Shabbat Hagadol - שבת הגדול

By Rabbi Dr. Hillel ben David (Greg Killian)

 


I. Introduction. 1

List of Dates. 2

Customs. 2

In The Talmud.. 3

In The Midrash.. 4

II. Nisan 10 Events. 4

III. Shabbat Shuva and Shabbat Hagadol 5

 

 

I. Introduction

 

The Sabbath before Pesach (Passover) is called “Shabbat Hagadol” (Lit. The Great Sabbath) when we read the haftorah which tells us of the “Great (Gadol) and Awesome day”, before the redemption when Elijah the Prophet will come with his unique message found in Malachi 3:4-24. One of the reasons this haftorah is chosen is because on Pesach the world is judged for its crops. Our Sages relate that for not observing the laws of the tithes, famine (remember Ruth!) comes. This haftorah admonishes Bnei Israel[1] regarding tithes and it is therefore the appropriate time to recite it.

 

What connection does Shabbat Hagadol have to this great and awesome day? Shabbat Hagadol is the last Shabbat of both the Egyptian exile and our current exile, as we all await the redemption from Egypt. We understand this from the Prophet Micah:

 

Micah 7:15 As in the days of thy coming forth out of the land of Egypt will I show unto them marvellous things.

 

Shabbat Hagadol, is the final Shabbat of the Egyptian exile, where the whole nation awaited redemption from Egypt. This is the same situation which we will see when Mashiach comes to redeem us from this long and difficult exile.

 

The “Great and Awesome day”[2] is the transition from exile to redemption. This penultimate verse, of the book of Malachi, the last prophet, the one who bridges the preriod of clearly perceived Divine revelation and the period of the exile. The last verse of the last prophet announces the onset of the first rays of light of redemption. This great day is, in essence, the transition between the two periods, a kind of twilight.

 

The Maharshal, explains that the name of the “Great Sabbath” is derived from a verse (v.23) of the special haftora reading from the Prophets: “For behold I will send you the Prophet Elijah before the arrival of the great (gadol) and awesome day of HaShem”. What connection does Shabbat Hagadol have to this great and awesome day?

 

Shabbat Hagadol is the last Shabbat of the exile, as we await the redemption from Egypt.

 

In our times, we too are living in a “Great Day” - the “Shabbat Hagadol” before the final redemption. We know this as we have three faithful witnesses:

 

a) The Midrash: “Three days before the  Mashiach is to come, Elijah will come and stand upon the mountains of Israel and cry and mourn over them, saying, ‘Mountains of Eretz Israel, how long will you remain dry and desolate?’ And his voice will be heard from one end of the world to the other. Then he will say to them, ‘Peace has come forever’”.[3] Happy is the generation who harkened to the voice of Elijah and came to make the deserts and mountains bloom and thus to bring peace, as Rabbi Kook z”l wrote about the “awakening of the national desire to return to its land, to its own self...”,[4] referring to the awakening of teshuva which is part of our redemption.

 

b) A second faithful witness is the great Rabbi, the Ra'avad, who wrote that Elijah the Prophet comes “to give Israel peace from the nations of the world, and to announce the coming of the  Mashiach. This happens one day before the actual coming of the  Mashiach, as is written, ‘For behold I send you the Prophet Elijah before the arrival of the Great (gadol) and Awesome Day of HaShem, and he shall return the hearts of fathers to their sons and the hearts of sons to their fathers.’ This means that the hearts of the fathers and sons had been overcome with fear and each had run in a different direction in their troubles. On that day, they will return to their former state of valor, they will turn to each other and be comforted by each other, may it happen in our generation”.[5] Thus we see that before the  Mashiach arrives, valor returns to our nation and this actually brings us peace with the other nations.

