Shalosh Regalim: The Three Festivals

Shalosh Regalim: The Three Festivals

Parshas Re’eh concludes with “celebration instructions” from none other than (you guessed it) Moshe Rabbeinu, “Three times a year all your men shall appear before HaShem in the place that HaShem will choose. Do not arrive there empty handed. Each of you shall bring your own gift of a sacrifice, according to the blessings HaShem has given you. The more you have, the more shall you give.”

Every year on Pesach, Shavuos, and Sukkos, all Bnei Yisrael would travel to the holiest place in the holiest city of the world, the Beis HaMikdash in Jerusalem. It’s known as the Shalosh Regalim, the “Three Time-Festivals,” – literally “Three Foot-Festivals,” because people would spend many weeks on foot, traveling from home to Jerusalem.

Since all the Jews had to personally travel to the Beis HaMikdash to offer sacrifices, they would become more unified and stronger in their belief in HaShem. Also, many miracles happened at the Beis HaMikdash every day, so spending time there and seeing them had a powerful effect on people’s faith.

Here’s an example of one of those miracles:

The entire city of Jerusalem was filled; every house, hotel, and inn were totally booked. People would be camped out on the streets. Yet, despite everything, there was room for everybody! And perhaps an even bigger miracle was that nobody – not even one person, not even Mr. Kvetcher, who was known to “kvetch” and complain about everything – did not make even one peep (a.k.a. a kvetch)!

“Ah what a wonderful sleep. What a magnificent bed! I never, ever had such a good night’s sleep on such a small bed. I slept like a baby!”

And there’s more!

Can you imagine how packed the courtyard of the Beis HaMikdash was? All those visitors who had the entire city overflowing were now crammed onto a single mountaintop. Yet, when it came time to bow down to HaShem, there was plenty of room for everyone to stretch themselves out!

How did that happen? It was a miracle!

And this miracle seems to continue until this very day. During the Three Festivals, Pesach, Shavuos and Sukkos, thousands upon thousands of Jews come from all over the world to the Kosel – the last surviving wall of the Temple Mount). Somehow, someway, there is room for every single person to join in on this “spiritual high”!

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