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Beis Moshiach (USPS 012-542) ISSN 1082-0272is published weekly, except Jewish holidays(only once in April and October) or $160.00 inCrown Heights. USA $180.00. All other places or$195.00 per year (45 issues), by Beis Moshiach,744 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213-3409.Periodicals postage paid at Brooklyn, NY andadditional ofces. Postmaster: send addresschanges to Beis Moshiach 744 Eastern Parkway,Brooklyn, NY 11213-3409. Copyright 2012 byBeis Moshiach, Inc.Beis Moshiach is not responsible or the contentand Kashruth o the advertisements.
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Boruch Merkur
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G-D ACQUIRED FORHIMSELF A MASTER
since it i aid f the Jewih peple that “theyare My lave,” and ince “one wh acquire alave ha acquired fr himelf a mater,” G-d
must fulll the will of His “master” (the Jewish
peple), and the will f the Jewih peple i tget ut f exile!
Translated by Boruch Merkur
Both the beginning and theend of the
 Aseres HaDibros
, theTen Commandments, describethe unique relationship of the Jewish people to G-d, arelationship whereby G-d Alm-ghty is, in effect, the servantof the Jewish people.The
 Aseres HaDibros
 begin with “I am G-d, your L-rd, Who has taken you out of theLand of Egypt, from the placeof your servitude. ” With thisDivine act of saving the Jewishpeople from slavery in Egypt, theJewish people became the slavesof the Alm-ghty (“the exodus was sufficient to make themin servitude to Me” ––Rashi’scommentary on Yisro 20:2), as itis written, “for the Jewish peopleare to Me as slaves; they are Myservants whom I have taken outfrom the Land of Egypt.” Butthe Torah rules that “One whoacquires a Jewish slave is as if he has acquired for himself amaster.” [Thus, G-d’s takingus as His slaves results in His“acquired for Himself a master,”the Jewish people.] And the
 Aseres HaDibros
 conclude with [thecommandment not to covetthe property of others], “allthat belongs to your friend.”Now, Rashi writes in MesechesShabbos regarding “you shalllove your friend as yourself”that “friend” refers (also) to the Alm-ghty, as it is written, “Donot forsake your friend and yourfather’s friend” – “this refers tothe Alm-ghty” (Shmos RabbaCh. 27, beg.). We may, therefore,assert that “(all that belongsto) your friend” mentioned atthe end of the
 Aseres HaDibros
,likewise refers to G-d. To thatextent, every single Jew is, ineffect, the owner or master of “all that belongs to your friend,”referring (also) to G-d Alm-ghty. As our Sages put it,“the righteous decree – “and allof Your people are righteous” –and the Alm-ghty fulfills [theirdecrees].”Since this is so, when theJewish people cry out with alltheir might that they are fed up with exile – “
 Daloi galus!
” –G-d is compelled (as it were) toredeem them, on both accounts.1) As discussed above, sinceit is said of the Jewish peoplethat “they are My slaves,” andsince “One who acquires a…slave…has acquired for himself a master,” G-d must fulfill the will of His “master” ([the Jewishpeople] “they are My slaves”),and the will of the Jewish peopleis to get out of exile. 2) Similarly with regard to the ownership of the Jewish people over “(all that belongs to) your friend” – “thisrefers to the Alm-ghty.”This is especially the caseinsofar as the Torah testifiesthat “all the predicted dates[for the coming of Moshiach]have passed. Also, regardingrepentance (“the matter [i.e., theonset of the redemption] is onlydependent upon repentance”),the Torah testifies that they havealready repented repeatedly. TheJewish people have repented not just on Yom Kippur – “a timeof repentance for all, etc., anauspicious time for atonementand forgiveness” – but alsoon a daily basis, three timesa day (in each of the threeprayers – Arvis, Shacharis,and Mincha), requesting in theShmoneh Esrei, “Forgive us,”and saying the blessing, “Blessedare You, O G-d, the MercifulOne, Who readily forgives.”Indeed, “the Torah promises”that through repentance, “theyare immediately redeemed,”literally at once. This concept isreflected by the fact that we saythe blessing, “Blessed are You,O G-d, Who redeems the Jewishpeople” immediately followingthe blessing, “Who readilyforgives.” Since this is blessing[which includes G-d’s name, it
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cannot be said in the case of adoubt. Rather] it is somethingthat will
certainly
be fulfilled,“without any doubt or shadow of a doubt at all” (
 Igeres HaKodesh
Ch. 11). All of the above is in additionto the concept of redemption asit appears in the general
 parsha
,emphasized by the name of the
 parsha
, “VaEs’chanan,” whichrefers to the prayer of MosheRabbeinu to enter Eretz Yisroel,the Holy Land. That is, it is well known that “every singleperson among the Jewish peoplehas within him the aspect of Moshe Rabbeinu,” making animpression upon each Jew. Infact, this spiritual inheritance[does not remain transcendentand spiritual; it] also has animpact on the realm of deed[the person’s material life].Thus, it is understood that theprayer of Moshe to enter theland (“VaEs’chanan”) is also theprayer of every single Jew (in virtue of the aspect of Moshe within them) to enter the HolyLand with the true and completeredemption.The main thing is that allthe above, as it relates to theredemption, should be realized[in the physical world], inaccordance with the ruling of theTorah that “action is the mainthing.”
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