 

c) Likewise, Rabbi Zadok HaCohen of Lublin writes: “The fact that Elijah ... comes before the  Mashiach means that his strength will make itself felt in the hearts of all the People of Israel ... to use their anger and revenge against the idolaters, with a strong arm as a result of the awakening in their hearts, and this is termed the coming of Elijah...”.[6]

 

According to the chronology of the year of the Exodus, the day that the Jews were commanded to take the Passover lamb into their homes was Shabbat, the 10th of Nisan. Hence our reference to the Shabbat before Pesach as a great day. The fact that the Egyptians accepted the idea that the Jews would be offering sacrifices to HaShem, of lambs, the animal deified by Egypt, is considered one of the miracles of this great day.

 

Exodus 12:1-3 HaShem said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.”

 

Nisan is the month, and Shabbat Hagadol is the day for all of us to accept HaShem as the true redeemer of the Jewish people, so that this year we will all come to see the miraculous fulfillment of the words, “L’Shannah HaBah B’Yerushalyim”, Next Year in Jerusalem.

 

List of Dates

 

Shabbat Hagadol begins at sundown in the Diaspora on:

  • April 15, 2011 (Nisan 12, 5771)
  • March 30, 2012 (Nisan 8, 5772)
  • March 22, 2013 (Nisan 12, 5773)
  • April 11, 2014 (Nisan 12, 5774)

 

Customs

 

Eliyahu Kitov gives us a tells of some of the customs of this Shabbat:

 

There are also many special customs associated with this Shabbat. It was in Egypt that Israel celebrated the very first Shabbat Hagadol on the tenth of Nisan, five days before their redemption. On that day, the Children of Israel were given their first commandment which applied only to that Shabbat, but not to future generations:

 

Shemot (Exodus) 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month (Nisan) they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

 

This mitzva of preparing a lamb for the Passover offering four days before it was to be brought, applied only to that first Passover in Egypt, and the Torah does not tell us that we must continue to do so before every future Passover. Never the less, the people continued to do this to make sure that their lambs had no blemishes which would preclude their being sacrificed.

 

  • Many communities recite special hymns during the morning services on Shabbat haGadol. The main theme of these hymns is the laws of Passover, which are presented in verse form in order to make it easy for people to become acquainted with the laws of the Festival.

 

 

  • We read part of the Passover Haggada on Shabbat haGadol, beginning from the paragraph that begins with the words: Avadim hayinu, “We were slaves” until the words "to atone for all of our sins." One reason for this is that the redemption began on Shabbat haGadol. Another reason is to familiarize the children with the contents of the Haggada, in fulfillment of the mitzvah of You shall tell your children on that day. Yet another reason is that the reading from the Haggada on Shabbat haGadol is like a rehersal for the Seder night, and helps us to become more familiar with the text.

 

 

  • From as long ago as the days of the Tanna'im and Amora'im, it has been customary in Jewish communities throughout the world for the outstanding Torah scholar of the congregation to address all the people on this Shabbat. The purpose of this address is to teach the people the ways of G-d and instruct them in the laws of Passover. The Rabbi explains how utensils must be prepared for use on Passover, how to remove the chametz, and the laws concerning the baking of matzot. His purpose is to ensure that the people not err in the slightest degree in their observance of the Festival. It is also customary for the rabbi to add other material that speaks to the heart, as well as subjects of topical interest.

 

  • When Shabbat haGadol falls on the day before Passover [and all of the preparations have already been made], it is customary to move this special sermon to the previous Shabbat, so that the congregation can learn all of the applicable laws in time to prepare for the Festival.

 

  • It is an ancient custom in some communities, on the day before Shabbat haGadol, to bake a small quantity of bread from the flour which has been reserved for making the matzot. This bread is referred to as the "challah of the poor" or the "synagogue challah," and is distributed to the poor in the community. Each person would fulfill this custom in accordance with his means. The wealthy would prepare a large quantity of this special challah, and those less well off would prepare a smaller quantity.

