לעילוי נשמת מאיר שמחה בן חיים יהודה לייב ע"ה
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Yud Beis Sivan
Tiere Reb Pinchas, Askonim, Family & Friends Sheyichyu
Sholom Uvrocho 😊
Boruch Hashem we are coming from Shovuois, Zman Matan Toirosainu, when we received the Toiroh with Simcha and internalized it, adjusting the way we understand ourselves and relate to the world around us if necessary. Also, we are now in the Yimai Tashlumin of Sohvuois which concludes on the 12th day of Sivan, which is this Shabbos.
The 13th day of Sivan is the Yohrtzait of my dear nephew Meir Simcha Ben Chaim Yehuda Leib Olov HaSholom, may his Neshomo have an Aliya. This Dvar Toiroh is in his Zchus.
You’ll Need to Sell the Horse...
In earlier generations, Maggidim would cross the countryside, travelling from city to city and town to town to inspire their fellow Yidden to improve their service of Hashem. They would often return to the same place more than once, following a circuit of towns on something of a schedule.
One such Maggid, whenever he arrived in one such city, would stay in the humble 2-room home of a Yid named Yankel. Yankel was a simple G-d-fearing man who worked hard all week, using his horse and wagon to provide transportation and freight services. One night, as the Maggid was drifting off to sleep, he couldn’t help overhearing a conversation between his kind host and hostess.
He heard the wife ask her husband “Nu, did you ask to the Rebbe for a Brocho for Parnoso?”
“Yes - of course I did,” Yankel replied.
“Did the Rebbe give a Brocho?” the wife pressed.
“The Rebbe said that I need to bring 200 rubles to receive a Brocho.”
Hearing this, the Maggid was surprised. Why would the Rebbe demand money for a Brocho - and so much? The conversation continued.
“Nu, Did You bring the 200 rubles to the Rebbe?”
Yankel sighed. “How?! I don’t have 200 rubles!”
The wife was silent for a moment. “Then I think we should sell something to raise the money.”
“The only thing we have that is worth so much money is the horse...” Yankel said, deflated.
His wife thumped her hand down on the table for emphasis. “Then we should sell the horse!”
“Sell the horse?!” Yankel exclaimed. “I drive a wagon for a living! How do you expect me to make a Parnoso without the horse?!”
“Yankel” his wife said gently, “the Rebbe said that when you bring him the 200 rubles you will receive the Brocho for Parnoso!”
“Yes, but, but, but... how will I work without the horse?!”
Eventually the Maggid fell asleep. The next morning, he awoke, thanked his hosts for their warm hospitality and went on his way.
A few years later, the Maggid’s route brought him back to the same city. He consulted his notes on how to find his regular lodgings but arriving at his destination he found a mansion in place of the humble shack he expected. Convinced that he had made a wrong turn somewhere he returned to the train station and followed the directions very carefully back to the house, only to find himself back in front of the mansion!
The Maggid approached the huge door and knocked, hoping the current resident would know where Yankel the wagon driver now lived. To his great surprise, Yankel himself answered the door, wearing princely clothes but with the same warm and welcoming smile on his face.
Yankel ushered his baffled guest into his huge new home. He told the Maggid that in the years since his last visit he had received a Brocho from his Rebbe and now experienced tremendous Hatzlocho in all his endeavors. :)
The Maggid suddenly remembered the conversation he had overheard that night. The question that had bothered him that night also returned: if this Rebbe was able to give him such a big Brocho why did he demand 200 rubles?
After he spoke for the townspeople to encourage them in their Avoidas Hashem, when he was ready to leave town, he asked Yankel for the name of his Rebbe and where he lived, and he set off to find answers.
He told the Rebbe of his connection with Yankel and that Yankel had become wealthy from the Rebbe’s Brocho. He mustered the courage to ask the Rebbe his question:
“Why did the Rebbe ask Yankel to bring him 200 rubles before he would give him his Brocho?!”
The Rebbe Gave a big smile and explained. :)
“You see, every year, Yankel would visit and ask me for a Brocho for Parnoso. The trouble was how he asked: “Rebbe, give me a Brocho that my horse shouldn’t become sick this year” or “Rebbe, give me a Brocho that my horse shouldn’t break a foot, so I will be able to shlep the heavy packages for my customers!””
