There are Days, and There are Days
On the day that you slaughter a shlomim for Hashem…(Vayikra 19:6 )
The Torah tells us that the korban shlomim can be eaten on that day, that night, and the following morning. The Chasam Sofer asks: “Why is it that in our religion the day follows the night, and in the secular world the night follows the day?” He answers that the day and the night refer to olam hazeh and olam haba, respectively. Hence, as Jews, we understand that this world is only gateway to olam haba and this world is insignificant, which is reflected as night. Olam haba, which is the purpose of our existence, follows olam hazeh, and is the world of light. Whereas, in the secular world we are enjoined to “eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we will die” Their world of light is this world. What happens after one dies is insignificant to them, thereby represented by night.
The Chasam Sofer takes this one step further and tells us that when a person truly lives his life as a Jew is supposed to, a life of shlomim – getting along with Gd and man, he turns olam hazeh into ‘day’:
הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר: יָפָה שָׁעָה אַחַת בִּתְשׁוּבָה וּמַעֲשִׂים טוֹבִים בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה, מִכָּל חַיֵּי הַעוֹלָם הַבָּא (פרקי אבות 4:17)
But, the world of techias hamaisim which will follow will be a combination of the world of accomplishing and the world of reward together. Hence as we eat the shlomim, we identify with the day, night and a new tomorrow (techiyas hameisim).
As the Pesach we finished starts to fade and become a memory, those words ‘lishana ha’ba biyerushalayim’, which conclude the seder, bring a smile to our lips. Yet, we don’t have to wait for Moshiach to come, to make our days, the days of ‘shlomim’. We were given sefiras haomer, the time that we are given siyata dishmaya, to focus on growing in our middos tovos, together with reaching greater heights in Torah. This makes our days count as days of ‘shlomim’.