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In the Zchus of Avrohom's famous words (Vayeira 18:27) "V'Anochi Afart V'Eifer; I am like dirt and ash," the Medrash tells us that his descendants were zocheh to Parah Aduma which is done with Ash, and Sotah which is performed with dirt. The Dubno Maggid explains this with a Mashal.

A person made a large simcha and invited all the respected members of the Kehila. Among the guests was a fine talmid chochom and tzaddik who was incredibly humble. When he entered the hall, he took a seat in the back and didn't approach the Dais, which had a seat waiting for him among all the respectable people. Upon seeing this, the Baal Simcha went to him to bring him to his proper place, but he refused to sit at the head table, instead he remained in his back row seat. Seeing he was getting nowhere, the Baal SImcha set up a table connected to where the tzaddik was sitting, and had all the Chashuvim sit there instead, placing the tzaddik squarely in the middle.

Avrohom, in his modesty, took his place among the lowest matter on earth, dirt and spent ash. Hashem could not get him to stand on higher ground. "If so," Hashem said, "I will make dirt and ash Chashuv and give them eternity through a mitzva in order that Avrohom should be in appropriate company."

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Balak: Dubno Magid - Bilam, The Magid Meisharim Of Aram
There was once a Magid whose regular audience were a very bad crowd who ate treifos and were thieves.  He would always give them sharp and fiery mussar about their bad way and implore them to change.  

One day this Magid found himself in a Chashuvah Kehila in Warsaw and they asked him to speak.  So he got up and gave his usual fiery drasha warning the people to stop eating Treif and other heinous crimes.  The crowd was astounded.  What did he want from them?

The Dubno Magid uses this Mashal to explain the pasuk (Balak 23:7), "Min Aram Yancheini Balak Melech Moav... Licha Ara Li Yaakov".  Bilam says to Balak what did you expect from me?  I am a wonderful Magid in Aram where the people are liars and cheaters.  How am I supposed to know how to speak about Bnei Yisroel the Am HaKadosh?

Sun, 20 Jun 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Noach: Rav Elyashiv - Would Noach Travel First Class In Peace Time? When you see someone traveling first class during normal times you know that he is a wealthy person.  However, if it is war time and the world is in chaos with people doing whatever they need to do to get to where they think they need to be, the cabin they sit in is no indication.  Even a poor man will spend all his money to get to his destination in whatever seat is available.

With this Mashal, Rav Elyashiv explains the enigmatic Chazal that debates if Noach was a great tzaddik.  "How could Chazal debate this point," asks Rav Elyashiv, "if Hashem himself declared that Noach was a Tzaddik Tamim?"

Rav Elyashiv explains that Chazal are debating the underlying reason of Noach's great tzidkus.  He could have been a tzaddik because he saw the light, and he strived to do  Hashem's will.  In that case he was great despite the fact that he had no guidance, as the whole generation was totally corrupt.  He got to where he got without any help.  Had he been privileged to be with Avrohom he would have reached far greater heights.

Alternatively, maybe Noach only chose the path of good because he was repulsed by the corruption and the total breakdown of society all around him.  He strove to pull himself above the fray and salvage himself from eternal damnation.  Like the pasuk says that he went into the teivah, his spiritual fortress, "Mipnei Mei HaMabul," because of the raging sea of evil all around him.  In that case had he lived in a time where evil was not rampant, he may not have reached for greatness.

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Bichukosai: Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev - Don't Forget What Kind Of Shidduch You Made At the end of the Tochacha it says (Bichukosai 26:45), "V'Zacharti Lahem Bris Rishonim Asher Hotzaisi Oisum MeiEretz Mitzrayim."  After all the punishments, Hashem will remember the covenant he made with our forefathers whom he took out of Mitzrayim.

Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev, in the Kedushas Levi, explains this with a Mashal.  When a person makes a Shidduch with someone based on the assumption that he is wealthy, if afterwards he discovers that the Mechutan does not have any money, he can rightfully be upset about being fooled.  But if he knew all along that his Mechutan was a man of limited means he cannot complain.

The tochacha is Hashem's response to our veering from the right path.  We made a Shidduch with Hashem and didn't keep our end of the deal.  But then Hashem brings up the memory of how it all started.  It started in Mitzrayim when we were very far removed from the path of Hashem, and even so, Hashem redeemed us and made us His chosen nation.  If so, when we do not serve Him as we should, Hashem cannot complain that we fooled Him.  With this memory, the curses of the Tochacha will end, and we will once again be taken into the loving arms of Hashem our Savior, Bimheira BiYameinu Amein!

Fri, 15 May 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Behar: Dubno Magid - Do Thousands Of Pennies Make Us Rich?

The Torah tells us (Behar 25:8) to count the years, then to count each seven years for Shmita, then to multiply it get to forty nine for Yovel.  Why all these calculations?

