Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 14, 2011

Tzav – Command

This Shabbos is called Shabbos Zachor – Remember (Amalek).  We read it always before Purim.  The Torah reading is Tzav – Command.  In the Parsha it speaks about a Korban Todah – A Thanksgiving Offering.  This offering is given for a variety of reasons.  The basic theme is that a person was saved from a perilous situation and commits to thank the Al-mighty for the miracle that he/she was saved.  Today, we ‘Bench Gomel’.  This is a special blessing, thanking the Al-mighty for a miraculous salvation.  An example in our time would be surviving a bad car accident.  Many make a festive meal, called a Seudat Hodah – A Thanksgiving Meal. (As an aside, this is the source for the Pilgrims making their festive Thanksgiving Dinner).

Purim and the defeat of Amalek (Haman, a descendant of Amalek) was a very special miracle.  We refer to it as a hidden miracle or a concealed miracle.  The events unfolded in a political arena.  One minister, Haman (boo), wanted to destroy the Jews.  Another minister, Mordechai, lobbied to save the Jews and destroy Haman (boo) and his followers.  Mordechai used the King’s wife, Esther (also his cousin) to assist on his behalf.  That worked out pretty good.  The Jews were saved and Haman (boo) and his sons were killed.

Due to the natural, political arena, there is no open, official, special blessing for the salvation of the Jewish nation.  Yet we all acknowledge the hidden involvement of the Al-mighty in the story of Purim.  The Purim meal, in part, plays the role of the Korban Todah –  Thanksgiving Offering.

In the very near future, Amalek will be totally destroyed in an opened and revealed way and we will celebrate with the actual Korban Todah – Thankgiving Offering, in the 3rd Beit Hamikdosh.

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