Beha'alotcha 5773

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

When Bnei Yisroel complain to Hashem for food, they say they remember how they ate "free fish in Egypt" (11:5). But how is that possible when they didn't even get straw for free? Rashi answers that they meant that they remember when they were free from mitzvos. Bnei Yisroel were mistaken in that regard. They had to understand that Torah and mitzvos are lehavdil like learning to play piano. You need a rule book in order to play well and to develop your own pieces of music (in this case that would be chiddushei Torah).

Bamidbar 5773

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Midrash Rabbah explains that the Torah was given with three things: fire, water, and desert. Just as these three items are free, so too are divrei Torah free (as they can be passed from Jew to Jew with ease). My rebbe Rabbi Shmulewitz explains that the three items represent different situations. It doesn't matter if the situation is good or bad, one must continue to learn Torah, anywhere and anyhow.

Behar-Bechukotai 5773

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Or Hachaim has 42 interpretations on the first posuk of bechukosai. Interpretation #17 describes a certain situation: A person is going to do a mitzvah but is prevented from doing it. Hashem gives him reward as if he had done the mitzvah. The posuk is read like this: If you are intending to go do a mitzvah but are prevented to do it, it'll be as if you had already done it.
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