Mamar Parshas Voeschanan

How is it possible that 515 Tfilos of Moshe Rabeinu

to enter Ertz Yisruel were unanswered?

 

In this week’s mamar we are discussing the first posuk in the parsha: Voeschanan el Hashem bueis hahu leimor – And I implored Hashem at that time saying… Moshe rebeinu continues to tell how he prayed to Hashem: Let me now cross and see the good land that is on the other side of the Jordan, which is Eretz Yisruel. But Hashem refused to accept his plea and said to him: “Rav loch, al tosef daber eilei od baduver haze” – It is too much for you! Do not continue to speak to me further about this matter.

The Medrash says that Moshe rebinu davened 515 prayers [like the numerical value of the letters in the word: Voeschanan] that he should be allowed to enter Eretz Yisruel. The obvious question is: Why didn’t Hashem listen to so many of the holiest prayers of the greatest prophet on earth Moshe rabeinu? Even if we assume rightfully that there were very deep reasons why he couldn’t go to Eretz Yisruel, the question still remains: Why did Hashem let him finish all the 515 prayers and didn’t stop him right in the beginning: “Rav loch, al tosef daber eilei od baduver haze” – You cannot go into Eretz yisruel?

This question becomes more essential, when learning in Medrash that from this posuk Voeschanan we learn, how important it is to pray to Hashem in troubled times. So the great Chasam Sofer wonders: How can we learn from here to Daven in a time of trouble, when Hashem did not except the 515 Tfilos of Moshe rabeinu to enter Eretz Yisruel?

We solve this problem with a wonderful revelation of the 2nd Belzer rabbi the great Reb Yehoshua zt”l, who said in the name of a Medrash, how the Beis Hamikdosh shel maalo – The Beis Hamikdosh in heaven was built –

Hashem came with one Machne = group of angels and built the first wall. After that came Avruhom ovinu with his Machne and built the second wall. Then came Yitzchok ovinu with his Machne and built the third wall. Then came Yakov ovinu with his Machne and built the fourth wall. After the four walls were finished the roof was still missing. Untill Moshe rabeinu came and Davened 515 Tfilos to finish the roof that connects all four walls. [This is accompanied with a beautiful Gimatria of 515 Tfilos that have the numerals of the five machnes that took part in building the Beis Hamikdosh shel maalo].

Reb Yhoshua zt”l goes on to explain, that after Moshe rebeinu finished building the Beis Hamikdosh shel maalo with the 515 Tfilos, he wanted to add one more prayer, that he should be able to go into Eretz Yisruel so he can build the Beis Hamikdosh shel mato in Yerushalayim, but it was then that Hashem told him: “Rav loch, al tosef daber eilei od baduver haze” – It is too much! Do not continue to speak to me further about this matter.

From this we learn a new thought, that actually all the 515 Tfilos that Moshe rabeinu Davened were answered properly, because the goal of all those Tfilos was to finish the Beis Hamikdosh shel maalo, which he indeed succeeded in finishing. Moreover, theprayer to go into Eretz Yisruel would have been answered by Hashem, but Hashem stopped him from saying this prayer because he knew how important it is that Moshe rabeinu stay in the Midbor – the dessert, so that in the future after the Geule Huasido  he can bring along with him, those who died in the dessert. Therefore, rightfully, the Medrash learns from here the great power of Tfilo that is never in vain.

This is the connection between parshas Voeschanan and Shabbes “Nachmu”, which always comes right after Tisho beov. Because the greatest condolence for the destruction of the Beis Beis Hamikdosh is, knowing that only the Beis Hamikdosh shel mato on this world was destroyed, but the Beis Hamikdosh shel maalo that was built by Hashem, the three Ovos hakdoshim and Moshe rabeinu is still standing, and this is the Beis Hamikdosh that will come down from heaven as the third Beis Hamikdosh after the Geule Huasido.  

This is the most important lesson we must learn from this: No prayer to Hashem goes unanswered. It always has a strong effect, sometimes visible and sometimes not visible, as will be revealed in the future. We must never forget the 515 Tfilos of Moshe rabeinu, that had no visible effect in this world, but yet had the power to  finish build the roof of the Beis Hamikdosh shel maalo. So we learn from this that our prayer is always building something forus in the high heavens. Not even one word is a waist. They are all waiting to help us sweetenthe midas hadin when we’ll need them most!  

Let us hope that this coming Tishoh beov should be turned into the greatest Yum tov as promised by the great prophet (Zcharye 8 19) bimheiro beyomeinu omein.

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Comment on Mamar Bein Hametzorim

 

Dear chaverim!

Concerning last week’s mamar about the great Sgule of having parnose, for those who learn Torah in the third ashmore of the night, I was asked a good question by a close friend one of the chevre. I feel that it concerns a lot of our chevre so I decided to share his question and answer with all of you. Here is his question: If someone learns all the time or by the third ashmore so he can have food and parnasa, is that considered shlo lishma?

