Animals THEN People by Michael Winner/4/20/2023 I hope everybody had a nice Pesach. I completely reformatted the Seder this year, expecting it to be more “streamlined.” It turned out to be so good (nap the kids before), that we ended later than any other year. We took some local trips around the north, following my number one rule of Pesach in Israel. LEAVE EARLY! Israelis don’t know how to. So, if you leave the house by 9 a.m., you can have a great time on an empty bus, with no traffic, and get back by 3 or 4 p.m. to relax for the rest of the day. Important tip to remember, folks.Please continue to daven for Dovid ben Liba Sorah who is still in a difficult fight against cancer“Why did G-d create man last, after all the other creations? Two reasons are offered. First, because man is the ultimate reason for Creation. Therefore, everything else was created beforehand to be ready to serve him. Second, to prevent him from arrogance. He should know that even a flea was created before him” (Sanhedrin 38a; Ein Yaakov).It’s been a while since we’ve learned anything Breslov, so why not now?Rav Nachman m’Breslov notes that last week’s parsha dealt with which animals are considered kosher and which are not; while this week’s parsha deals with tzaraas (leprosy), and how they can determine and rid themselves of it. This week’s parsha also deals with the mitzvah of bris milah. So, what’s the connection between them all?He answers (Kikutei Halachos V, 181a) that in the Torah, the laws pertaining to man, milah and tzaraas, come after the laws pertaining to animals. And in conjunction with the Ein Yaakov above, we learn if man merits, he is circumcised and becomes an exalted person by guarding the covenant. But if he is haughty, he will be lowered and smitten with leprosy.The world is full of animals. Some have four legs and some have two. Each person has the choice on whether he wants to be a “descendant of a monkey” and no greater than that, or to live on a higher realm.Have a wonderful Shabbos!