Posts Tagged ‘Moshe’

15
Mar

Haftarah Zachor: Background I

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Portion of the Week

Transcribed and prepared by Anna Beller:

Just when the Jews had crossed the Red Sea with all the great miracles they had the mannah and the bitter waters Amalek attacks them. The passuk says they attacked them at Rephidim. And Rephidim is a name of the place. However we say that Rephidim is Divrei Torah. They pulled their hands back in the study of Torah. As punishment  during a time when amazing things are happening to them they lost a level of awareness. And because they lost a level of awareness, Amalek had the opportunity to attack them.

What Amalek did was, there were stragglers, people who just hung around and weren’t an actual part of the crowd. They were traveling inside the clouds. So Amalek caught them and those who weren’t circumcised Amalek removed that part of their body and threw it up to heaven and said, “Here God, You seem to love this part of the body because You tell all the Jewish males to circumcise themselves.”

So then Moshe says we have to fight them back and he commands the second in command Yehoshua. And it says about Yehoshua, Joshua that he never left the tent. He was always learning Torah morning and night always learning Torah. So obviously if Amalek is able to attack because the Jews are weak in their study of Torah it makes sense that the one to bring them into battle is Joshua.

Moshe goes up to the heavens, and it’s a famous story that he put his hand up to the heavens, and whenever the Jews looked up because Moshe’s hands were up they thought of God and were able to fight Amalek. But when his hands went down so they were unable to fight Amalek. Eventually Moshe tired, and the fact that Moshe tired is an indication that something was wrong, because if this what god had wanted then Moshe would not have tired. So they brought a rock and, the one they brought was the even hashtiya, the rock from which the whole world was created, which is usually in the holy of holies in the temple in Jerusalem, from which the world drank its existence. So Moshe sat on this rock and Aaron and Chur held his hands up. However God was displeased with Moshe and said that Yehoshua is going to be the one to lead the Jews into Israel because you should have gone to fight the battle yourself instead of sending Yehoshua.

The Torah mentions the battle with Amalek a second time and it’s at the end of the parsha Ki Teitzei which is in the fifth book of the Torah, Devarim. And there it says there were certain characteristics of Amalek.: number one: lo yareih elokim– they had no awe of God. Number 2 it says in the pasuk:  asher karcha ba derech- they met you on the way.

So Rashi gives three explanations of asher karach bah:

So Rashi takes the word Karachakuf, reish, chuf. And says that the shoresh is kuf, reish. Kar. So he gives three explanations:

1) That they met you by chance, the happened to meet you or at least they let you to believe that.

2) kar = cold. Because the midrash gives an analogy of a boiling hot bath tub. And everyone dipped their toes in and couldn’t go in because it was too hot. And then this big fat guy looks at the water and he jumps in and he scolded all over but meanwhile the water cooled off. So the Jews are hot, no none will touch them. They’ve heard about the 10 plagues, splitting of the red sea, they heard about bitter waters turning sweet, they heard about the manah and the birds flying in- so they were not going to touch those guys. And Amalek says well jump in and touch them. So before everyone thought the Jews were invincible and were unwilling to touch them. So the fact that Amalek were about to jump in and touch them and had no hesitation at all that they were willing to go right in and attack them it cooled things off, the Jews no longer had an aura of invincibility.

3) The word kar, is the same things as kery– a man’s semen. Because if you look at a man’s semen, he produces hundreds of million of cells and women only produce one usually. So the man represents chance and the woman represent that which is predetermined. So Amalek was introducing the element of chance into the world.

Another thing to keep in mind when reading the story is as follows: Before Yaakov met Eisav, if you recall, he struggled with an angel at night. That angel was called saro de Eisav– the angel of Eisav. And he battled with Yaakov, at a nachal– a river. And that’s where he battled him and that considered the great battle between Yaakov and the world, the Jews and the world. And where the angel was able to cause some damage to Yaakov in his sciatic nerve going down to the two legs. Purim is one of the leg holidays. Every part of the body represents a part of the body. Chanukah is the left leg and Purim is the right leg, Chanukah is Aharon, fought by cohanim. Left leg is hod. And the right leg is Moshe and that’s why the two legs, what was it that Mordechai wouldn’t do? He wouldn’t go down on his legs. Because where is it that Eisav, represented by Amalek, because he’s considered the most destructive of the descendants of Eisav. So where was it that Eisav was able to strike at the Jewish people? Where the two legs go down the nerve that goes down the two legs. And therefore Mordechai would not bow down because he didn’t want them to have any power. Yaakov however, even after battling the angel of Eisav, who is by the way Satan, even after battling him, when he finally meets Eisav what does he do? He bows down. And not only does he bow down but all of Yaakovs living children bow down except for Deena who was hidden away in a box. But at the time Yaakov only had 11 sons, Benyamin was missing. And Benyamin means never bow down to Eisav. Therefore if there’s going to be one tribe that’s going to have power over Eisav, and is not as susceptible to Eisav as are the other tribes, that’s is going to be Benyamin. Therefore it makes most sense that it has to be a descendant of Benyamin who has to battle Amalek, which in fact we will read in the Haftorah is Shaul, Saul the first king of the Jews, who came from the tribe of Benjamin.

The Purim story is fought by Mordechai who is ish  yiiani– what goes ish ha yimani mean? Benyamin. So in the Purim story fought by Mordechai in Esther they are both descendants of Benyamin, and in fact descendants of Shaul. So we find that there’s a consistency that the two major battles fought with Amalek post Torah are fought by descendants of Benyamin. Therefore Shaul has the power that other people do not have, something else you need to keep in mind.

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14
Mar

Moshe & Purim Part Six

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays

Transcribed and Prepared by Anna Beller: When was the first time that God told Moshe he was not leading the Jewish people into Israel? It was after the initial confrontation between Moshe and pharaoh, things got worse for the Jews. Moshe stormed back to Sinai stormed back to the burning bush and said to God. Lamah harehota le’am hazeh- why did You make things worse for this nation? Lamah zeh shilachtani– why did You send me? U’me az bati al paroh le daber bi-shemecha– the minute I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name- heram ha am ha zeh– you made things worse- ba attzer lo hitzalta et amecha– You certainly haven’t saved anyone.

He’s angry, and justified, we love this scene of someone angry with God, a man of courage and convictions who stands up to God and says to him ‘ You think that You can bounce Israel and me around because you’re God? You cant!’ We love those people!

Va yidaber  elokim el moshe vayomer eylav ani Hashem– I am God- vaeirav avraham, el Yitzchak, ve el Yaakov ve elshaayich ve Hashem lo yadaati eleichem– you know something I made a lot of promises to Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov and I never kept them, they didn’t see these promises fulfilled, and they never questioned me, who the hell do you think you are that you can question me? You’re obviously not the right person to lead the Jews into Israel.

In other words it’s the same idea, how much in control is God? Is God in control, even if the Jews are laughing at you and the miracle is not working, what are you doing, is God in control of the situation or not? If I’m thrust into a situation where a totally new personality is demanded is it God is demanding it or should I respond the way I am used to responding? I don’t understand anything that is going on around me. The world is falling apart and I don’t understand. Should I simply say this is terrible and yell at God? Or should I say okay You’re in control and I accept it?

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14
Mar

Moshe & Purim Part Five

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays

Transcribed and prepared by Anna Beller: Some things are very difficult to understand, but ultimately God says to a human being whatever you want to do with your life, and whatever choices you are going to make in your life, I created you with a purpose. I will get out of you what I want from you, the only question is the role that you will play in it. You are really no different than a rock in terms of getting out of you what I want from you. The only real question is whether you will be an active partner with me or not. Had Moshe accepted that God had everything totally under control even though there’s all this random movement of peoples choices and the Jewish people laughing and ridiculing Moshe for speaking to the wrong rock and not getting out the water, but had Moshe truly beloved that absolutely everything was under God’s control to one degree or another he wouldn’t have gotten upset, he would’ve accepted that this is what had to happen and he wouldn’t have hit the rock and the people would have made that kal ve chomer and they never would have really made it anyway, they couldn’t.

Moshe was lacking in that. How do we know that? Because this is the third time Moshe was told he wouldn’t be going into Israel. What was the second time? At the end of parshat beshaleach– the war with Amalek. Amalek attacked and Moshe goes up to the mountain and says to Yehoshua you go down and fight and ill go up to the top and hold up my hands. Why did he do that? Moshe doesn’t like to fight? Since when is he worried about confrontation? Worried about battle? But obviously Moshe’s role has changed. He’s the teacher, the rabbi, the one who leads them to believe in God. So when the time came to do battle, he’s going to send Yehoshua to be the general. So what happens: Vayomer Hashem el moshe– so Hashem says to Moshe after the battle, ketov zot zikaron ba sefer– write this memory in a book- vasim b’zneh yehoshua- and put it in the ears of Yehoshua.

So Rashi quoting the Gemara says why does God say: put it into the ears of Yehoshua? Because Yehoshua is going to be the one to lead them into Israel not you. Because you when up to the mountain to be a holy Jew holding up your hands to make sure people looked up to shamayim and davened. Because that is the role you saw for yourself? You’re not the right person to lead them to Eretz Yisrael. If someone attacks you go and lead them into battle, what are you making chashbonots all types of calculations you should be praying and doing holy things, lead them into battle what’s the matter with you. You don’t think I can take care of this thing? You go and fight. You’re obviously not the right man.

What made him think he could go do that? Because of the way he perceived himself. The minute we lock ourselves in to the way we perceive ourselves then we begin to put on masks so to speak, and that’s the reason we wear masks on Purim. Its making fun of ourselves, not on Purim but the rest of the year. That we define ourselves, we see ourselves in specific way, we have roles, we have roles we play with this group and others with another. We wear suits with one person, and wear jeans with another person, or could be a person with many hats. The way we interact with people: do I act as an adult or as a child, do I have to interact with someone who needs or someone who gives. We all play a million roles. And there’s nothing wrong with playing a million roles except when we lock ourselves into those roles, because then you can make the mistake that Moshe Rabbeinu made. And that mistake is that when you begin to see yourself in a certain ways that when circumstances demand an entirely different expression of self, because its not one of the roles were used to or the role I would normally use in this place, I don’t really respond in the most productive way possible.

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11
Mar

Moshe & Purim Part Four

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays

Transcribed and Prepared by Anna Beller: What are the failures of Moshe? We know that he hit the rock instead of speaking to it, but if we listen to the words that God speaks to Moshe describing Moshe’s sin, we hear something strange- Hashem says to Moshe- Vayomer Hashem el moshe ve el aharon– and Hashem said to Moshe and Aaron- Yaan lo hehamantem bi– because you didn’t believe it- le hakdisheni leinei benei yisrael– to sanctify Me the eyes of the Jewish people- lachem lotbiu et hatecol haze u la artez asher natati lachem– therefore you should not bring this congregation to the land that I have given to them. It doesn’t say because you did not listen to Me, He doesn’t say because you functioned in a way I didn’t tell you to function, or that you didn’t follow My instructions carefully and that to you, Moshe Rabbeinu it is more important for you to follow My instructions than it is for anyone else to follow My instruction. Obviously because if he’s the one who is always transmitting God’s will, so then for him not to follow God’s will is a terrible thing. But He says it’s because you didn’t believe in Me, and because you didn’t do what was necessary in order to sanctify Me in the eyes of the Jewish people.

How was Moshe’s action an expression of a lack of faith in God? And what was the failure of the sanctification? It may not have been as big a miracle but believe me if someone goes up to the rock and hits the rock and the rock supplies enough water for 600,000 men, 3 million people, cattle and everything, I think it’s a Kiddush Hashem. It’s a miracle. So if it’s not as big a miracle as it would have been had he spoken to the rock that’s not a Kiddush Hashem? It’s not a Chilul Hashem. How was it enough to sentence Moshe to die out in the desert and not be able to lead the Jewish people?

So Rashi explains it: Rashi says, look at the difference of the impact this miracle would have had on the Jewish people had Moshe followed God’s instructions. And the weakened impact because he didn’t.

Had he not hit the rock, the Jews would have said to themselves, look at this rock it doesn’t receive a reward when it’s told to do something and it doesn’t receive a punishment when it doesn’t do what its told. It still listens to God’s will although it receives no reward or punishment. We human beings who are rewarded when we obey God’s will and are punished when we don’t, certainly we must listen to what God says to do. But now that he hit the rock the people say the only reason the rock listened is because it was forced. So therefore no Kiddush Hashem was made.

I have a computer, and I say to my kids you know I don’t understand my computer does exactly what I tell it. Sometimes I don’t get exactly what I want but it does exactly what I program into it and I don’t give it a lollipop when its good, and the most I’ll do when its bad it threaten to hit it but I’m too scared that its too fragile to hit. To you I do give lollipops and I do hit you if you’re bad (not really) so you shouldn’t listen to me more than my computer does? Right wouldn’t you say that to your kids?

So why would the Jewish people have compared themselves to a rock? It’s unbelievable, its ridiculous that they would say oh a rock listens to God and therefore we should listen to God as well. And because Moshe did not prove that point that means that Moshe did not know that that was the most important point. And because Moshe did not know that that was the most important point, therefore Moshe did not fully believe in God. That’s what the verse is saying according to Rashi.

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10
Mar

Moshe & Purim Part Four

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays

Transcribed and prepared by Anna Beller: What are the failures of Moshe? We know that he hit the rock instead of speaking to it, but if we listen to the words that God speaks to Moshe describing Moshe’s sin, we hear something strange- Hashem says to Moshe- Vayomer Hashem el moshe ve el aharon– and Hashem said to Moshe and Aaron- Yaan lo hehamantem bi– because you didn’t believe it- le hakdisheni leinei benei yisrael– to sanctify Me the eyes of the Jewish people- lachem lotbiu et hatecol haze u la artez asher natati lachem– therefore you should not bring this congregation to the land that I have given to them. It doesn’t say because you did not listen to Me, He doesn’t say because you functioned in a way I didn’t tell you to function, or that you didn’t follow My instructions carefully and that to you, Moshe Rabbeinu it is more important for you to follow My instructions than it is for anyone else to follow My instruction. Obviously because if he’s the one who is always transmitting God’s will, so then for him not to follow God’s will is a terrible thing. But He says it’s because you didn’t believe in Me, and because you didn’t do what was necessary in order to sanctify Me in the eyes of the Jewish people.

How was Moshe’s action an expression of a lack of faith in God? And what was the failure of the sanctification? It may not have been as big a miracle but believe me if someone goes up to the rock and hits the rock and the rock supplies enough water for 600,000 men, 3 million people, cattle and everything, I think it’s a Kiddush Hashem. It’s a miracle. So if it’s not as big a miracle as it would have been had he spoken to the rock that’s not a Kiddush Hashem? It’s not a Chilul Hashem. How was it enough to sentence Moshe to die out in the desert and not be able to lead the Jewish people?

So Rashi explains it: Rashi says, look at the difference of the impact this miracle would have had on the Jewish people had Moshe followed God’s instructions. And the weakened impact because he didn’t.

Had he not hit the rock, the Jews would have said to themselves, look at this rock it doesn’t receive a reward when it’s told to do something and it doesn’t receive a punishment when it doesn’t do what its told. It still listens to God’s will although it receives no reward or punishment. We human beings who are rewarded when we obey God’s will and are punished when we don’t, certainly we must listen to what God says to do. But now that he hit the rock the people say the only reason the rock listened is because it was forced. So therefore no Kiddush Hashem was made.

I have a computer, and I say to my kids you know I don’t understand my computer does exactly what I tell it. Sometimes I don’t get exactly what I want but it does exactly what I program into it and I don’t give it a lollipop when its good, and the most I’ll do when its bad it threaten to hit it but I’m too scared that its too fragile to hit. To you I do give lollipops and I do hit you if you’re bad (not really) so you shouldn’t listen to me more than my computer does? Right wouldn’t you say that to your kids?

So why would the Jewish people have compared themselves to a rock? It’s unbelievable, its ridiculous that they would say oh a rock listens to God and therefore we should listen to God as well. And because Moshe did not prove that point that means that Moshe did not know that that was the most important point. And because Moshe did not know that that was the most important point, therefore Moshe did not fully believe in God. That’s what the verse is saying according to Rashi.

