06 Apr Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Tzav – Shabbat HaGadol 5777
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Tzav as well as mark Shabbat HaGadol, the Shabbat immediately preceding Passover. Shabbat HaGadol is one of only two occasions where a particular Shabbat has a special haftarah which is read without it coming along with a special maftir portion (the other is known as Machar Chodesh – a Shabbat when the very next day, Sunday, is Rosh Chodesh). While the words of the haftarah are of course significant, this fact that the special haftarah comes without a special maftir is meant to awaken the congregation to the unusual nature of the occurrence. It is meant, just as the shofar is on Rosh HaShannah, as a wakeup call that Passover is almost here. The good news is that there are still a couple more days until the first seder arrives. But this Shabbat is telling us that if you haven’t started getting ready yet, you better hurry up.
Shabbat Shalom and almost Chag Sameach,
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik