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UPDATED                                                                  July 17th 2018

Devarim בס”ד

Most of the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy)  covers the last month and seven days of Moshe’s life. The entire Book of Devarim is the final speech of Moses that he began on Rosh Chodesh Shvat and concluded on Adar 7, the day of his death 36 days  later.

In Parsha Devarim At one point Moses says “AICHA” , this is read the last Shabbot before TISHA B’AV.
Then we hear that word AICHA again, when we observe the fast of TISHA B’AV and read from the Megillah called AICHA (lamentations) THIS IS NOT A COINCIDENCE ! For everything there is a time Tisha B’Av is when one can give their full attention to the Holy Temple.

The Shabbat before Tisha B’Av, the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av, is known as Shabbat Chazon, after the first word of this week’s Haftorah (reading from the Prophets) is  “chazon” (vision). THIS IS CALLED THE “SHABOT OF VISION”. This week’s Haftorah is from the Prophet Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah). Who lived at the time of the destruction of the First Temple in the year 3338. He was born into a family of “kohanim” (priests), and was the son of the Prophet and High Priest, Hilkiah. He foresaw the destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple and exhorted the Jews to return to G-d. After the destruction he authored the Book of Lamentations. He supported the Jewish people in their misery, strengthening them and encouraging them to continue when it seemed impossible to go on.

Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev used to say that on Shabot  “chazon” everyone is given a vision of the Third Holy Temple, which will be permanent and everlasting. We see from the Book of Daniel:

“And I Daniel alone saw the vision; the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them . . . .”

Its like this with us also Although not everyone actually sees the Third Holy Temple, everyone experiences this Temple vision the best they are able to. The Sages explain that  even it those with Daniel did not see what Daniel saw, their heavenly soul saw it.

May we see it built quickly in our days. Our Sages say The  Moshiach is born on. Tisha B’Av . At the moment of destruction of the Holy Temple the Final Redemption had begun through Moshiach being born in some way. R. Manachem Mendal taught that one one’s birthday the spiritual source of one’s soul shines powerfully.’ So on Tisha B’Av when Moshiach’s spiritual source is powerfully revealed, there is a unique potential for the Redemption to come . . . . Each year, for the past two thousand years, on Tisha B’Av, Moshiach receives new power and new strength, and from year to year, this influence grows more powerfully.” Thus, Tisha B’Av is a unique time, when the potential for the Redemption is at its peak. This shows us that the greatest ascent comes after the greatest descent. Let us use the time properly and bring about the greatest ascent, the revelation of Moshiach and the Final Redemption, NOW.

As we are approaching the end of every year, we need to take stock of our lives and determine if we are true to ourselves and our Divine calling,.or perhaps we have went off course and we need to realign. And so to understand what has happened up to this point. It would not hurt to do this weekly and even daily. The 5th Book of the Torah, ‘Devarim’ (Deuteronomy) itself is also referred to as the ‘Mishne Torah’ meaning ‘review of the Torah.’ For Torah like our own lives, to be properly understood and internalized, we need to review our learning. All of the greatest Torah sages of history were constantly reviewing their studies, it was through this they attained greatness.

Near the beginning of our parsha We are reminded of the generation that all died in the desert because of the affair of the spies as it’s written ”And you came near me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by which way we must go up, and to what cities we shall come.” But after the spies brought back the evil report our parsha tells us concerning the people. “And you murmured in your tents, and said, Because the Lord hated us, he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites. Where shall we go? our brothers have discouraged our heart”. For this sin of fearing the nations and not believing in GOD the whole generation was forbidden to enter the land, and as it says in Bamidbar “Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all who were counted of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, all of you shall not come into the land, concerning which I swore to make you live in it, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun”. We should have learned this lesson by now.

Fear only GOD.

The beginning of the mitzvah of fearing GOD is to know that ”elokenu” is the ד“ו parzufim (masculine and feminine aspects of GOD). These are the Written and Oral Torah by whose ruling we were taken out of Egypt.1 Fear embraces humility and humility embraces “chasidut” (piety). So by fear of sin one gets all these qualities.2 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 GOD without chuchmah (Kabbalah) will not reach the ”midot” (attributes) of ”chassidut” (piety). Fear of GOD is Chuchmah, turning away from evil is Bina.3

If a man gives his heart and dat to the fear of GOD, behold the letters of יהו”ה cleave in his heart. One who merits this has no lack. But if his heart lacks fear of GOD, the letters of יהו”ה are far from him. This is the greatest possible 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 4 The level of soul called ”chayah” does not go out to a man except by receiving chuchmah. One who merits Chuchmah and dat their goes to him the fear of GOD.5 Growing in fear and ”Kidusha” as is proper this causes ”zivug” of Zu”n, and Abba with Imma to become complete as is proper. Through this is complete purification to man.6 When chuchmah is united to bina, the fear and awe of GOD can arise from the level of keter. Bina is called love but from chuchmah is complete love.7

Last weeks parsha said “But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those whom you allow to remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall harass you in the land where you live. Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do to you, as I thought to do to them.”

So it is about time we stop this foolishness such as releasing terrorists as good will gestures. What could be a worse desecration of graves of Jewish martyrs who died in the Arab terrorist attacks than releasing terrorists as “good will gestures”? What could be a worse slap in the face of their grieving friends and relatives? The government spits upon the thousands of murdered and maimed Jewish women, children, civilians in order to stage a ”peace process show”. We can now clearly see what these “good will gestures” have got us ie. thousands of rockets falling on our population center, forcing the God to protect us by giving us the invention called the “Iron dome” which has been knocking the enemy rockets from the sky. Something the world has never seen before in a war theater. In a sense it looks like again the miracles we say when leaving Egypt, but this time “partly” concealed, appearing as “natural”.

Former American President Obama time and time again  stated that he  wanted to force Isreal to give their land, settled cities to their enemies who wish to send rockets upon central Israel and kill all the Jews. Thank God, that God brought President Trump to power in America. Now is the time we must stop this government’s evil cowardly retreat from Yuhuda and Shamron. The disengagement from Gaza and the destruction of the Gush Katif Jewish settlements has created a pure terrorist state at Israel’s border. How many more such enclaves do we need ? With the current military conflict it is plain for any rational person to see how bankrupt such land transfer  “peace” proposals can be.

The Israeli establishment hopes and plans to demolish more Jewish settlements and evict more Jews from their homes before transferring the territories to Arab rule when the first opportunity arrives even now as rockets are falling. International law doesn’t justify such moves. Forced population transfer is a war crime. Forcible transfer is a form of ethnic cleansing. The International Criminal Tribunal convicted Yugoslavian officials for exactly the crime Israelis committed in Gush Katif. Instead lets get rid of the terrorists not nurture them. It by no means is our responsibility to provide the Palestinians with water, electricity and humanitarian aid. But it is the primary responsibility of the government to protect it citizens. So we must as it says in the verse “drive out the inhabitants of the land”, we must deal with the terrorists as enemies as is proper. Not with ”good will gestures”, and only receiving evil in return. Remember as it says in our parsha ”GOD Elohecha gives you this land as inheritance”. Then we can come to see the fullness of our inheritance with the Bait HaMikdash built and our righteous Mashiach quickly in our days.

1. 1 Safer HaKanah

2. Alp Bet p.161

3. 1Alp Bat Book p.67 ,20,Safer Hakanah

4. 1Zohar Nasso 145a

5. 1Lekutey maharon p.59

6. 1machashif halavon yaakov abuchizera p.347

  1. 1shar mimori rasb’y-ar’i p.183