PARSHA PEARLS
From
Meir Tzvi Berman

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Parshas Bereishis

THE WHOLE PICTURE :

"Vayar Elokim ess kol asher osuh v'heenay tov meod"

AND HASHEM SAW ALL WAT HE DID WAS SO VERY GOOD.

SOMETIMES,certain events or things don't seem to us to be good. This is because our scope is quite limited. We don't know all of the causes and effects,that surround each occurrence. Hashem sees ALL of His actions according to His master plan of creation. He can see that ALL is very good
(Tal Oros)

THA BACK SEAT GABBAI: A point is illustrated in the following parable. A guest in a synagouge found himself puzzled by the seeming randomness by which the gabbai distributed the aliyos. The gabbai called a venerable Cohen to the Torah followed by a boy barely past Bar Mitzvah for a Levi. He gave the next aliya to a simple man seated in the back row. The guest expressed his bewilderment to the gabbai. The gabbai said "Our shul has an elaborate system to ensure the fair distribution of aliyos. How do you expect to understand our system during a brief visit?" Compared to the length of the eternity and the complex webs of cause and effect throughout the world, our view of world events is as narrow as the guest in the shul. (Choifetz Chayim)


THE LEGAL SACRIFICE :

"Vayovay Kayin MePree' Ha'adomah Mincha LaHashem" .

AND KAYIN BROUGHT FROM THE FRUITS OF THE LAND AS A SACRIFICE TO HASHEM

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As Rashi says, Kayin brought inferior produce as a sacrifice. This led to the rejection of the sacrifice, which spurred Kayin's envy of his brother Hevel. The question remains, If Kayin realized on his own the importance of bringing a sacrifice, why did he bring an inferior one? It is possible that Kayin rationalized that Hashem doesn't need our sacrifices for any purposes of His Own, so to speak. A sacrifice is just a personal opportunity for us to be giving. Hashem doesn't care about quality. Rather, it is the thought that counts. However, if someone is truly giving on the emotional level, it would be natural to give only the best. Kayin was lacking in this element. We must be emotionally involved in each Mitzvah to do it to the fullest, instead of rationalizing that we are getting by
(R' Moshe Feinstein ZT"L)


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