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There are two kinds of Geula, explains Rav Ezriel Tauber Shlit"a in Pirkei Machshava on Shir HaShirim. The more familiar one is when all of Bnei Yisroel does Teshuva and Hashem brings Moshiach for the final redemption and the rebuilding of the Bais HaMikdash. None of us can bring Moshiach on our own. However says Rav Tauber you can have your own personal Geula. By breaking out of the shackles that bind and prevent you from turning inward and upward towards Hashem, you have achieved your own personal Geula.

We all know what it means to be confined to lifestyles and activities simply because that is what society expects from us. We are "stuck" in a holding pattern even if we don't necessarily believe in it or enjoy it. If you've lived one way for so long it is hard, both socially and internally to change even if you know it is the right thing to do. We are bound to expectations we have set for ourselves in society. Just because we have undergone a reawakening it doesn't mean that the world we have built around ourselves will accept our change.

To this Hashem says to Klal Yisroel, true you are in Galus and cannot bring Moshiach alone but nevertheless on a personal level "Kumi Loch Rayasi Yofosi U'Lichi Loch", get up my beloved and come close to me. Be the person you believe in your heart that you should be, whether it meets other people's expectations or not. Once you break out and taste the freedom of being your true self and being closer to Hashem you will feel incredible and wonder why you waited so long. Then I will be your Moshiach and you will leave the darkness behind.

Fri, 25 Jan 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Peeking Through The Holes in The Wall

Our aveiros create a wall between us and our father in Heaven. Despite our aveiros Hashem loves us. He wants to send us bracha from Shamayim. His only problem is how to get around the wall that we have created. Hashem does what every mother would do if their child was imprisoned. He looks for windows to pass care packages to his dear children so that even if they can't be together the child should still have enough to eat and at least ease their pain and suffering until the day they are set free and they will be reunited once again.

Where does Hashem find cracks and windows in this imposing wall that we have unfortunately built? These windows, says the Tzror Hamor are opened through the mitzvos of the Tzaddikim. In their zechus Hashem sends Bracha to his people even in Galus. If the tzaddikim in the generation are great then a window can be opened for the Shefa to come down from Shamayim. If the Dor only has weak tzaddikim then it only creates small crack for which minimal amount of Bracha can be passed through.

Shir HaShirim 2:9 says "Hinei Zeh Oimeid Achar Koisleinu" Hashem waits behind this ugly wall waiting for the moment that our mitzvos will make it disappear. "Mashgiach Min HaChalonos Mietzitz Min HaCharakim"; easily looking though the windows created by big Tzaddikim and squinting through the cracks created if the Tzaddikim of the generation are not as big.

Fri, 28 Dec 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Why Is Hashem Jumping?

If you offer to do someone a favor and they reject your help because they are not interested in you personally you might get insulted. If at a later time they regret their decision because they realize that they need you, you probably will be less anxious than you were when you originally offered. Even if you do help them you will do it without enthusiasm and probably take your time before doing it.

Not so Hashem, says the Alshich HaKadosh. Although Hashem has waited two thousand years for us to do tshuva and return to him so that he can finally redeem us, he is still standing eagerly waiting for the big day when he can swoop down and take us out of this miserable galus and bring us home once again to the Bais HaMikdash. If we rejected Him for so long why is he still so excited to come so fast? It is B'zchus of the Avos and the Imahos.

When the galus will finally end says Shlomo HaMelech 2:8 "Kol Dodi Hinei Zeh Ba" the voice of my beloved (Hashem) behold he comes. "Midaleg Al HeHarim" leaping over the mountains. Why does he leap? Because of the "mountains" which refers to the Avos. "Mikapetz Al HaGva'os", skipping on the heights. In the honor of the "heights" which are the Imahos.

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: The Nations of The Galus Have A Hard Job, Torturing Us Just Right

After the Churban, Hashem sent us out into the wilderness. We are lambs among hungry wolves. Before placing us under the "care" of the Goyim, Hashem made them swear that they would treat us properly. And how is that?

The Tzror Hamor explains that the whole point of the galus is for us to do Teshuva. If the Goyim treat us so badly that we end up rebelling against Hashem and denying his existence then the whole operation has failed because we will never do Teshuva. If the Goyim treat us in a way that forces us to do Teshuva that is also considered a failure because Hashem wants us to do Teshuva on our own.

This is the meaning of the Pasuk 2:7, "Hishbati Eschem Bnos Yerushalayim", this refer to the Goyim who are being sworn to treat us right. "BTzvo'os O B'Ayalos HaSadeh"; Tzvo'os is what we are called when we do the mitzvos. They should not treat us in a way that will force us to do Teshuva. "O B'Ayalos Hasadeh" this is a reference to us when we rebel and deny Hashem.

Fri, 16 Nov 2007 03:00:00 +0000

Chazal teach us a fundamental principle of chinuch, "Hasmol Docheif V'Ha'Yemin Mikarev", when rebuffing a child or a student do it with the weaker left hand so you don't push him too far. At the same time embrace him with the right hand and hold him very close. The left is symbolic for Midas HaDin and the right Midas HaChesed because of their strengths and weaknesses.

We thank Hashem during the Galus, says the Alshich HaKadosh, because "Smolo Tachas L'Roshi" (2:6), His wrath is inflicted upon us with His symbolically weaker left hand. Even so this left hand is placed under our heads to support us through the punishment. "V'Yimino Tichabkeini"; yet all the while His right hand waiting to return us is still embracing us.

Fri, 02 Nov 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: If You Are An Alcoholic Better To Eat The Whole Grape Pre-Squeezed

"Samchuni Ba'Ashishois"; sustain me with grapes that are not yet squeezed into wine, cries Klal Yisroel (2:5). This says the Alshich HaKadosh refers to Har Sinai when the Bnei Yisroel heard Hashem say the first two Dibros they died and had to be revived. Why, says the pasuk? "Ki Choilas Ahava Ani"; because their love for Hashem was so intense and intoxicating their neshamos left their bodies and wanted to attached themselves to Hashem, their source.

What was the solution? How can they hear Kabalas HaTorah with jumping out of their skin? Just like wine when it is still inside the grape is not intoxicating so too they begged Hashem talk to us through the mouth of Moshe Rabbeinu. This intermediary vessel will reduce the sweetness and will stay at a level that is bearable for us yet sweet enough to enjoy without escaping our bodies.

Fri, 26 Oct 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Rav Ezriel Tauber - Keep Up The Good Work. It May Sound and Look Funny But Hashem Loves It

The Medrash in Shir HaShirim Rabbah (2:4) says, if a person makes a mistake in pronunciation and says Vi'ayavta instead of V'ahavta", "You should hate the Hashem" instead of "You should love Hashem", or if in Birchas Kohanim the Kohen says "Va'yishamedcha" instead "Vayishmeracha", "May Hashem destroy you" instead of "May Hashem protect you" it does not matter. If the person meant to say it properly but made the mistake, don't worry, "Liglugo Olai Ahava"  His stuttering and bumbling I accept with love. (Liglugo is a play on the real word V'Dilugo")

Rav Ezriel Tauber in his Peirush on Shir HaShirim says that this is a lesson to a Ba'al Teshuva or to any person striving for higher levels in his Avodas Hashem that may still be beyond his grasp. You should not be embarrassed and afraid that you will look silly by making mistakes. In Hashem's eyes, he accepts your intentions and considers your mistakes as beautiful and complete avodah.

Fri, 19 Oct 2007 03:00:00 +0000
The Pros and Cons of an Apple Tree

While the big leafy trees provide shade and respite during from the blazing sun, the apple tree does not. However if you suffer long enough under the apple tree you will be able to eats its delicious fruits whereas the shady trees will never provide you with fruit.

So too says the Tzror HaMor, the Bnei Yisroel suffer from the heat of the burning galus, the inquisitions, the pogroms, the holocaust in the shadow of Hashem who is not protecting us with his shade. Other nations however are enjoying the protection of their malachim who provide them with cool shade. Why do we do this? Because we know one day soon the apples will be ripe and we will enjoy their indescribable pleasure. The joy of the geula and the third Bais HaMikdash.

Shir HaShirim 2:3 "K'Tapuach B'Atzei HaYaar"; we are like an apple tree amongst the big leafy trees of the forest, "BiTziloy Chimaditi V'Yoshavti U'Piryoy Mosoik L'Chiki"; we enjoy sitting in Hashem's scant shade because we look forward to the day we will eat those beautiful fruits.

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: White Roses, Red Roses, Thorny Roses

The rose of the Sharon is a greenish white. This represents Bnei Yisroel when they were virtually unblemished and there was very limited Midas HaDin. The red rose however symbolizes the full Midas HaDin. The red rose of the valley has one advantage. Since in the valley is not exposed as much to the burning sun and gets more water, its color can change given the right conditions.

Klal Yisroel tells Hashem we were once the pure roses of the Sharon. Then after we did aveiros we became red and the Midas HaDin took over. Our saving grace was that we were in the lush valley and the Nevi'im with their words of Mussar were able to change us back.

Now in Galus Bavel however we are "KiShoshana Bein HaChochim" (2:1) we are roses between the thorns. We have no water to nurture us and we are constantly pricked by the sharp thorns of the galus.

Fri, 24 Aug 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Hashem Is Beautiful When We Are Uplifted

When Bnei Yisroel suffers at the hands of the Goyim, they taunt us and want to know where our G-d is and why he isn't saving us. After our losing battle in pleading with Hashem to take us out of the bitter Galus we ask Hashem to take us out not in our merit but in His. When Hashem will redeem us in glorious fashion all the nations of the world will stop asking, where is the G-d of the Jews. Until then we have no answer and Hashem's name is disgraced.

This is how the Tzror HaMor explains the pasuk, "Hincha Yafa Dodi Af Na'im Af Arseinu Ra'anana"; You are beautiful and pleasant in the eyes of the world but only when we are flourishing.

Fri, 27 Jul 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Thank Hashem For Our Many Problems

Bnei Yisroel pleads to Hashem to take us out of this bitter galus even though we do aveiros. We argue that we have not committed any aveira as great as the Chet HaEgel and even then Hashem punished us with extreme rachamanus. Hashem did not punish us immediately rather He spread our Kapara throughout the ages in small installments. Chazal say with every punishment in our history, Hashem adds on just a bit more for the Chet HaEgel.

We see this in the pasuk in Shir Hashirim (1:14) "Eshkol HaKofer Dodi Li"; Like a cluster of atonement my beloved is to me. The Alshich says it takes many small grapes to form a cluster. While the cluster may be big each individual grape is quite small. Our kapara is like a cluster of grapes making it bearable and allowing us to survive. The pasuk continues "B'Karmei Ein Gedi"; like the vineyards of Ein Gedi. These vineyards produce grapes seven times a year. These grapes are not as big because the power of the ground to nourish them is divided by seven.

One Erev Rosh Hashana my grandmother wished me that I should have lots of little problems. If I didn't it would be because I had one big one that would overshadow the rest.

Fri, 13 Jul 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Perfect Immunity

Chazal tell us that although the generation of Achav was completely full of idol worship nevertheless when they went to battle they were victorious because there was unity among them. Mind boggling! The source of their unity was avodah zara yet Hashem appreciated their unity to the extent that he watched over them and brought them home safely from battle. Moreover the Bais Rishon which was destroyed because Bnei Yisroel worshipped avodah zara was rebuilt after a mere 70 year galus. The second galus which came about from Sinas Chinam is still with us nearly 2000 years later.

After the pasuk alludes to the terrible Cheit haEgel that took place immediately after Har Sinai while they were still under the canopy with Hashem (See Destruction On The Road To Building) the pasuk teaches us the only way that under these circumstances we can keep Hashem with us. The secret of Achdus!

