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Section: Daas Torah   Category: Rav Shimshon
Bayis Shlishi: My Broker Had A Little Lamb

I had a very sad conversation with my insurance broker the other day.  While we were together, the subject of Moshiach and the third Bais HaMikdash came up.  He then said to me, “I don’t know what we will do in the Bais HaMikdash, but I am very sure we will not be slaughtering lambs anymore.  Those days are over, the world has moved forward.”  Very quickly thereafter I realized my arguments were for naught.  I sadly realized that no matter what I said, it would not change his mind.

Rav Shimshon Pincus describes some of the horrors of the Churban Bayis Rishon, the hunger, the murder, the rivers of blood.  When they arrived in Bavel the situation only got worse.  Not accustomed to its waters, and being weak and feeble from all they had gone through on their subsequent journey to Bavel, many people died on “Al Naharos Bavel”, the banks of Euphrates River.  Nevuchadnetzar sat on a boat serenaded by a full orchestra, while the Malchus Dovid walked, chained and naked, hunched over by heavy loads placed on their shoulders on the banks of the river.  A sight that can make anyone cry.

Yet, points out Rav Shimshon, Dovid HaMelech testifies that when the Yehudim stood on that black day on the banks of the river they cried bitter tears, “Sham Yashavnu Gam Bachinu.”  But these were not tears of suffering.  These were tears of longing for the Shechina, “BiZachreinu Es Tzion.”  Imagine says Rav Shimshon, a boy is in a devastating car accident.  He lies in the hospital hanging between life and death with every bone in his body broken.  He let’s out a sigh and says, “Oy!  Where is my Rebbi?  I miss his shiurim.”  This is the greatest testament to Ahavas HaTorah.  Its absence hurts so much that the physical pain pales in comparison.  This was the pain of the Galus HaShechina.

We were born in the darkness of galus.  Our whole lives, we existed with Hester Panim.  We have never known what it means to experience the Shechina.  We have no way to relate to that kind of pleasure.  The only thing we can say is, listen the cries of our beaten and battered forefathers who sat Al Naharos Bavel.  Picture their tears that were all shed for only one thing, “BiZachreinu Es Tzion.”  The memory of the Avoda, the Korbonos, the Kohamim in their Bigdei Kehuna, the Levi’im B’Duchanam, and the main point of it all, the Hashro’as HaShechina.  Certainly the slaughtering of the lambs in Tzion was no primitive tribal ritual. 

May we all be zocheh to Bi’as Go’el Tzedek Bimheira B’Yameinu.  May we march into the Bais HaMikdash with faces ablaze followed by our little lamb, V’Noichal Sham Min HaZevachim U’Min HaPesachim.


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RS, 2008-07-29 04:02:05
What a wake-up call that opening story is! How desperate we are to be brought back to the emmes! We are so spiritually bankrupt it is reminiscent of the פסוק - תעיתי כשה אובד בקש עבדך.

On a similar line, I recently heard from a friend who visited the כותל one year on הושענה רבה. As usual, there were thousands upon thousands of people there, armed with their ארבעת המינים. As my friend passed one of the soldiers on duty, he wished him a חג שמח, (apparently the first person that day to have done so!) This prompted the soldier to muster the gutz to ask him what these strange things are that everyone was holding in their hands!!
That's how far we have strayed! A yid,brought up in ארץ ישראל at the closest possible point to the מקום המקדש, is totally bewildered by the Yomtovdikke sight, wiuthout even the courange to find out what its all about

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