Dreaming of Moshiach

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Festive Dairy Shavuot

Some of the reasons why we eat dairy on Shavuot:
In the Torah the Jewish people are promised a "Land flowing with milk and honey." Dairy meals recall this lyrical description of Israel.

The Hebrew word for milk, chalav, has the numerical value of 40, symbolizing the number of days Moshe Rabenu, zs'l, was on Mt. Sinai.

With bravery and courage, Yael, a'h, single-handedly freed Am Israel from the cruel and dangerous Sisra by feeding him warm milk - this happened Shavuot nite...

Sisra's army was stationed at the valley, close to Nachal Kishon and Barak's army stood on top of Har Tavor. Without HaShem's help, Am Israel would have no chance against Sisra's army but HaShem confused Sisra's army. They imagined hearing clangs of chariots and horses approaching. Truth is Barak's army had no chariots. Sisra's army panicked and fled and Barak's army had no need to fight. They gave chase and killed the enemy soldiers. HaShem performed more miracles. Night was beginning to fall and stars appeared in the sky. HaShem moved the stars directly over Sisra's army and it shone on their iron coat of arms. They became unbearable hot and jumped into Nachal Kishon to cool off. Another miracle occurred. Kishon was a very small stream of water but in one moment, it swelled and became a raging river. The soldiers drowned, together with their horses and chariots.

Sisra realized the battle was lost and went into hiding - however, a person's feet lead to the place HaShem wants!!!

He ran into a cluster of tents belonging to Chaiver Hakaini. Sisra appeared in Yael's tent and Yael recognized him right away. She told Sisra not to be afraid and this would be the last place they would look for him. Feeling tired, he was easily convinced and relaxed. He ordered her to bring him water and she brought him milk, causing him sleepiness. A short while later, she saw he fell deep into sleep. Yael took a hammer and a big pin, the type which her tent was fastened to the ground. Carefully, she approached Sisra. She stood above him and drove the pin with the help of the hammer on Sisra's forehead. She banged the pin again and again deep into Sisra's forehead. HaShem made a miracle and Sisra never woke up, he died in his sleep.

May Hashem protect and bless you and your family and all of Klal Israel, Amen.

Chag Same'ach




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו