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Last night, I returned to the Yeshiva - sitting with about 75 chevra in a room that should not fit more than 25 people.

We learned Ramchal - for the uninitiated, that is short for Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzato - one of the greatest experts in sisrei Torah - the hidden aspects of Torah. The Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Yaakov Friedman is well known in the Torah world as a brilliant, intense and sagacious young-ish Torah scholar. There is a pride and an intensity in this yeshiva.

Around the table were budding and intense young man who had just finished an intense week of review of Tractate Nedarim and it was time for something otherworldly - thus Ramchal and we were delving in to a work known as Da'as Tevunos

The topic was compelling. It was an elaborate structure that contrasted body to soul and then proceeded to parallel that contrast to the dual mode via which Hashem runs the world. The body is complex and varied and limited. The eye can see but not hear, the finger can touch but not see, etc. This is the modality known as hester panim - things are hidden. The soul is not limited other than it being in the body. The soul has a shleimus - a perfection - a completion. It is not varied - it is one and completely and perfectly integrated. The modality of the soul is called he'aras panim - the illumination of Hashem's face.

There is so much to say about this. As I was watching this beautiful scene of mesorah transmission in action - and was taken by the purity of the experience - but then something very body oriented began to occur ....

- I could not help but smell - first a hint - and then quite overwhelmingly the fantastic aroma of fresh brownies being made in the kitchen - and admittedly I had another deep philosophical question - perhaps not as great as the body/sould dialectic - but on some level a more pressing question - and that was - was the Rebbitzen baking for Shabbos or for now - this question had great and almost immediate ramifications. To be honest, I was mostly [at least 51%] involved in the shiur - and everybody else knew the answer to the question [I was the only newcomer] , but I could not bring myself to ask anyone this deep existential question in the middle of the Rosh Yeshiva's hour shiur.

The shiur was stunning and opened up a whole new world for me - and as the shiur ended, I had the privilege of asking the RY a few questions and I then I saw a few boys rush out.

Much to my chagrin, I believed that all my questions had been answered and then as I was about to leave - I saw several pans of fresh brownies going around the tables. This was a fitting end to a delicious soulful experience

I must report happily that I left w/o a brownie.

That sweet warm smell of a Thursday night deep Torah transmission - combined body - soul on many levels. I preferred for a moment to let the soul emerge victorious.

Although I must tell you, that delicious chocolatey smell - is

a soulful experience [I have a proof from Brachos 43 - look it up]

Good Shabbos - we are off to Yerushalayim

b'vracha,

Asher Brander

It's payback time! The Midianites seduced and brought Bnei Yisrael to sin. Hashem commands Moshe to avenge Midian [31:1]

Take revenge for the children of Israel against the Midianites ...

There is an added element of drama here as well [ibid]:

afterwards you will be gathered to your people. [i.e. you shall die]

Moshe, heroically does not delay [ibid,3]:

So Moshe spoke to the people, saying, Arm from among you men for the army, that they can be against Midian, and carry out the revenge of the Lord against Midian.

Moshe is all about the other. His total humility does not allow for personal expediencies. Not only that, but a remarkable midrash teaches us that it was with simcha [echoing a comparison with Rabbi Akiva for a different day]:

Rashi - Although he heard that his death depended on the matter, he did it joyfully, without delay. - [Sifrei Mattoth 34, Mid. Tanchuma Mattoth 3, Num. Rabbah 22:2]

Ironically, the people want to tarry. The midrash notes that it is irony atop irony

The people were given overּ. [in the passive form] to inform you of the virtues of the Jewish shepherds [leaders]-how cherished they were by Israel. When they had not yet heard of his death, what did he say? "Just a little longer and they will stone me" (Exod. 17:4). But as soon as they heard that Moses' demise was contingent upon the revenge against Midian, they refused to go, until they were given over against their will. - [ibid]

But there's something else here. Note the difference between Hashem's formulation and Moshe's. The Midrash immediately picks up on it:

The Holy One, blessed be He, said: THE VENGEANCE OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL (ib. 2), yet Moses said: THE LORD'S VENGEANCE ON MIDIAN!

Hashem says avenge for Bnei Yisrael and Moshe says avenge for Hashem. Why?

A classic answer flowing from our first notion finds support in a famous Talmudic passage:

R. Nahman b. Isaac said ... What is written in Lord's tefillin?... "And who is like your people Israel, a nation one in the earth". Does the Holy One, blessed be He, sing the praises of Israel? - Yes. .. Hashem said to Israel: You have made me a unique entity in the world, and I shall make you a unique entity in the world. 'You have made me a unique entity ..as it says : Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 'And I shall make you a unique entity.. And who is like Thy people Israel, a nation one in the earth.

Hashem and Bnei Yisrael have a special singular and reciprocal relationship. In a phrase, it is ani l'dodi v'dodi li(Shir Hashirim, 6:3- I am for my Beloved and He is for me). Ani l'dodi means to make Hashem the One of our world - we must toil for him and seek to experience Him and demonstrate Him in and to the world.

V'dodi li: Remarkably, the same is true for Hashem, who, as it were is saying: ein od milvadchem - mein tyre kind, My dear children, without you My world is meaningless.

Thus the Berditchever Rebbe teaches that we call the holiday Pesach, while Hashem (in the Torah) calls it Chag Hamatzos?! - for Pesach [passing over our homes] is what Hashem did for us, while Chag Hamatzos celebrates our great leap of faith; our ability to leave 210 years of baggage before the dough could rise. Appropriately, on that night, many sing Shir Hashirim, for it is the night that I am for my Beloved and He is for me[1].

Thus Hashem is worried about the honor of Bnei Yisrael and Moshe [representing Bnei Yisrael] is concerned about Hashem's honor. The essence of the relationship is about the other!

The midrash however has a different angle. It is not simply that we focus on Hashem's dishonor to the exclusion of our own.

Hashem said to Israel: It is you who have an account to settle with them for they caused Me to harm you.

Hashem says to Moshe - look how they did you in. You must avenge your dishonor. Moses responds with a deep theological statement:

Sovereign of the worlds! If we had been uncircumcised, or idolworshippers, or had denied the binding force of the precepts, the Midianites would not have hated us. They only persecute us on account of the Torah and the precepts which You have given us! Consequently the vengeance is Yours and so I say, TO EXECUTE THE LORD'S VENGEANCE.

It is true Hashem that they did us in! But let's go back a step: why are we the target in the first place? It is a wrenching question that Jews have asked themselves over millennia [Why us?]. The answer is YOU. We represent You in the world and that's why they hate us. The greatest heresy to the non- believer is God.

How poignant it is that every time the Jew takes out the sefer torah, [and recites vayehi binsoa ha'aron] he reminds himself of this theme:

Those who hate You: Those who hate Israel, for anyone who hates Israel hates the One Who spoke and the world came into being, as it says, "Those who hate you have raised their heads" (Tehillim . 83:3-4). Who are they? Those who"plot deviously against Your nation" - [from Sifrei]

While it is never pleasant to be a target, the poignant notion that a Jew doing right represents a loving Torah reminds us that a life well lived is a walking advertisement of Hashem's presence in the world is (scary and) empowering. To the extent that we live up to the calling, no matter what happens to us and no matter how exhausting it is, knowing that we are defending Hashem - and thus He is always there with us, gives us the menuchas hanefesh (peace of mind) to keep it up and up until we finally get to see it all a lot more clearly in Yerushalayim Ir Hakodesh, speedily in our days.

 

Good Shabbos - Asher Brander

 

[1] See Reflections Tetzaveh 5768 for this notion fleshed out in the context of the ephod (apron) and chosen (breastplate) - when the order is switched between 28:4 and 28:15. It all works out on the basis of Zevachim 88b which indicates that the apron atones for idolatry [man-God]and the choshen for corrupt judgment [man-man]. Herein an excerpt: In Tetzaveh, the priestly clothing atone. Hashem's major concern is for His suffering children, often victims of corrupt judges and perverse judgments. God enumerates the first garb as the choshen, the one that will rectify and alleviate His children's pain. V'dodi li! [In implementation], Moshe changes the order, why? Because in a thou-focused relationship, His greatest hurt, hurts more than mine; and there can be no greater insult to God than ignoring/denying Him, (aka avodah zarah). Thus Moshe teaches Bnei Yisrael to first build the ephod - which atones for the terrible sin of idolatry. Ani l'dodi!


 
   
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