 

In The Talmud

 

Pesachim 96a WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PASSOVER-OFFERING OF EGYPT AND THE PASSOVER-OFFERING OF [SUBSEQUENT] GENERATIONS? THE PASSOVER-OFFERING IN EGYPT WAS TAKEN ON THE TENTH [OF NISAN], [ITS BLOOD] REQUIRED SPRINKLING WITH A BUNCH OF HYSSOP ON THE LINTEL AND ON THE TWO DOOR-POSTS, AND IT WAS EATEN IN HASTE ON ONE NIGHT; WHEREAS THE PASS OVER- OFFERING OF [SUBSEQUENT] GENERATIONS IS KEPT THE WHOLE SEVEN [DAYS].

 

AND THE ANNUAL PASSOVER-OFFERING IS KEPT THE WHOLE SEVEN [DAYS] etc. To what does this refer? If we say, to the Passover-offering, — is there then a Passover-offering all the seven [days]? — Rather [it must refer] to leaven. Hence it follows that at the Passover of Egypt [leaven was forbidden] one night and no more; but surely it was taught, R. Jose the Galilean said: How do we know that at the Passover of Egypt the [prohibition of] leaven was in force one day only? Because it is said, There shall no leavened bread be eaten and in proximity [thereto] is written, This day ye go forth! -Rather this is its meaning: [The Passover-offering is kept] one night, and the same law applies to the annual Passover-offering; while [the prohibition of] leaven [was in force] the whole day, whereas at the Passover-offering of [subsequent] generations [the interdict of leaven] holds good for the entire seven [days].

 

In The Midrash

 

The Midrash: “Three days before the Mashiach is to come, Elijah will come and stand upon the mountains of Israel and cry and mourn over them, saying, ‘Mountains of Eretz Israel, how long will you remain dry and desolate?’ And his voice will be heard from one end of the world to the other. Then he will say to them, ‘Peace has come forever’”.[7] Happy is the generation who harkened to the voice of Elijah and came to make the deserts and mountains bloom and thus to bring peace, as Rabbi Kook z"l wrote about the “awakening of the national desire to return to its land, to its own self...”,[8] referrring to the awakening of teshuva which is part of our redemption.

 

II. Nisan 10 Events

 

Water swells on the earth in the days of Noah. Day 100. Genesis 7:24

 

Abraham circumcises himself, Ishmael, and his entire household. Genesis 17:22 - 18:2

 

Yocheved hides Moses after a 6 month and one day pregnancy - day 33. Artscroll Mesorah on Shavuot, page 61.

 

The Pesach lamb, without blemish, is chosen. Exodus 12:3

 

On the tenth day Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai, the leader of the people of Dan, brought his altar dedication offering. Numbers 7:66

 

Joshua's secret spies return from Jericho. Day 3 in hiding in the hills of Jericho. Joshua 2:1-23

 

Israelites cross the Jordan River and enter the promised land, camping at Gilgal. Joshua 4:19-22

 

Miriam dies on the Sabbath before Pesach. Seder Olam 10

 

The mobile well, which supplied water to the Exodus Jews, dries up. Seder Olam 10

 

Israelites cross the Jordan and erect twelve monuments at Gilgal. Joshua 4:20

 

Levites still consecrating the Temple in Hezekiah's day, day 10. II Chronicles 29:17

 

Ezekiel gets Temple measurements. Ezekiel 40, 41, 42, 43

 

Ezra assemble Jews at the Ahava canal prior to departing Babylon for Israel. Day 2 Ezra 8:15

 

Yeshua feeds the multitude. John 6:4-15

 

Yeshua enters Jerusalem, on the foal of a donkey, as  Mashiach King, on Shabbat. John 12:12-15, Zechariah 9:9

 

Yeshua heals the blind and lame. Matthew 21:14

 

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The Shabbat before Pesach is called "The Great Shabbat" because of the miracle which happened on the 10th of Nisan (see above).

 

But what was it about this miracle that we connect it to Shabbat? We commemorate Shavuot on whichever day of the week the 6th of Sivan occurs. Similarly, Chanukah always starts on the 25th of Kislev, whichever day of the week that happens to be.

 

What was it about this miracle that we link it to Shabbat rather than its actual calendar date?

 

It is known that during Shabbat, all the plagues of Egypt were temporarily suspended: The bloody rivers changed back to water; the frogs stopped swarming. In honor of the greatness of Shabbat, even the plagues "took a rest."

