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Shabbat Parashat Vaeira 5780

Ein Ayah: Necessary Opposition to the Torah

(condensed from Ein Ayah, Shabbat 9:107)

Gemara: When Moshe came down from before Hashem [after receiving the Torah], the Satan came and said before Him: “Master of the Universe, where is the Torah?” He said: “I gave it to the land.”    

 

Ein Ayah: The existence of all of the systems of the world must be opposed by a power that seeks to wear it out and destroy it. Through that, there is tension, which causes the energy of those elements that want a proper world to deal with the challenge. The positive powers thus build, improve, and elevate and overcome the challenge.

Before the Torah was given, the revelation of the word of Hashem was clear and set. His word was complete, and there was an explicit lofty light. Therefore, the opposing and destroying power would proliferate in the spiritual elements, in the realms of the philosophical and intellectual and their related desires. The hidden power of good, existence, and the desire to build the world would wage battle against all of the points at which the power of destruction tried to exercise its attempts at damage.

Once the Torah was given, the storage house of life and goodness gathered into one place. The thought process and lofty light which emanated from the foundation of the edifice of the world and from the totality of existence became centralized in a way that the power of evil and destruction were not intermingled.

For that reason, the Satan started out on a journey to look where the Torah had gone. Where could there be a storage house of life and goodness upon whose word the world could improve without the need for a power of opposition and negation but just based on the desire to build and be spiritually complete itself? The power of destruction, though, could not believe that there could be building in the world without its consistent attempts at opposition. Therefore, the Satan demanded an answer: “Where is the Torah?”

Hashem answered: “I gave it to the land.” In other words, it is enough that there just be the weaker power of connection to the physical land, to which change and slippage are always connected, to awaken the desire of goodness and light. This creates a foundation of life and the prevailing of existence, so that it can be elevated from the natural tendency toward destruction and raise it to the peaks of eternity and lofty grandeur. It does not need an external intervention of void and destruction to prod it toward the positive. That is the reason that the Satan had no contact in the Torah or influence regarding its content. The Torah is in this way a “locked garden” and a “sealed wellspring” (see Shir Hashirim 4:12). It is protected from foreigners, as the pasuk says: “The leg of the haughty should not come to me, and the hand of the evil should not move me from my place” (Tehillim 36:12).
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Dedication

We daven for a complete and speedy refuah for:

 

Nir Rephael ben Rachel Bracha
Refael Yitchak ben Chana

Netanel Ilan ben Sheina Tzipora

Netanel ben Sarah Zehava

Meira bat Esther

Yair Menachem ben Yehudit Chana

Rivka Reena bat Gruna Natna

Lillian bat Fortune

Yafa bat Rachel Yente

Eliezer Yosef ben Chana Liba

Ro'i Moshe Elchanan ben Gina Devra

Esther Michal bat Gitel

Yehudit Sarah bat Rachel

 

Together with all cholei Yisrael

 

Hemdat Yamim is dedicated

to the memory of:

those who fell in wars

for our homeland

 

Eretz Hemdah's beloved friends

and Members of

Eretz Hemdah's Amutah

 

Rav Shlomo Merzel z”l
Iyar 10 5771

 

Rav Reuven Aberman z"l

Tishrei 9   5776

 

Mr. Shmuel Shemesh  z"l
Sivan 17 5774

 

R' Eliyahu Carmel z"l

Rav Carmel's father

Iyar 8   5776

 

Mrs. Sara Wengrowsky

bat R’ Moshe Zev a”h.

Tamuz 10      5774

 

Rav Asher Wasserteil z"l

Kislev 9  5769

 

R'  Meir ben

Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld z"l

 

R'  Yaakov ben Abraham & Aisha

and

Chana bat Yaish & Simcha

Sebbag, z"l

 

Rav Yisrael Rozen z"l
Cheshvan 13 5778

 

Rav Benzion Grossman z"l
Tamuz 23  5777

 

Rav Moshe Zvi (Milton)

Polin z"l

Tamuz 19    5778

 

R' Abraham Klein z"l

Iyar 18 5779

 

Mrs. Shirley Rothner,

Sara Rivka bat Yaakov Tzvi HaCohen z”l

Tevet 15    5768

 

Mrs. Sara Brachfeld z"l

Tevet 16 5780

 

Hemdat Yamim
is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker
of Chicago, Illinois
in loving memory of
Max and Mary Sutker
and
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l

 

 

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