🍷🍷🍷🍷 21 Nissan (21-22 Nissan outside the Land of Israel)

On the 21th of Nissan, 2368, baby Moshe was left in a basket in the river of Yeor (Nile). After the basket was placed in the river, Moshe's father, Amram, asked his daughter Miriam the prophetess:

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“Now what happened to your great prophecy (about the future Geulah which would be brought to the Jewish people by Moshe)?”.

However, Miriam was certain that her little brother would be saved. So she stood at some distance from the river to see what would become of her prophecy. Then something unusual happened. Pharaoh’s daughter, stricken with a rash, went to bathe in the river, hoping this would heal her. She saw the basket among the reeds and opened it. The moment she touched the basket her rash disappeared…

80 years later, on this same day, the Jewish people, who had left Mitzrayim, witnessed the great miracle – the splitting of the Sea of Suph.

Today this day is celebrated as Shevi’i Shel Pesach” and the last day of Pesach in the Land of Israel (in the diaspora the last day of Pesach is celebrated on the 22 of Nissan). The Rebbe Rayatz explains that on the last day of Passover the radiance of Moshiach is shining especially brightly.

Following a tradition instituted by the Baal Shem Tov, Jews all over the world celebrate this day with Moshiach’s Meal – Seudat Mashiach. This meal is held following Minchah in the afternoon hours and celebrates the Divine revelation which is to come in the era of Geulah.

It’s customary – according to the Rebbe Rashab – to drink four cups of wine 🍷🍷🍷🍷 during Seudat Mashiach as well as during the Seder. It is also traditional to begin the meal with an egg, which symbolizes the Chagigah offering – just as in the beginning of the Seder night.

 

The Sea of Suph 🌊 – anniversary of the splitting

In Chassidic thought, it is explained that the splitting of the sea reflected the bonding between the transcendent worlds which are above revelation (the sea, whose creations are hidden and covered by the sea’s waters) and the lower revealed worlds (the dry land, on which the creations can be openly seen).

The Rebbe explains:

– There are two opinions regarding the nature of the bond established:

a) The Zohar’s view is that the bond was established through the elevation of the lower realms;

b) The AriZal’s view is that the bond was established through the revelation from above.

According to Chassidus, “these and these are the words of the living G‑d,” and both conceptions are true. And in this way, the fusion is complete, a revelation from above (when the revelation is initiated from above, more transcendent levels are revealed) and an elevation from below (which allows the influence received to be internalized in a more complete manner). Thus, we also have a parallel to the theme explained above, that the revelation which transcends the world will permeate the world itself.

From the Rebbe’s talk on the Acharon Shel Pesach, 5751 (1991).

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