Erev Shabbos Kodesh Shabbos Chol HaMoed-Pesach Inspiration 5774


I hope you’re enjoying this wonderful Yom Tov of Pesach. On Shabbos many shuls have the custom to recite Shir HaShirim, Song of Songs. One of the underlying themes of Shir HaShirim is contained in the words אִם תָּעִירוּ וְאִם תְּעוֹרְרוּ אֶת הָאַהֲבָה עַד שֶׁתֶּחְפָּץ, loosely translated as: if you dare provoke G-d to hate me or disturb His love for me while He still desires it. The Gemara states that this teaches us that we cannot force the return of the Divine Presence to Yerushalayim. The Ramban, however, writes that from these words we learn that when one has an arousal to spirituality, one should make that awakening into a חפץ, a receptacle that will allow one to keep the arousal strong.

Certainly we have all been inspired by these holy days, through the exhilarating Tefillos, the Seder, the inspiring words of Torah shared, and the delectable holiday foods. Let us keep the inspiration high and HaShem should then, on His own, force the redemption upon us, with the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu, speedily, in our days.

Have a Gut Moed and a delightful Shabbos!

Rabbi Adler

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