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9
Mar

Moshe and Purim Part Three

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays

Transcribed and prepared by Anna Beller: The question is we have to look at the failures of Moshe Rabbeinu to understand what the strengths of Amalek are. If Haman is convinced that the death of Moshe is an auspicious sign for his success it means that whatever led to the death of Moshe leads to the victory of Amalek. So if we look at what the Gemara, Chazal and sages have taught us are the reasons for the failures of Moshe Rabbeinu, or his death, we can begin to understand where the strength of Amalek is and perhaps have a better idea of how to battle Amalek. There are a number of times that Moshe Rabbeinu was told he would not be leading the Jewish people into Israel. The most famous one of course was when he hit the rock instead of talking to it. Now keep in mind for later, that talking plays a significant role in the story of Purim because, language plays a significant role. How? Why does Achaveirosh feel obligated to Mordechai? Mordechai saved his life. How did Mordechai save his life? When he reported Bigtan and Teresh’s assassination plot to Esther. Every time an announcement  goes out in the Megilah what does it say? Every nation, every country in its language, language is stressed. When Achashveirosh sends out an announcement about how a husband should rule his house, what is his example of how a husband should rule his house? U ledaber kilshon amo- a husband can speak whatever language he wants. This is idiotic, why does the king have to send out an announcement that a husband can speak whatever language he wants? So language plays a significant role in the story. Where does the story happen? What period of Jewish exile does this happen? Its called Galuth Babel, the Babylonian exile. What happened in Babel? All the languages were mixed together. By the way Babel is the land of mixture, because before the land was called Babel it was called, Shinar. Sham minaru miteh mabul– all the people who were killed in the flood were dropped and buried there. So it’s a place of mixture, mixture has a tremendous amount to do with Purim- but this is just a tangent. Author Info: Learn & discover the Divine prophecies with Rabbi Simcha Weinberg from the holy Torah, Jewish Law, Mysticism, Kabbalah and Jewish Prophecies. The Foundation Stone™ is the ultimate resource for Jews, Judaism, Jewish Education, Jewish Spirituality & the holy Torah.

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9
Mar

Zachor: The Missing Staff

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Portion of the Week

Moshe tells Yehoshua to go and choose men to battle Amalek, and I will go up the mountain and the staff of the Lord will be in my hand.

Moshe went up the mountain. In the famous story, he raised his hands up high, and when they were raised, the Jews won the battle, but when he would lower his hands, the Jews would begin to fall and lose. Moshe’s hands tired and Aharon and Chur had to hold Moshe’s hands high so that the Jews could continue to win. What happened to the staff? The text never mentions the staff in the story.

If the people had looked up and seen Moshe standing with the staff in his outstretched hands they would have been reminded of great miracles that God had performed for them through Moshe. The people would have looked up and expected a great miracle from God.

Moshe did not raise the staff. He raised his hands towards God. He was reaching out to Hashem. When the people looked up they too understood that they had to reach up toward God. They could not simply sit back and wait for a miracle. All was in their hands

Why did Moshe tell Yehoshua that the staff of the Lord would be in his hands? Because hands reaching up to Hashem, with the understanding that Hashem has empowered us to make miracles happen, have the staff of the Lord in their hands. This was the lesson of Purim, but it began with Moshe in the first battle against Amalek.

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9
Mar

Moshe and Purim Part Two

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays

Transcribed and prepared by Anna Beller: The Baal Haturim asked a question on this Gemara on Shabbos, it’s the same question that everyone asks- Why would God have to hold Sinai over the Jews heads to accept the torah if they already said Naase Ve Nishmah?

He gives a different answer than Tosfot: When they said naase ve nishmah they were willing to accept the written law. If you’re telling us were petrified of you, you have convinced us of your existence, and that it’s beyond anything we can imagine, you know what to do and how to handle the law. If you tell us to we’ll do whatever you want us to do. Naase– we’ll do it, Venishmah –we’ll hear the explanation later because we have absolute faith in what you are going to say. But then when they heard there was going to be an oral law too. Meaning not only do they have to observe what God says but they also need to take what God has taught you and infer from it what you should do in another situation. Then whatever you say will become the reality. That’s a completely different story. How do we know were not going to make a mistake? You’re telling me that what I decide to do is real? That’s crazy I can’t do it.

