Revach L'Neshama RSS feed for - Section: MOADIM Category:PESACH SHEINI Copyright 2007, Revach L'Neshama en-US Revach L'Neshama Logo 144 31 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 03:00:00 +0000 240 Pesach Sheini: Rav Gedalia Schorr - Accidents Are Not By Accident! In the second year in the Midbar, people came to Moshe Rabbeinu to complain that they were Tamei (Bahalosecha 9:7), "V'Lama Nigara", why should we lose out on bringing the Korban Pesach because of our Tumah?  Moshe Rabbeinu asked Hashem, who taught him about Pesach Sheini.  Rashi says that really Moshe should have known this before, but Hashem withheld this halacha since "Migalgilin Zchus Al Yidei Zakkai".  These timei'im were zocheh that this halacha should come about through them.

Why did they have a right to complain?  If they were Onsim (either they were Mishael and Elitzafan who were told to carry out Nadav and Avihu or they were the people who carried Yosef's Aron), they were Patur.  Moreover they were Osek in another Mitzva and therefore patur from Pesach.

Rav Gedalia Schorr (Ohr Gedaliyahu) answers with story from the Zohar.  Tanaim were coming back from performing the great mitzva of Pidyon Shevu'im when they met a child who said to them that he can see on their faces that they did not say Krias Shema.  They explained that they were Patur since they were Oseik B'Mitzva.  Despite this valid reason not to say Krias Shema, points out Rav Schorr, their aura was noticeably diminished.  Why?  Because if Hashem wanted, He could have given them a way to do the mitzva without missing Krias Shema.  It was because of something they did wrong that Hashem caused them to miss the mitzva.  It was this something that the child noticed in their diminished aura.

The Temei'im complained to Moshe that they did absolutely nothing wrong, so how could Hashem punish them by making them miss the Korban Pesach because of a different Mitzva that they did?  To this Rashi explains that they were right and they were indeed Tzaddikim Gemurim.  The reason why Hashem caused them to miss Pesach was a reward for their Tzidkus.  He rewarded them by causing the mitzva of Korban Pesach to be told through them.  Migalgilin Zchus Al Yidei Zakkai!

The lesson for Pesach Sheini is that good excuses may excuse you, but if you were more deserving you wouldn't need an excuse.  Hashem is a master orchestrator and can make things perfect, if you are perfect.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Pesach Sheini: When To Eat The Matza, By Day Or At Night? There is a minhag to eat Matza on Pesach Sheini.  The question is when?  The Korban Pesach was brought on the 14th of Iyar the day we call Pesach Sheini.  However just like by the regular Korban Pesach in Nisan  we only eat the matza at Leil HaSeder, shouldn't we eat the matza the night of the 15th of Iyar?  Why would we eat it by day of the 14th?

For this reason the Maharam Ash (Talmid of the Chasam Sofer) did in fact eat matza the night after the day of Pesach Sheini.  However the minhag in most of Klal Yisroel is to eat it on the 14th by day and a few reasons are offered (See Minhag Yisroel Torah OC 493:10).  The Shaar Yisachar says that since the beginning of every mitzva is the most important part we remember Pesach Sheini on the day of the Hakrava of the Korban, the offering of the korban, rather than the eating of the korban.  He does however say that it is worthwhile to eat matza again at night.

The Kli Chemda in Parshas VaEs'chanan says that eating matza during the year could be an Issur of Bal Tosif, adding on to the mitzvos.  If you are adding on to the mitzva when it is not time for the mitzva, you are only oveir if you had Kavana, intent to fulfill the mitzva.  However if you do the extra mitzva at a time when the mitzva is relevant, then even without kavana you will violate Ba Tosif.  Therefore if we ate matza on the night of the 15th, since that is the proper time, we would be oveir Bal Tosif even if we didn't intend to fulfill a mitzva of eating matza.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Pesach Sheni: Rav Gedalia Schorr: - The Tzibur Demands Pesach Sheini! The people who were Tamei and were not able to bring a Korban Pesach came to Moshe to complain that they also wanted to have a chance to do the mitzva of Korban Pesach.  Through this brave act they were Zocheh to have the Mitzva of Pesach Sheni in the Torah through them.  What is so special about Pesach Sheini that instead of Hashem telling Moshe the Halachos Hashem waited for the people to demand it?  

Rav Gedalia Schorr in Ohr Gedalyahu explains that Pesach is a great gift from Hashem.  Normally for us to get something from Hashem we must make the first move towards Hashem and then he reciprocates by opening the floodgates.  “Pischu Li… KiChudoi Shel Machat VaAni Eftach Lachem Pesach Shel Ulam”.  You open up a miniscule opening for Hashem and Hashem will open a gigantic opening for you.  The seforim tell us that on Pesach night Hashem skipped over the “Pesach” of Bnei Yisroel.  Literally this means He skipped over the door of their homes by Makas Bechoros.  But it is explained B’Derech Drush that that Hashem skips over the “Pesach” the needle sized opening that we are supposed to make for him.  We didn’t make the slightest move towards Hashem in Mitzrayim yet Hashem ignored that and came our rescue anyway.

Sefira is a time where after having received Hashem’s great chesed on Pesach we go back slowly and earn it day by day.   This says the Ohr Gedalyahu is the Yom Tov of Pesach Sheini.  It is the Pesach that we demanded.  After working on ourselves over sefira we make our move to warrant the great gift of Pesach.  That is why it came about through the demands of Bnei Yisroel.  When we demanded Pesach Sheini Hashem opened up the Heavens and graced us with this wonderful opportunity.  The whole point of this second Pesach was that the inspiration come from us below.

The Ohr Gedaliyahu follows through with this thought and says that the Mazal of the month of Sivan is “Teomim”, twins.  The reason is that on Pesach, Hashem made the first move and on Pesach Sheini and during Sefira we made our move.  On Shavuos these two efforts meet and are united on Har Sinai where Hashem calls us Yonosi Tamasi.  Hashem kviyochol becomes "Tam" or whole, when we join him.  We are not simply recipients of undeserving goodness from Hashem.  We are inseparable twins with Hashem, but only when we make our gesture towards Him.

Mon, 19 May 2008 03:00:00 +0000 Although it is not mentioned in the Shulchan Aruch the Minhag is not to say Tachanun on Pesach Sheni. This year Pesach Sheni falls out on Bahab (Three Fast days in Iyar Mon.-Thurs.-Mon.) and the Minhag on Yerushalayim is not to say Slichos. In most other Kehilos Slichos is recited even though Tachanun is omitted. This Minhag is based on a note found upon the excavation of the Churva Shul of R Yehudah Chasid (circa 1800’s not to be confused with R. Yehudah ha’Chasid one of the early Rishonim) in the old city that the ancient Minhag in Yerushalayim is not to say Slichos on Pesach Sheni. 

Mon, 19 May 2008 03:00:00 +0000