Seifer Mamorim from the previous year 5769

Dear Chaveirim.

We have b”h very good news. Bechasdei Hashem one of our dear friends to be mezake es hurabim printed All Mamorim from the previous year 5769 in the form of a Seifer in the size of A4 page, with a lot of additions that weren’t printed during the year due to lack of space. It is a good opportunity to have them before your eyes in a new fresh form so you can go over them week by week.

Shvilei Pinches Mamaurim

Parshas Lech Lecho & Tavlin Leshabbes

 

Avraham ovinu took Eliezer whose name
is gematriya 318 one more the Yiush 317!

Dear Chaveirim

In this week’s parsha, Lech Lecha, we learn about Lot the nephew of Avraham Ovinu who was captured by the 4 Kings. In order to save him Avraham Ovinu prepared 318 members of his household for war. Rashi quotes the Medrash that says that he really took with him only Eliezer, and that the gematriya of his name, Eliezer, is 318.

The obvious question is: Why does the Torah tell this to us in a way that would make it appear that he took 318 people when he only took along Eliezer?

Rabeinu Bechaya gives an interesting explanation. Avraham actually prepared all 318 members of his household to help him fight the war. However, before leaving, Avraham gave them the same warning that the Kohen gave to the soldiers going to conquer Eretz Yisruel, as we learn in parshas Shoftom: Anyone who is afraid because of his Avayros should rather stay home. Hearing this, all of the 318 backed out except for Eliezer who decided to stay. The Daas Zkanim from the Balei Tosfos adds that because Eliezer was the only one that chose to stay, Hakodosh Boruch Hu gave him the strength of all 318.

In this mamar we try to give an understanding why it was so important for the Torah to give us an exact account of the number 318 (whether we learn the simple pshat that they were 318 people or it is only Eliezer whose name has the gematriya of 318).

There is a wonderful revelation from Reb Zadok hakohen zt”l, on this topic, in his seifer “Divrei Sofrim”. He explains that the greatness of Avraham Ovinu was, that no matter how terrible his situation seemed, he never succumbed to Yiush – despair, giving up. We see this especially in this Parsha, that although Avraham was so old and couldn’t have children bederech hatevah, he still didn’t give up and was mispalel to Hashem to give him a child.

From this we need to learn that one of the great yesodes of yiddishkeit is, to never succumb to Yiush, because our entire existence as Jewish people is only because Avraham ovinu didn’t succumb to Yiush. That is what the Gemara in Brachos teaches us: Even if there is a sword at your neck, one may never give up from davening for rachamim – our emunah must remain strong as a rock.

Reb Zadok hakohen goes on: The significance of 318 is that it is one more than the gematriya of yiush which is 317. So whether Avram took 318 people or especially if he took only Eliezer, the lesson for us is that we must never give up. We can never lose hope; not from physical problems, and not from spiritual ones. We should never think, Chas V’shalom: I fell too low, I can never climb up and do Teshuva. Hashem is always here to help us.

Reb Zadok uses this concept to explain a Gemoro in Mesechte Sukkah, where a woman screamed at the Raish Galusa, saying that they were all sitting in a sukkah made of stolen materials. When no one listened she said: “How can you ignore a woman whose father owned 318 servants”!!! She was hinting that she was never misyaesh from what was taken from her and therefore was entitled to get it back.

The Zohar reveals that Avraham ovinu went out of his way to go to war with mesirus nefesh to save Lot, because he saw with ruach hakodesh that Dovid hamelech will be one of Lot’s descendants. From this we learn that Dovid Hamelech came into this world only because Avraham didn’t succumb to Yiush.

This gives us a beautiful insight into the posuk that Dovid Hamelech said in Tehilim (23:4) which we say in the Shabbos Zmiros: “Gam ki aylech bgai tzlamaves, lo ira ra, ki ata imadi” – no matter how bad things seem even being in death valley, I won’t give up, because I will always remember that Hashem is there for me as he was with Avraham who saved Lot so I can be born.

When Dovid Hamelech was in danger, rather than succumb to Yiush, he always remembered and enlisted the koach of Avraham who took only Eliezer with him, because the gematryia of his name, 318, was more than the gematriya of yiush, which is only 317.

This is the Remez in tehilim (6:3): “Shuva Hashem Chaltza nafshi”. The first letters of S’huva H’ashem C’haltza are shin yud & ches which equals 318. With this power of overcoming any feeling of Yiush Dovid Hamelech was able to bring down great Yeshues with his wonderful Tfilos.

