Gathering As One By Simcha Sommer - Editor of Web Articles, 10th Grade
The Pasuk in this week Parsha tells how Yaakov calls to his children וַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב, אֶל-בָּנָיו; וַיֹּאמֶר, הֵאָסְפוּ וְאַגִּידָה לָכֶם, אֵת אֲשֶׁר-יִקְרָא אֶתְכֶם, בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים. הִקָּבְצוּ וְשִׁמְעוּ, בְּנֵי יַעֲקֹב; וְשִׁמְעוּ, אֶל-יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲבִיכֶם. Yaakov tells his sons to come and hear what will happen in the end of times. Rashi on that Pasuk comments that Yaakov was going to tell his sons when Moshiach would come, but then the Shechinah left him. Though Yaakov left them a hint as to how to gain the Geulah, הִקָּבְצוּ , gather, have unity and then Moshiach will come.
Every year on Shabbat HaGadol, Rav Yaakov Reischer, The Shevus Yaakov, would give a shiur to dozens of Gedolei Torah. He would weave together different parts of Torah into an amazing Drasha. One year he spoke about the minimum Shiur of Achilat Matzah. And so after two hours finally the shiur was over, and everyone in the room came and and said something to the Rav, a question, comment, proof, complaint or something about the speech. But just as he reached the door, one pauper, the last to speak to the Rav, asked a question. Rebbi, he asked, it makes no difference what the minimum Shiur of Achilat Matzah is, if I have no food for my family to begin with. The Rav, taken aback, went immediately back to the bima, the crowd hushed, excited that the Rav was going to speak again. The Rav said, My entire speech has been proven wrong. The new minimum Shiur of Achilat Matzah is to ensure every family has enough food to eat on Pesach.
More important than anything else is caring for others, even at the expense of eating our Matzah on Pesach. And Im”H this will lead to Moshiach Bimhairah Biyamanu! Good Shabbat!
(Adapted from Rabbi Yechiel Spero, Touched By A Parsha Vol.1)