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You shall observe to offer it to Me in its appointed time, two each day, a regular offering (28:2-3) The "appointed time" of the regular offerings is every day. (Rashi)

The word “moed—appointed time” is usually used in reference to special occasions, such as Holidays and Rosh Chodesh. The Rebbe explains that its usage here, for daily offerings, is here to teach us a powerful lesson.

As parents, and in our own lives there also exists this division: there are the "routine" things, such as the breaths we take each minute and the bedtime routine; and there are the "special" things we do once in a while or once in a lifetime with our children. Both are crucial to a fulfilling and satisfying life. The offerings--and their present-day substitute, prayer--include both temiddin and mussafin, to teach us that our relationship with G-d should likewise embrace the surety of the routine on the one hand, and the excitement of the occasional on the other.

In the above verse, the Torah uses the term mo'ed, "appointed time"-- to urge us to transcend these categorizations and experience a sense of specialty and occasion also in the "regular" rhythms of life. As Rashi comments on the verse, "The 'appointed time' of the regular offerings is every day."

This Shabbos, consider some of the joyous special occasions you share as a family on Yom Tov and think about how you can incorporate that same excitement into a daily routine, such as washing Netilat Yadaim or saying a bracha. The joy and fun associated with mitzvas is a crucial component in raising our future Jewish leaders.

May we merit to experience a very special occasion… the re-uniting of all the Jewish people in the Third Bet Hamikdash now!

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