"Tzror HaMor"; If Bnei Yisroel binds themselves together like a bundle of Myrrh, regardless of our aveiros "Dodi Li Bein Shudai Yalin"; Hashem our beloved we stay by us and rest among us. (SH 1:13)

Fri, 06 Jul 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Destruction On The Road To Building

Bnei Yisroel heard the Torah on Har Sinai. After Shavuos, Moshe went up to Shamayim for 40 days to write the Torah. This period was like an engagement period between us and Hashem. "Ad She"hamelech Bimisiboi Nirdi Nosan Reichoi"; even during the 40 days Hashem was celebrating our engagement we already gave off a foul odor. The foul odor of the aveira of Chait HaEgel.

The Midrash (as explained by the Eitz Yosef) says that although "Nerd" is a foul odor the words "Nosan Reicho" imply that it gave off a good smell. That good smell is the Mishkan. Since Hashem knew that Bnei Yisroel would sin with the Egel made of gold he commanded us ahead of time (according to the Zohar) to make a Mishkan with gold that would be a Kappara.

The Alter from Slabodka, Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel explains that all good building must come from the destruction of bad building. Just like the give and take when learning gemara where you go through a number of incorrect explanations before you can get to the truth.

Nirdi, from the bad smell of the Chait HaEgel, Nosan Reichoi the beautiful fragrance of the Mishkan came into being.

Fri, 29 Jun 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Bnei Yisroel Is As Good As Gold... But Best To Add A Little Silver Gold symbolizes the Midah of Din. Its roots are in fire which is very useful but if misused it is a most destructive force. Silver symbolizes Chesed which has its roots in water that gives life. Before Hashem created the world each Neshama in Shamayim received the ultimate pleasures. However this pleasure was marred by the fact that it was pure Chesed; undeserved. Hashem created a world of Din to enable the Neshama to earn its reward. He saw however that without a dose of Chesed the world would not survive and the ultimate purpose would not be achieved. Therefore he added a bit of Chesed to the world.

At Har Sinai Bnei Yisroel reached its zenith. We were truly deserving of all of Hashem's love through Din. Nevertheless being as we were still in Olam Hazeh Hashem saw it fit to treat us not only with Din but with Chesed as well just in case...

"Toirei Zahav Naaseh Lach"; Hashem at Har Sinai made us gold jewelry. He treated us with Din and still bestowed upon us all his love. Yet the pasuk adds "Im Nikudos HaKesef"; Hashem added to this beautiful adornment of silver stones because in this world we would not survive very long with pure Din. (based on the Tzror Hamor on Shir HaShirim)

Fri, 22 Jun 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Bnei Yisroel's Beautiful (Bottle)Neck

In our mind we often know what is right but for some reason we just don't integrate our knowledge with our behavior. We eat things that we know are not healthy. We say things that we know are wrong and we will very soon regret. We know what is right and what Hashem expects from us and we know and believe in reward and punishment but our actions often betray this knowledge.

Why???  It is because our intellect does not travel from our mind to our heart. The symbol of this difficult passage, say Rav Shimshon Pincus, is the neck. The great ideas we receive directly from Heaven must navigate this narrow corridor and find its way into our heart and soul in order for us to live life the way we know and believe it should be lived.

Hashem tells Bnei Yisroel "Tzavareich BaCharuzim";"Your neck [is beautiful and] is adorned with strings of beads". Hashem is complimenting Bnei Yisroel on their beautiful necks that act as a perfect conduit that produces consistency between their hearts and mind.

Fri, 15 Jun 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Compliment? Exactly What Kind of Horse Is Hashem Comparing Us To?

What possible compliment can Hashem mean when He says Bnei Yisroel are like the horses in the chariots of Pharaoh? The Alshich HaKadosh explains with the Midrash that says when the stallions of the chariots of Mitzrayim were in the Yam Suf, Hashem made the waves appear like female horses. Because of this attraction the horses of the Mitzrim started running further into the water chasing the waves and dooming the rider rather than trying to run away.

When we are in Galus and all the nations plot to destroy us, Hashem says we are like the imaginary horses appearing in the Yam Suf. All our enemies plot to come after us and kill us but when they actually attack us, through delusion by Hashem their plans are foiled and the result is the complete opposite. They charge to their own death rather than Klal Yisroel's destruction c'v.

