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A Dvar Torah for Pesach

A Dvar Torah for Pesach

Serve G-d With Simplicity

By Rabbi Shlomo Nachman ben Ya'akov © April 7, 2020 (most recent update March 26, 2021)

Our Lesson is based on Likutey Moharan Book II, 44

What is the central message of Pesach? It is this: Once we were slaves but HaShem Redeemed us! Unlike Pharaoh, our King is Merciful! Our King allows us to determine our ways. Indeed it is the Holy One who grants us our freedoms. He even allows us to openly rebel against Him, Gd forbid. Despite this, some people are so focused on the details and minutia of Torah Law that they fail to connect with its Giver, the Holy One, Blessed Be He! HaShem is not the 613 Mizvot, He is the Giver of them. Know Him!

Of course we should observe the Laws and Traditions of our people, especially the observance of the Moeds given to us by HaShem, like Pesach. BUT with the consciousness that we are free! We likewise take the following Seven Weeks, the Counting of the Omer, very seriously, Bezrat HaShem -- but as free people, not as slaves! And then as eager children awaiting the special day we can open the Gift our Father is granting us! And what is this gift? It is the Torah! And when do we receive it? On Shavuot! So we count the days, beginning on the last day of Pesach, until we are permitted to receive the greatest of all gifts! The Torah. These three holy days are wonderfully interconnected.

At Likutey Moharan Book II, 44, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov warns us most earnestly not to be overly stringent in any of our observances! He cites the Talmudic maxims, “God does not rule over His creatures with tyranny” (Avodah Zarah 3a), and, “The Torah was not given to the ministering angels” (Berakhot 25b; see “His Wisdom” #30). Yes, observe the mitzvot, but do so as the free people we were created to be.

This Pesach let us forgive and seek to be forgiven by others, by HaShem, and by our ourselves. Let us put aside any and all jealousies and grudges we may have. As we begin Pesach this year, following havdalah, as we count the omer, let us take the meditations and spiritual contemplaions seriously, for the good of our souls, for the good of our people, for the good of all humanity, for the glory of HaShem.

Let us remember that everything comes from HaShem to draw us, as free men and women, ever closer into the realms of Shalom and Pure Love of G-d. As we enter into this wonderful season let's learn from the wisdom of our beloved Rebbe Nachman of Breslov from Part Two, lesson 44 of his Likutey Moharan. We will be reading from Saba's Odeser's translation. In the three volume set availble at BreslovBooks.com this is on page 216 in volume 3.

Chag Pesach Sameach dear friends.

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