Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Mitzvot of Pesach - Aliyah laRegel


Mitzvah 489, according to the count of the Sefer haChinuch, instructs us to ascend to Yerushalayim and visit the Beit haMikdash [Jerusalem Temple] for each of the three major Yamim Tovim, Pesach, Shavuot and Succot; this is the mitzvah of aliyah laregel. Mitzvah 88 instructs us to bring a korban chagigah in honor of the Yom Tov when we arrive, to demonstrate our desire to give to HaShem.

The mitzvah of aliyah laregel provides us with an opportunity to re-enact the major theme of these celebrations: The original Jewish journey from Egypt to Israel. We depart from our homes, leaving behind our wealth and trusting HaShem to take care of us along the way and at our destination in Yerushalayim. In this way, we demonstrate our own willingness to match the deeds of our ancestors and achieve greatness.

Have a great day,

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