“Why should we be deprived from offering G‑d’s sacrifice at its appropriate time, along with the Children of Israel?”

-Beha’alotecha 9:7

A year after the Jewish People had left Egypt they were in the Sinai Desert. There they followed the Divine command to observe the celebration of Pesach in the month of Nissan. The Torah relates, though, that there were some people who had come in contact with the dead. This rendered them ritually impure so that they could not offer the Pesach-sacrifice. Thus, they approached Moses and Aaron: “We are impure because of contact with a corpse; but why should we be deprived from offering G‑d’s sacrifice at its appointed time, along with the children of Israel?”

G‑d accepted the legitimacy of this plaint and issued the precept of Pesach Sheni, the “Second Pesach”: Those unable to offer the Pesach-sacrifice in its proper time on the 14th of Nissan because of impurity from contact with the dead, or because they were delayed by a distant journey, could make this up a month later, on the 14th of Iyar.

The plaint and demand of these few people thus effected that a new mitzvah and opportunity was given to Israel. The same applies also to us:

In our present state of galut we are ritually impure, both literally and metaphorically, as well as “on a distant road.” Thus we must cry out and demand from G‑d: “Why should we be deprived from offering G‑d’s sacrifice? We want the purification that comes with the Messianic redemption, and the new Beit Hamikdash to serve G‑d in the intended way!”

When we will express this desire and demand it with true sincerity, surely G‑d will grant this immediately, just as He responded to our ancestors in the desert.