Before We answer I want to add another question, which I am sure a lot of our chevre asked themselves [not having the guts to ask]: If someone cannot learn Torah in the third ashmore, because he needs to rest so he can of koach to bring home parnose, but he has a wonderful shiur in the morning hours after sunshine or at the beginning of the night, does that mean that he lacks the great Sgule of parnasa that is promised for those who learn Torah in the third ashmore?

So let us talk a bit about this issue:

1) Yes if one learns Torah to have parnose It is considered a form of shlo lishmo, but we must remember what the Gemure says (Psochim 50 2): “Mitoch shlo lishmo bu lishmo”. Meaning that even if in the beginning it may feel shelo lishmo, but after a while you get to feel the closeness to Hashem and the love for the Torah that you don’t do it for parnose.

2) According to the Bal Shem Tov it is very important to learn in the beginning shelo lishmo, because this is the only way we can fool and trick the yeitzer hurrah and shlep him to shull to Daven or to learn Torah. When we want to go learn Torah along comes the yeitzer hura and starts telling us how tired we are after a day’s work etc. etc. So we must fool him by saying: Look I’m going to shul to schmooze with the chevre to hear what’s news. When the yeitzer hura hears that he says: okay no problem! But when you get to shul you Daven erlich and spill your heart to Hashem, thanking him for the past day and asking him for success on the coming day.

3) There are so many sgules to have parnuse: Learning Torah any time of the day, like it says in Mishlei: Orech yomim biyemino bismolo osher vekovod”. Helping other people, giving tzduke etc. etc. All these wonderful deeds are a great Sgule to have parnose. So we might for once learn Torah so that we can have a connection with Hashem.

4) It is very important to choose a time when it is good for us to learn Torah and connect to Hashem. But it has to be constant holy time: “Kodesh lashem” without any compromise. It may be in the morning hours after sunshine, in the beginning of the night, in the middle of the day. But of course the question is: what about the Sgule of learning Torah in the third mishmore of the night? Well a lot of you are good business men, so you all know what trading is, so what we can do is trade the third mishmore with any hour of the day and say to hkb”h: Heiliger tate in himel, I’d love so much to learn Torah in the third mishmore of the night, to give you a Nachas ruach and to console your great pain on the destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh, but it doesn’t work out for me. I need to rest up at night. So please ribono shel olom let me trade the third mishmore with another hour that works best for me.

5) I take it on my responsibility that Bezras Hashem your Torah will have the same affect of the Mishmore shlishis. You will all have parnose bereivach, Nachas from all your sweet kinderlich, good sweet long healthy years till a 120 years.

Mamar Bein Hametzorim #2

3 seasons of life compared to 3 symbols of the night:
in young age the mule brays; at middle age the dog barks;
at old age baby nurses and wife converses with husband!

 

In last week’s mamar we were discussing the interesting connection between the 3 weeks of “bein hamtzorim”, when we mourn the devastating destruction of the Beis hamikdosh, and the 3 roars that Hashem roars like a lion in the three divisions of the night, to give us the strength of lion to overcome the yeitzer hura, and get up in the darkness of the night to learn Torah.

This week we continue by discussing a new idea of how to respond to the three roars of Hashem, by focusing on understanding the depth of the three signs that occur during the three parts of the night, as it says in the Gemoro (Broches 3A):

“The night is divided into three parts; and at the beginning of every division hakodosh boruch hu sits and roars like a lion… The thre divisions are recognized by these signs: In the first division the mule brays; in the second the dog barks; in the third the baby nurses from its mother and the wife converses with her husband”.

What are the meanings of these 3 signs? And how does it apply to us? We explore a wonderful thought of the “Einei Yitzchok” who explains, that the life in this world is compared to the darkness of the night, in contrast to Olom Habo that is compared to day light. Our lives in the darkness of this world are divided into three parts: young age, middle age and old age. These three stages are distinguished by the three signs mentioned above.

In young age a person brays like a mule, to fulfill all his lusts of worldly pleasures. In middle age after settling down with a family, he barks like a dog to gain wealth and fame. In the third stage of his life – old age, he is ready to make a cheshbon hanefesh – a review of his achievements in life, when he finally understands that all the worldly temptations were vain and nonsense.

It’s all one big illusion to make him work and waste his energy and money on possessions that have no real value; on belongings that are one minute here and gone with the wind the next, without leaving a trail of satisfaction. So in the third part of the night at old age, he finally decides to start learning Torah. That is why old age is compared to a baby nursing milk from its mother, meaning that the old man is like a baby starting to drink and enjoy the sweet fresh milk of the holy Torah.

But now we are afraid that at old age a person might fall in the trap of despair and hopelessness, thinking I am doomed, what can I accomplish by starting to learn Torah in old age? There for Chaza”l added another sign for the 3rd part of the night: “The wife converses with her husband”.

The Torah is compared to a woman who is married to Klal Yisruel, but of course you have to deserve to be in that level that the Torah should be your wife. You need to invest a lot of time day and night to court the heilige Torah, by running after her and learning her day and night. So my friends this is the depth of the 2 signs in the 3rd part of the night which symbolizes the 3rd stage in our lives – old age: “The baby nurses from its mother and the wife converses with her husband”.