So what was lacking when God held Sinai over their heads was not the acceptance of the written law, meaning I’ll tell you what to do in every situation, which would be an easy religious life, they were lacking in their willingness to accept the oral law. Which means you play an important part in the process, you decide how to react to the situation where there is no outright manifestation of Gods will, no clear instruction of what God wants you to do. You decide, you take risks, you may make a mistake, but you take charge, which they were unwilling to accept. They had such a deep appreciation of God and an awareness of God, after the ten plagues, the splitting of the red sea, eating manah, drinking water from the rock, that they were blown away by God. So now you’re going to tell them they have to play with Gods will? Forget it!

So they were unwilling to accept the oral law. So therefore who is the one who convinced them they could accept the oral law? That they had to accept the oral law?

It was Esther, because Esther was the one who led them during the time when there was absolutely no outright manifestation from God as to what God wanted them to do in this situation. In fact, if she were to have followed the letter of the law, she never would have gone into Achashveirosh. Because when she went into Achashveirosh, she was no longer considered a victim of rape by Achashveirosh, because she was going in to seduce him of his own free will. When it says he stuck out his scepter, it wasn’t his scepter it was the part of his body that looks like a scepter. So she went out and conceived that night and she happened to bring the child into the world who became the King Hulav who was to build the second beit ha mikdash. And in fact there was a gate in the second mikdash that was called Shar Shushan– the Gate of Shushan.

All the judgments that Esther made were oral law judgments. That she was allowed to go into Achashveirosh, that she could do what she did and the way she did it, and the different parties. So this is somebody who really took the law in her own hands. And not the person you’d expect to take the law into her own hands. So she convinced them that when there is no outright manifestation of Gods will, you apply the oral law, that is the only way the Jews were safe. So Esther is a tikun to Moshe Rabbeinu.

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9
Mar

Psalms of Moshe: 97:11: Rav Matisyahu Solomon – Matnat Chaim

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays

“Light is sown for the righteous, and for the upright of heart, gladness.” The “Light,” refers to the light we create with our Mitzvot. Even in those moments when our hearts are stirred to Teshuva and we achieve the status of, “Righteous,” that light is planted and hidden from us. If we hold on to those moments and reach even higher in our Service of God to God because of the Teshuva stirrings, the light will burst forth and we will merit, “And for the upright of heart, gladness,” and we will be able to serve God as we should, in joy and happiness. (Rav Matisyahu Solomon – Matnat Chaim)

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Kabbalat Shabbat: We use the stirrings of Shabbat to pray for our “seeds of light,” to burst forth so that we can achieve serving God with happiness.

Use this verse whenever you have a powerful moment when your soul is stirred to reach higher to God.

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9
Mar

Biblical Personalities: Moshe’s Ink

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Portion of the Week

While Moshe was writing [the Torah], a bit [of the ink] was left in the pen. He passed it over his head, and from this came his rays of glory. [The ink left in the pen refers to the secrets of the Torah that were not intended to be written down but were revealed to Moses (Eitz Yosef)] (Shemot Rabbah 47:6).

From the sparks that emanated from the mouth of the Shechinah when the Holy One, Blessed is He, taught him Torah, he had rays of glory (Tanchuma, end of Ki Tisa).

The two Midrashim seem to debate whether Moshe’s rays of glory came from God or from him. Did they come from Moshe’s ink, or God’s Shechina?

Netzach in Netzach teaches us that the two Midrashim are not arguing. Only the man of Netzach could receive the Shechina as did Moshe, and imbue his ink with the sparks of the experience. Moshe made sure that not only the Torah he wrote was Netzach but that even the ink and quill he used to write it were imbued with the same sense of Netzach.

We have already discussed how there are Mitzvot that are “Olam Hazeh” Mitzvot, meaning their performance earns only a reward in this world, and Mitzvot that are “Olam Habah” Mitzvot, that create an eternal reward in the World to Come. All depends on how we perform the Mitzvah.

Each and every Mitzvah is Netzach, but in order to achieve the status of “Olam Habah,” it must be performed with a Netzach vessel, a human being who is attached to the eternal reality of Olam Habah. I cannot live an “Olam Hazeh” existence and then, focusing only on my mundane needs and desires, and perform an “Olam Habah” Mitzvah. I must become the quill and ink that already possess the quality of Netzach.

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Focus on this day of the Omer on your eternal life. What do you need in order to live with constant awareness of your eternal soul?

When you pray today address those needs. Even if you pray for something in this world, present your prayer as “this is what I need in this world in order to connect with my eternal soul.”

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