Shabbat Parashat Tetzaveh 5774
Tetzaveh | 8 Adar I | 2/8/2014
The Ramban, in his introduction to Sefer Shemot, calls the sefer the Book of Liberation even though only its first section deals with the Exodus from Egypt. The Ramban says that the title actually relates to the end of the sefer, in the context of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), in describing the Divine Glory that dwelled in the cloud during the day and in the fire at night. At that time Bnei Yisrael were considered liberated. This teaches us that while external liberation is a condition for internal liberation, the crowning glory is the internal liberation.
I was asked to buy an air conditioning system (for several thousand shekels) for my beit knesset. I received money to put in my account and ordered it with my credit card. A few weeks later, I received a 500 shekel gift certificate (in my name) for purchases at a certain outlet. Must I pass on the benefit to the beit knesset?
Whoever does not need to receive tzedaka and yet he collects does not leave the world until he needs the help of others. And whoever needs to receive tzedaka and does not agree to receive it will not die of old age until he helps support others, as the pasuk says: “Blessed is the person who relies upon Hashem and Hashem is his source of security” (Yirmiya 17:7)
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Mr. Eliyahu ben Sara Zelda Carmel
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