Back to Parsha homepage
D''vrei Mordechai

by Reb Mordechai Rosen z"l
Archive of previous issues

What does Hashem Elokecha ask from you, but to fear Hashem Elokecha and to walk in His ways

What does Hashem Elokecha ask from you, but to fear Hashem Elokecha and to walk in His ways? (Devorim, Perek Yud, Pasuk Yud Gimmel)




"V'Yikchu Li Terumah" (Perek Chof Hey Pasuk Bais) The Medrash relates that right after Bnei Yisrael said "Naseh V'Neshmah", Hashem said "V'Yikchu Li Terumah" - take for me an offering. Also Hashem said " I gave you the Torah, make it that I should live amongst you." The Divrei Yisrael explains that when Hashem heard the Simcha of Kablas HaTorah, He wanted to come and dwell amongst the Klal. What are the different types of offerings - gold, silver, brass, oil, spices, and dyed skins. The Medrash explains that gold is a remez to Bavel. Silver is a remez to Madai. Brass is a remez to Yavan. The dyed red skins are a remez to Edom. The Medrash tells us that the Terumah is connected to Simcha - but where is the Simcha to be found in these four Galuyot? The answer is found later in the Parsha. The Pasuk relates that also donated for the Mishkan are the oil that was used to anoint. This oil is a remez to Moshiach. The Simcha is found in the promise of Moshiach.

The Gemara in Shabbos tells us that at Kabalas HaTorah Hashem held the mountain over the heads of Klal Yisrael and told them to accept the Torah or they would die. It would seem that we could have a complaint against Hashem - that we were forced to accept the Torah. But the Medrash says no, we were going to accept anyway - what Hashem was telling us is that we must accept with Simcha. Hashem will only dwell amongst us when we are B'Simcha.

Chazal tell us "Mishenichnas Adar, Marbim B'Simcha" From when Adar arrives our Simcha increases. The word Adar has a gematria of 205. That is the same gematria one gets when adding the letters that make up the words Bavel, Madai, Yavan and Edom. So, we must understand that from the moment we enter Galus - Mishenichnas Adar - we must increase the Simcha of our Kabalah. That is the only way for us to survive.


Back to Parsha homepage | Previous Issues

This article is provided as part of Shema Yisrael Torah Network
Permission is granted to redistribute electronically or on paper,
provided that this notice is included intact.
For information on subscriptions, archives, and other Shema Yisrael
Classes, send mail to

Shema Yisrael Torah Network
Jerusalem, Israel