Revach L'Neshama RSS feed for - Section: AVODAH Category:SPECIAL EVENTS Copyright 2007, Revach L'Neshama en-US Revach L'Neshama Logo 144 31 Fri, 03 Dec 2021 03:00:00 +0000 240 Mama Rochel Understood That Tending To A Broken Heart Comes Above Even Kavod Hashem

When Rochel out of frustration complained to Yaakov about not having children, Yaakov got angry with her. The mefarshim say, based on a medrash, that Yaakov was punished for getting angry at Rochel and telling her that she needs to daven to Hashem and not complain to him. Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro points out that Yaakov was defending Kavod Shamayim and was correct that Rochel's complaints were unjustified. His mistake was that he addressed the words that she spoke and not the pain in her heart. Had he pierced the veil of her soul, he would have known that because of her anguish, the words escaped her mouth and she was not accountable for them. He should have been slower to defend Kavod Shamayim and faster to understand human suffering.

This he explains was the greatness of Rochel. After Churban Bayis Rishon when Bnei Yisroel went into Galus all the Avos and Imahos came before Hashem with all their great zechusim but were turned away empty handed. All the heroism of the Akeida, Yaakov's torah, and lives of pure mesiras nefesh to build Klal Yisroel, did not impress Hashem in that dark moment of history. The only one who merited Hashem's attention was Rochel Imeinu. What was her great act that warranted this special treatment? That she gave the simanim to her sister and helped fool Yaakov? With this bravery, in her mind, she was sabotaging the history of the Jewish nation since she understood that it was her and Yaakov that were destined to build the nation. Nevertheless she chose to cast aside her own destiny and Hashem's grand plan in order to save her sister from a single embarrassing moment.

Only Rochel, who had such a deep understanding of another person's pain and how it carries more weight than the entire Jewish experience, can be Hashem's emissary to bring his children's pain before Him. Only tears from Mama Rochel can bring the Geula.

Thu, 29 Oct 2009 03:00:00 +0000
What Happened To The Fast of Chamisha (5) B'Teves?

The gemara says that there is a Machlokes between Rebbi Akiva and Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai if the pasuk that says "Tzom Ha'Asiri"; the fast of the tenth month is referring to Asara B'Teves the day Nevuchadnezzar laid siege to Yerushalayim according to Rebbi Akiva or 5 B'Teves the day that the news of the Churban Bais HaMikdash reached the people of Bavel according to Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai since the day of hearing bad news is considered like the day it happened. The Tur says we only fast on the 10th and not the 5th. Strangely the Rif and the Rosh both don't even mention anything about 5 B'Teves at all. Why is there no mention of the fast on the hearing of the bad news? Not even that a "Baal Nefesh" should be machmir and fast on that day.

Rav Shlomo HaKohen MiVilna suggests (Binyan Shlomo OC 2:45) suggests that there is no machlokes L'halacha between these two tanaim. Everybody holds that today we fast only on the 10th. The reason is that the fast of the Fifth of Teves was only for those in Galus Bavel at the time of the Churban who didn't witness the Churban. Therefore for them the real bad day was the day they heard about it. They didn't fast Tisha B'Av. Since we don't know where our ancestors were during that time we only fast the day of the Churban itself Tisha B'Av.

If so why does Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai say that the pasuk that says Tzom HaAsiri means the 5 Teves? The gemara says that this is because it is mentioned after the fast of Tisha B'Av in an otherwise chronologically correct Pasuk so therefore it must be talking about the fast of 5 Teves which happened after the Churban and not 10 Teves which happened before.

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 03:00:00 +0000