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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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OUT OF THE DISTURBINGFLOOD waTERS aNDINTO a NEw wORLD
Aloug lavng  xl and nng dmpon an only b aodng oG-d’s dv, nvlss, wn G-d ssJws yanng fo  dmpon o ommmdaly – “w wan Mosa now!” – sslf qukns  ommandmn o b ssudfo fom G-d o “lav  ak,” o lav xl fo  u and ompl dmpon.
trne by Boruh Merkur
1. It is brought in this week’sTorah reading: “And it was atthe end of 40 days that Noachopened the window of the arkthat he had made and he sent outthe raven, etc.” At first glance, Noach’sapproach in determining whetherthe water had dried up is difficultto understand:Since his entering the ark wason G-d’s command, he shouldhave waited for G-d’s commandto leave the ark. In fact, that is what eventually happened: Andthe L-rd spoke to Noach, saying,‘Leave the ark,’” and only thendoes it say, “And Noach left…the ark.” Thus, on what basisdid Noach send the raven (andthe dove thereafter) in order todetermine whether the water haddried up? He was anyway notpermitted to leave the ark until he was commanded to do so by G-d!The explanation is that Noachknew that G-d had appointedhim with the responsibility of overseeing the preservationof the world. Indeed, he wascommanded to exert himself in the construction of the ark, bringing within it specimens “of all living creatures, of all flesh,”and to feed them throughoutthe entire time they remained inthe ark. All this labor, designedto preserve life in the worldafter they were to emerge fromthe ark, had to be done in anatural manner, as it is said,“And G-d will bless you in allyou do.” Thus, when there wasthe suspicion that perhaps theland had dried up and they couldnow leave the ark, Noach did notdelay; he immediately did all that was in his power sending outthe raven in order to determine whether the earth had dried, andthen, a few days later, sendingthe dove, and so on.In fact, the actions of Noachand his efforts – expressing hisgreat yearning and desire to leavethe ark in order to proceed withhis Divine mission – resulted inG-d commanding him to leavethe ark earlier than He wouldhave otherwise instructed.2. The application of theabove with regard to man’sservice of G-d: A flood (
mabul
) is symbolicof worldly matters that divert aperson’s focus (
ha’mevalbelim
)away from serving G-d. Theadvice in dealing with thisproblem, according to theteaching of the Baal Shem Tov,is “enter…the ark (
teiva
),”referring to the words (
teivos
) of Torah study and prayer. A Jew must bring himself into the wordsof Torah and
t’filla
in order to besaved from the disturbing “flood waters.”Moreover, a person must bring with him “of all livingcreatures, of all flesh,” taking with him, into the
teiva
, the very best of the world; this too should be illuminated with the light of holiness. All the above, however, stilldoes not suffice, for the ultimateintent is (not just to bring oneself and all his worldly interests andpassions into the
teiva
, but also)
D’vAr MAlchus
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to impact the outside world, the world outside the
teiva
.But this can only be done afterthe flood, for the entire purposeof the flood is to bring purity tothe world. Only thereafter canthere be effective work doneto refine the world outside the
teiva
, to settle the land. In fact,the world can then be broughtto a greater height than it was atits origin. That is, the world nolonger remains in a state of “the world was created in its entirety”(as it was in the beginning of its creation), but rises higher,attaining the state described as a“new world,” a world that leavesno possibility for another flood(as the verse states, “ “I will nolonger curse the earth because of man… and I will no longer smiteall living things as I have done”),for the cause of the flood – “Now the earth was corrupt “ – has been nullified. (Although evenafter the flood the concept of “on account of our sins we have been exiled, etc.,” still exists,the severity has been greatlydiminished relative to prior to theflood, as is obvious.)Even though this Divineservice of transforming theoutside world is only possibleafter the flood had ended, welearn from Noach that evenprior to that point he attemptedto determine whether the purity brought on by the flood had beenachieved, which would permitthem to leave the
teiva
in order totransform the outside world.3. This instruction isespecially relevant in the finaldays of exile:The general concept of “flood” corresponds to andexemplifies the time of exile, for
mabul
(flood)” is related to the word “
bilbul
(mixed up),” “for itmixed everything up.” The lattermessage is likewise expressiveof the state of things in the timeof exile, when everything isriddled with confusion. Nothingin the world can be seen clearly.It is impossible to perceive thecreative G-dly energy within it,to see how “the entire earth isfilled with His glory,” to see thatthe true existence of the world isa dwelling for G-d in the lowerrealms. In the time of exile, noneof this truth is revealed. On thecontrary! – as stated in Scripture,“(Woe to those who say of theevil that it is good and of the goodthat it is evil) those who presentdarkness as light and light asdarkness, who present bitter assweet and sweet as bitter.”However, the ultimate intentof the flood, of exile, is to purifythe world: “The spirit of impurityI will vanquish from the land.” And this purification must beto the extent that the sustainingof the world is in a totally new manner – “He saw a new world”– meaning to say that thereremains no possibility for the world to revert to a state of exile(flood); it is a redemption that isnot followed by another exile.To this end comes the lessonfrom the event of the 10th of Tammuz: “And Noach openedthe window of the ark, etc.”:Even while it is still the time of exile – a state of flooding, priorto the redemption – when a Jew speculates that perhaps the end of the flood has come, and we mustleave the ark and head out intothe world, verily a “new world,”redemption that is not followed by another exile, a Jew must doall that is dependent upon himin order to clarify the matter.He must send out messengers– be they beast or human being– and take other similar actions,everything he possibly can tospeed up the redemption. A Jew mustn’t sit and waituntil G-d commands him toleave exile and enter into theredemption (going from a stateof things in the ark to that of a“new world”). When there isroom for conjecture that thetime to leave the exile and enterinto the redemption, one doesall he can in order to hasten theredemption. Although leaving the exile andentering the redemption can only be according to G-d’s directive,nevertheless, when G-d sees Jewsyearning for the redemption tocome immediately – “we wantMoshiach now!” – this itself quickens the commandment to beissued forth from G-d to “leavethe ark,” to leave the exile for thetrue and complete redemption.
(From the address of Shabbos Parshas Chukas, 10 Tammuz 5745,bilti muga)
 
evn wh    h m o x –   o
ooding, prior to the redemption – when a Jewspeculates that perhaps the end of the ood has come,and we must leave the ark and head out into the world,verily a “new world,” redemption that is not followedby another exile, a Jew must do all that is dependentupon him in order to clarify the matter. He must send outmessengers and take other similar actions, everything hepossibly can to speed up the redemption.
 
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