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Parsha Mitzvot: BeHaalotecha: Arba’ah Arazim: Mitzvah 383 – Concept 418

“God spoke To Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: If any man will become contaminated through a human corpse or a distant road, whether you or your generations, he shall make the Pesach-Offering to God in the second month, on the fourteenth day, in the afternoon, shall he make it; with Matzot and bitter herbs shall they eat it. They shall not leave over from it until morning nor shall they break a bone of it. Like all the decrees of the Pesach Offering shall they make it.” (Numbers 9:9-13) We may not leave any of the meat of the Pesach Sheini Offering until the morning. (Rambam, Hilchot Korban Pesach – The Laws of The Pesach Offering)

We can study the laws of the Pesach Sheini as a manual for Teshuva, as the verse says, “a distant road,” a person who has become distant from God. The Torah goes out of its way to say, “Like all the decrees of the Pesach Offering shall they make it,” once a person begins to repair his relationship with God, there is no difference between his service and those who did not ever distance themselves. (Rabbi David Moshe of Kortchunov – Arba’ah Arazim)

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