Kikar Hashabat reports about Israeli comedian, Yakov Cohen, who stated that his greatest achievement in his life was to be "chozer biteshuva" around a decade ago. Referring to the Sabbath, he says he is not willing to give up the peace of mind that comes with observing that day.
The Eighth Day of Pesach is traditionally associated with our hopes for the coming of Mashiach. For this reason, the Haftorah read on that day contains many prophecies which refer to the Era of the Redemption. Among the best-known of these: “The wolf will dwell with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with a young goat”; and, “He will raise a banner for the nations and gather in the exiles of Israel.”
About two hundred and fifty years ago, as the time for Mashiach drew closer, the Baal Shem Tov instituted a custom which underlines the connection between the Redemption and the Eighth Day of Pesach: on that day he would partake of Mashiach’s Seudah, the festive meal of Mashiach.
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