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Shabbat Hagadol Drashot, Times and Parsha thoughts

I will be adding to the Shabbat Hagadol listing below tomorrow, with more details.

Shabbat times: In at 6.29, Out at 7.43.

Shabbat Hagadol Drashot:

Ramban: Rav Benny Lau at 5.30.

Nitzanim: Rav Shai Finklestein at 6.25.

Chorev: Rav Shtern: 6.15.

ELC: Rav Berzon: 5.30.

Eretz Chemdah, 6.15.

Rabbi Wein at Bet Knesset Hanassi at 6.20.

Shir Chadash by 1) Ohel Nechama: 10.45, 2) On Emek 43: 6.40.

Parsha ideas from Brendan Stern:

Shabbat HaGadol – Process Not ResultsThe Shabbat before Pesach is called Shabbat HaGadol, because of the “great miracle” that occurred on this day. The Midrash Tehillim (136:4) relates that the Egyptian firstborn demanded that Pharaoh free Am Yisrael and even fought a war in an attempt to achieve this.

The miracle was thus that the Egyptian’s themselves took to battle on behalf of Am Yisrael!Important dates on the Jewish calendar are generally celebrated on a day of the month. The war of the firstborn occurred on the 10th of Nissan, which happened to fall on Shabbat that year.

Why do we uncharacteristically commemorate this on the day of the week it occurred rather than the day of the month? Furthermore, this rebellion seemingly did not accomplish much as we remained stuck in Egypt until the 15th of Nissan. We were ultimately freed only after Hashem forced Pharaoh’s hand, not the firstborn Egyptians!

The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that there are two types of miracles. The first is result focused – where something extraordinary occurs to change a given situation. The second is process focussed – where the way things operate is transformed. The results may not be visible but something fundamental changes, which is infinitely greater.

The miracle of Shabbat HaGadol was of the second type. It is one thing for Hashem to bring plagues on Egypt, but another altogether when the Egyptians themselves fight to liberate Am Yisrael!The first type of miracle belongs to the monthly cycle – following the moon’s rebirth from darkness every 29.5 days – symbolising visible, radical change.

The second miracle belongs to the weekly cycle, representing the regular workings of nature.Hence we celebrate the miracle on Shabbat to highlight the unique value of change from within, not emphasising specific perceptible results achieved but rather a change in the fundamental process!

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