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Pre-existing Conditions

B”H

A small group of people were afflicted and therefore unable to go through the normal process as everyone else since they had a pre-existing condition.

They lobbied the government and cried out, “why should we be left out?”

Therefore, a provision was added to the law that would help them.

I”m speaking of course, about the Jews in the desert who were unable to bring the Passover offering.  They were ritually impure and, therefore, were prohibited from bringing the sacrifice.

After pleading their case to Moses, Moses went to G-d and got some unexpected news.  A new law was added to the Torah, Pesach Sheini, the second Passover.  They were required to bring a Passover offering one month later, on the 14th of Iyyar.

Without a Temple, this doesn’t apply nowadays.  However, the day is still celebrated.  It’s treated as a joyous day and there are no penitential prayers said.  Also, we eat matzah to rememver the offering the in the Temple.

But there’s a deeper lesson.  Many times, we feel like we’ve missed and opportunity in life or we’re too old to change ourselves.  Or maybe a relationship has fallen by the wayside and we feel it’s too late to salvage it.  Pesach Sheini comes to tell us that it’s never too late.

Even if you’re impure, even if you’re sick or too far away.  Through G-d, there’s a way to make it happen.  So apply for that job, do that mitzvah, make that phone call.  You may find yourself pleasantly surprised with the results 🙂

Have a great week!
~Rabbi Yossi

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