Parshas Chayei Sara

Dear Chaveirim.

In this week’s mamar we discuss the first meeting between Rivka & Yitzchak. The posuk says: “And Rivka looked up and beheld Yitzchak, and she fell off of the camel. . . And she said to the slave (Eliezer): ‘Who is that man walking in the field toward us?’ The slave answered: ‘He is my master.’” Rashi comments: she saw that he was magnificent and was amazed by his face.”

The Megaleh Amukos poses a glaring question. Are we to believe that Rivka , one of the four mothers of Klal Yisruel, was in the habit of inquiring after young men? Rather, explains the Megaleh Amukos, based on a midrash that immediately following the incident of the akeidah, Yitzchak left this world and spent the next three years in Gan Eden. For, at the time of the akeidah, he was thirty-seven years old; when he married his soul-mate, our matriarch Rivka, he was forty years old. In those three years that are unaccounted for he was in Gan Eden.

The Megaleh Amukos continues to explain: When Rivka met Yitzchak he was returning to this world from his three year sojourn in Gan Eden; therefore, she witnessed a light and a brilliance emanating from a kedushah that was beyond this world. This prompted her to inquire: “Who is that man walking in the field toward us?” Indeed, that was Yitzchak returning, at that moment, from Gan Eden; of course, he possessed a splendor and a radiance that was not of this world. This is what is meant when it says: “Rivka looked up and observed Yitzchak exiting from Gan Eden; she was astonished by the brilliant, radiant light not of this world that enveloped him; “and she fell off of the camel.”

We continue to examine a commentary found on this very subject from one of the Balei Tosfos on the Torah, the Riva. Here are his holy words on the possuk in our parsha (Bereishis 24,64): “and she fell off the camel”: :”he saw Yitzchak coming from Gan Eden; he was walking as do the departed, with their feet upwards and their heads downwards;. This was the reason she was astonished when she saw Yitzchak walking upside down, with his head downwards, since she had not seen anything like that before.

Now, though, we need to explain this phenomenon revealed to us by the Riva. Why do the departed up in heaven walk in this manner, with their heads directed downward? Clearly, existence in the world of the souls is spiritual and we are not discussing simple, physical walking. So, what then is the significance of this phenomenon that the departed are walking upside down? Without question, it is a great mitzvah to clarify and understand what this tzaddik is teaching us.

To understand it let us learn the mamar for it will surprise us, how when being in the upper world we are no longer able to advance spiritually with our own accord, but, rather, are dependent on the Torah study and performance of mitzvos of our children. Only through the deeds of our children will we be able to walk and advance in the world above. Therefore the deceased walk with their heads oriented downward and their legs upward. This signifies that their entire thought process and strategy relies on those who remain below in this world. Only, by means of those down below, will they merit to walk and advance in the upper world.

So Chaveirim let us take advantage while we are well and alive till a 120 healthy years, to raise our children according the rules and mitzvhos of the heilige torah. Because it is they who will keep us going wherever we are…

A sweet and lechtiken Shabbes.

Pinches

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Parshas Vayeiro

Dear Chaveirim.

In this week’s mamar for parsha Vayeiro, we discuss why HKB”H chose to make a covenant between Himself and Klal Yisroel specifically by means of the mitzvah of milah, circumcision—a procedure involving suffering and physical discomfort. We explain it by looking into the dialogue between Onkelos the ger and his uncle Hadrian, the emperor of Rome. Onkelos informs Hadrian that he wishes to convert to Judaism. His uncle wants to know what he sees in this lowly people whom he has killed so many of. He replies that even the smallest amongst them knows how the Almighty created the universe, what sustains the world and that their Torah represents the truth. Hadrian suggests that Onkelos study the Torah without undergoing circumcision. Onkelos answers that even the wisest in the empire is incapable of learning their Torah without undergoing circumcision.

Why it is impossible to acquire Torah wisdom and insight without first fulfilling the mitzvah of milah? The reason for that is because the Torah states clearly: Zos Hatorah Odom Ki Yomus Buhoel” – “This is the Torah of a man who dies in a tent.” Reish Lakish derives from this verse: “Torah cannot exist except in a person who kills himself on her behalf.” By giving us the mitzvah of milah, Hkb”h wanted to teach us a vital lesson: if we wish to enter into a covenant with the Holy One, Blessed is He, we must be willing to serve Him even if it means enduring suffering and self-sacrifice.  Therefore, only someone who has fulfilled the mitzvah of milah is able to acquire the Torah. For milah is the covenant between HKB”H and Yisroel, by which a Jewish man demonstrates that he accepts upon himself to serve Hashem through pain and the direst of circumstances.

