Holy Advice from the Chasam Sofer
“Do Not Kindle a Fire” of Torah & Avode “on the Shabbos day”
Kindle It during the Week so it will Burn on Its Own on Shabbos!
Sholom and Berocho brothers and friends.
In the mamorim of the past two weeks, we had b”h an adventures trip soaring high into space, led by the revelations of the Mekubel Eloki Rabbi Shimshon of Ostropol zy”a: 1) about HKB”H wearing eight garments when klal Yisroel are worthy, just like the Kohen Gadol on Yom Kippur in the earthly Beis HaMikdosh. In contrast, when they are undeserving in Golus, he is wearing only four garments just like an ordinary kohen.
2) Rabbi Shimshon also took us to the heights of the four angels called Chayos Hakodesh, who carry the Kisei Hakavod – Throne of Glory, that HKB”H keveyachol sits on. Now the time has come to land, and land we did. But never the less we cannot afford to rest. We need to continue our voyage; to tour new territories; explore the unlimited depths and beauty of the heilige torah.
In this week’s mamar we discuss a subject, concerning a holy and splendid experience we have once in every week: The holy Shabbos! The entire mamar is based on the illuminating words of the Chasam Sofer on the possuk it this week’s parsha: “Lo sevaru eish bechol moshvoseichem beyom hashabbos” – “You shall not kindle fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”
The Chasam Sofer explains When the possuk states: “Six days you should do your work”, it is teaching us that it is our sacred duty to kindle a flame of devotion by engaging in Torah study and serving Hashem with fervor, during the six days of the work week. “But the seventh day shall be holy for you, a day of complete rest for Hashem”—so that come Shabbos, this flame of spiritual fervor will blaze on its own. The torah concludes: “You shall not kindle fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day”—do not wait until Shabbos to kindle this flame of spiritual fervor; rather, begin to kindle this flame during the six weekdays.
The Chasam Sofer’s chidush gives us a new insight, to understand the mitzvoh of: “Zochor es yom hashabbos lekadsho” – “Remember the day of Shabbos to sanctify it”. This we do by kindling the flame of Torah and mitzvos during the six days of the work week, so the flame will blaze on its own on Shabbos and we will avoid performing the labor of kindling on Shabbos.
After all kind of beautiful torah thoughts from our great rabbis like the Grah, the magid of Mezritsh, the Avnei Nezer, we suggest a new revelation to explain the mitzvah of lighting candles at the door step of the incoming Shabbos. The words of the Shulchan Oruch concerning candle lighting on erev Shabbos are (O.C. 263,1): One should take care to prepare a nice candle; some deliberately choose to make two wicks—one corresponding to “zochor” and one corresponding to “shomor.”
Using the Chasam Sofers idea we suggest that our holy sages ordered us to light two candles in the time frame when the six weekdays end and Shabbos begins. It is then that we unite the fire of torah and mitzvos that we kindled during the week, with the flame that we hope to merit on Shabbos. This connection is symbolized by the two candles we light before Shabbos.
I think that this week’s mamar can be comprehended by each of you. But either way I suggest that you say over the beautiful holy vort of the Chasam Sofer at the Shabbos table for the entire family. It will lighten up the Shabbos table.
Have a wonderful Shabbos.
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