“Every time he came I sincerely wanted to give him a Brocho to become wealthy, but every single time, when it came to ask for a Brocho, he got the horse involved!
“I thought to myself “Riboinoi Shel Oilam, I must get rid of this horse!”
Boruch Hashem it occurred to me to demand 200 rubles. I knew he didn’t have that much money and the only way he could bring it to me was by selling his horse. Boruch Hashem he listened. He sold the horse and brought the money and, with the horse finally out of the way, he simply asked for a Brocho for abundant Parnoso which he Boruch Hashem received from Hashem in a good revealed way :)
I heard this story from a reliable source during one of the Melava Malkas we had the Zechus to make each week in that city for the whole community :)
Pure, Undiluted Emunah
This story highlights what the Shaar HaBitachoin lists as the third prerequisite for having complete trust in Hashem:
“A person should Trust in Hashem alone in the matters which he is obligated to trust in Him and not associate anyone with Him by trusting in Hashem and in one of his creations: for his trust in Hashem will be spoiled by associating someone else with Him. You know what was said of Assa [a righteous King of the Kingdom of Yehudah] who, with all his piety, relied on the physicians and was punished for this….”
Yankel had Emunah and Bitachoin in Hashem but his Brocho was blocked because he saw his horse as part, even if a very small part, of receiving his Parnoso from Hashem. Only after he completely removed the horse from any association with his Parnoso was he able to receive the full Brocho from Hashem Yisboraich.
Bitachoin means to rely completely on Hashem. There is nothing in creation that has any power to help or hurt a person! Hashem wants us to use a “horse” to give a natural appearance to the Brochois He gives us but if we begin to be fooled by that appearance and focus on the horse it becomes a problem.
The real Keili for Hashem’s Brocho is our Bitachoin in Hashem. If any of our Bitachoin is in the horse, it obstructs that Brocho. In the story, the Rebbe helped Yankel rid himself of the horse itself, but more often solve this problem by getting rid of any Bitachoin in the horse, by realizing that no means or methods deserve any credit for our Parnoso, which in truth comes only from Hashem.
You get rid of a horse by opening the stable doors. You get rid of your Bitachoin in the horse by opening your eyes and seeing the truth.
We need to look into Toiras Emes and learn the areas in Toiroh that directly explain Emunah and Bitachoin. The Toiroh tells us that the world has no continued existence of its own. Like the image formed by a projector, Hashem constantly creates the world from nothing and it would return to nothing on its own.
The realization that there is no independent world governed by rules that determine outcomes, and the only true existence is Hashem Yisboraich who governs the world by His Will, brings us to associate everything with Hashem and only with Hashem because there is nothing other than Hashem! Ain Oid Milvadoi! This is the truth, the reality, that we were able to see at Matan Toiroh and we take the strength from Matan Toiroh to carry this reality into the rest of the year. :)
This message is emphasized in the Haftoiroh of Shovuois.
We read the Mareh Yechezkel, the vision of Yechezkel HaNovi, as the Haftoiroh. In it he describes an entire series of holy beings which is described collectively as the Mekovoh, the Heavenly Chariot. We read this on Shovuois because this mirrored our experience at Matan Toiroh. When Hashem came down on Har Sinai we all saw what Yechezkel HaNovi later described - the heavenly angels above.
During Matan Toiroh, Hashem revealed Himself to all the Yidden, so the question has to be asked: In the context of seeing Hashem Himself, what significance could the revelation of Heavenly Angels possible have?! As Chazal put it, in Gemoro Shabbos and elsewhere, Shraga BiTiharo Mai Ahani?? What use is a candle in the sunlight??
A bigger question (which you probably had if you followed the Haftoiroh in Shul) is: Who properly and fully understands what is being described in this Mareh?! What are we supposed to learn from it?
The answer, in brief:
When Hashem Yisboraich came down on Har Sinai and revealed Himself, he also showed us all the hosts of the holy angels, so we could better understand and internalize the reality we now saw: Ain Oid Milvadoi.
