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In this week's parasha we have a complete description of the Moadim,
Hashem's Holidays. It is interesting, when reading the Parasha, that Hashem
first begins to speak of the Moadim, but then quickly describes Shabbat first.
Why is this so?
Rashi answers this question by saying that one who desecrates the Moadim,
receives a punishment as if he desecrated Shabbat. And, a person that keeps and
fulfills the holiness of the Moadim, receives a reward as if he also fulfilled
In Rashi's answer we can see a very interesting concept. The Moadim are
connected to Shabbat. One's actions on the Moadim are reflected as though one
acted the same way on Shabbat. Shabbat occurs once every week, while the Moadim
occur only a couple of times a year. One would naturally believe that the more
rare event (Moadim) is holier than a weekly event of Shabbat. But this is not
so. Rashi did not say that if one fulfills Shabbat it is as if one fulfilled the
Moadim. He said the opposite. This shows us that one cannot equate the qedusha
of Shabbat back to the Moadim. Shabbat is holier, and its qedusha stands alone.
Hashem blessed us with such a holy day to celebrate once a week. We should spend
this day learning and furthering our connection with Him.