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Parashat Tzav (March 23, 2013)
by Prince H. Davis

WE ARE NOW in Parashat Tzav, which incidentally coincides this year with Shabbat HaGadol (The Great Sabbath), which precedes the Pesach holiday. While the phrase “Shabbat HaGadol” appears in other contexts earlier in Rabbinic literature, it is first mentioned in the works of Rashi. In his book Sefer Hapardes, Rashi explains the reason for this title by writing:

People are accustomed to calling the Shabbat before Pesach “Shabbat HaGadol,” but they do not know what makes this Shabbat greater than any other.

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