So Chaveirim this is the great lesson we must learn from Avraham ovinu: Never to fall into the trap of Yiush because Hashem is always there for us.

Have a wonderful Shabbos

Pinches

~   For  the  full  Mamar  in  Lashon  Hakodesh,  see  the  weekly  “Hamachne Hachareidi”.   ~

Parshas Noach

 

Hashem demolished the tower of Bavel
built by Dor Haflogah bizchus Talmud Bavli! 
 

Dear Chaverim.

In this week’s Parsha we learn about 2 generations – Dor Hamabul and Dor Haflogah 10 generations apart, who rebelled hard against Hashem. The motivations of each were very different. The Dor Hamabul were motivated by desires for corrupted physical pleasures. The Dor Haflogah were motivated by false views and ideas about being able to fight Hashem, which was the reason for their ridiculous plan to build a tower rising up to heaven, so they can meet the creator face to face and fight him.

This is the reason why their punishments were very different. While the Dor Hamabul were obliterated by the Mabul, the Dor Haflogah were allowed to live. But to avoid their ideas from being spread and activated, Hashem mixed up their languages so that they could not understand each other, and he spread them all over the world creating 70 nations.

The Medrash Tanchuma in the name of Pirkay Rabbi Eliezer tell us, that it was on this occasion that Hashem chose to accept the Klal Yisroel, the children of Avrohum ovinu who fought against the ideas of Dor Hafloge, to be his heritage; to give them the Torah on mount Sinai and teach them the ways of Torah & Yiras Hashem, while spreading all the others who took part in the rebellion of Dor Hafloge, to be under the supervision of the 70 Malochim who were appointed as ministers to lead the 70 nations.

To understand more deeply why Klal Yisroel were chosen when the Dor Haflogah rebelled and built the tower, we need to dig into the depth of the name Bavel, what is the source and meaning of this name? The Torah teaches us in this Parsha that the city was called Bavel to emphasize the punishment that Hashem brought on the Dor Haflogah, as the posuk says: “Ki sham balal Hashem sfas kol haaretz” – because it was there that Hashem mixed up the language of all the earth.

But in the Gemoro (Sanhedrin 24:1) we find that Rav Yochanan gives a complete different reason for the name “Bavel“. It is, he says, to emphasize the greatness of Talmud Bavli that was created in Bavel. So the word “Bavel” means: “belulah bmikrah, belulah bmishnah, belulah btalmud”, meaning that Talmud Bavli contains a sweet mixture of Torah, Mishna & Talmud.

This stirs up great puzzlement in the Mefarshim who wonder: Why did Rav Yochanan give a new reason for the name “Bavel“, that it is after Talmud Bavli who combines Torah, Mishna & Talmud, when the Torah itself already told us that it is called Bavel because of the mixture of languages?

The Maharal of Prague in Chidushai Agados explains that the 2 reasons are connected: Because Hashem mixed up all the languages in Bavel, therefore it became a suitable place to create Talmud Bavli which combines Torah, Mishna & Talmud,Torah, But it is very obvious that this idea needs a broader explanation. 

To understand this, we start our journey by boarding the spiritual “spaceship” of the great Mekubel Ariza”l in his seifer “Likutai Torah” (Parshas Ki Seitze), who reveals that the 4 Goluyos: Bavel, Moday, Yavan & Edom who represent all the evil powers, are all connected being one body structure of the Klipah, each one a different part of the structure. Bavel is the head, Poras & Moday are the 2 hands, Yavan is the body, Edom & Yishmoel are the 2 feet. All 4 are in unison are the body of the Klipah, which have only one desire to fight the structure body of the Kedushe.

[It is important to realize that Poras & Moday are considered to be one Golus because they ruled together, therefore they are the same part of the body the 2 hands of the Klipah. The same goes for Edom & Yishmoel who are considered one Golus, because they both rule in the same time, therefore they too are the same part of the body the 2 feet.

It is amazing how we see in our time how Edom & Yishmoel, who are represented by the European nations and the Arabs hating Jews, both kicking with their 2 feet into the Jews as hard as they can. But we have to counter fight them by using our 2 feet to Kedushe; to go to the Bais Hamedresh to learn Torah and to Daven; to run to do Chesed. By doing so we are weakening the power of the 2 feet of Edom & Yishmoel. There is so much more about this interesting subject, but we’ll leave it for some other time.]