 

The tenth of Nisan, when the Jews led the lambs through the streets of Egypt, occurred during the plague of darkness. If this event had taken place on a weekday, the Egyptians would not have been able to see the what the Jews were doing and there would have been no miracle, for the entire land was engulfed in darkness.

 

Now we can understand why we celebrate this miracle on the Shabbat before Pesach and not on the 10th of Nisan. For without Shabbat there would have been no miracle. That's why it's the "Great Shabbat."

 

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On Nisan 10, four days before the Jewish People were to leave Mitzrayim, Egypt, HaShem commanded them to take a lamb, which the Egyptians worshipped as a god, and lead it through the streets to their homes.

 

They tied the lamb to their bedposts, and three days later, it was this lamb which served as the Pesach sacrifice. Its blood was used to mark the doors and lintels so that HaShem would 'pass over' the Jewish homes, and it was eaten at the first seder on the very night that the Jewish People left Egypt.

 

The Egyptians saw the Jews leading lambs through the street and asked "What is this lamb for?" The Jews replied "We're going to slaughter it as a Pesach sacrifice, as HaShem has commanded us." You can imagine how the Egyptians felt, seeing their god led through the street and then tied to a bedpost! Miraculously, however, they were prevented from harming the Jewish People. They ground their teeth in fury, but did not utter a word.

 

We commemorate this miracle on the Shabbat immediately preceding Pesach, on Shabbat Hagadol, ‘The Great Shabbat.’

 

III. Shabbat Shuva and Shabbat Hagadol

 

Shabbat Shuba and Shabbat HaGadol

 

When you think of the really significant shabbatot[9] throughout the Jewish calendar, you think of Shabbat Hagadol and Shabbat Shuba.

 

Shabbat Hagadol is similar to Shabbat Shuba, the Sabbath of Repentance before Yom Kippur. Before Yom Kippur we are afraid of what HaShem will decree. Most repent out of fear. But on Shabbat Hagadol, we remember the great miracles HaShem performed in bringing about our exodus from Egypt, and in appreciation our hearts want forgiveness out of love of HaShem. This is significant because what happened in Egypt, in the days of Moshe, will happen in the future in the days of Mashiach:

 

Rosh HaShana 11a Rabbi Yehoshua says: "In Nisan the world was created ... the bondage of our ancestors ceased in Egypt; and in Nisan they will be redeemed in time to come.”

 

Further, our future redemption is just like our redemption in the days of Moshe:

 

Micah 7:15 As in the days of thy coming forth out of the land of Egypt will I show unto them marvellous things.

 

Thus the secrets of Shabbat HaGadol are important to our own redemption. The relationship of Shabbat HaGadol to Shabbat Shuba will only bring us greater illumination and understanding into this very significant Shabbat.

 

In Our Synagogues

 

One of the distinctions of Shabbat HaGadol, among Ashkenazi Jews, is that it was one of two times during the year that, in an earlier age,[10] the Hakham would address the congregation.[11] The other occasion was Shabbat Shuba. The Shabbat before Pesach expresses the motif of drawing down G-dliness, and the Shabbat before Yom Kippur, Shabbat Shuba, relates to man’s ascent. On Shabbat Shuba our Hakhamim expound at length on the laws of teshuva and on Shabbat Hagadol he should expound at length on cleaning for chametz.

 

In our halachic literature, we find the following remarks by the "Mateh Moshe," "It is customary (that the Rav) deliver a talk on Shabbat shuba and Shabbat Hagadol … in order to awaken the people to repentance; and I have found support for this custom in ‘Midrash Mishlei,’ where it is written, ‘The Holy One, Blessed Be He, said: When the “Hakham,” or “Sage,” sits and teaches, I cancel and forgive the trespasses of Israel.”’ Hence it is proper to deliver a talk on this Shabbat, in order that He pardon their sins; and you may find another support for this in the Zohar on Parshat Vayikra."

