לקראת שבת פרשת שמיני ופרשת פרה ה’תשע”ד
פנינים מתוך ‘באר
שבת פרשת פרה
The Oiros –
‘lights’ of Purim are now in all of us, along with the ‘lights’ of Mordechai and
We all believe that
these lights will remain with us the whole year in order to awaken us to tap
into the powers of these lights when needed. Right after we have received these
‘lights’ we have Parshas Shmini which is the eighth day of the seven
days of inauguration. The seven days of inauguration started on the 23rd
of Adar. It was on this day that the Mishkan was erected. This year
together with Parshas Shmini we have Parshas Parah. Which talks
about the Parah Adumah, and it happens to be that the first Parah
Adumah was used on the day of the erectiion of the Mishkan. The Parah
Adumah came to purify us from the Chet Ha’Egel. The outcome of the Chet
Ha’Egel pursues us till today.
Hashem did a great
act of kindness for us, that even after all the Hester Panim Hashem gave
us the opportunity to build the Mishkan along with the Mitzvah of
the Parah Adumah as an atonement for that great sin.
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specifically after Purim we read the Parshah of the Parah Adumah, for
Purim is called after the Pur (lot), because through Purim we are able
to reach a level of purity from the Parah Adumah. This is a level of
purifying the impure and we must not god forbid fall down to the opposite level
of making the pure impure.
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Adumah. Rebbe Nachman says that when a person or when the entire Jewish
Nation comes across a situation of Hester Panim, which then it seems
that the wicked are successful in all what they do and bad keeps happening. There
is a great danger that a person can then fall to a level of doubt and
confusions in Emunah.
Because at that
time the person sees that ‘its good for the wicked and bad for the
righteous’. It is hard for a person to
see that, and then god forbid a person starts to think that God is not right.
For example when a
person sees how hard he is trying to be successful in his Avodas Hashem
and after all his efforts he feels he is not being successful then the person
starts to think that god forbid Hashem has forsaken him and Hashem is no longer
looking after him. And more certainly when this happens with more physical
things that a person sees so many righteous people suffering and that life
seems to be so hard and challenging. The person then has many questions on the
way of Hashem. And it is then hard for a person to talk to Hashem and daven.
This is all a result of the Chet Ha’Egel.
teaches us how to overcome this challenge. Rabeinu writes that a person must
work to overcome this and he must daven to hashem no matter what. And even when
it appears that Hashems acts are not fair he must still remind himself that
Hashem is fair and still daven. A person must try to judge the wicked
favorably. A person must tell themselves that since there is good happening to
the wicked people it must be that they have some good to them. And Hashem gives
them whatever good they deserve in this world and not in the world to come. And
a person must judge himself favorably too.
Likutei Moharan Part 2 Lesson 74
Likutei Moharan Part 1 Lesson 55