An Explanation of the Sefer HaChinuch’s Amazing Oral Tradition:

“I Have a Tradition from My Teachers
that Anyone Who Conscientiously Recites Birkas HaMozon
Is Guaranteed to Find His Meals in a Respectable Fashion throughout His Life”


Dear brothers and friends!

In this week’s mamar for parshas Eikev we examine the very important mitzvah of Birkas HaMozon.  Our holy sages learn this from the possuk in this parsah:  “Veochalto vesovoto uveirachto es Hashem Elokecho al hooretz hatovo asher nosan lecho” – “You will eat and you will be satisfied and you will bless Hashem, your G-d, for the good land that He gave you”.  The first berochoh is “Birkas hazon,” the second is “Birkas haoretz,” the third is “boneh Yerushalayim”.

However, the day that permission was finally granted to bury those slain at Beitar, our great Rabbis in Yavneh added the fourth blessing of Birkas HaMozon — “hatov v’hameitiv”; “hatov” — He Who is good — for miraculously not allowing the bodies to decay and smell; “v’hameitiv” — He Who confers good — for insuring that they were ultimately afforded burial.

To better appreciate the tremendous miracle HKB”H conferred upon the slain Jews of Beitar let us refer to the Yerushalmi (Taanis 24a).  The populace of Beitar joined Bar Kochva’s rebellion against the Romans approximately sixty years after the destruction of the second Beis HaMikdosh.  On the day of Tishoh BeOv Beitar was concurred by the Romans and they were all killed very brutally.  According to the Yerushalmi, they were punished for not mourning over the destruction of Yerushalayim.

The Yerushalmi adds the following:  The wicked Hadrian had a large vineyard — measuring about eighteen Kilometers by eighteen Kilometers.  He created a fence surrounding the vineyard from the corpses of those slain at Beitar.  He stood them upright with their arms out stretched and decreed that they not be buried.  After Hadrian’s death, the new emperor decreed that they be buried.  The Gemoroh (Gittin 57a) teaches:  “With the blood of the Jewish victims, the idolaters were able to harvest the grapes from their vineyards for seven years without fertilizer.

We can now begin to comprehend the incredible awesome yet frightening miracle that HKB”H conferred upon the slain Jews of Beitar.  For seven years, the corpses of those slain at Beitar stood upright with outstretched arms forming a fence around the wicked Hadrian’s vineyard.  In the winter, they were exposed to the cold and rain; in the summer, they were exposed to the burning heat of the sun.  Despite all of this, their corpses did not fall prey to stench or decay.

Those lifeless bodies stood strong against the powerful forces of nature as if to provoke the wicked Hadrian who placed them there to disgrace them.  It is as if they were mocking him and declaring publicly:  “It is not you who put us here, it is Hashem who punished us for our sins and it is he who is watching over us and preserving our bodies”!

It now remains for us to explain, why did our sages in Yavneh specifically institute a special berochoh in Birkas HaMozon to memorialize the burial of those slain at Beitar?

To explain this let us all embark on a wonderful journey into the depth of the Torah world, concerning how HKB”H created the cycle chain of food.  The first link is the soil of the earth that contains a tremendous amount of energy.  The second link is the plants and vegetation that get there nourishment from the soil of the earth. The third link is the animals who get there nourishments by feeding on plants and vegetation.

Alas, the fourth link is man, who is nourished by eating meat and flesh of creatures in the animal category.  When he slaughters the kosher animal according to Torah guidelines, and consumes its meat after reciting a berochoh, he incorporates the life-force and holy “nitzotzos” of the animal — which already contains that of the plant life and of the soil — as an inseparable part of his being.

This opens a new panoramic view on the theme of Birkas HaMozon, but let us leave the rest for the mamar with the wonderful translation of Dr. Fox.

Have a sweet Shabbos


ביאור הקבלה הנפלאה של ספר החינוך:

“מקובל אני מרבותי – שכל הזהיר בברכת המזון
מזונותיו מצויין לו בכבוד כל ימיו”

אריז”ל בשם הזוהר הקדוש: המברך ברכת המזון בשמחה גדולה,
זוכה שישפיע לו הקב”ה פרנסה בשמחה


פנים יפות: על ידי שאדם מעלה ניצוצי קדושה ממאכליו,
הם רודפים אחרי האדם
שיאכל ויעלה אותם


ביאור המשנה: “אלא שהרעותי את מעשי וקפחתי את פרנסתי”,
כי הצומח והחי בורחים מן האדם שלא יקלקלם


שלש ברכות המזון כדי לתקן את ניצוצי הקדושה
של הדומם הצומח והחי שנתעלו ונכללו באדם שאכלם


ביאור קבלת החינוך בשם רבותיו: ברכת המזון סגולה לפרנסה,
כי הדומם הצומח והחי רודפים אחריו שיתקנם


ישוב הפלא: מה ראו רבותינו שביבנה להכניס בברכת המזון,
ברכה על הרוגי ביתר שלא נסרחו ובאו לקבורה


שבע שנים עמדו הרוגי ביתר מלוא קומה בפישוט ידים
כגדר בכרם של אדריינוס הרשע ולא שלט בהם הסרחון


העפר הדומם מזכך את זוהמת הנחש באדם,

בתור הכרת טובה לאדם שמעלה את ניצוצי הקדושה הצומחים ממנו

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Parshas Eikev 5772

Translation Eikev 5772


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