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Finding Chavie's picture!

Friday, 8 May, 2020 - 8:12 am

Just before Passover, Chavie’s uncle Mendy in Plano, Texas came across a picture of him visiting with the Rebbe on his wedding day in 1990. Alongside his mother, our Bubby Laya, stands his young niece Chavie, face to face with the Rebbe. For over a decade every time a new photo gallery was uploaded to the Living Archive, I would search, sometimes for hours, to find such a photo, but to no avail. Her younger sisters Rochel, Chaya Mushka and Rikal are all seen in the photos, but the oldest sister Chavie was nowhere to be found. I never gave up, hoping to find one and today a picture of Chavie and the Rebbe, eyes locked, is hanging upliftingly in our home (click here to see the picture). 

Today is Pesach Sheini, the Second Passover. In Temple times if a Jew missed Passover due to impurity or traveling far off from Jerusalem, they would have the opportunity to bring their Pascal Lamb and celebrate Passover thirty days later, on the 14th of Iyar. Even if they deliberately chose a path or behavior that kept them from doing Passover properly, G-d gives them a second chance. G-d never wants a Jew to feel like “it’s all over”, “I’m a goner” or “I have no hope”. Making bad choices is wrong and, for a Jew, somewhat insane, but that doesn’t mean G-d wants the Jew to stop yearning, and fighting, for a better tomorrow.

At times each of us feels like giving up. Whether related to weight loss, family relationships, mending friendships, sobering up, quitting smoking or drugs, studying Torah, increasing Mitzvah observance or getting through Covid-19; it gets hard and we want to give up. Pesach Sheini reminds us that with G-d there are always second chances to make first impressions as He’s infinite and past, present and future are equal before Him, so you can be healed retroactively. It’s acceptable to change course, rethink strategies and own our past mistakes, but it’s never acceptable to use our past errors and failures as the reason for today’s laziness.

There is no failure, except in no longer trying!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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