Just imagine how frightening history's first Passover was for the Jewish People. It was scary enough to take a lamb and to tie it to the bedpost, with every Egyptian passerby asking what's going on. Slaughtering the Egyptians' idol before their very eyes was all the more unnerving. Yet, there was even an additional element that people don't take into account: while the Jewish families were eating the Pascal lamb on that very first Passover, they could hear the blood-curdling screams of their Egyptian neighbors whose firstborn sons were dying one by one.
My beloved and esteemed teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a always says, "If you fear One, you fear no one." This is exactly what Hashem wanted; in order for us to make the transformation from a nation of slaves to Hashem's chosen people, we'd have to shed our fears of flesh-and-blood and learn to fear Him only. Hashem showed us on Shabbat HaGadol and on that first Passover night that whoever performs His commandments has nothing to fear from anyone.
This coming Shabbat is Shabbat Hagadol, and history repeats itself...
This week's Torah portion is "Achrei Mot". We learn that the Kohen Hagadol confesses on Yom Kippur for all the Jewish People. Yet, how can he, the High Priest, possibly know all the iniquities of the Jewish people? Where does he get his information from? It's implicit in the Torah that he must know; otherwise, how can he confess for all of Israel on Yom Kippur? Read the amazing answer in my elaboration of this week's Parsha, Lover of Israel.
Also featured this week:
Rabbi Shalom Arush - Emuna and My Fellow Jew
Dr. Zev Ballen - Mrs. Guttmann
Racheli Reckles - The Anti-aging Woman
Rabbi Dovid Charlop - Each Child a Blessing
Bright Beams blessings for a beautiful week!