So being that Bavel is the “head” of the Klipah, we can understand that it plays the greatest role in all evil forces, because as we know all actions are planed and activated by the the brain in the head. This explains what Rav Zadok Hakohen says, that all the Goluyos are included in Golus Bavel.

It is uplifting to see how this is reflected in the wards of the Dor Haflogah while deciding to build the tower: Let us build a city and a tower: “Verosho bashomayim”whose head should be in heaven, because unlike the Dor hamabul they rebelled not by pursuing physical desires of the body, but with their ideas in their heads rising up to the sky to fight Hashem intellectually with their corrupt ideas.

So Chevre what do you think is the best way to fight against Klipas Bavel the “head” of the Klipa? The answer lays in the words of the wisest of men Shlomo Hamelech (Koheles 7:14): “Zeh leumas zeh asah Elokim”, which means: Quid Pro Quo, in order to break the “head” of the Klipah we must raise the “head” of Kedushe. How do we raise it? by using our minds to dig into the depth of Torah. Talmud Bavli is the precise perfection where the great sages of the Talmud used their brain to combine Torah, Mishna & Talmud to its greatest peak and clarity.

From this we came up with a marvelous Chidush.: Hashem demolished the tower of Bavel built by the Dor Haflogah the “head” of the Kliapah, in the zchus of Talmud Bavli that will be developed and created by the great sages of the Talmud. Hashem saw with great clarity how millions upon millions of Jews in all generations and all over the world will learn Talmud Bavli, including must of you guys out there having your daily shiur in Gemore. This was more than enough reason to raise the “head” of kedushe and to destroy the “head” of Klipas Bavel.

Now we understand the connection of the two reasons for the name of Bavel. The reason mentioned in the Torah, to emphasize the punished that Hashem brought on the Dor Haflogah: “Ki sham balal Hashem sfas kol haaretz”, and the reason mentioned by Rav Yochanan to emphasize the greatness of Talmud Bavli that is: “belulah bmikrah, belulah bmishnah, belulah btalmud”. Both reasons are connected and go hand in hand, because as we explored, Hashem has demolished the tower of Bavel only in the zchus of Talmid Bavli.

So what is the key lesson for all of us? In order to destroy the “head” of the the Klipos who cause us all troubles, we most put all our efforts into learning Torah; we most use our minds so we can raise the “head” of Kedushe. That will bring the collapse of the false “towers” built by negative powers who counter Kedushe, and they will fall apart like a deck of cards as is said in the name of Hashem (Thilim 75:11): “Vechol karnei reshoim agadei tromamno karnos tzadik”And all the horns of evel will I chop off, and the horns of tzadidkim will be raised.

Tavlin Leshabbas

I don’t have time to summarize the continuation of our new column Tavlin Leshabbas. But I advise you strongly not to miss it, because we have this week a marvelous Pirush explaining the nusach in Tfilas Shachris for Shabbes: “Velo nesato hashem elokeinu legoyeii hoarotzos, velo hinchalto malkeinu leovdei pesolim, vegam bemnuchoso lo yishkenu areilim”Ssomething worthwhile to remember.

Have a wonderful Shabbes.

Pinches

 

~   For  the  full  Mamar  in  Lashon  Hakodesh,  see  the  weekly  “Hamachne Hachareidi”.   ~

Parshas Breishis

Dear Chaveirim,

As we start Bezras Hashem the new cycle of this year’s Mamorim to delve in the depth of the heilige Torah, beginning with the first Parsha “Breishis”, We the children of the Ovos hakdoshim Avrohum Yitzchak and Yakov have the great Emune, that the yearly cycle is not an occurrence that just repeats itself automatically.

So many people Nebech topple off the merry go round of life, feeling that it is frightening and mind boggling. If we are still standing on our feet healthy and alive, we should be so grateful to Hashem, that I am sure you will agree that it is more than appropriate to open up this new cycle with a tremendous Broche and gratitude to Hashem: Boruch ato hashem elokeinu melech hoolom shehecheyonu vekiyemonu vehigiyonu lazman haze!

It is worthwhile to point out what the “Divrei Yechazkel” Rabbi Yechezkel of Shinov zt”l brings in the name of his great Shver the “Arye debey iloei”, who explained why this shabbes is called “Shabbes Breishis”, which we don’t find in other parshiyos that the shabbes is called by the name of the Parsha for example: “Shabbes Noach” or “Shabbes Lech lecho”.

