Who of us doesn’t need a second chance?” Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach often used to these words regarding the holiday we are celebrating — Pesach Sheni. This minor holiday occurs one month after Passover which falls this Thursday Night, Friday.
It is a Holiday of the second chance. This is a time to reflect and ask?
What will the post Covid19 world look like?
How can we prepare ourselves, our children, and even society for this?
There is no doubt that while there has been death, suffering, and a major shift in the way we live and travel, it is important to look forward and contemplate our priorities, our business and look to recreate ourselves in this new world.
In effect we, the world is been given a 2nd Chance?
We need to ask ourselves – how have we changed for the better during Covid19? Many people have said we do not want to go back to the same “normal” read imperfect world of before.
In effect, we have been given a tremendous opportunity to reflect reset. A 2nd Chance.
As a starter, I across this article on Forbes, which is an interesting read.
So, let’s use the opportunity of Pesach Sheini to reflect, and make the most of 2nd chances?
I want to paraphrase what Shy Yellin, President of the Carlebach Shul in Manhattan wrote which highlights important teachings.
“It is very challenging to write an optimistic message when the Jewish People in Israel are under siege from senseless malicious attackers. (And the world under the cloud of Covid 19). Perhaps we can take solace in the events that occurred during the lifetime of our patriarch Yitzchak, who dug wells to give drink to the world, only to find them filled in by the local Philistines who could not contain their jealousy of all that Yitzchak had accomplished.
We know that ultimately Yitzchak, through perseverance, was able to put down wells and provide water to all. As Reb Nachman would say, “never give up!” It is in such trying times that we turn to the Master of the Universe and proclaim “only You can bring Peace from Your lofty heights”.
Fortunately, the Carlebach Shul (and Reb Shlomo Legacy) remains a place of refuge from a world that has lost its compass. How often do we hear people remarking that when they enter our premises they are taken to a different place where the world looks so beautiful and is so full of amazing promise. I heard Reb Shlomo observe that “we need to show the world a picture of what could be…” That is one of the many goals of the Carlebach Shul (and Reb Shlomo’s Chevra), to paint a picture of a beautiful world for all to strive for.” (end of quote)
This is the beautiful legacy that Reb Shlomo left us. The followers of Reb Shlomo are pleased to share with you “Pesach Sheni: We all have a second chance”, an exciting internet event featuring close to 36 of Reb Shlomo’s students to be broadcast live on Facebook this THURSDAY, MAY 7 ay 7pm Israel time.
This event can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/yeshivatsimchatshlomo/
All of us are aware of Reb Shlomo’s intimate connection to Pesach Sheni, as attested to by his many Torahs on Pesach Sheni which are a part of the special legacy he left behind.
This promises to be a much-needed need spiritual pickup, and an opportunity to reflect on our 2nd Chances.
Israel is known as the Start-up Nation and we can be proud of the creative Solutions and Tech that the people of Israel have and are creating in finding solutions for Covid19 and for the new Digital economic world.
The challenge is also for Israel to be a spiritual Start-up Nation where our society reflects a more humanistic, compassionate, and universal Judaism.
We now have a 2nd Chance.