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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Bahalosicha: Ba'al HaLeshem - Bnei Yisroel's Inconvenient Travel Schedule

"Al Pi Hashem Yisu Bnei Yisroel V'Al Pi Hashem Yachanu- on the word of Hashem, Bnei Yisroel traveled  and  on the word of Hashem, Bnei Yisroel stayed in their place." (Bahalosicha 9:18)This seems clear enough, yet the following five pasukim seem to discuss excessively how Bnei Yisroel stayed as long as they were told, whether it was one day or many days.  Why the redundancy?

The Ba'al HaLeshem, Rav Shlomo Elyashiv, says that he heard from Rav Itzele Volozhin that these pasukim are telling us the greatness of Klal Yisroel.  The Midbar was the home of the Yetzer Hara.  It was filled with all sorts of tumah of diffenret natures and varying degrees.  Bnei Yisroel were sent on a very difficult mission:  to conquer the Yetzer Hara on enemy ground, and rid the world of these desires, purifying it and preparing it for perfection.  Not all places were equally tamei. 

When Bnei Yisroel arrived in a stronghold of a certain Yetzer Hara, a place steeped in tumah, they immediately felt their madreiga fall and wanted to run away.   Yet, they stayed, following the command of Hashem.  Once they managed to overcome this tumah, they would have liked to stay a bit, but nevertheless they got up and moved on as soon as Hashem commanded.  In less tamei places, they did their work quickly, and were immediately on their way to the next mission without complaint.

These pasukim, says Rav Itzele, speak of the praise of Bnei Yisroel, whose total submission to the will of Hashem caused their high level of kedusha to waver, without giving them a break to relax and enjoy.  So too, says Rav Itzele, must we understand that in life Hashem sends us on missions, and some times they entail us being put in places of great spiritual danger.  We learn from here, that we must accept every mission with love, no matter what it does to our spiritual or physical well being. "Al Pi Hashem Yisu Bnei Yisroel V'Al Pi Hashem Yachanu."

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