The reason for this is, that after we went through a series of Tshuvah on Rosh Hashone, Yom Kipur and Sukes, to repent for all our sins, we might fall in the trap of the Yeitzer Hura, who wants to put us in a mood of stress and despair, that we are no good and Hashem doesn’t need our Torah and Mitzvohs. Therefore this Shabbes is called: “Shabbes Breishis”, to remind us that this Shabbes everything begins from “Breishis” – a clean new page without any trace of our negative past.

So Chevre let’s stand up to the challenge, not to stay in the same place we were a year and two ago, but rather start moving forward and upward, spending more time learning Hashem’s Torah & Daven with more Kavone. Let us not forget that we are not getting younger. We need to serve as a live example for our children and grand children. Now is the time for “Breishis” – a new clean beginning!

We need to take advantage of the opportunity to open a new page and become closer to the heilige bashefer. He has being waiting for us patiently too long to ignore him. It’s time to realize that when the time comes we will not take along anything: Money, Shares, Real estate, Fame, all will be left behind to be spent by others. The only thing we will take along will be Torah and Mitzvous, which will accompany us on our long journey…

Ahh why dwell on such unavoidable and unpleasant situations. Let us rather rejoice every breath that we have to fill our minds and heart with the love for Hashem, for his Torah and for Klal Yisruel. Let us all celebrate “Shabbes Breishis”, and start a new beginning!

 

Shabbes giving life to the six week days

This week we will learn about the deep connection between the creation of the world and Shabbos Kodesh. The Ohr Hachayim teaches us something amazing, that Hakodosh Baruch Hu created the world only for 6 days, but on the seventh day he added a mechanism which is Shabbes, whereas by keeping the Shabbos properly we renew the existence of the world for the next 6 days, and so continues the weekly cycle of the existence of the world: We guard the Shabbes and in return the world is renewed for the coming 6 days.

The Ohr Hachayim adds: “You should know, that from the day Hashem created the world, not even one shabbes has passed without at least one tzadik being a Shomer Shabbes, beginning from Adam to Shais, Mesushelach, Noach, The Ovos hakdoshim etc. etc. If there would be even one shabbes that wouldn’t be guarded, the world would have perished due to the lack of life from the Shabbes.

So the question is: If Hashem created the world that it always has to be renewed from the shabbes, how come that he created the first 6 days of the week without a shabbes before them?

To answer this question we are basing the structure on a powerful revelation from the great Rabbi Mendel of Rimnov zt”l, that there was already a Shabbes before the 6 days of creation. On that shabbes before creation Hashem decided to create the world so he can give the Torah to Klal Yisroel. So it is from that Shabbes that Hashem created the first 6 days of Sheishes Yemei Breishis! Learn the mamar to grasp the beauty and depth of this fascinating idea.

A new weekly column “Tavlin Leshabbas”

Did we say a new beginning? So a new beginning it will be. This year we decided to include in the Mamar a new weekly column called “Tavlin Leshabbas” which means: “Spice for Shabbes”. This name is based on a story from the Gemore (Misechte shabbes (119:1):

The Roman Emperor once asked Reb Jhoshua ben Chananya: “How come that the Shabbes meal has such good smell and taste”? Reb Jhoshua answered: “We have an exceptional spice “shabbes” is its name, that we put in the food and this makes it smell so good”. “Give it to us”, begged the Emperor, whereupon Reb Joshua told him: “Only for does who keep the Shabbes does it help, but it doesn’t help any for those who don’t keep Shabbes”.

In this column “Tavlin Leshabbas” we will try to add “Spices for Shabbes” by discussing matters of Shabbes, important knowledge about Shabbes, reasons for Minhugai Yisruel.

This week we are discussing important knowledge about the three Tfilos of Shabbes that are against three Shabusim: One Shabbes Breishis, two Shabbes of matan Torah, three shabbes of the Geule that will be “yom shekulo Shabbes”. The Shl”o Hakodesh adds that these three Shabosim are mentioned in Kidush in the Parshe of “Vaychulu” where the words “Yom hashviei” are metioned 3 times. So for now let us all have a good Shabbes Breishis.

Pinches

 

~   For  the  full  Mamar  in  Lashon  Hakodesh,  see  the  weekly  “Hamachne Hachareidi”.   ~