 

What is the connection between teshuva and chametz? Well, for one, we must do careful searching in both cases. When we search for chametz we should also be searching for our own Yetzer HaRa.[12] When we search for our sins in order to do teshuva it is an equaly daunting task.

 

On Shabbat Hagadol we prepare for redemption. This redemption involves attaching ourselves to HaShem and returning to the promised land, to Gan Eden. It means that we become His people.

 

On Shabbat Shuba we prepare to stand before The Judge by returning to the sinless state we had in Gan Eden.

 

Thus we see that these two Shabbatot[13] have much in common.

 

Just Two Shabbatot

 

Shabbat 118b Rav Yochanan said in the name of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: “If Israel were to keep two Shabbatot according to the laws thereof, they would be redeemed immediately.”

 

In the Sifrei HaPardes, Rav Yeshiel Epstein writes that the two Shabbatot which must be observed are Shabbat Hagadol and Shabbat Shuba. Each of these Shabbatot have a special power to them:

 

Shabbat Shuba falls between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, it is a Shabbat which teaches man how to return to HaShem. Shabbat Shuba is typically the first Shabbat of the year.

 

Shabbat Hagadol contains within it the secret of redemption. The other Shabbat, Shabbat HaGadol, is the first Shabbat observed in Egypt and the second Shabbat in Nisan.

 

If man could master these two Shabbatot, the Mashiach would quickly arrive.

 

The Sefat Emet explains that the term “Shabbat HaGadol” results from the Shabbat taking on new significance. Only with the Jews redemption from Egypt did Shabbat acquire the historical identity which intertwined with the theology. The Sefat Emet explains that Shabbat had now become “greater”: Now the second aspect of Shabbat, articulated in the repetition of the ten commandments, would be realized.[14]

 

The Sefat Emet states[15] that by taking the lamb the Jews observed Shabbat in Egypt. This was their first Shabbat as a people, a moment of passage in the national sense: They had reached the age of majority, became an Ish (a royal man), with responsibilities. This was Shabbat “HaGadol”.[16] The most basic teaching of Shabbat is the acknowledgement that HaShem created the world in six days. By taking the lamb the Jews rejected idolatry and accepted HaShem. This was not merely an action which took place on the tenth of Nisan. This was a watershed of Jewish history. Now the Jews joined HaShem in a Shabbat.

 

In Our Customs

 

Most Jews have a custom to wear their kittels[17] (קיטל) at two times during the year: At the Pesach seder we wear a kittel and on Yom Kippur we wear a kittel.[18] Curiously, Shabbat Shuba and Shabbat HaGadol are the two shabbatot which immediately preceed theses two occasions.

 

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Usually, the haftorah always follows the theme of the Maftir. On Yom Tov and Rosh Chodesh, we read a special maftir which is followed by the Haftorah as found in the theme of the Maftir. Yet on two Shabbatot there is no special Maftir, and yet we read a special Haftorah . These are:

 

1) Shabbat Shuba, and

2) Shabbat Hagadol.

 

The question that was raised is why are these two Haftarot different from the others?

 

Here is the answer as I see it. If you analyze the pattern you find that the special maftir only applies to an actual holiday. The pilgrimage festivals and Chanukah are holidays; hence, there is a special maftir when it coincides with Shabbat. Shabbat Shuba, and Shabbat Hagadol are secondary to something else. Shabbat Shuba is secondary to the Days of Awe and Shabbat Hagadol is secondary to Pesach. Hence, since they are still important, they have their own Haftarot. Nevertheless, since they are still secondary, there is no special Maftir.

 

From this question and its answer we see another connection between Shabbat Hagadol and Shabbat Shuba.

 

Finally, Shabbat HaGadol is time for learning how to clean on the outside (to remove chametz), while Shabbat Shuba is time for cleaning the inside (returning to HaShem by cleaning out sin). Yes, I know that the point of cleaning the outside is to demonstrate the work that must be exerted to clean the inside. An yes, I know that internal soul searching must be manifested in good deeds on the outside.

