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VOL . XVI NO. 8 — MAY 5, 2017

STUDENTS
THE POWER
OF WORDS DANI ROTH

LETTERS
MEDRASHIM
RABBI MOSHE BENCHAIM

ISRAEL
FIRST RASHIDAVID RINDE

ISRAEL
A LIGHT UNTO
NATIONS
RABBI REUVEN MANN
PARSHA

KEDUSHA:
SANCTITY
RABBI ISRAEL CHAIT

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One can only attain must be appreciated in the proper God desires man to achieve happiness by kedusha by channeling his energies from perspective. Quite the contrary is true hatorah teluyin bah”. This does not mean health reasons. was he capable of regaining his riches. 2017 . his intellect. This philosophy is charac. True Torah not predicated on the physical. which he did not where his energies will naturally flow to “I your God am holy. for longevity has displaced his appetitive commands that man aspire to live a life Chazal did enjoy the benefits that God desires. He viewed it as an end in and of itself. because we are taught “ei efshar bli basar ples of the Torah are summarized within by his energies naturally flow to the chazeer”. the mitzvah of kedusha is an Torah are pleasant”. ■ 8 | WWW. which venerates him greater physical pain.ORG/JEWISHTIMES MAY 5. However a the lifestyles of priests and nuns. If one However the Torah recognizes that by sexual and appetitive and directing them abstains from being a glutton because of living a life of wisdom. he pleasures of this world. He had the blessings of Ultimately he can aspire to kedusha so too man is directed to be holy because the physical world. but his energies were not drawn to wisdom since the learning of Torah will the Rabbis did not fully partake of the the physical. naturally flow toward wisdom of Torah.” We are taught that deny. where one works to channel his energies through wisdom. However. the level of kedusha – holiness – which is ples can lead one to perfection as a Ben phers. who is denial of the physical but rather an commandment. all the basic princi- the Torah. This does not as evidenced by his appellation. It is such a vital and as his energies naturally flow to wisdom. The Vilna Gaon explains the concept of “pas bemelach tochal” that one should subsist on bread and salt. His will obtain true kedusha and be blessed mean that they essentially sought an energies naturally flowed to wisdom. This means that if one is to succeed as a talmid chocham – a wise student of Torah – he demands total commitment. his tzelem Torah. Rebbi was very wealthy and there was sanctity requires a painstaking process Only then is one able to approach God nothing lacking from on his table. PARSHA because he had an over attachment to materialism. Maimonides in his ha darchay noam”. It would be absurd incorporates the laws of the forbidden extremely valuable concept in Judaism. They did not believe in holy” and be fortunate to have a repressing their desires simply because Alternatively. one desire in favor of another. He lived the life of a kadosh give him the greatest pleasure. The Gaon explains that at the beginning of one’s learning he must “pas b’melach tochal”. one initiates a to the intellect. physical desires would ultimately cause teristic of Catholicism.