Fri, 08 Jun 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Only In Eretz Yisroel Are We Truly Yours

The Gemara says that if a Jew is living outside of Eretz Yisroel it is as if he worships Avoda Zara. The Alshich HaKadosh explains that when Hashem came down with the 70 Malachim which comprised his Sanhedrin to see the Tower of Bavel, he divided humanity into 70 nations each one under the rule of one Malach and each Malach in a specific country. The Bnei Yisroel did not get a malach rather we are under the direct watch of Hashem in Eretz Yisroel. If we are outside of Eretz Yisroel then we are still sustained by Hashem but through the ruling malach in that country. Therefore explains the Alshich if we are outside Eretz Yisroel it is considered as if we are worshiping that Malach.

In Galus in a foreign land Bnei Yisroel cries out to Hashem (1:7) "Shalama Eheye K'Oitya Al Edrei Chaveirecha"; "Why should we be sustained together with the flocks of the 70 malachim." Klal Yisroel pleads, "please bring us back to Eretz Yisroel where we can be under Hashem's direct rule without intervention".

Fri, 01 Jun 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Black But Beautiful

Klal Yisroel tells the Goyim (1:5) "Shchoira Ani V'Nava"; I am black yet beautiful and in the next pasuk (1:6) "Al Tir'uni She'ani Shicharchoires Sheshzafasni HaShemesh"; Don't look at my blackness because it is a suntan.

The mefarshim explain that in these pasukim Klal Yisroel is telling the Goyim, do not think that Hashem no longer loves us because of our aveiros for two reasons.  The first pasuk explains that these sins are merely on the surface. Yes indeed we have blackened ourselves with aveiros but that is only our skin. Our limbs are beautiful.  This refers to the Avos in whose Zchus we merit Hashem's protection even when we sin.

The second pasuk explains that even though we have done serious aveiros that may warrant our destruction, our enemies need not rejoice.  Just like a suntan can blacken skin nevertheless after time it fades and the true color returns.  So to our sins are only temporary and we will do tshuva. Therefore we are still beloved by Hashem.

Fri, 25 May 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Does Hashem Love All Jews Equally?

The passuk (1:4) says "Moshcheini Acharecha Narutza"; Bnei Yisroel asks Hashem to "Pull me and we will run after you". The Tzror HaMor asks why does it say pull "me" in the singular form and "we" will run in the plural?

He answers that Hashem pours His abundant brachos on everyone equally therefore the pulling by Hashem is in singular. However when it comes to our receiving of the "Shefa" each one of us can only receive what we have prepared ourselves to receive. Depending on how we conduct our lives and how much we make Hashem a part of it. Therefore it says "we" will run after Hashem. Each one of us at his own pace.

Fri, 18 May 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir Hashrim: Turning Intentions Into Acts

The Ramban says that any time you feel love in your heart for Hashem or you have an urge to do a specific mitzvah do not rest until you have actually done something about it. Thoughts are nice but they need to be actualized in order to have a real and permanent affect on you.

He learns this from the passuk in Shir Hashirim, "Im To'Iru Im Ti'Oriru Es Ahava Ad She'Techputz". Literally this means If you are awakened to the point of desire. The Ramban plays on the word "She'Techputz" which means to desire and says it can mean "Chefetz" a physical act or in this case action.

If you are awakened by a great spirit turn it into an action!

Fri, 11 May 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Shir HaShirim: Spontaneous Expression of Love On Erev Shabbos

This holy minhag of saying Shir HaShirim on Erev Shabbos has absolutely no source not in Nigla and not in Kabbalah, explains Rav Shimshom Pincus Zt"l. Shir HaShirim is a double song. It is the song of our yearning to be reunited with our King our Father in Heaven after this long bitter Galus. Hashem likewise yearns to have us close to him like the glorious days when the Bais Hamikdash stood and the Shechina was visibly present.

To require someone to say this Shir would defeat the purpose. This moving and emotional Shir must be sang as a spontaneous outpouring of a yearning heart. When Shabbos is near and we can feel the King's presence in the air we break out in song.

Fri, 04 May 2007 03:00:00 +0000