 

On The Calendar

 

Shabbat HaGadol is the Shabbat closest to the Tekufa of Nisan (Vernal Equinox) and Shabbat Shuba is the Shabbat closest to the Tekufa of Tishre (Autumnal Equinox). On these two days the days and nights of equal length.

 

In the Triennial Torah Reading Cycle

 

On the first Shabbat after Simchat Torah, we read the first pasuk of Bereshit, in the annual Torah reading cycle. In the Triennial, or Septennial, cycle, we read the first verse on Shabbat Shuba, the first Shabbat after Yom Teruah, and we also read it on Shabbat Hagadol in Nisan. This bi-modality of the Torah goes well with the Baraita of Rosh HaShanah 10b, where we have Rabbi Eliezer telling us the world was created in Tishri, and Rabbi Joshua telling us that the world was created in Nisan.

 

The annual Torah readings on this Shabbat HaGadol are:

 

Malachi 3:4-24 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto HaShem, as in the days of old, and as in former years. 5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith HaShem of hosts. 6 For I am HaShem, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. 7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith HaShem of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? 8 Will a man rob G-d? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith HaShem of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith HaShem of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith HaShem of hosts.13 Your words have been stout against me, saith HaShem. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? 14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve G-d: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before HaShem of hosts? 15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt G-d are even delivered. 16 Then they that feared HaShem spake often one to another: and HaShem hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared HaShem, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith HaShem of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth G-d and him that serveth him not. 19 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith HaShem of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 20 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 21 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith HaShem of hosts. 22 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 23 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of HaShem: 24 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

 

Triennial torah readings for Shabbat Shuba and Shabbat Hagadol:

 

 


 

Shabbat Hagadol

Shabbat Shuva

Malachi 3:4-24

Hosea 14:2-10 (Sefardim)

Gen 1:1 – 2:3

Micah 7:18-20

Gen. 2:4 – 3:21

Joel 2:15-17 (Ashkenazim)

Gen. 27:1-27

Gen 1:1 – 2:3

Gen. 27:28 – 28:9

Gen. 30:22 – 31:2

Ex 6:2 – 7:7

Gen. 31:3 – 32:3

Ex 7:8 -8:15

Ex 1:1-22

Ex 27:20 – 28:43

Ex. 2:1-25

Lev. 15:1-24

Ex 32:15 – 33:23

Lev. 19:23 – 20:27

Ex 34:1-26

Num. 8:1 – 9:23

Lev. 15:1-24

Num. 10:1 – 11:15

Num. 10:1 – 11:15

Num. 10:1 – 11:15

Num. 14:11-45

Deut. 2:2-30

Deut. 4:41 – 6:3

Deut. 2:31 – 3:22

 

 

 

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[1] The Children of Israel

[2] Malachi 3:23

[3] Pesikta Rabati 35

[4] Orot HaT'shuva 17:2

[5] Commentary of Ra’avad at the end of Eduyot

[6] Zidkat HaZadik 218

[7] Pesikta Rabati 35

[8] Orot HaT'shuva 17:2

[9] Plural of Shabbat (Sabbaths)

[10] This was the custom, from Talmudic times, in eastern Europe through the nineteenth century. Meir Berlin, Me Volozin Ad Yerushalaim (Tel Aviv, 1939), p.227, asserts that R. Epstein fulfills this law and relates that although very involved instudy and community issues, he was careful to deliver his sermons every Shabbat Hagadl and Shabbat Shuba.. (See also Saperstein, Jewish Preaching, p.13, where the categories of sermons are discussed.)

[11] The Arukh HaShuchan, by Rabbi Epstein, tells us about this custom in Orach Chaim 429:6.

[12] Our evil inclination

[13] Plural of Shabbat (Sabbaths)

[14] Sfat Emet Shabbat Hagadol 5637

[15] Sfat Emet Shabbat Hagadol 5646

[16] Sfat Emet Shabbat Hagadol 5674

[17] A long white robe, as pictured.

[18] The kittel is also worn as shrouds for a Niftar (one who died).