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No free lunch
October 3, 2008, 11:19 am
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VaYalach                                                                  בס”ד

Parashat Va-Yalech mentions for the last time in the Torah  “The place YHV”H will choose” (Deut. 31:11). Before the Tabernacle was set up, the high places were permitted, and the sacrificial service was performed by the first-born.  Once the Tabernacle was set up, the high places were prohibited, and the service was performed by the priests…After they arrived at Gilgal, the high places were permitted…When they came to Shiloh, the high places were prohibited.  There was no roof to it, but below [were walls] like a house of stone and curtains above, and this was the resting place …After they came to Nob and to Gibeon, the high places were permitted…When they came to Jerusalem the high places were prohibited and were never again permitted

It says in our Parsha :

“Their children, who have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear Yhv”h Elohech”a, as long as you live in the land to which you go over the Jordan to possess.” (devarim 31:13)

This means forever folks, You should know that the sages teach us three things are given on condition, the land of Israel, the Holy Temple and the kingdom of David. ” These are given on the condition you keep my covenant”. The land is God’s, on this condition he gave it to us. It is not an outright gift. Our presence in the land of  Israel  depends on our observing the commandments. 

Moshe said “I am no longer able to come and go, and G-d has told me you will not cross the Jordan” (31:2) This reminds us of the times Yisrael needs new leadership.

In Chupat Eliyahu we learn 3 gifts Hashem gave to Yisrael, but they are received through  yesurim (sufferings). These gifts are Torah, Aretz Yisrael and Olam Haba (the world to come). The  building of the bait ha Mikdash (the Holy Temple) is an inheritance in merit of Torah learning.

There is no free lunch

As said above we must “learn to fear Yhv”h” as “Ratzon” (will) is Atik (the source of delight). Chesed (kindness) is “ratzon” concerning the “avoda” (divine service) of Yisrael. If there is no “avoda” there is caused hiddenness of this Divine will called Chesed. The Nashamot of Yisrael bring out “Dat” (knowledge) from potential to actual by the giving of the Torah. This is called Z’a (Source of the Ruach, emotional soul). It is all arranged by Hashem in his free will to give us all free choice. Thus there is revealed accordingly the power of evil which stands against the  “kidusha” (holiness), so there will be displayed love and fear of Hashem. these are all acts of his kingship. They exist so that we may approach levels of Holiness needed in the service of  Hashem. The “chuchum” (wise man) understands the good  that is hidden. Where ever he is he sees the place of the level of “kidushah” (holiness). The evil is only to teach the good (it will never leave his hands weak !).   Fear  embraces humility and humility embraces “chasidut” (piety). So by fear of sin one gets all these qualities. All the time one is only occupied only  in the simple meaning of the Torah they see themselves  as poor and dead. The main part of the Torah is its secrets. One who has the fear of Hashem without chuchmah (Kabbalah) will not reach the “midot” (attributes) of “chassidut” (piety). Fear of Hashem is Chuchmah (Wisdom that inspires), turning away from evil is Bina (understanding). The beginning of the mitzvah of fearing Hashem is to know that “elokenu” (our God) is the ד”ו parzufim  (masculine and feminine aspects of Hashem). These are the Written and Oral Torah by whose ruling we were taken out of Egypt.

Bina (understanding) is אשר who made man in צלם (supernal image) of  מ”ה (name of 45/source of Z’a-ruach). If a man gives his heart and dat to the fear of Hashem, behold the letters of  יהו”ה cleave in  his heart. One who merits this has no lack. This is what it means “Make Me a migdosh (temple), and I will dwell in them”..  One sanctifies their heart so  as to have dwell in it יהו”ה. But if his heart lacks fear  of Hashem, the letters of יהו”ה are far  from him.  This is the greatest possible lack.

It’s said that one person may take another’s portion in gan aden, so all are not the same. One serves from fear while another from love ,  but booth are called sadeekem. One is greater than his fellow in humility and the fear of sin. Our parsha contains the name of another parsha in it “Mekaitz”. In the verse  “Moses commanded them say, ” At the end (“Mekaitz”) of 7 years, at the time of smittah during the holiday of Succot” (Deut 31:10) May this connection be revealed with the coming of the Mashiach quickly in our days !

Sources :

safer lecutim-ar’i p.412

Safer HaKanah

Alp Bet p.161 Safer HaKanah

Ner Yisrael p.266

Chupat Eliyahu-Atzorot Midrashim p.167,172

Zohar Nasso 145a, Alp Bat Book p.67

Tractate Magilla 18a