Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Rabbi Yitzchok Sorotzkin Teshuva: Stop the Talking Campaign. Going one step further... Yearn for Malchut Shamayim, Malchut Beit David, Beit Hamikdash.


Rabbi Yitzchok Sorotzkin's Stop the Talking campaign going around, to encourage people to stop talking in shul leads us to a Yalkut Shimoni which describes how Am Yisroel must do Teshuva to dispel the prosecutors up in Heaven. 

Let us get to the root of the matter.... 

Let's talk about Har Habayit, Temple Mount.  We can no longer afford to push off this discussion.

First thing in the morning to start the daily sacrifices on Har Habayit, the observer on the roof looks towards Hebron,

 Yoma Perek Gimmel Mishneh Aleph.  
The Mishneh states (Courtesy of Artscroll)
"The   Administrator said to the assembled Kohanim; 'Go out and see if the time for slaughtering has arrived,," If it had arrived, the one who sees [it] (the observer on the roof) says "Barkai!"  (the sheen of the sun can already be seen)
Mattisya ben Shmuel says: (he was the administrator of the lots) 'The whole of the east has lit up.' 'as far as Hebron?' And he (the observer on the roof) says Yes!!
This Mishneh is talking about how when the sacrifices in the Har Habayit in Yerushalayim commence each morning, it must be determined that indeed it is daylight. The Mishneh discusses how this is determined and Hebron, the burial place of our forefathers is a key player.

Our discussion about Hebron leads us to digress a bit to talk about the Covenant that G-d made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob buried in Hebron.

Vayikra 26 Pasuk (42) "Vezacharti as Brisi Yaakov, Veaf as Brisi Yitzchok, Veaf es Brisi Avraham Ezkor, Vehaaretz Ezkor". I will remember My Covenant with Jacob and also My covenant with Isaac, and also My covenant with Abraham will I remember, and I will remember the Land. (43)The Land will be bereft of them; and it will be appeased for its sabbaticals having become desolate of them; and they must gain appeasement for their iniquity, because they were revolted by My ordinances and because their spirit rejected My decrees.

The Covenant of Yaakov is in Breishis Perek 28 Pasukim 13-16. 
The Covenant to Yitzchok is Breishis Perek 26 Pesukim 2-6. 
The Covenant with Avraham is Breishis Perek 15 Pesukim 18-21. 

The Covenants and promises to the forefathers share three points. 
1. Land is promised to them and to their children afterwords 
2. The Nations of the world are blessed through them and 
3. the children must keep the commandments in order to be worthy of the Land.

How can we be complacent regarding giving away Judea and Samaria?  

Surely we forego any possibility of observing the Shemittah or the rest of the commandments dependent on the Land. 

Where is the cry "THIS IS OUR LAND"? 

Why has there been silence when the White House annuls the Covenant between G-d and our forefathers and the people of Israel by accusing us of "an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years". 

The Six Day War in 1967  won by Israel via open miracles not legitimate? Is the Covenant that G-d sealed with us when He took us out of Egypt to bring us to the Land of Israel not binding in our day and age?

 ZOA  reports: 
In a critical moment, Mr. McDonough adopted Palestinian talking points, declaring, "An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.. and the Palestinian people must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state." ('White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough Remarks As Prepared at J Street Annual Conference,' March 23, 2015).

The Torah in Nitzavim Perek 29 Pasuk 23 says And all the nations will say, "For what reason did Hashem do so to this Land; why this wrathfulness of great anger?" (24)And they will say, "Because they forsook the Covenant of Hashem, the G-d of their forefathers, that He sealed with them when He took them out of the Land of Egypt, and they went and served the gods of others and prostrated themselves to them, gods that they knew not and He did not apportion to them. So G-d's anger flared against that Land to bring upon the entire curse that is written in this Book; and Hashem removed them from upon their soil with anger, with wrath, and with fury and He cast them to another land as this very day! The hidden[sins] are for Hashem, our G-d but the revealed [sins] are for us and our children forever, to carry out all the words of this Torah." 

Our Rabbis instituted prayer as a temporary substitute ever since the Temple was destroyed.  

If one delves into every part of the liturgy, starting with Modeh Ani, going to the Bracha of Tzizit, Tefilin, Mah Tovu, reciting of Akeida, Karbanot, .....Yearning for Har Habayit, the Temple Mount, is central to every single prayer. 

So let us return to our discussion about the Tefilla campaign.

This Tefila campaign, not to speak in the Beit Knesset, the shul,  which is a Beit Mikdash Mi'at, a little Temple, must connect to the very root, which is our deepest yearning to return to the Avoda in the Beis Hamikdash, Temple Mount, the very place Chosen by G-d, the Great Temple.  This in turn connects us with Hebron and the Covenant G-d made with our forefathers. 

