09 April 2015

The Seventh Day of Passover

20 Nisan 5775
Erev Shvi'i shel Pesach
5th Day of Chol HaMo'ed
Day 5 of the Omer


The seventh day of Pesach marks the day when many miracles were performed for our forefathers at the Red Sea. ...It was on this very date, eighty-one years before Israel stood on the banks of the Red Sea, that Moshe was cast into the river as a result of Pharaoh's edict. ...On this same date, one year before the Exodus, Moshe left Midyan at God's command to take Israel out, for on the fifteenth of Nisan, God had appeared to him from within the bush and urged him for seven days - the period of Pesach - to accept this mission.  (The Book of Our Heritage)

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"And God brought a strong east wind to blow over the sea all that night."  (Shemot 14:21) - If God wanted the sea to split, He could have ordered it to do so; with one declaration. He could have transformed it into dry land. Why did He bring "a strong east wind" (...from the desert)? God sought to imbue Israel with the belief that all of the acts of Creation are dependent upon His word. The wilderness and the inhabited places, the sea and the wind, the clouds and the fire - all are the work of His hands and subject to His direction. There is no aspect of nature independent of His control. (The Book of Our Heritage)

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Moishela: "On Shvii Shel Pesach we will hear the Shofar. " (Elul 5774)

Binyamin: "...in the coming weeks, there will be such surprises and such strange and difficult situations in the world that even though we understand more or less what's happening, nevertheless it will confuse everyone." (8 Nisan 5775)

Menachem: "...On Pesach - it's not clear to me exactly when, but there will be something very frightening on Pesach, but don't be afraid! ...Don't worry! ...On Pesach, something will happen, on Pesach - it still won't be the redemption, but something will happen that will change the whole world, the whole world will change. You'll see...." (8 Nisan 5775)


Chag sameach and Shabbat shalom~

8 comments:

  1. Moishele said that on leil haseder we will see eliyahu hanavi, i don't know about you but I didn't see him...:(

    Yossi

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    1. I know. Me neither. I thought all week before deciding to post this.

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    2. I wonder whether maybe we did see Eliyahu Hanavi, but didn't realize it.
      Throughout history, Eliyahu Hanavi appears in disguise, so to speak, basically looking like a regular person. As Real Breslov points out below, to see the Navi in all his glory would be heart-stoppingly terrifying to the average person, no matter how ready and desirous we think we are of seeing him.

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  2. I also was hoping to see Eliyahu but didn't. I felt that The first days of Pesach were unusually calm. It was not until chol ha Moed that events began happening in rapid fashion, that is accidents, deaths, missing persons, etc. We were told that things would become more intense after Pesach, for instance, can you imagine winter in April??

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  3. I thought Daniel said they basically do not know when exactly all of that stuff would happen, I.e, which Pesah. Interestingly, in my Temani hagada, there is no kos Eliyahu. Perhaps because Eliyahu was a nazir! I nevertheless set a place for him and opened the door. I thought I might see him too, but I didnt. Kudos to all of you for having emuna that you might see Eliyahu. I am sure there are many Jews, even religious Jews, who don't have emuna in such a thing.

    I know someone who once saw Eliyahu and it was not pleasant because naturally when you see something spiritual, you are freaked out. Also, the author of Tanna Dvei Eliyahu wrote the book when Eliyahu would appear to him. He became freaked out at the occurrence to the point where he had to build a booth in his room to sit behind so he could write down his words without being spooked too much.

    Quite interesting.

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  4. I also hoped, and didn't see, Eliyahu either. But something unusual happened at the seder we attended. People were blessing that next year the afikomen would be replaced by Korban Pesach.

    Blessings to everyone!
    CDG, Yerushalayim

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  5. Two Gedolim were niftar, Harav Shmuel Wosner ZT"L, on the first night of Pesach and Harav Chaim Shaul Greineman ZT"L on Shevii Shel Pesach. One Jew was killed by trampling at the Levaya of Rav Wosner and one died a few days later. Three Jews, in Berlin, Peru and Thailand also wre killed. One in a boat fire, one by an Anti-Semite and one in a mountain.I think an Israel was killed falling off a cliff also.

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  6. H' y'rachem. May the Geulah come b'rachamim. Too many tragedies. May we hear besurot tovot m'ameinu, bnei Yisrael.

    nili

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