The wonderful revelation of the great Rabbi and leader the Chasam Sofer:
Why earth chose to betray her mission to bear pant & vegetation to the world?
Dear brothers and friends.
Since we don’t have enough words to thank HKB”H the giver of the Torah that gave and continues to give us life health and wisdom to begin a new cycle of the yearly mamorim on the parshios of the holy Torah, let us begin with the beroche: Boruch ato Hashem elokeini melech haolom shehecheyonu vekiyemonu vehigionu lazman hazah. We pray and beg him to give us the wisdom in the zechus of his heilige kinderlich to dig and explore new depths of understandings of his endless Torah.
In this week’s mamar for parshas Noach we discuss about the Mabul, that not only wiped out all Humans and animals, except for Noach his children and the animals he took into the Teivo, but also punished the earth as Rashi says: “the upper three tefochim of the soil, corresponding to the depth that a plow’s blade enters the soil, were also dissolved and washed away”. The Midresh explains the reason for this, because the earth too betrayed her mission to provide the entire universe with proper plant and vegetation and gave instead thorns.
We explore the wonderful revelation provided to us by the great Rabbi and leader the Chasam Sofer, who explains why the earth did what she did. Based on the deep teaching of the great mekubel the Ariza”l about how HKB”H created the world with the intention of connecting the cycle of life that contains four stages: Earth, Plant and Vegetation, Animals, Humans. The first stage of the cycle is Earth giving life and berth to Plant and Vegetation. The second stage of the cycle is Plant and Vegetation giving life to Animals who eat it. The third stage of the cycle is Animals, kosher ones, giving life and energy to Humans.
All four contain “nitutzei Kedushe” – sparks of holiness, who crave to climb up the spiritual ladder of the worldly cycle, until they get to the top and become part of the human race, who have the gift and power to do mitzvohs, to learn Torah and to pray to HKB”H. The earth possesses the desire to give of herself and employ her potential and energy to bring forth plant life and vegetation. Only in this manner, can the earth, which is part of the lifeless universe, ultimately elevate and rectify herself to the classification of humans, because when man consumes animal flesh, which has been nourished from vegetation, which have been nourished from the earth, the holy “nitzotzos” climb the spiritual ladder from her low status to the kingdom of mankind who is capable of speech, of praying and learning Torah. All the more so, when man consumes plants and vegetables directly, the “nitzotzos” trapped in the motionless world are released and transformed into the form of mankind with the powerful tool of being able to converse with Hashem the creator of the world.
During the generation of the flood – “Dor hamabul” however, all of creation had become corrupt, and there was no avenue for the holy “nitzotzos” trapped in the earth to elevate themselves to the level of humans. In fact, quite the opposite was true. Creation used the nourishment and resources available to corrupt their natural ways. As the earth became aware of this sad reality, she saw no purpose in producing nutritional grains. Rather, she ceased to contribute her resources, and instead of wheat produced only thorns.
Nevertheless, according to the Chasam Sofer, this refusal of the earth to contribute her resources properly still constituted an act of betrayal. As we know, Hashem commanded the earth during the process of creation (Bereishis 1, 11): “Let the earth sprout vegetation of plants bringing forth seed, trees of fruit yielding fruit. Although the earth’s intentions were honorable and for the sake of Heaven — prompted by the widespread corruption that had consumed all of creation — nonetheless, she was dutifully bound to fulfill this original command and not to get involved in HKB”H’s arrangement.
This my dear brothers and friends, is only the beginning of a wonderful journey that reveals a fascinating view and understanding of how HKB”H connects the wonderful four stage cycle of the world. So chevre let us fulfill our part of the cycle by using all that HKB”H created to spread the word of Hashem and his Torah in the entire universe.
May we all have a wonderful and sweet Shabbos.
Pinches from Yerushalayim
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