Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Sure, whatever man

Some people seem to think that brute force is the only way to live. That suffering and punishment are the only means to achieve a goal. I may have contributed to this by suggesting that we threaten people with AK-47s in order to make them compliant with the rules and regulations which G-d laid down for all of us on Mount Sinai. In addition, some people also think that a blog is no good unless it rants and raves about shtuff, particularly Lubavitch. To both these claims, I would just like to simply state that everyone knows that Chabad is all about love. Is everyone in Chabad perfect? No. Heck, I just may be the only perfect person left! But that shouldn't deter us from our core mission of bringing Moshiach.
Moving right along, today is the first day of Shevat, meaning that there is just 3.5 months left until Pesach. Have you scrubbed your floors? Have you scrubbed your cars? Have you been indicted for child abuse for making your kids do things now which many parents reserve for a month before Pesach? Point is, you've got to start getting ready, both physically and spiritually. Yesterday, I began the arduous journey out of Egypt by learning a Maamar that discusses this very topic. I won't go into it all now, because it's not even Purim yet, but suffice it to say that some of us here at the Real Shliach have a lot to do before offering the Pascal lamb. For example, I have to find out where exactly one gets a lamb. Then I need a permit to first slaughter and then roast it in my back yard. Finally, I need a Rabbi who'll certify that I'm not actually crazy for planning this ceremony before the afore-mentioned arrival of the Messiah. See, it's actually forbidden to sacrifice any sort of animal, including man, before the arrival of the Messiah. There was a town where they did it, back in the days of the Gemara, but they had some excuse which I can't remember right now. Whoever knows, drop me a comments. Preferably not sarcastic, but at this point, I'll take anything.
And one last thing. Last night most of the Shluchim and teachers here at YHSTC watched a video about kids with learning disabilitys. The most important point that was made, and this applies to all people, is that fairness does not mean giving everyone the same thing; it means giving everyone what they need.


cheerio said...

hmm. actually i think the korban pesach is the only korban which we might have still been required to sacrifice had the israeli govmnt not returned control over har habayis to the arabs.
there was a lubavitch family that the Rebbe told to leave yerushalyim for pesach for a couple of years until the issue of who had control over har habayis was settled.

The Real Shliach said...

I remember learning this in gemara pesachim many years ago. there's a whole problem with roasting meat, because it may seem like we're offering a korban. anyway, look it up