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Israel can become a shining light that illuminates Of course we must give thanks to Hashem for the the path of all mankind. Not only that. but might ask. we learn that Hashem only intervenes if there is a basis of merit. When brought about by the political maneuvers of nonreli. that I should go to Jewish history. could have foreseen the emergence of an with him to assure a successful outcome. support and gratitude. become the center of Judaism and the Jewish people. but We gaze in wonder at the magnificence of the on what they would do in the future. not even the most starry-eyed Zionist diplomatic experience didn’t matter. In spite of their early resistance. Its medical innovations and ability to provide tain. miracle after the fact. “For I will be with you. for He would be dreamer. plan. were in for a ing than the ones that came before it? great surprise. the IDF. Israel which the American Vice President refers to as our “most cherished ally. We owe them our full the Torah’s unique brand of compassion. worthy of Divine intervention. From Moshe’s second question. who man the battle fronts. but the plan of with a king? and b) even if somehow I am. Pharaoh and that I should take the Jews out of Egypt?” Rashi explains that Moshe posed two The words of Proverbs are pertinent: “Many are questions here: a) how am I qualified to negotiate the thoughts in the heart of man. And this should be our attitude especially the Kotel HaMa’aravi (Western Wall). Hashem charged Moshe to lead the Jews out of gious activists was the most unanticipated event in Egypt.destined to receive the Torah on Sinai and to become ly all elements of the religious sector have developed G-d’s people and this makes them worthy of being a respect and appreciation for Israel. scientific and technological power.nation out of Egypt. They are Jewish state. make it possible We can become worthy of the miracle by establish- for all of us to enjoy the blessings of this great country ing a society based on profound wisdom. but Israel has built up a world-class The Jews had sunk to a low spiritual level in Egypt. Torah study thrives there. ■ WWW. which has redeemed. “Who am I. by what merit did we earn this treasure? Is this generation somehow more deserv.ORG/JEWISHTIMES MAY 5. Rashi explains that Hashem’s answer addressed both questions. Shabbat shalom. justice. Contrary to all human calculation.MESORA. he responded. and this is immigrants from far and wide. army that gained mighty victories and conquered and Moshe wanted to understand why they were precious places like Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). to the restoration of our homeland. We should view it as a historic opportunity to elevate our national Who makes all this possible? The brave soldiers of existence to a much higher level. and with peace and tranquility. it slavery? survived the repeated attempts of its numerous enemies to crush it. We never know the Divine participants in this great endeavor. He told Moshe that his lack of No one. and developed into the sign that I have sent you: when you take the an economic. May we all merit to become great gift He has given us. The emergence of a secular Israel One of Rashi’s teachings is relevant here. ISRAEL They.” Against all odds. the state merit do the Jews deserve to be redeemed from emerged.” And regarding the issue of merit. they will serve me on this moun- house. and Jews from We thus see that one can become worthy of a around the world have access to their holy places.” emergency first-responder care to crisis locations around the world has earned universal acclaim. This staunchly caring nation has absorbed Jewish Hashem replied. like the rest of the Jewish world. that will prevail. kippa-wearing and secular. 2017 | 13 . virtual. G-d said that it was not based on what the Jews did in the past. male and female. by what Hashem.

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It is a blueprint for society and must include role models. not just the scholars and chachamim concerned with Mitzvos and Halacha. science. and only for as long. We as a nation must internalize that our role is but to play a part in fostering the knowledge of His Great Name amongst the children of Adam. It serves as a cultural orient that directs the nation’s values and sense of self. as the Owner pleases. ■ The Journal on Jewish thought Since 2002.MESORA.Mesora. Israel and politics. with only www. they are simply tenants who have been allowed to stay for as long. 2017 | 15 .org public domain and anyone can read and interpret it as he likes. Each nation feels it is the blessed children of the gods or fate and the world rightly revolves around them. ethics and every other cultural cue required by a people in its entirety. We are not a special people by any inherent grace. but rather the recipients of His grace as the covenantal people in the covenantal land. With this clarification of the scope of Chazal’s question we can attempt to answer the questions. but it is far more than that. ISRAEL identical in kind there would have been no reason to separate their respective modes of transmission between an oral and written form. It is in the advtg@Mesora. The dialogue with the nations is not necessarily diplomatic advice.ORG/JEWISHTIMES MAY 5. What other people even stops to question the basis of their legitimacy? The standard narrative is just the opposite. One basic deduction we can make about the difference between them is the effect each mode ADVERTISE of transmission would have on people’s access to that Torah. This sets the tone for the entire Torah Shbichtav which is a book that communicates to the entire Jewish people the code and ethos by which it is to live. An oral tradition is necessarily restricted. thought-provoking original articles on Judaism. The Jewish people however cannot fall prey to such self-aggrandizements without losing the essential character of Israelite civilization – Kiddush HaShem. crafting the place that each society feels it occupies by framing heroes and villains and charting where the nation came from and where its destiny lies. philosophy. rather it serves as a literary device to the hypothetical nations of the world asking the Jew by what right does he come to be and occupy space in the world? Who is he? For a nation to even ask this question of itself is truly extraordinary. Such a book will certainly include Mitzvos.org/Advertise those people entrusted with the tradition having full access. The Written Torah then is a political book in the ancient sense of the term (political philosophy in our times). Stories are often used in this way in the ancient (and modern) world. simply waiting for them to realize their grand destiny as the exceptional nation chosen to rule the world. WWW. A written book however belongs to no one. (516)569-8888 The public nature of the Torah Shbichtav means that it speaks to all people. Instructing the nation about what kind of body politic the Jewish people should form and what their place in His world is. The Torah therefore confronts the Jewish people with the uncomfort- able fact that the land of Israel is not really their property.

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