Shabbat HaGadol/Tzav (5773)

Drash Cards for Shabbat HaGadol/Tzav (5773)

by Marc Mangel

• This is the week that the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam finishes in the small heated building and moves into the unheated main synagogue.  The small building has a donation board.

•The synagogue in Hobart, the oldest continuously operating synagogue in the southern hemisphere, has a donation board too. In 1845, 5 pounds would get you on the board; 500 pounds would get you a plaque.

• Why is this week the Big Shabbat instead of the one before Rosh HaShannah — when the entire world is judged?

• Here’s a non-traditional reason:  Because at Pesach even Jews who don’t believe in God show up for the seder.  They share our story of freedom even if they do not believe in anything else.

• And when we meet a Jew who is very different from us, we must follow the Rebbe’s advice and seek that person in love.

• Here is my homework for you. The Rabbis say that we should all act as if we were in Egypt.  What are your slaveries?

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