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The Chofetz Chaim (Shem Olam 1:17) says that whoever helped build the second Bais HaMikdash is listed in Sefer Nechemiah with details of their contribution. While these people acted from the goodness of their hearts, they were unaware that their contribution would be memorialized in Tanach and become part of Torah Shebichsav!

How sad it is, says the Chofetz Chaim, for the noblemen of Tekoa who did not lend any assistance towards the building of the Bais HaMikdash. Just like their brethren who helped, they are also written in Nechemia as refusing to help in this great project. Because of a little laziness their names are exposed forever to all the people on earth and all the Malachim above as those who did not help. What wouldn't they give now to have this pasuk erased, says the Chofetz Chaim. But now it is too late and history cannot be rewritten.

All this was recorded in detail for the Second Bais HaMikdash which was only a temporary structure. What about the Third Bais HaMikdash that will last forever? Surely every contribution will be recorded, says the Chofetz Chaim. While it is true that the Third Bais HaMikdash will not be built by man but rather Hashem will build it from fire, this fire is from the mitzvos that we all perform. Each mitzva is a contribution to the building of the Third Bais HaMikdash and each aveira obstructs its building.

Although no one truly knows our deeds and intentions now, when the Third Bais HaMikdash is built the dedication list will be revealed. Those who contributed will stand proud, (although surely upon receiving the honor will regret that they did not contribute even more), while those whose misdeeds obstructed the building will hide in shame for all eternity. What will be the most shameful of all, are those who pretended to be builders with their outwardly good deeds but will be exposed as obstructors.

The Bais HaMikdash is going up fast and will soon be here. Hurry as the deadline for dedications will close before you have secured the eternal glory you seek.

Sun, 29 Jul 2012 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz's Little Chick Takes On a World of Big Chickens

"How will the Jews, even with their Moshiach, overcome all the mighty rulers of the world bent on their destruction?" mocked the King at Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz.

"I will show you", said the brillianat Rav Yehonoson. "Have each one of you noblemen take a single chicken and stuff it as much they could." Each one took a chicken and spent the next thirty days stuffing them trying to grow the biggest fattest chicken possible.

At the end of thirty days Rav Yehonoson asked all of them to bring their oversized chickens and place them in a close room. Once they did that Rav Yehonoson took out a small chick and placed into the room as well. Seeing all the gigantic chickens around it, Rav Yehonoson's chick scampered to hide underneath a piece of furniture where it was safely away from the view and clutches of the larger chickens.

Rav Yehonoson locked the door and kept them all there without food for three days. At the end of the three days, Rav Yehonoson placed a small dish of chicken feed in the room through a side window. Chaos broke out as the famished large chickens literally killed each other to get at the food.

When the smoke cleared all the chickens were dead of their battle wounds with the food still untouched. At that point Rav Yehonoson's little chick came out of its hiding place and helped itself to the entire plate of fresh food.

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Chofetz Chaim - When Moshiach Comes No One Will Be Sitting On The Fence Chazal tell us that Moshiach will only come in a generation that is Kulo Zakkai or Kulo Chayav completely innocent and worthy, or completely guilty with not a morsel of good. Under these criteria it is hard to see Moshiach coming. "Completely good" sounds like a fantasy and not something we can imagine in today's world. Similarly we see so much good and so many wonderful people that it is equally incomprehensible to imagine a generation without a single good person. So what do Chazal mean?

Rav Elya Weintraub says that the Chofetz Chaim explains as follows. "All innocent" and "all guilty" does not mean that everyone is on the same side of the fence. It just means that everyone sits squarely on one side of the fence. In order for the Moshiach to come the world must be completely polarized. Everyone must choose where they belong, with Hashem or Chas V'Shalom the opposite.

Adam HaRishon was created perfectly good. The element of evil in the world was the snake who stood outside of Adam. Good and bad were separate and clearly defined. When Adam ate from the Eitz HaDaas the boundaries became murky, and good and bad became mixed together. Each person is good and bad at the same time. The face of evil and righteousness look the same to us and we can't tell who is who. We ourselves aren't really sure who we are. Sometimes we are good and sometimes less so. Moshiach won't come until the two sides are clearly divided and everyone knows where they belong, inside or outside.  Moshiach's arrival will be the final showdown between good and evil.

People complain that our society is becoming polarized. The "middle ground" is disappearing. Clearly in a sense this is good news, and the best sign yet that Moshiach is on his way. Make sure you are standing on the right side of the fence. The most intriguing part of all is that when Moshiach does arrive, we may be pretty surprised to see who is on each side. The truth will be revealed and it will have nothing to do with our exterior appearance. Moshiach will peer deep within each person's heart and he can't be fooled!

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 03:00:00 +0000

The Pasuk says in Eicha (1:54), “Karasi L’mAhavai V’Heima Rimuni”, I called to my loved ones and they tricked me. The Medrash says that this refers to the Chachomim who instituted Truma and Chalah in Bavel.

Rav Yehonoson Eibushitz explains this Medrash (Yaaros Devash vol. 2, 6).  The Zohar asks why is it that the time of the geula is hidden?  Moreover why do the Chachomim always predict when the geula will arrive if we all know that this is a well kept secret?  The answer is that if Am Yisroel would know the truth when the geula will be, we would have long ago committed suicide out of anguish, and all would have been lost.  Certainly in the many dark days of murder and plunder against us, we would not have the strength to continue to survive.  Therefore our leaders constantly scream, “Chazu D’Asa”, look, here he comes!  With this cry they strengthen weak knees.  Each time Tzorus befall us we are told that this is the Chevlei Moshiach.

This is the meaning of Yirmiyahu’s cry (13:17), “BiMistarim Tivkeh Nafshi” because the timing of the geula is kept a secret, my heart cries.  Yirmiyahu cries because the very secretive nature is a sign that the geula is far off in the distance.

The rational for instituting Truma in Bavel, says Rav Yehonoson Eibushitz, was that any day Moshiach would arrive and they needed to keep fresh in knowing the halachos of Truma.  In hindsight after nearly 2,000 years, this was totally unnecessary.  It was merely a ploy to have them believe that the geula is imminent, so that they would not lose hope.  This was the “Rimuni”, the trickery needed to keep us afloat throughout the long and bitter galus.  

Im Kol Zeh Achakeh Lo B'Chol Yom SheYavo! 

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 03:00:00 +0000
What Comes First Moshiach or the Bais HaMikdash?

In Shmoneh Esrei in the bracha of V'Lirushalayim Ircha we daven for Hashem to return us to Yerushalayim and build the Bais HaMikdash. We also include a petition of "V'Chisei Dovid Avdicha Miheira L'Socha Tachin", that Hashem should restore the throne of Malchus Bais Dovid. Why then do we have a separate bracha right after that "Es Tzemach Dovid", specifically asking Hashem to restore Malchus Bais Dovid, isn't this repetitive?

The Ein Eliyahu answers that there are two ways for the Geula to come about. If we are not on a high madreiga, first we will build Yerushalayim and the Bais HaMikdash. Only after that will Moshiach come and lead us. However if we merit an immediate redemption through our good deeds, then Moshiach will come immediately, even before any rebuilding takes place.

Therefore in the first bracha we ask Hashem for Yerushalayim, the Bais HaMikdash, and Moshiach in that order. After that do we ask Hashem to have mercy on us and send us a speedy redemption to send Moshiach immediately, even before the city or the Bais HaMikdash are built.

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Korach: Rav Shimon Schwab - Picking Up The Tab For Moshe's Donkey

Moshe complains about the accusations hurled against him and says, "Lo Chamor Echad Meihem Nasasi", I didn't even take a single donkey from them (Korach 16:15). Rashi says this refers to when he came down to Mitzrayim to redeem them on a donkey, and he paid for it from his own money. Rav Shimon Schwab asks, why would Moshe think that he should have taken the money from Bnei Yisroel.

Rav Schwab answers that the gemara in Sanhedrin (98a) says that when the geula comes, if we are zocheh Moshiach will arrive on clouds, if not then Moshiach will come come as a pauper on a donkey. Why? The whole world needs to know that Hashem is bringing the geula and Moshiach has no power by himself. If Bnei Yisroel are Maaminim and Ovdei Hashem then Moshiach can come in grand fashion and we will all place thanks in Hashem and not Moshiach. But if we do not recognize Hashem's hand, then Hashem will need to send a Moshiach who is powerless and destitute to show that it is not his charisma, brains, or money that will release us from the galus.

Moshe was the Goel in Mitzrayim. Bnei Yisroel was not Zocheh and Moshe came riding into town on a donkey lacking any pomp or grandeur. He came with the stick in his hand and the shirt on his back. To show his poverty he should have asked Bnei Yisroel to pay for his donkey. Even then he did not, since he did not want to take anything from any member of Klal Yisroel.

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Nitzavim: Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz - Alone On Our Own At The End Of The Galus
"Yeisei V'Lo Achminei", let Moshiach come but do not let me be alive to see him (Sanhedrin 98b).  Rebbi Yochanan said that he'd give it up the privilege of greeting Moshiach in order to avoid living through the terrible days of the Ikvisa D'Mishicha.  With the Geula so close at hand why will they be worse than the rest of the Galus?

Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz says that since the Shechina is with us in the Galus we are protected.  However at the end of the Galus when it is time for us to return to Eretz Yisroel, the Shechina will need to leave the galus and come to Eretz Yisroel to prepare and facilitate our return.  During those waning day of the Galus, we will be left on our own without protection and endless tragedies will befall us.  Only then will we ealize how fortunate we were to have the Shechina with us.

How does Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz know that the Shechina will return to Eretz Yisroel before us?  The pasuk (Nitzavim 30:3) says, וְשָׁב וְקִבֶּצְךָ מִכָּל הָעַמִּים.   Chazal tell us that the word וְשָׁב, which means He will return, proves that Hashem is with us in the Galus, or else it should say "V'Heishiv", He will return us.  Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz says that we see from here that first וְשָׁב, Hashem will return to Eretz Yisroel.  Only after the groundwork is laid, וְקִבֶּצְךָ מִכָּל הָעַמִּים, will He bring us back from among the nations. 

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Ki Seitzei: Me'or VaShemesh - Plowing For Moshiach

"Lo Sacharosh B'Shor V'Chamor Yachdav", you may not plow with an ox and donkey together (Ki Seitzei 22:10). The Me'or VaShemesh says that this is a Remez to Moshiach. The ox refers to Moshiach ben Yosef as Yosef is compared to an ox, "Bichor Shoro". The donkey refers to Moshiach ben Dovid who is called Ani V'Rochev Al Chamor, a poor man riding on a donkey.

The pasuk tells us "Lo Sacharosh", which can also mean do not be silent. We must not remain silent or idle. We must do mitzvos and maasim tovim and daven for the coming of both Moshiach ben Yosef and Moshiach ben Dovid Bimheira Biyameinu.

Fri, 20 Aug 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Who Is Trapped Behind Prison Walls?
Rav Chatzkel Levenstein explains that unless we do the mitzvos perfectly our reward is far from what we expect.  Since none of us do Mitzvos B'Shleimus, our only hope is the greatest reward of all, that of Matnas Chinam, gratis.  When Moshe went up to Shamayim, Hashem showed him all his storehouses of reward and told him what each one was for.  Then Moshe saw a storehouse that was incomparably larger than then all others and Hashem told him that it was Matnas Chinam.  Who is it given to?  "V'Chanosi Eis Asher Achon", I will grant it to those who I favor even if they don't deserve it.

How does one tap into this reward, asks Rav Chatzkel?  It is not by doing the Mitzvos, it is by finding favor in Hashem's eyes.  It is by doing the mitzva with thought and with love.  One person can do a Mitzva with many hidurim and chumros and still not find favor in Hashem's eyes, while another can do it in a way that he is not even Yotzei and get no s'char for the mitzva, yet receive far greater reward from Matnas Chinam.

I am in contact with a Jew in prison who was raised totally secular and knew nothing about Judaism until he ended up in jail and was introduced to Judaism by a Lubavitcher Chosid who came to visit.  Eventually he started putting on Tefilin daily.  He recently told me that he is saving up money to buy his own tefilin since there is only one pair for all the inmates, and by the time it is his turn breakfast is already over so he hasn't eaten breakfast in quite a while, which isn't good for him.

