Dreaming of Moshiach

Sunday, January 20, 2008

United, B'Zchut Devorah HaNevia, a'h

The Seudat Mitzvah was, b'h, a tremendeous success. Although we expected about 100 people and prepared for about 120 people, it turned out that over 150 people showed up, despite the cold weather. Even people we didn't invite or know, heard about the special Shabbat Shira Seuda and b'h, merited to join in the Tefilla and seuda. Even the Rav of the shul was very surprised that so many showed up (when we first suggested to the Rabbi to make a Seuda in his shul in honor of Devorah HaNevia, he refused and said his reason is that very few will show up and he didn't want all the food to go to waste...).

Friday afternoon when my husband brought the Chalot to the shul, he 'bumped' into an elder man inside the shul. This man told my husband, "For years and years, even in Morocco, my father tried to make a Seuda in honor of Devorah HaNevia, a'h, but no shul permitted it. I guess it wasn't time yet... You should know that you were blessed with a big zchut to be able to make a seuda in honor of Devorah HaNevia, a'h."

The atmosphere in the shul was very spiritual and my husband merited to say the Haftara, Shirat Devorah HaNevia, a'h. He later told me that when he got to the part "URI URI DEVORAH", he felt the Ministering Angels joining him in the Shira and tears were rolling down his face as he continued saying the Shira.

After the morning prayers, everyone went upstairs for the Seudat Mitzvah. B'h, we prepared a lot of food in honor of the Seuda (non-catered) including; 200 challahs, 16 sorts of salads, 2 sorts of fish with side dish appetizer of Moroccan spiced hummus, 2 mega-large pots of Chamin/Cholent filled with meat, rice, hummus, potatoes, eggs, wheat, etc., 17 bottles of wine, few bottles of Arak, 2 cartons of beer, 2 crates of soft drinks, 2 gigantic platters of sliced fresh fruit, and many platters of custom-make cookies.

During the Seuda, more people showed up, 3 people even walked over 45 minutes one-way in honor of the Seuda... Chasdei HaShem, there was plenty of food for everyone and all the food was b'h eaten... No one left the seuda hungry, chasdei Shamayim...

The atmosphere during the Seuda was amazing with thick air of achdut (unity), despite the fact that it was a mixture of people with different backgrounds, ashkenaz and sephardic. The men sang morrocan and ashkenaz songs in unison. The Rabbi spoke and admitted to everyone that he was against having this Seuda because it didn't make sense to him to make a seuda for a 'woman'. He apologized to Devorah HaNevia publicly and said that till Moshiach arrives, may HaShem merit the shul to continue to have a Seuda on Shabbat Shira in honor of Devorah HaNevia every year... Everyone applauded and then my husband spoke about the greatness of Devorah HaNevia.

After my husband's speech, many of the guests came over to my husband and said that they were very moved by his speech and he has peaked their interest to learn more about Devorah HaNevia. Many guests told my husband that they were not aware how much she sacrificed for Am Israel and that her Heichal is extremely important to HKB'H. One guest told my husband that although he is blind (r'l), he 'saw' my husband's neshama burning with spiritual fire... Another person (a honored Rav) came over to my husband and told him that all his life he studies the Torah and heard many speeches but a speech that was given by my husband with so much fire, he never yet heard...

The achdut (unity) that was felt during the Seuda was the highlight of the Seudat Mitzvah. One family that has not stepped inside this shul for years because of a silly fight decided it's time to make peace and came for the Seuda... 7 years ago I had a 'fight' with a friend and we haven't talked since. I was very surprised that she came uninvited but as difficult as it was, I came over to her and thanked her for coming and we kissed and hugged... Another family that were rivaliries of the Rabbi, opened a new shul years ago just in spite and it was the first time in 20 years they stepped inside the shul...

B'zchut Devorah HaNevia, a'h...




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