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Shabbat HaGadol Message with articles to prepare

Shabbat Shalom,
This Shabbat is a special one called Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat. It's unclear why exactly it is called Shabbat HaGadol. Some say it is because of a line in the Haftarah, and some say it is because of the length of the rabbi's sermon!  In ancient times, Rabbis would give only two sermons a year, one on Shabbat Tesuvah and one on Shabbat HaGadol. The sermon on Shabbat Tesuvah would focus on the laws of tesuvah to prepare for Passover. Shabbat HaGadol would often be a discourse on the laws of kashruth, and, if you are wondering, it was quite long. Thankfully, we have the internet now, and more information at our finger tips than ever before. Last week, I taught about 'kitniyot' on Passover for Ashkenazim, but also about kashruth in general. I also provided the congregation with a guide to kashruth which can be found in this week's Ezine.
This week, for my Shabbat HaGadol sermon, I would like to talk about an important issue - the effects of our…