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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Mimouna from Moses to Moses

The Mimouna: from Moses to Moses
What is a 7 day holiday, all our week long  holidays are 8 day holidays? Could it be that we were still struggling to really get out of Egypt until Moshe ben Maimon got into the picture and gave us the concluding 8th day?

No you say?

Then why is Pessach followed by a long tedious counting period? Gd forbid one forgets to count just one out of the 49 days which is; you guessed it 7 times seven days. The 50th or "8" of these two sets of 7.  Unlike the other two pilgrimmage holidays and it is not spread over 8 days it takes only one day.
So what was my conclusion from the Mimouna discussion this year?  (The Mimouna is the third of three Rabinically ordained national holidays: Purim, Hannukka and Mimouna)
The subject was the sentence from the Tanach:
"Great is a skill which honors its owner"
Mr. Josef Vanunu said the snake didn't work hard at all and easily found his nourishment in a dissrespectful manner, the great consumer (me: rolled in oil).
He added that eating from the sweat of your brow allowed you to have an upstanding position ei "honorable".
As I was going to the Mikve as prescribed by Saba Na Nach who considered work a sell out and and self imposed slavery, I felt I was "toiveling"(also means to toil is some language, yiddish?) in my own sweat or even in Gds sweat! Then I noticed the words for forehead and mouth are similar in Hebrew. Then it made sense that eating bread for breakfast is a garantee for being happy all day. Yes when you eat a full meal after Mikve and Prayer you are no longer under the curse because eating bread from the sweat of your forhead becomes a blessing.

This is my lesson from this years Mimouna, the new year of the Hametz!

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