Torahs and Stories for Pesach

Erev Pesach

R’ Shalom Fogel was the Gabai of the Ruv z”l, Reb Aharon, in Eretz Yisroel for many years. He recounts two of the rare times that he saw the Ruv z”l shed tears. One was on Purim Shachris when saying the Piyutim in Shmonei Esrei and the other was Erev Pesach when saying Torah right after burning the Chometz.

Generally, he writes, the Ruv z”l would repeat the Torah of his father the Friedige Ruv z”l who used to repeat the Radvaz explanation why Chometz is so strict and we need to rid of even a משהו – a miniscule piece. He explained that in every Mitzvah there is פשט, רמז, דרוש, סוד, but in Chometz we need to understand it with רמז. Chometz symbolizes the Yetzer Hara which always rises and leavens. Matza symbolizes the Yetzer Hatov. That’s why we get rid entirely of Chometz to destroy and rid ourselves completely of the Yetzer Hara. Then the Ruv z”l added a different Torah every year.

 

כאן הבן שואל

Many Seforim write how great a night the Seder is for asking Hashem for any need. A Remez is from the words that are printed in the Hagada כאן הבן שואל – here (at the Ma Nishtana in the Hagadda) the son asks the questions.

 

שפך חמתך אל הגוים

An astonishing letter was recently discovered from the Gabai R’ Hillel Wind to the Chosid R’ Yakir Bigeleisen in New York. He recounts the Seder of the Ruv z”l in Eretz Yisroel in the year תש”י – 1950. When they reached שפך חמתך in the Hagaddah, the Ruv z”l said, “All the holy letters and all the holy Seforim Hakdoshim that the Reshaim (the Nazis) desecrated went up to the כסא הכבוד and all the angels of the nations (every nation has an angel, a minister in Shamayim) stood with shame with their heads bent down.” “When the angels of the nations stand with their heads bent down, we can ask and say ‘שפך חמתך אל הגוים וגו.” And the Ruv z”l continued saying שפך חמתך.

A different Sefer writes that on the first year in Eretz Yisroel the Ruv z”l said, “the seventy angels of the nations stand and their heads are bent down and they need to give a Din Vecheshbon on why they were silent and allowed it all to happen.”

As known, these are exceptional words from the holy Tzadik that every word he uttered was weighed with scales of gold.

 

נרצה – How to Redo the Seder

The fifteenth of the Simanim of the Seder is נרצה. In this Siman we don’t do anything. Some say the Pasuk ‘ויהי נועם וגו – a Tefillah that our Avoda should be accepted.

It’s interesting that we don’t do anything in this Siman.

The Mitele Ruv z”l taught a very fundamental Avoda that we’ll iy”H be talking about more elaborately in our series on the Mitele Ruv.

The Mitele Ruv said, when a Yid finishes the Seder he thinks to himself, “Is this how one should conduct a Seder? Halevei I can start all over and do it with more completeness and with more Chiyyus!” Hashem sees the heart and considers as if the person has done the Seder all over again on the highest level.

That’s why we say ויהי נועם, that Hashem accepts our broken heart and our yearning to better serve Him as if we have done it in the highest of levels.

!לשנה הבאה בירושלים