The Dubno Magid explains with a Mashal.  There was a poor beggar who spent many years collecting money from door to door.  Later in life he managed to escape his plight and become a regular Ba'al HaBayis in a small town.  In this town he bragged to the other townspeople how wealthy he was despite being a man of meager means.  "Fool!" said one his neighbors to him.  "All the years you were a beggar you counted your money in pennies.  Even now that you earn a meager living, you are still counting your wealth in pennies and are proud of your thousands upon thousands of pennies.  However if you count your money in the larger denominations that normal people use, you have but a few gold coins which does not make you rich."

Our life in this world is fleeting, says the Dubno Magid.  We are here today and gone tomorrow.  However we mistakenly measure our life in years, days and hours, and we think we've been here forever and will continue to be here for a very long time.  Not so says the Torah.  Count Shmita and Yovel.  You will see from seven years you have one shmitta.  You'll only be here for a few shmittos, and probably not even two Yovlos.  Think of it that way and you will be less concerned with your temporary dwelling and more concerned with your permanent one.  Then, instead of collecting trivial events worth mere pennies, you will instead focus on collecting gold coins in the form mitzvos.  Each one is worth not a Shmita or even a Yovel, but an eternity.

Sun, 10 May 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Emor: Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro - The Vilna Gaon's Overflowing Cups In the first pasuk of Emor it says twice to tell the Kohanim, Emor and V'Amarta.  Rashi quotes the gemara in Yevamos that says the double language is, "L'Hazhir Gedolim Al HaKetanim", to tell the adults to caution the children.  How do Chazal see this from the fact that is says twice to tell them, asks Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro?

He answers that the Dubno Magid once asked the Vilna Gaon what is the most effective way to influence children.  The Vilna Gaon answered with a Mashal.  He said to take a large cup and surround it with smaller cups.  Then pour into the large cup and keep pouring until it spills over the top right into the little cups.  To have children absorb the lessons, you must fill yourself with an overdose of whatever traits you want to teach them.  They will become filled from the overflow.

The Kohanim were implored twice, to give them a double measure of Kedushas Kohen.  The reason for this is obviously in order for it to spill over to the children.

Tue, 05 May 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Shemos: Dubno Magid - A Tale Of Two Brides Two young women were engaged to be married.  One was the daughter of a wealthy businessman who promised to fully support the young couple.  The other was an orphan whose family committed to undertake the financial obligation of the Kallah.  They both went out shopping for clothing.  The wealthy girl started with the fundamentals.   First she purchased her wardrobe for everyday use.  Then she bought Shabbos clothing.  Only afterward did she order a gown for the wedding.  The orphan did the opposite.  Since funds were limited, she first bought her wedding gown in order that she should at least be able to have a wedding.  Only afterward, with whatever money was leftover, could she afford to buy clothing for after the chasuna.

The pasuk says (Shemos 2:25) "Vayar Elokim Es Bnei Yisroel;  Hashem saw the plight of the Bnei Yisrael."  The Dubno Magid brings the Medrash that says that Hashem saw that Bnei Yisrael were lacking sufficient Zechusim.  Their few merits would not allow them to withstand the continued oppressive galus and afford them the geula as well.  Therefore, Hashem prepared Moshe and Aharon ahead of time and took them out early.  That is why the next pasuk starts "U'Moshe Haya..."

Tue, 13 Jan 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Re'eh: Dubno Magid - In A Stormy Sea Don't Throw The Wrong Thing Overboard

The Gilyon Pninim tells a mashal from the Dubno Magid.  A rich man was coming back on a sea voyage with a boat laden with merchandise he had purchased to sell back home.  Suddenly, a storm broke out tossing the boat to and fro.  There was no choice, and the captain told the passengers to start throwing over their belongings to lighten the boat.  The rich man quickly took out his tefilin and tossed them into the sea.  His assistant started screaming at him, "What are you doing?  You have hundreds of heavy boxes down below, how will throwing your tefilin overboard help?  Besides in times like this you need to hold on to your tefilin for dear life.  All we have left is our emuna!"  

It says in the Parsha that the wicked hearted people will say (Devarim 15:9), "Karva Shnas HaSheva Shnas HaShmita V'Ra'a Einecha B'Achicha HaEvyon; Shmita is coming and money will be tight since we cannot work, so I will cut back on Tzedoka."  The nimshal is a person spends almost all his money to support his family's needs.  The amount of money he gives to the poor people is a minuscule percentage of his overall spending.  Yet, when money is hard to come by and it is time for some belt tightening, the best a person can come up with in his new fiscal policy is, "Let's cut out the tzedoka." 

Just like the foolish man on a boat, this savings amounts to almost nothing.  Besides giving tzedoka is the only thing that can save you.    In tough times, hold on to your Tefilin, hold on to your emuna, and hold on to the poor people who are the only ones that can eventually help you back on your feet again.  The rest can go overboard.

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 03:00:00 +0000