Sunday, June 15, 2008

Parshas Beha'aloscha - "Living it Right"

QUICKIE/FUNFACT: Why does Moshe initially describe the journey of the Jewish people to Israel as a NESI'A (NOS'IM ANACHNU) and then switch to calling it a HALICHA (LECHA ITANU) when imploring Yitro to join them on this journey? (10:29)

A: The Kli Yakar explains that NESI'A connotes a complete break from where one has been with no ongoing connection to the origin of the trip. HALICHA implies that a connection and relationship remains with that original location. The Jewish people were not rooted anywhere and were not going to maintain a connection of any kind with the desert when they settled Israel. Therefore, their journey is called a NESI'A. Yitro, however, would be leaving his homeland and his people. He could not be expected to simply forget Midian and start completely anew in Israel. Thus, his trip would be a HALICHA as captured by Moshe saying LECHA ITANU.

- Courtesy of Rabbi Dov Lipman Shlit"a

In this weeks Parsha, Moshe Rabbeinu approaches (kiviyachol) the Ribbono Shel Olam and admits to him that he can no longer lead Klal Yisrael alone. As a response to Moshe's plea, Hashem tells him to gather 70 wise men (zikainim) in front of the Mishkan and there Hashem will give them all Ruach Hakodesh, so much so that it was similar to that which Moshe Rabbeinu had (I'm not sure because I think the Gemara in Sukka says that its impossible to have as much Ruach Hakodesh as Moshe Rabbeinu – Aspaklaria Hameira…).

Suddently all at once all of the zekainim received a vision from Hashem in front of the tent of meeting. Interestingly however, two people from the nation of Israel who did not attend this gathering also received this vision. Their names were Eldad and Meidad.

Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch points out that being appointed to an important position is not delegated based on a previous stead that may have been held. If a person is deserving of attaining Ruach hakodesh then he will receive it. He does not have to be a Rov or a Rosh Hayeshiva.

Eldad and Meidad were simple Jews who lived lives as true Torah Jews. As a reward they were given the uncomprehensible gift of prophecy.


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1 comment:

JSJcbs said...

Very nice IBN! Keep posting! Love.

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