Tefilla as did Sacrifice, is supposed to lead us to closeness to G-d.  When we consider our prayers akin to the sacrifices, we need to cry because in Today's world we can't serve G-d in the Temple like we once did. 

After the Har Nof massacre in the Beit Knesseth, and after the terrible fire in Flatbush with 7 pure souls were returned to G-d in heaven, we are in deep pain because we sense that if we did have the Beit Hamikdash and the ability to bring the Karbonot it would have been Mechaper us an atonement. Does Hashem have no better option than to take human sacrifice like in Har Nof or in Midwood to be Mechaper Israel r"l.  

Rabbi Sorotzkin seems to strongly give over the message that talking in Tefila is an insult to G-d and that has brought upon Israel horrible tragedies. 

Surely this makes sense because to be Mezalzel Tefila, to make light of our prayers,  is to be Mezalzel the Avoda, to make light of Temple service in the Beis HaMikdash.  

Only G-d can read the service of the heart.  While it is true that talking instead of praying is indicative of lack of respect and shows lack of reverence it is also true that one can be saying all the right words, have impeccable decorum, yet still lack closeness to G-d.  

Most of us can attest that at times prayers can be mere lip service.. 

In fact Rav Sorotzkin ends his talk describing a scene where all the Tzadikim righteous souls are defending Israel saying how much Chesed, kindness the People of Israel do and how many Mitzvoth they do etc. yet it is not enough... 

He then brings down a Yalkut Shimoni that there are three things that Israel despised 
Maasu B'malchut Shamayim They despised the Kingdom of Heaven
not machshiv Beis Dovid       and the Davidic Kingdom
Ubibinyan Beis Hamikdash    and the building of the Beis Hamikdash.

and until there is a Tikkun on these three things, we won't be zocheh to leave this Galus. 

Let us elaborate...

Maasu B'Malchut Shamayim.  Despising the kingdom of heaven...

We remember the Malchut Shamayim on Rosh Hashana in Malchiyut.  We pray that all the Nations of the world will recognize Hashem and His Kingship.  For that we need to be willing to take a leadership position in the world.  Har Habayit is the key for this to happen.  The Nations of the world will stream to Jerusalem and bring gifts to Hashem.

 Isaiah Chapter 2

1. The word that Isaiah, son of Amoz, prophesied concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  א2. And it shall be at the end of the days, that the Mountain of the Lord's House shall be firmly established at the top of the mountains, and it shall be raised above the hills, and all the nations shall stream to it.   ב3. And many peoples shall go, and they shall say, "Come, let us go up to the Lord's mount, to the House of the God of Jacob, and let Him teach us of His ways, and we will go in His paths," for out of Zion shall the Torah come forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.   ג4. And he shall judge between the nations and reprove many peoples, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift the sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.   ד5. "O house of Jacob, come and let us go in the light of the Lord."

 Isaiah 11:9  "They will neither harm nor destroy on all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea"

We need to be Mevakesh these three items as it says in Hoshea 3:5
ה. אַחַר יָשֻׁבוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וּבִקְשׁוּ אֶת יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם וְאֵת דָּוִיד מַלְכָּם וּפָחֲדוּ אֶל יְהֹוָה וְאֶל טוּבוֹ בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים:
5. Afterwards shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God and David their king, and they shall come trembling to the Lord and to His goodness at the end of days.

Achar  Yashvu Bnei Yisroel, if Bnei Yisroel will return once again, 
Uvikshu es Hashem Elokeychem.  They will ask for Hashem their G-d.  (This is Malchut Shamayim)
Ves Dovid Malchum  They will ask for the Kingdom of David
Upachado as Tuvam, they will want His goodness, this is the Beis Hamikdash.

Hoshea   tells us the importance of understanding the Chashivos (great importance) of 
  • Chashivus Malchus Shamayim
  • Chashivus Malchus Beis Dovid
  • Chashivos Malchus Mikdash

Yerushalyim Ircha BeRachamim Tashuv.

Surely one can not imagine that in Har Nof there was lack of decorum, among those brutally murdered....  

Hoshea may be the key to better understand why this tragedy happened. 

The key is Unity of Am Yisroel so much noted by the parents of those recently sacrificed namely the parents of the 3 boys and the family members of the Har Nof massacre and the Father of the Sassoon family. 

Let me suggest the following:

The Secular yearn for a Malchus Shamayim.  A Jewish Kingdom where Israel is involved in Tikkun Olam and being a light onto the Nations.

The Chareidim yearn be be Holy and separate.

When there is appreciation between the Secular and Chareidi Jews of the value of each others yearning, to be a Kingdom of Priests, a Holy Nation serving the Nations of the World then we will be deserving of dissipating our enemies without war and without human sacrifice. 

Let us yearn for the return o the Davidic Kingdom and the return of the Temple and the Holy Sacrifices where Israel will be known far and wide as a Mamlechet Kohanim veGoy Kadosh a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation..


Robin Ticker
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