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    A second chance – B’ha’alot’cha

    Chapter 9 of B’midbar spells out the law of Pesach Sheni, the Second Passover observed by those who were unable to offer the Pesach offering at the right time during Nisan.

    The Torah has such compassion on those who were prevented from bringing the korban pesach that it gives them a second chance. But there’s no second chance for those who failed to keep the other calendrical occasions.

    In a broad sense we could ask about a second chance at life, and the answer is no. Unless one believes in the idea of gilgul (reincarnation), we have only one go at the gift of life.

    That’s why every day should be used wisely and well because we can’t know when our last day will be.

    There is a rabbinic teaching that life on earth is better than the next world. This is the world in which we can perform commandments. Every opportunity should be taken while we are still here.

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