The following are the words of the Rambam (Hilchos Talmud Torah 1,8), awe-inspiring words that each and every one of us should review morning and night: “All Jews, whether they are rich or poor, healthy or sickly, young or old, a husband who must support a family, are required to designate time during the day and during the night to engage in Torah study”.

If we except this lesson then we are promised to finally be able to serve Hashem with happiness and success like Shlome Hamelech says in Mishlei: “Orech Yomim Biyemino Bismolo Osher Vekoved” – The learning of Torah is a promise for long life on her right and wealth and honor on her left.

Let us all have a wonderful and lechtiken shabbos.

Pinches

 

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Lech Lechu 5771

Dear Chaveirim.

This week we have a special and unique Torah mamar, based on the idea of the “Kli Yoker”, about three powerful sources that we contain: Heaven Earth & Ocean. The body was created from earth and water, and the soul that was brought down from heaven. It is those three who in the time of creation wanted to expand endlessly until Hakodesh Boruch Hu with the his name “Shaday” told them “Diy” – “Enough”. So we need to pay attention and listen to the call of Hashem “Diy” – “Enough”!

I advise you to learn it twice so you can really enjoy it. We also have this week Tavlin Leshabbos that is part of the mamar. you can enjoy it with the wonderful translation of Dr. Baruch Fox.

Have a wonderful and lechtiken shabbos

Pinches

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Mamar Parshas Noach 5771

Dear Chaveirim,

Bezras Hashem we are beginning a new cycle of this year’s Mamorim on the weekly Parshes. Thoughts, ideas and interpretations, based on phenomenal introductions and shining rays of Torah by our holy Rabbis from the Rishonim up to the Achronim.

We should not take this great gift for granted. So many people nebech toppled off the merry go round of life, thus if we are standing on our feet healthy and alive; if we are able to say every morning Mode Ani and Shmah Yisruel, we should be very grateful to Hashem and thank him from the deepest part of our heart. So let us open up this new cycle with a Broche and gratitude to Hashem: Boruch ato hashem elokeinu melech hoolom shehecheyonu vekiyemonu vehigiyonu lazman haze!

In this week’s mamar we are dealing with the Mabul and the Teivah. We examine the difference between the behaviors of the “Orev” – raven and the “Yonah” dove, in response to their missions given to them by Noach. While the raven did not want to fulfill his mission to check out whether or not the water has dried up, instead he flew back and forth around the ark until the waters on the land dried up, the dove did return back and forth to the ark twice to show Noach that the water didn’t dry out until the third time when he didn’t return any more.

The great Chasom Sofer explains that Noach who was the Tzadik Hador a leader of his time, had the power that all leaders of klala Yisruel have in all generations. Therefore the raven who refused to fulfill Noaches request symbolizes those who are not willing to follow the rulings of our Torah saints, while the dove symbolizes those who are ready to follow their orders with mesirus nefesh. Our blessed sages praise the dove for its valiant behavior and, for this reason, compare Yisroel to the dove.

This helps us to understand what we learn in Gemarah about the wonderful miracle that happened to Elisha “the winged one.” . . . And why was he called “the winged one”? Because at one time the wicked Roman government passed an edict against Yisroel that anyone donning tefillin would have his brain gouged out. Now, Elisha would don them and go out into the marketplace. An officer saw him; he ran away; the officer pursued him. As the officer caught up with him, Elisha removed the tefillin from his head and held them in his hand.

The officer asked him what he had in his hand. Elisha replied: Dove’s wings. He opened his hand and, indeed, dove’s wings were found. Therefore, he his called “Elisha the winged one.” And why wings of a dove rather than wings of some other bird? Because the congregation of Yisroel is compared to a dove. . . . Just as a dove is protected by its wings, so too Yisroel is protected by its mitzvos”…

The rest of the mamar we will leave to the mamar in Loshon Kodesh or to the wonderful transaltion by Dr. Baruch Fox.

Have a lechtiken shabbes and a successful winter.

Pinches

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