This Shabbat has the distinction of being called "Shabbat Hagadol", meaning the Great Sabbath.
This Shabbat has the distinction of being called "Shabbat Hagadol", meaning the Great Sabbath. It has become the custom to review the Passover Haggadah in preparation for the following week's seders. Also, many pulpit rabbis deliver special sermons (drashot) on the intricacies of the season's festival.
A myriad of reasons are given for the title, Shabbat Hagadol, one being as follows: On the Shabbat in Egypt immediately proceeding the initial Passover, Hashem commanded the Jews to publicly tie the lambs to their bedposts to be eventually offered on the 14th day of the month of Nissan as the karban Pesach (Pascal offering). As is well-known, the Egyptians worshipped the lamb, the zodiacal sign for the month of Nissan. The Children of Israel's slaughtering of the Egyptian god at the apex of its supposed power, at the time of the full moon, represented the dawn of the Jews' freedom. Even so, the Egyptians observed the Jews' committing deicide while remaining absolutely silent, failing to respond with any aggression towards them. On that note, the Torah from Dixie staff wishes you and your family a Great Shabbat.
Joey Raab, a native Atlantan, is currently a senior at Georgia State University.
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