14 Apr Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach – 5777
This Shabbat we read the special Torah reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed, whether it be during the intermediate days of Sukkot or Pesach – as is the case this week. The portion, which comes from the book of Exodus, is quite appropriate as is mentions the three pilgrimage festivals on the Jewish calendar which are the two holidays mentioned above as well as Shavuot. In fact, the holidays of the Jewish calendar, also including Shabbat, Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur, are mentioned a number of times throughout the final four books of the Torah. It seems that God, with Moses working alongside, was doing God’s best to instill in the people the sense that these holy moments were to be celebrated and cherished. And in our world, where we lead busy lives filled with constant work and action, we too should do our best to cherish and celebrate every holiday that comes our way.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik