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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Truma: Sfas Emes - The Making Of A Menora
Rashi says (Truma 25:31) that Moshe had great difficulty making the Menora so Hashem told him to throw the gold into the fire and the Menora came out by itself.  Later on (25:40) Rashi says that Moshe could not comprehend the Menora until Hashem showed him a Menora made of fire.  Why did Hashem have to show it to him if at the end it was made by itself?

The Sfas Emes answers that in truth, it is not within the natural capabilities of a person to fulfill Hashem's wishes with perfection.  However if he really wants to, then Hashem will help.  At first Moshe did not know what Hashem wanted.  Once he saw the menora of fire he understood and wanted very much to create it like Hashem commanded.  Although he could not complete the task at hand, because of his great desire Hashem completed it for him.

With this the Chidushei HaRim answers the enigmatic statement of Chazal, "Yagati U'Matzasi Ta'amim", if a person toils and finds it you can believe him.  It should say, if he toils he will achieve.  The word "find" implies that he did not achieve his goal as a result of his work, rather by causes other than his own effort.  Exactly, says the Sfas Emes.  Even with toil we cannot achieve, but if we toil Hashem will ultimately help us conquer our goals.
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