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Tzav(Leviticus 6-8)

It's a Miracle!

This is the law of the feast peace-offering that one will offer to Hashem: If he shall offer it for a thanksgiving-offering... (Lev. 7:11)

When someone has survived a life threatening situation he brings a Korban Todah, a thanksgiving offering, to express his gratitude and recognition that God saved him. This offering can be eaten for up to one day and one night.

A thanksgiving offering is a form of Korban Shelamim (peace offering), so why isn't it eaten for two days and a night like all other peace offerings?

We are surrounded by miracles all day long. In the Shemoneh Esrei we say, "Thank you God for Your miracles that are with us every day." One who brings a thanksgiving offering has become aware of one solitary miracle while remaining oblivious to all the others. Therefore, a thanksgiving offering may be eaten for only one day since tomorrow there will be other miracles for which to be grateful!

God is constantly performing miracles, whether they are obvious or hidden. We are surrounded by them. When flying in an airplane or just crossing the street, God holds our hand and saves us from possible danger. A Czarist official in Russia once asked the Netziv, Rabbi of Volozhin, why many verses in Tehillim (Psalms) call upon the nations to praise God for his salvation of Israel. Should it not be the Jews who praise God for saving them?! The Netziv replied, "We have no way of knowing the extent of your conspiracies against us. Only you know how many times you have plotted against us, but have been thwarted by God. Since you are far more conscious than we are of the magnitude of God's miraculous salvations, only you can appreciate the full extent of His greatness."

NOTES

1. Imrei Emes (Quoted in Artscroll stone Chumash). The Ha'amek Davar gives another answer: There is much to be eaten in such a short time span. Therefore, by limiting the eating period to just one day, you'll have to invite many people to help you finish it and the miracle will become known to all!

Published: March 9, 2014

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Visitor Comments: 3

(3) Beverly Margolis-Kurtin, March 25, 2015 3:08 AM

My biggest miracle

How many times have we heard about someone dying from a hemorrhagic stroke? Thirty years ago on January 1, 1985, following a carotid endarterectomy, I had a headache that started instantly, the worst I had ever had.
The right side of my face became numb. I picked up the phone, dialed 911 and told them I was having a stroke and need help NOW. The operator asked me what made me think I was having a stroke.
Those were the last words I spoke for the next several months. It took 49 units of whole blood and plasma to stop the bleeding in my brain because I had been taking a "blood thinner."
When I presented at the hospital, the nurse thought I had been drinking because all I could do was laugh. The bleeding had hit me in the area responsible for speech. Suddenly, I went into my first ever grand mal seizure. I thought I was dying, I didn't even have time to say the Shema.
When I came out of the coma it was clear to me that I had a very long way to go to leave the hospital. For some reason or another, the ICU is the LOUDEST place in any hospital. I couldn't sleep.
One doctor kept coming into my room and saying "Doctor Kurtin, you are never going to walk, talk, or work again, sorry."
Six months later I returned to work. And when I had to see my neurologist that same doctor saw me. "Dr. Kurtin?" I just grinned and told him that his dire forecast was wrong. (I have a Ph.D in computer science).
I lost all of my programming skills, had difficulty in speaking and 17 months later the pill I was taking to ward off grand mal seizures disabled me to the point that I had to retire.
Had not Hashem been with me, healing me, I'd be dead.
People simply do not survive that kind of stroke.
When I asked my doctor why I never received any therapy, no speech, no physical, no nothing he said with a puzzled look on his face. "We sent you home to die, we didn't expect you to live through what you went through.
All I can say is baruch Hashem!

(2) Anonymous, March 23, 2015 1:20 PM

Very interesting and great lessons! Thanks for posting this!

(1) Anonymous, March 10, 2014 6:49 AM

Great!

This is great thank you so much for posting it!

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