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At the start of
Sefer Bamidbar 
, as the
Shechina
came to rest amongst the Jews,
HaKadosh Baruch Hu
instructed
 Moshe
to take a census of the
Bnei Yisroel
.
Rashi
points out that Hashem counted
Klal Yisrael
in order to display his love forthem. In fact, this was the third time that the Jews were counted within a year:They were counted once when they left
 Mitzrayim
, once after the sin of theGolden Calf and once here. Each count indicates the immense love that Hashemhas for
Klal Yisroel
.The
 Medrash Tanchuma
on
Parshat Bamidbar 
relates that in the times of
Yirmiyahu HaNavi
,
Klal Yisroel’s Avodas Hashem
had fallen to disastrous levels,and they had turned to idolatry.Hashem gave
Yirmiyahu
a prophecy, which, in turn,
Yirmiyahu
related to
Klal Yisrael
. Hashem inquired as to why they had distanced themselves fromHim.
Hashem
had only showered them with goodness, but, in return, not onlydid
Klal Yisrael
leave
 
Hashem, but they also worshipped other gods (
Yirmiyahu
 2:13). Hashem
 
questions, “Why does my nation say, ‘we separate ourselves, wewill no longer come to you?’” (
ibid.
2:31). Chazal relates that
Klal Yisroel
felt thatthey were so separated from Hashem that they were
unable
to return and couldnot get close to Him again. The question then arises: How could
Klal
 
Yisrael
 possibly feel this disconnected after all the loving kindness
Hashem
had shownthem?Of course,
Klal Yisroel
knew about all the kindnesses and all the miraclesthat Hashem had done in taking them out of
 Mitzrayim
, but, as Rav HenachLeibowitz
ZT”L
explains, they thought that all that wonderful love was aproduct of the Jews’ good deeds.Rather, Hashem
’s
love for us does not depend on anything. Just as afather’s love for a child is everlasting, so too, Hashem’s love for
Klal Yisrael
iseternal. A father’s love does not falter when the child is disobedient; all a fatherdesires from his child is that he return to the straight path. Likewise, in the timeof
Yirmiyahu HaNavi
, Hashem’s love for
Klal Yisrael
had not diminished since
 Moshe Rabeinu
had taken the census years before. Like any father, Hashemsimply wanted
Klal Yisroel
to do
Teshuva
and to return to Him.The infinite love that
HaKadosh Baruch Hu
has for us was and is as strongas ever; all that He wants is for us to get closer to Him. The lesson from thetimes of
Yirmiyahu
should be a source of strength and inspiration for each one ofus, aiding
Be’ezrat Hashem
in our quest to grow in our
 Avodas Hashem
.
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Boys High School 
Likutei Ohr 
The Baal Shem Tov was asked how to develop a love for Hashem.
 
He advised that we first develop a love  for our fellow man and a love for Hashem will surely follow.
 
In attempting to eliminate the barriers that prevent us from becoming close to our fellow human beings, we also eliminate those barriers that interrupt our relationship with Hakadosh Baruch Hu; in fact, often the barriers are the same! 
 
David Ha’melech profoundly expresses in Tehillim the concept of breaking down barriers: “The desire of the humble you have heard, O God.
 
Guide their heart, let Your ear be attentive” (Tehillim 10:17). Having the proper attitude toward Tefillah is not something that we can do on our own, but rather, it is something that requires Hashem’s assistance.
 
The effort we use to rid  ourselves of the separation between ourselves and our peers is the key to creating a sincere, precious connection with Hakadosh Baruch Hu.
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Parshat Bamidbar
As a Father Loves His Son
Rabbi Dov Rosenbluth
 
The Flame ofOur  Ancestors
“One whose deeds exceed his wisdom, his wisdom endures. But one whose wisdom exceeds his deeds, his wisdom does not endure.” 
-Pirkei Avot (3:9) 
 Volume I : Issue X 
The Pamphlet of Light

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