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Keep you and your friends warm!

Thursday, 14 January, 2016 - 1:48 pm

Dollarphotoclub_69433952.jpgHave you ever been to an event where you were not dressed accordingly - under-dressed or overdressed? Most probably it was due to being uninformed regarding the event’s dress code. When we are not given the opportunity to properly prepare for an occasion, we tend to find ourselves in uncomfortable situations. From applying for a job interview to a student taking a test, proper prior planning is always necessary.

When G-d was taking the Jewish People out of Egypt, He did not want anyone to claim that they were taken by surprise. G-d told them to prepare a few days earlier by taking the sheep, worshiped in Egypt as a god, and tying them to their beds to be slaughtered as a sacrifice before leaving Egypt.  

Why did G-d want them to take it as a sacrifice? So they would not be unprepared to get the Torah. G-d prepared the Jewish People by giving them two mitzvot: 1) Brit Milah, circumcision, for the males and 2) partaking in the pascal sacrifice by everyone. These included two types of mitzvot 1) Do good - Brit milah and 2) separate from bad - slaughter the idols of Egypt. By doing this G-d was spiritually clothing the Jews with mitzvot so they would merit to be redeemed.

The 10th of Shevat (next Wednesday) is the day the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the leader of the Chabad movement, took on the leadership. You will find that at Chabad, one is encouraged to add a mitzvah, to add a piece of spiritual clothing. This can be by refraining from doing something contrary to Torah or by adding and doing something in line with what the Torah says to do. Why do we stress this? So that when Moshiach comes, we want everyone to have plenty of mitzvot; spiritually dressed appropriately.

The ability to encourage others to add in mitzvot is not limited to "community leaders". Everyone who knows how to perform a mitzvah, or how to refrain from something contrary to Torah, can encourage a friend to do so as well. Keep you and your friends warm!

Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 


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