100 daily Brachas to teach us
not to take our daily existence for granted!
In this week’s parsha, Ki Seitze, we learn about the din of “motzi shem rah” – the man who speaks badly about his wife (chapter 22 posuk 14):
“If a man marries a wife and hates her, and he makes an unjustifiable accusation spreading a bad name against her… The father of the girl and her mother should bring the matter before the elders of the court… And the elders of the court shall take that man and punish him. And they shall fine him one hundred silver shkolim and give them to the father of the girl… and she shall remain with him as a wife; he cannot divorce her all his days”.
The Ramba”m (hilchos naarah besule chapter 3 halacha 3) rules, that this punishment is only relevant when the beis hamikdosh stood and we had the great court of the Sanhedrin. But now that we don’t haveSanhedrin we cannot activate this punishment. So the question is: knowing that the Torah is eternal and timeless, how do we apply this chapter to our daily life so we can learn from it?
Our sages teach us that the holy Torah contains four interpretations that are called parda”s, which is the abbreviation for: P’shat R’emez D’rush S’od. That means that we are able to learn every posuk in the Torah, eather literally the way we read it, but being the fact that the source of the Torah is the wisdom of Hashem, it’s obvious that every word contains unlimited depths. So in our case let’s see how the great “Or Hachayim Hakodosh” zt”l explains the Parsha of “motzi shem rah”; how it applies to all of us in our daily life.
Or Hachayim Hakodosh teaches us that the din of the man, who speaks badly about his wife, is an implication to a person who bad mouths the Torah, which is considered as the spouse of the Jewish people who were Mekadeish the Torah on Mount Sinai. So the Parshe is referring about a man who complains about his spouse the Torah, saying that he learns Torah but she doesn’t bring him any blessings and sufficient Parnosoh.
The posuk tells us that the “father of the girl” who is “Hakodosh boruch hu” – the father of the Torah, will take the matter in his hand, and punish this man who made false accusation against the Torah. But if he wants to do Teshuva to rectify his insult against the Torah, he must compensate the “father of the girl” – “Hakodosh boruch hu” with one hundred silver shkolim, which is an indication for the 100 brachas that we say daily to Hashem.
In this mamar we deal with the question: How does the 100 brachas we say daily compensate for the great sin of bad mouthing the Torah, complaining that it does not bring a blessing to those who are learning it?
We begin with the Shl”o Hakodesh who explains on a Kabalistic level, that these 100 brachas are a key to open the heavenly channels of the 10 “mamoros”, with which the world was created and continues to exist. Each one of these 10 “mamoros” contains all 10 “mamoros”, so they are really 10 times 10 = 100 channels, through which Hashem provides for the world the flow of all the spiritual and physical abundance.
But to understand it on a more practical level we explain, that the 100 brachas force us to focus on gratitude to Hashem for all that he gives us, since most of the brachos are Birchos Hodoah. We start our day with 15 brachos thanking Hashem for giving us back our soul fresh and rested; for giving us back our eye sight, for giving us clothing, etc. In Shemona Esrai, 3 times a day we recite 19 brachos for our spiritual and physical needs and so on through the day.
All this is to get us to focus constantly on the source of all the good that happens to us every minute of the day. People tend to notice miracles and to be grateful to Hashem when we are sick and get better, or go through a dangerous situation safely. But when our daily life goes smoothly we take it for granted. That is very wrong, every breath we take and every step we make should be an occasion to thank Hashem.
Making 100 brachas helps us remember that everything we have is from Hashem and in the zechus of learning Torah! There for the greatest teshuve and tikun for talking loshon horah on the Torah that it doesn’t provide us with her blessings is to say the daily 100 brachas to Hashem. Because it is then that we realize how much blessings the Torah really gives us.
Chaverim it is so easy to think: Well this doesn’t apply to me because I never complained about the Torah. But let’s be honest, if we would truly believe that the Torah provides us with all the blessings, wouldn’t we spend more time learning Torah morning and nights! So as a means of doing Tshuve in chodesh Elul, let’s present the heiliger bashefer our tate in himel, with a beautiful arrangement of learning Torah and saying the 100 broches with great warmth and gratitude.
~ For the full Mamar in Lashon Hakodesh, see the weekly “Hamachne Hachareidi”. ~