cooked food in such a situation. Boiled liquids, while hot, would be exempt from this prohibition. [One is always prohibited from scooping partially cooked food from a pot while the food is yad soledes bo.]
Shabbos in Numbers and Words
There is an allusion to Shabbos in the Shirah, the song that the Jewish People sang by the
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