Love of the Land

For the week ending 12 April 2008 / 7 Nisan 5768

Gilgal A Memory and a Hope

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

When the Festival of Pesach arrives there comes along with it the practice of recalling the special sacrifice — the Korban Pesach — that every Jew offered in connection with this holiday during the time of the Beit Hamikdash.

The first time this sacrifice was offered in Eretz Yisrael was when our ancestors settled in Gilgal and "offered the Korban Pesach on the Plains of Yericho" (Yehoshua 5:10).

The name Gilgal is derived from the Hebrew word for "removing", a reference to the removal of the "shame of Egypt" through a national process of circumcision.

It is our identification with the memory of that Korban Pesach and those that followed for so many centuries that we hope and pray will give us the merit of soon seeing the renewal of Korban Pesach in the rebuilt Beit Hamikdash.

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