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Finding What You Didn’t Lose

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Finding What You Didn't Lose

The “Second Passover” sacrifice was offered as a makeup for the paschal sacrifice, for someone who was ritually impure or too far away from the Temple at the time of Passover. On the other hand, the commentaries explain that the Second Passover is also a celebration in its own right.
Pesach Sheni, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Finding What You Didn’t Lose
Disc 88, Program 349

Event Date: 14 Iyar 5744 - May 16, 1984

The “Second Passover” sacrifice was offered as a makeup for the paschal sacrifice, for someone who was ritually impure or too far away from the Temple at the time of Passover. But Jewish law rules that a non-Jew who converts to Judaism right after Passover, or a child who comes of age right after Passover, must also bring a “Second Passover” sacrifice, even though they were not obligated to bring a sacrifice on the first Passover. The Talmudic commentaries explain that Second Passover has two facets to it: On the one hand, it is “makeup”; on the other, it is a celebration in its own right.

There are two lessons taught by Second Passover. First, there is the famous adage of my father-in-law, the Rebbe, that the Second Passover teaches us that “no situation is ever completely lost.” But this is relevant only to someone who appears to be “lost.” What about the person who hasn’t “lost” anything at all, for he was never “obligated”? The Second Passover comes and teaches a second, new, concept: every Jew must continuously progress in G‑d’s ways. A Jew may never be satisfied with his present spiritual state, even if everything appears to be perfect. When a new month comes along, it demands that you reach a new spiritual level, even compared to what you attained last month, on Passover.

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Justin Roth Staten Island, NY May 6, 2012

Wonderful! Another inspiring speech from the blessed Rebbe, z''l Reply

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