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Friday, 14 Iyar 5769 / May 8, 2009

Daily Study: Hayom Yom

Daily Study: Hayom Yom

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Wednesday Iyar 14, Pesach Sheini, 29th day of the omer 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: B'har, Revi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 72-76.
Tanya: To illustrate this (p. 253)...thought and mind. (p. 253).

The theme of Pesach Sheini1 is that it is never too late. It is always possible to put things right. Even if one was tamei (ritually impure), or one was far away, and even in a case of lachem, when this (impurity etc.) was deliberate - nonetheless he can correct it.

Compiled and arranged by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, in 5703 (1943) from the talks and letters of the sixth Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory.

See Bamidbar 9:10. The Pesach Sheini, second Passover sacrifice, was to be offered by those who, at the time of first Pesach, were "...defiled (tamei) by a dead body or on a distant journey for yourselves (lachem)..." Here an opportunity is offered to anyone who failed to bring the Pesach offering in its proper time, for whatever reason - even impurity, even "alienation" ("...on a distant journey etc..."), even if this was deliberate - to repair the situation. He may celebrate Pesach Sheini, the Second Pesach, a month later.
Daily Quote
The message of Pesach Sheini (the "second Passover" ordained by the Torah for those who fail to bring the Passover offering on its designated time) is: It is never too late. There is always a second chance
  –The sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950)
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