Weekly message from Rabbi A. M. Sufrin MBE
I’m sure like us here at our Chabad Centres in Essex, you have had wonderful Seder services. At Chabad Gants Hill, we had some 110 guests, with 8 last minute bookings within hours of the start of Yom Tov. In fact the Chabad Shliach from Poland called in and requested 2 places for a couple from his community stuck in Essex. Absolutely amazing! Chabad Buckhurst Hill had in excess of 50 guests in our new hall.
The first days are really about the Exodus from Egypt - Exodus from slavery.
The last days tonight through to Saturday night, known as the 7th and 8th day (in the Diaspora) express FREEDOM.
The last day this Shabbos is traditionally associated with the hopes for the coming of Moshiach. The haftorah read on this day refer to the prophecies of the future redemption. "The wolf will dwell with the lamb......"
Some 250 years ago, the Baal Shem Tov instituted a custom of partaking of a "moshiach seudah” (meal) on the last day of Pesach.
Why the eating of a meal? Surely some deep spiritual study would help us internalise this concept on a more realistic level?
By partaking of a simple meal, matzah and yes another 4 cups of wine, we are internalising it within our flesh and blood, within this corporeal world, so that the concept of Moshiach which all Jews have longed for for generations does not remain in the upper world but part of our flesh and blood and our yearning to be redeemed form the current exile, with an everlasting peace in Israel, the building of the third Temple and the in gathering of the exiles around the globe.
This year join a Moshiach Seudah in your local Chabad Centre during the last few hours of Pesach this year.
Wishing you an enjoyable and meaningful 7th and 8th day of Pesach and a great week to follow.