by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
Blog Life in Israel reports the following quote from the Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel…
Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, when asked about the possibility of us bringing the korban this year, “Shtuyot! Who are we to bring the korban pesach?”
Life in Israel responded noting he’d never heard of levels of greatness required to bring the korbon pesach, and the Torah requires it upon every Jew if possible.
And then one of his commentors added this…
Maybe he views it in the same frame as for example a tefillat nedava. Let's start doing properly the things that are definitely necessary to be done before we go looking for new things to do.
New things? NEW THINGS???? Korbon Pesach (the Passover sacrifice) is a NEW thing??? We're going to chumra (add extra stringencies) our Pesach (Passover) up to our necks...and we're calling Korbon Pesach a NEW thing?
Both the comment and the Chief Rabbi’s (reported) quote show a VERY VERY troubling trend. Clear mitzvot from the Torah (that are clearly explained and instructed in the Gemora) are IGNORED or just considered impossible without any thought.
Yet we’ll focus on every stringency, minchag, communal custom, as if it’s Torah m’Sinai (as if it’s the literal written word of G-d).
I am NOT a karite (a Torah literalist who ignores the words of our rabbis and the Gemora). But I do not understand how we can ignore a mitzvah d’orisa?
You tell me. WHY are WE not bringing a korbon pesach this year?
Rabbi Nati was passing through the Yaffa Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem yesterday. There was a police blockade with dogs inspecting cars. What were they looking for? LAMBS or KIDS (baby goats)! Why? Because some Jews living in the Old City were attempting to bring some lambs or baby goats home to prepare for the Passover sacrifice.
Rabbi Nati watched as the police were confiscating (in two different cases) lambs from men trying to bring them home before Passover.
THOSE JEWS can stand before Shamayim and say “because of external factors I was unable to bring the Korbon Pesach”.
Those Jews can say “if the path was blocked by the Hand of Heaven (via the arm of the State), then it is the will of Heaven that I not be able to bring the Passover sacrifice”.
If we tried and were blocked (by the State or by religious threats or security threats or lack of money or lack of access)... If we prepared but were unable to get all the needed items, appropriate trained people, or there was a real blocking halachic issue (there isn’t)…
If so….but if not, what is our excuse?