This really shook me.  Imagine this fellow who can barely daven, wearing a pair of tefilin that may or not be kosher, and is probably not wearing it correctly, is getting far more s'char than me who has a very expensive pair of Mihadrin Min HaMiharin Tefilin with all the chumros.  I daven with a minyan and say everything from the beginning to end, while I can only imagine what he calls davening.  Yet he is Moser Nefesh every day, while I go to Shul as part of my daily routine.  He will get tremendous s'char from the great storehouse of Matnas Chinam, while I will face a lot of questions about why I forgot to wake-up and stop dreaming before I went to Shul each morning.

This is a man who I don't know how long he has been behind bars or what he has done, but I do know that he is not expected to be released before the year 2023.   Yet he is a free man.  His mind and Neshama soar to places that we can only imagine.  I am trapped by my routine.  I am trapped chasing a living and chasing all the other things I desire in this world.   

The Medrash says that the first time Bnei Yisroel sat down after being exiled from Eretz Yisroel was Al Naharos Bavel.  Until then the Bavli'im wouldn't let them rest for a moment.  They were scared that if Bnei Yisroel had time to rest they would think.  This would lead to tshuva and a quick return to Eretz Yisroel.  Once they arrived in Bavel it was too late.

We go through life running without any time to think.  We do mitzvos without thinking.  We are losing out on all fronts.  The s'char we can expect for our mitzvos is minimal, and we are surely not candidates for the great rewards of Matnas Chinam.

We may be trapped in the Galus but just like my friend in jail no walls can contain the human spirit.  The Neshama can soar over any man made obstacle if only we recognize it and pay attention to it, and give it the time it so dearly wants and needs.  Just like the Jews on the run to Bavel, if we stop and think for just a moment we can very quickly breach the barriers tying us down.  We are in a self imposed Galus.  We are here because our minds choose to be here and therefore our bodies remain here as well.  It has been 2000 years since we've had a collective moment of contemplation.  How much longer will we need to wait until we free ourselves from jail?

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 03:00:00 +0000
The Brisker Rov & Rav Dessler - Waiting For Moshiach At The Door The Rambam (Milachim 11:1) writes that anyone who does not believe in the coming of Moshiach or does not wait for him... is Kofer in Toras Moshe.  The Brisker Rov points out that even if you believe in Moshiach but are not awaiting his imminent arrival, you are a Kofer.  This is further emphasized by the Rambam by writing in the 13 Ikarim, "Achakeh Lo BiChol Yom SheYavo".  The waiting is not simply a word about our yearning for Moshiach, it is part and parcel of believing in him.  If you are not waiting, you do not believe.

So how does one wait?  Rav Eliyahu Dessler in Michtav MeiEliyahu writes that when a person is deathly ill and waiting for a special expert Doctor who promised to come from far, when the patient hears every knock on the door he jumps expecting it to be the Doctor.  Even if the Doctor hasn't shown up for days, the patient never gives up hope and is convinced that each knock is finally him.

It is said on the Chofetz Chaim that often when he woke up, he would urgently ask, "Did Moshiach arrive, while I was sleeping?" 

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Sefer HaIkarim - Three Reasons To Believe Moshiach Is On His Way
The Sefer HaIkarim says there are three reasons why we can be assured that Moshiach is coming.  The first is the most virtuous on our part, yet the hardest to believe in.  We must believe Moshiach will come because Hashem does Chesed with us and he surely will not keep Moshiach from us any longer.  The problem is that our confidence wanes, as we don't believe we are worthy of Hashem's Chesed.  Unfortunately it is this lack of belief, that will keep Moshiach away.  If we believed with certainty, Hashem would indeed do Chesed with us and bring Moshiach immediately.

The second great hope is Kavod Hashem.  Since Hashem has always rescued us, by not sending Moshiach, it is creating a Chilul Hashem.  The nations of the world say that either Hashem has forsaken us or He cannot help us anymore.  This is a tremendous disgrace for Hashem, and we can be sure that Hashem will send Moshiach to honor His great name.  

The last and most secure reason is that Hashem promised.  A promise from Hashem is as good as done and we are 100% confident that Hashem will keep his word and redeem us, even if we don't deserve it.  If our emuna is strong we can rely on all three reasons.  Even if it is weak, we can count on Hashem's promise to redeem us from this Galus, Bimheira BiYameinu Amein.

Mon, 05 Jul 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Bamidbar: Ben Ish Chai - Two Keys To The Geula "Ish Al Diglo V'Osos L'Vais Avosam Yachanu Bnei Yisroel Mineged Saviv L'Ohel Mo'ed Yachanu", each man at his own banner, with the insignia of their fathers' houses shall Bnei Yisroel encamp, in proximity around the Ohel Mo'ed they shall encamp. (Bamidbar 2:2).  The Ben Ish Chai says that Achdus and Tzedaka are two middos that will bring us the Geula and the Binyan Bais HaMikdash and there is a Remez to this from this pasuk.

There is a Remez to Achdus in the names of the Avos HaKedoshim.  The cumulative total of letters in their names is 13 which is the same as the Gematria for the word Echad (Aleph - 1, Ches - 8, Dalet - 4).  The Avos symbolize Achdus.  Tzedaka is symbolized by the letters Gimmel and Dalet which the gemara says (Shabbos 104a) stand for Gmol Dalim or alleviate the plight of the poor.

The Ben Ish Chai says that the word B'Osos from B'Osos L'Bais Avosam can be read "B'Osios", meaning that the way we live together should be learned from the "letters" of Bais Avosam of the names of the Avos which total Achdus.  The word "Mineged" can be read as "Min Gad" or with Gimmel Dalet or tzedaka.  If we do these two things then we will be zocheh to "Saviv L'Ohel Mo'ed Yachanu", we will reside around the Bais HaMikdash which will once again serve as Hashem's heavenly abode on earth.

Tue, 11 May 2010 03:00:00 +0000
When Will Hashem Return Our Mashkon?

Rashi says in (38:21) that the Mishkan is called so because it is a "Mashkon"; a security guarantee for Hashem that we will keep the mitzvos. When we failed to keep it Hashem takes his Mashkon and destroyed the two Batei Mikdash. The question is that the halacha clearly states that even when a creditor takes away the Mashkon he must return it for the debtor to use when he needs it. The classic example is that his work tools must be returned by day so he can earn a living. Why doesn't Hashem return to us the Bais HaMikdash? Our Merciful Father is surely charitable beyond the Torah's requirements.

Rav Yosef Chaim Kupshitz Rosh Yeshiva of Porat Yosef said that the Mashkon is only returned if it is something that is essential for us to have in order to function properly. The fact that Hashem does not return it, is a sign that we don't consider the Bais HaMikdash critical to our lives. If we did Hashem would be obligated to return it.  May we all be zocheh to greet Pnei Moshiach Tzidkeinu, rejoice in the Binyan Bais HaMikdash, and witness the Hashroas HaShechina amongst us once again.

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Vayichi: Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky - The Silence Of The Chachomim Before The Chashmana'i Kingdom Yaakov in his Brachos to his children, told Yehuda "Lo Yasur Shevet MiYehuda", the kingdom will always be his.  The Ramban says that this is why the Chashmana'im who were Kohanim from Shevet Levi yet claimed the kingdom, were punished with their eventual demise.   Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky asks, why did the Chachomim of their generation not stop them?  They were great tzaddikim who followed the word of the Chachomim.  Did they not know the Din?

Rav Yaakov answers with a Yesod that he said many times.  He says the Second Bias HaMikdash was not built to last forever.  It was merely preparation for the long Galus that awaited us.  This is why the period of the Second Bais HaMikdash was characterized as the time of Torah SheBaal Peh.  It was time where the Chachomim ruled and decreed practical rules that would guide us throughout our exile and help us survive as a nation until the end of time.

In order to make it clear that the Second Bais HaMikdash was only  temporary reprieve the Chachomim left during this period obvious signs of the Galus.  For example the people spoke mainly Aramaic and not Lashon Kodesh.  The Aron remained hidden.  In this vain the Chachomim did not reinstitute the Kingdom of Dovid.  They wanted to show that the days of Moshiach had clearly not come.  Therefore although the Chashmana'im erred in taking the Kingdom for themselves in violation of Yaakov's bracha, nevertheless the Chachomim did not speak up because they had no alternative solution.

Tue, 29 Dec 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Vayigash: Rav Shimshon Pincus - When Yosef & Binyomin Were Finally Reunited "Vayipol Al Tzavrei Binyomin VaYeivch UBinyomin Bacha Al Tzavarav" (Vayigash 45:14).  Rashi tells us that when Yosef and Binyomin met after all the years of them longing to see each other, they cried about the Mishkan that stood in Yosef's territory and the two Bais HaMikdash that stood in Binyomin's territory that were destroyed.  Twenty two long years of separation and a lot to catch up about, this is what they did?

Rav Shimshon Pincus says that this is a non-question.  The Bais HaMikdash was about Hashroas HaShechina, our connection with Hashem.  Asking this question is in essence asking how did Hashem make His way into their conversation!  Is there another topic of conversation to our Holy ancestors, asks Rav Shimshon?

Their reunion was a celebration of the unity of Klal Yisroel a key element to Hashroas HaShechina.  It was in this that they rejoiced upon seeing each other.  Their joy and celebration was marred by the vision of the ultimate destruction of these great places and the exile of the Shechina.

Similarly says Rav Shimshon, when Yaakov met Rochel at the well for the first time they kissed and then cried.  Rashi says he cried that she would not be buried with him.  Again the same non-question is raised, why now?  Yaakov represents HaKadosh Boruch Hu and Rochel the Shechina.  Our goal in life is to reunite the two.  Their meeting was a historic union.  In Yaakov's joy and excitement he saw that Rochel would not be buried with him.  Their union in this world would not last forever and would end in separation.  For this Yaakov cried.

We cannot judge the Avos HaKedoshim with our shallow minds.  We cannot comprehend their thoughts and emotions.  What we do know is that first and foremost on the list was hashroas HaShechina and that meant a vibrant Bais HaMikdash that we should all be zocheh to witness bimheira biyameinu, amein!

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Haazinu: Chasam Sofer - Keeping Our Hands Clean In The Final Battle "Ki Dam Avadav Yikom VNakan Yashiv L'Tzarav V'Chiper Admosoi Amoi", He shall avenge the blood of His servants and return vengeance to His enemies and console His land and His people  (Haazinu 32:43).  What does it mean that hashem will give vengeance to His enemies, should he take out his vengeance on them?

The Chasam Sofer explains that Chazal tell us that Dovid HaMelech desperately wanted to build the Bais HaMikdash.  Hashem told him that he was not the right person for the job, since as a warrior he had blood on his hands, and the Bais HaMikdash is a place of peace.  Instead Hashem consoled him by telling him that his son Shlomo would be zocheh to build it.

In the times of Moshiach, the nations will be paid back in full all the bloodshed and the terrible suffering that they heaped upon us throughout this long and miserable Galus.  But if we fight these brutal wars and are disqualified from building a House of Peace, then who will build the Bais HaMikdash?

The Chasam Sofer says that this is exactly what the Pasuk means, "VNakan Yashiv L'Tzarav".  Hashem will let his enemies take revenge.   It will not be us fighting these wars but rather Hashem will cause them to quarrel and fight among each other, having them do the bloodletting for us.  Them we with our hands clean of any blood, "V'Chiper Admosoi Amoi" will build the house that serves as a Kapara in our land.

Fri, 25 Sep 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Nitzavim: Maharal MiPrague - When The Nations Return From Their Galus "V'Shav Hashem Elokecha Es Shivushcha"; Hashem will return us from the Galus (Nitzavim 30:3).  Rashi in his second pshat says that returning people from exile is very difficult and Hashem himself must take each person by the hand, kviyachol.  Rashi adds that this holds true even by the exile of other nations like it says, "VShavti Es Shevus Amon".  Why is it this so hard and is Bnei Yisroel just like every other nation?

The Maharal MiPrague explains that Hashem created the world with a certain world order and each nation is put in its right place.  When any nation goes into exile it is a contradiction to the world order and against the will of Hashem.  Therefore when they are returned to their place Hashem is more at rest kviyachol.  This is why Hashem himself worries about the return and it says "V'Shavti".

When Bnei Yisroel goes into galus it is against world order and Seder Bireishis, as Yisroel who are the focal point of the world need to be in Eretz Yisroel the center of the world.  When we go into Galus, Hashem's honor which is bestowed upon us is dragged into galus with us.  When we return it says more than "V'Shavti".  It says, "V'Shav Hashem Elokecha", not only does He bring us back from Galus, but he brings His exiled honor back with us.

Mon, 07 Sep 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Re'eh: Rav Shimshon Pincus - The Mighty Forces Of Gog U'Magog Some people make the terrible mistake, says Rav Shimshon Pincus, of trying to explain events that happen in this world based on Pasukim in the Torah.  We that we cannot darshan halachos directly from pasukim in the torah.  To get to proper halacha there is a long chain that we follow.  First the Mishna, then the gemara, rishonim, acharonim.  We have long ago stopped being capable of deriving anything from the source.  

Similarly when it comes to Drashos we are far disconnected from properly understanding the pasukim themselves.  We can only go by what the rabbanim and darshanim of previous generations have passed down to us.  For example in Parshas Re'eh the torah tells us that the Brachos and Klalos were given on Har Gerizim and Har Eival, respectively.  We would think that these were two great mountains where the throngs of Klal Yisroel stood with Moshe's booming voice in the valley below.  However that is far from the case.  Tosfos in Sotah brings the Yerushalmi that says that Har Gerizim and Eival were not mountains but rather tow mounds of dirt.  Who would have thought that?  Not us as we are not capable of deducing anything from the torah on our own.

Many people are busy looking for signs of Moshiach.  When world powers start looking ominous, everyone is quick to label them Gog U'Magog and predict the final great war.  But in reality we have no idea what Gog U'Magog means and what it will look like, says Rav Shimshon.  Just like the supposed gigantic Har Gerizim was a molehill and not a mountain, it is entirely possible that Milchemes Gog U'Magog will be some small event so trivial that we do not even pay attention to it. The Yerushalmi hasn't given us any clues and we surely should not decide for ourselves.

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Ben Ish Chai - Don't Build The Bais HaMikdash At Night The pasuk (Bahalosicha 9:15) says, "U'B'Yom Hakim Es HaMishkan", the day the Mishkan is erected.  The gemara in Shavuos says (15b) that Abaye says that  from here we learn that the Bais HaMikdash is not built at night just like in the Midbar it was not erected at night.  Why not, asks the Ben Ish Chai?

He answers that the night symbolizes the dark and bitter Galus, as we wait for the light of the Geula.  We learn from here, says the Ben Ish Chai, that we should not force the geula to come by building a Bais HaMikdash when the darkness still surrounds us.  We must wait for the Geula Sheleima when the light of Hashem shines, through the light of Moshiach, and only then when the Galus is truly over will we be zocheh to build of an everlasting Bais HaMikdash.

Mon, 08 Jun 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Shimon Schwab - The Day Apikursus Takes Over The World The gemara in Sanhedrin says, "Ein Ben Dovid Ba Ad Shetis'hapech Kol HaMalchus L'Minus", Moshiach will not come until the world is ruled by Apikursus.  Rava says this is seen in the pasuk (Tazria 13:13) "Kulo Hafach Lavan Tahor Hu", when a person is completely covered by Tzora'as, he is tahor.  Similarly when the world is totally covered by the tzora'as of apikursus, it will become tahor.

Rav Shimon Schwab explains the reason for this seemingly contradictory phenomenon.  The world was created by hashem who is Kulo Tahor.  He created tumah to challenge man to prove their purity.  The whole power of Tumah is derived from the energy of tahara which it tries to sap and divert.  If there is no tahara then tumah has no place and it simply disappears.

Once the world becomes completely full of apikursus with no straight thinking minds to counteract it, it will disappear on its own.  When a person is totally overcome by tzora'as and does not have a single spot of pure skin, the tzora'as has nothing to act on and is rendered ineffective.

May we zocheh to witness the historic day when "Kol Harisha Kula KeAshan Tichla", when all the wickedness evaporates and dissipates like smoke and the world is restored to its original state of purity.

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Yetzias Mitzrayim & The Final Geula Much has been written about how the final geula will take shape.  As we get closer we all wonder and wait with bated breath.  Rav Moshe ben Machir one of the Gedolim in the time of the Arizal and the author of Seder HaYom says the following.

He asks, why do we celebrate our freedom on Leil Yetzias Mitzrayim?  We ourselves are suffering in a very long galus of Edom and Yishmael.  He answers that it we cannot compare our plight now to Mitzrayim since we have the freedom to do as we please, despite the constant oppression.  We suffer but our sense of self has not been taken away.  

However, he asks, the fact is that we are subject to our captors devices.  He answers that this is nothing since we can be redeemed at any moment and we are always just seconds away from freedom.  We have all the reason in the world to believe that next year's seder will be in Yerushalayim in the light of Moshiach.

In Galus Mitzrayim the fact was that we had no possibility of ever getting out.  Hashem needed to change the entire Bria and the laws of nature to free us. That is what we mean when we say in Avadim Hayinu, that has Hashem not extricated us we would still be in Mitzrayim.  That was the true and dire situation.  In today's galus, says the Seder HaYom, we can easily leave the galus through natural means without defying the laws of nature.

Surely we will witness great Nisim and Niflaos as Hashem avenges our two thousand years of suffering, but our freedom is right here just around the corner with very little in the way!

Mon, 13 Apr 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Smile, The Road To Yerushalayim Is Under Construction Again The Medrash Tanchuma gives a number of reasons why Hashem took Bnei Yisroel the round about way yo Eretz Yisroel.  One that really grabbed my attention was that when the Kena'anim heard Bnei Yisroel left Mitzrayim they knew exactly where they were headed and why.  They then "burned the vegetation, uprooted the trees, cut down the plants, razed all the building, and stuffed up all the wells.  Hakadosh Boruch Hu said, I promised Avrohom their father that I would bring them to a land filled with good.  I will delay them in the Midbar forty years until the Kena'anim repair all that they damaged." 

These words of of the Medrash validated the feelings I have MiPi Kabala for many years.  Many years ago I heard the same identical sentiments on two separate occasions, once in the name of Rav Simcha Wasserman and once in the name of the Gerrer Rebbe.  It was before the Six Day War and there was fear in Eretz Yisroel that they were facing total annihilation.  When asked about this the response was "Hashem didn't bring us back to Eretz Yisroel to build it up just so it can be destroyed."

Since then every time I see a new road being built, while people curse the traffic, I smile and see before my eyes thousands of Olei Regalim pouring in to Yerushalayim.  Do we expect them to get it on a single measly two lane highway?  We need roads connecting all the Yidden from Ashkelon to Kiryat Shmoneh, Teveria to Chaifa, Modi'in, etc.  We need big comfortable highways reaching Yerushalayim from every direction and accessing all parts of the city.  We need a ring road to move around.  Hopefully Moshiach is on his way and will be here very soon.  Even before the light rail system is finally in place, because we cannot wait that long!

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Will Moshiach Wreck A Hot Economy? The No’am Megadim in Parshas Mishpatim says that good business is often not so good for Moshiach.  Recessions are usually better.  When things are not going well we cry Moshiach, Moshiach. When real tzorus happen we are even ready to make a special Kinus to bring Moshiach now!   When things are going really well we are less anxious to entertain any disruptive visitors.

He darshans the words of the pasuk (Shemos 22:24) to allude to this.  “Im Kesef Talveh Es Ami Es HaAni Imoch Lo Sihiyeh Lo KiNosheh” literally, when you lend money to My people, to the poor person who is with you, do not act toward him as a creditor.   B’Derech Drush he says, “Im Kesef Talveh Es Ami” if money and good fortune accompany my nation in the Galus. “Es HaAni Imoch”, the poor among you, meaning Moshiach who Chazal say is an “Ani V’Rocheiv Al Chamor”, a poor person riding on a donkey.  “Lo Sihiyeh Lo KiNosheh”, do not forget about him.

I showed this to someone in Shul this morning who told me a vort which echoed similar sentiments.  The Pasuk in Shmuel 1 (20) says that when Dovid did not come to Shaul’s Seudas Rosh Chodesh, Shaul asked Yehonoson, “Madua Lo Va Ben Yishai Gam Timol Gam HaYom El HaLechem”, why hasn’t Dovid come not yesterday and not today for the Seudah?  B’Derech Drush they say, why hasn’t Ben Yishai come not yesterday and not today, referring to Moshiach?  “Al HaLechem”, because business is good and therefore we did not ask for him.

Moshiach does not need to come through Tzorus and Yisurim.   We should be Zocheh to be Mikabel Pnei Moshiach by asking and begging for him, MiToch Osher V’Osher, from a position of good fortune and wealth, purely L’Shem Shamayim.  It is up to us because he will come only when we really want him.

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 03:00:00 +0000