Shabbos Rosh Chodesh is this shabbos.
4 steps to Cheirut (freedom):
• Parsha Shekalim – Everyone had to donate a ½ shekel – the concept of giving – 1st step in becoming free is when you stop thinking about yourself and focus on others. – when you only think about yourself, you are a slave to yourself.
• Parsha Zachor – getting rid of Amalek – You can’t be free when you are bogged down with all the doubts, fears, anxieties trying to take us away from Hashem.
• Parsha Parah – Red Heifer – when a person is unpure, the ashes are sprinkled on him. Walking toward purity. Get involved in purity and mitzvot. In Tehillim 34:15, ס֣וּר מֵ֭רָע וַעֲשֵׂה־ט֑וֹב Sor mei’rah – get away from bad, and v’aseih tov – and move toward the good. The Gemara says that a person who comes to purify himself, gets help from above. Do what you can and ask Hashem for help.
• Parsha Ha Chodesh – One of the greatest gifts we received is the power of renewal, and the ability to start again. The first mitzvah the Jewish people got while still in Mitzrayim. We needed this koach of renewal before we left, as we were on the 49th level of impurity. Hashem said, " no you are not slaves, you are a great nation."
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