JERSEY SHORE TORAH BULLETIN
THEN AND NOW
by Rabbi Shmuel Choueka
"In every generation it is one's duty to regard himself as though he
personally has come out of Egypt."
The Peninim Haggadah quotes Harav M. Gifter Shlita who
explains that all the events which occurred to Bnei Yisrael were not
singular, transitory events that were meant to be immediately
forgotten. Every miracle, every incident bespeaks eternity. The
events are eternalized in such a manner that when that date on the
calendar arrives, the Jew must relate to "then" as if it were "now."
Indeed, as the Haggadah says, one must regard himself as though
he came out of Egypt. This is not an event of the past; it is
occurring in the present. Consequently, one is obligated to recite
Hallel even at night, since it is viewed as if the miracle occurred to
In a similar vein, Rabbi E. Dessler z"l observes that time is
not a line that passes above us, but rather a circle through which we
travel. Periodically, we return to those events which have been
eternalized as a result of the spiritual values with which they have
been suffused. During these unique periods, one has the
opportunity to interface with the experiences which have
consecrated these moments in time. Thus, at the specific time of
the year when we remember zeman herutenu, the time of our
liberation, we are infused with the spiritual concepts that highlight
that moment in time. We are inspired by the kedushah, holiness, of
the moment; we are elevated by the experiences as we relive yesiat
May we merit to truly experience these feelings during this
holiday season and may we be privileged to celebrate Pesah in
Jerusalem with the Mashiah speedily in our days, Amen. Happy
and Kosher Pesah to all.
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE by Rabbi Reuven Semah
"Blessed be Hamakom (Hashem) blessed be He, Who gave Torah
to Israel" (Haggadah)
As we read the Haggadah this year with the entire family
around us, we will experience the pure joy of uniting our family in
service of Hashem. Before the Haggadah mentions the 4 sons, we
are given an introduction. We bless Hashem for giving us the
Torah. What is the relevance of this to the 4 sons?
The Ohr Hahayim teaches us that the Jews in Egypt were at
a low spiritual level known as the 49th level of tum'ah (impurity).
Hashem knew that the Jews must leave Egypt now; it was now or
never. If they went down to the 50th level, they would no longer
have any holiness left as Jews and would be forever lost. This was
before the Torah was given to the Jews on Mount Sinai. However
after the Torah was given, even if the Jewish people would sink to
the 50th level, there is still hope for them through the purity and
holiness of the Torah. No matter how far a person has strayed, he
is able to want to come back by exposing him to Torah.
Now we understand why the Haggadah gives this
introductory praise to Hashem for giving the Torah before we
mention the 4 sons. The Haggadah is telling us that all of your
sons, even if one of them is the rasha, the wicked son, can be
brought back by telling him words of Torah. This is the cure today
for the wandering son who is lost. Don't talk about anything else.
Don't impress upon him that he must be religious. Just tell him the
beautiful words of Torah. Learn with him in depth about the
perashah. Open up a gemara and learn together. He will be
Wishing you and your families a very enjoyable Pesah.
Pesah pop quiz: In the times of the Bet HaMikdash one of the
"Four Questions" was different. What was it?
Answer to pop quiz: "On all other nights we eat both roasted and
cooked foods; on this night we eat only roasted" (korban Pesah).
This was replaced by the "leaning" question.