There is nothing of any real existence besides Hashem, not in the physical world around us and not in the spiritual worlds above. We saw the spiritual worlds and beings and their role as the chain of life from Hashem to the physical world, as Hashem’s presence becomes gradually obscured and results in our word. We saw and internalized that everything in our world is only part of a chain that comes from Above. :)
The Novi describes in great detail what he saw - in order to reveal to us that every detail of existence is nothing more than an image, a reflection, of what exists Above! We may not understand every detail, but the conclusion - that every detail of existence has a source in the spiritual worlds above and is not an independent governing existence, is something which every Yid is able to understand and internalize!
At Matan Toiroh, Hashem showed the Yidden that the upper worlds and lower worlds are fundamentally connected, and everything below has its roots in the Kedusha and Ruchniyus above. Just as the reflection in a mirror displays all the details of the original but is obviously not the original, our world is a reflection, a Demus, of what is happening Above, in the upper spheres.
Chazal tell us that at Matan Toiroh Hashem made this relationship interactive. Where there was once a decree that the worlds couldn’t impact each other, Hashem now opened the doors and our Avoido, our Toiroh and Mitzvois, our Emunah and Bitachoin, could now reach up and draw down new Chayus and Hashpo’o into the world.
Through pure Emunah and Bitachoin in Hashem, not paired with anything else, we get rid of our “horse,” living and revealing the truth of creation and bring down the amazing good which is in everything Hashem does. :)
Too Many Chefs...
There is a saying of Chazal that when two people are cooking the same pot, it will be neither hot nor cold. Some dishes are best when they are hot, and others when they are cold, but neither state can be achieved with two partners involved.
This can be because of unintentional neglect, each imagining that the other will manage the temperature while neither one does, or worse, because they both take the authority to manage the temperature. Since two people will often have different preferences, one will turn the heat up and the other will turn the heat down, with the end result of an inedible lukewarm mess.
Bitachoin means trusting in Hashem to provide, even when there is no way within the laws of nature. This trust will be substantiated because Hashem is not limited in any way, Chas V’Sholom. :)
If a Yid introduces a “horse,” an aspect of nature through which he imagines he will be helped, he has introduced a “partner” with very limited abilities. Even if the partnership is to a very small degree, it undermines his trust that he will be helped even his situation requires a supernatural solution! Trust that Hashem will help, irrespective of the limits of nature, is the opposite of accepting the perception that natural efforts contribute to the solution!
The reason a Yid does any Hishtadlus at all in anything he needs is because Hashem commands him to make a Keili, a vessel, through which Hashem sends him his Brocho, not because the Yid partners, Chas V’Sholom any creation with Hashem! The Yid Knows that its only Hashem who will help him in anything he needs. :)
True assistance comes from above - this world is just a reflection.
Would you reach out to your reflection in the mirror to adjust your tie?
This Shabbos is the 12th day of Sivan, which marks the last of the seven days of Shovuois. Even though Yoim Toiv Shovuois is only one day, to which a second day was added in Golus, when the Bais HaMikdosh stood, may it be rebuilt today, we were able to bring the Korbon which we were obligated to bring on the first day of Shovuois until the twelfth day of Sivan, similar to the timeframe for the Korbonois of Pesach and Sukkois, even though the Yoim Toiv is over.
This is amazing! The Korbon, which was supposed to be brought on Yoim Toiv, can be brought during a regular day of the week, a workday with no special holy dimension!
Shovuois reveals and manifests the bond of essence between Hashem and the Yidden, :) a connection which is beyond even the limitations of the spiritual. That connection is therefore not limited to days of Yoim Toiv and it could be expressed with the related Korbon even in the weekdays that came after Yoim Toiv!! :)
YEHEE ROTZOIN FROM HASHEM YISBORAICH TO GIVE EVERY YID HIS AND HER GEULOH PROTI AND ALL THE BROCHOIS WE NEED WITH OUR GEULOH KLOLI NOW WITH MOSHIACH TZIDKAINU!
A GUTEN UN A FRAILICHEN SHABBOS UN ZUMMER :)
PODOH BESHOLOM NAFSHI :)
BESUROIS TOIVOIS :)
DIDAN NOTZACH :)
UZI AILECHO AZAMAIROH, KEE ELOIKIM MISGABI, ELOIKI CHASDI :)
Sholom Mordechai Halevi Ben Avrohom Aharoin Sheyichye :)