Meaning even if you only started to learn Torah at old age, thus you are like a baby that just started to nurse from its mother, you can still upgrade yourself and rise high above, until you will get to the stage that the Torah will be to you, like a wife that converses with her husband and tells him all her secrets! The Torah itself will tell you all her secrets: “The wife converses with her husband”!

So it is our obligation every night, and especially in these 3 weeks of “bein hamtzorim”, to respond to the 3 roars of Hashem on the destruction of the Beis hamikdosh, by leaving the warm nest of our bed early in the morning, to learn torah on the 3rd part of the night, or by staying up late at night in the 1st part of the night, so we can, so to say, compensate Hashem, for the great pain of the destruction by our learning Torah.

Let us all be mispalel to our heiliger Bashfer; to our Tate in himel: “Yhi rotzon milfonecho Hashem elokeinu veilokoi avoseinu Shyibone beis hamikdish bimheiro beyomeinu vesain chelkeinu besorosecho”.

Mamar Bein Hametzorim

3 weeks of “bein hamtzorim” we must respond to Hashems 3 roars like a lion every night on the destruction of the Beis hamikdosh!

Dear chaveirim,

In this week’s mamar we are discussing issues connected with the 3 weeks of “bein hamtzorim” – which begin on the 17th day in the month of Tamuz and end on the 9th day of Ov Tishue beov, Days that we mourn the devastating destruction of the Beis hamikdosh. We are suggesting that the 3 weeks of mourning, are parallel to the 3 roars that Hashem roars kevyochel every night 3 times like a lion, expressing his pain on the destruction of the Beis hamikdosh! Like the Talmud says (Broches 3 1): “The night is divided into three divisions; and at the beginning of every division hakodosh boruch hu sits and roars like a lion, as it is said (Jer. 25, 30): The Lord will roar from heaven and from his holy dwelling shall he give forth his voice. Roar will he roar over his habitation the Beis hamikdosh”. What is the purpose of these 3 roars of Hashem the great creater of the world, that roars like thunder that vibrates through the darkness of the night, travling through the universe, bursting through all the 7 heavens, until they reach the ground where we small people live? We explain that the purpose of it is, to give us the strength of a lion, so we can overcome the yeitzer hura to get up early when it’s still night to learn Torah, like the mechaber says in Shulchan Oruch (Chapter 1 section 1): “You should be strong like a lion, to get up early to do your service to Hashem”. Learning Torah at night in one of those three divisions, when Hashem roars like a lion, is a soothing remedy, so to say, to the great pain of Hashem on the destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh. This can be explained with the mamar in Talmud (Broches 8, 1): “Since the day of destruction of the Beis hamikdosh, Hkb”h has nothing in this world but the 4 Cubits of halacho”. Therefore, is it so important to respond to the pain of Hashem by learning Torah at night, which in golus is an alternative to the Beis Hamikdosh. This explains what the Ramba”m says: “The most wisdom that a person achieves is from the Torah that he learns at night. Whoever wants to acquire the crown of Torah, should be sure not to waste his nights on sleep and meaningless conversations, but rather learn Torah and wisdom”. The Ramba”m goes on to quote the gemore (Chagige 12, 2): “Whoever learns Torah at night, Hashem surrounds him with a string of grace all day long”. So it is our obligation every night, and especially in these 3 weeks of “bein hamtzorim”, to respond to the 3 roars of Hashem on the destruction of the Beis hamikdosh, by getting out of bed to learn torah early in the morning in the 3rd division of the night, or by staying up late at night in the 1st division of the night, so we can compensate, so to say, Hashem, for the great pain of the destruction by learning Torah. We continue to explore the purpose of the 3 roars of Hashem, to remind us that the destruction of the Beis hamikdosh was because of” “שנאת חנם “sinaas chinom”. There was no harmony and love between yidishe kinderlich because of “sinaas chinom” – they hated each other for no reason at all. The source of such hate derives only from the three bad character traits: קנאה, תאוה וכבוד, – ENVY, LUST and Pursuit of GLORY. Jealousy and envy causes hate for no reason. So it is for These 3 bad traits that Hashem roars 3 times in the darkness of the nights, to wake us from our indifference to the darkness that surround us; To give us the strength of a lion to fight and overcome these 3 bad traits, which has caused us to lose our spiritual home the Beis hamikdosh. The tikun for “sinaas chinom” is “ahavas chinom”, to love every fellow Jew without any selfish reasons. If we master this unbelievable character trait, we will be zoche to the geule shlimo and to the 3rd Beis hamikdosh, that will be a building of fire coming down from heaven, and then instead of the 3 lion roars of pain every night, we will hear the sweet voice of Hashem, who will teach us new depths of torah that we had never touched. All questions and problems will have their perfect answers and soulutions bimheiro beyomeinu omein. To finish this mamar with something special, we have a wonderful revelation (2nd page in the frame) from the great and holy Reb Yosef Chayim from Bagdad the “Ben ish chay”, that explains the roars of Hashem like a lion with an amazing story in the gemore (Chulin 59 2):

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