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“Shortness of Breath”

Posted on כ״ט בטבת ה׳תש״ע (January 15, 2010) | in Vaeira | by

VaEira 5770 Hashem commands Moshe to tell B’nai Yisrael of their upcoming redemption, despite knowing that His words would be disregarded by them – “but they did not hearken to Moshe because of [their] shortness of breath and because of [their] hard labor” (Shemos 6:9). The Sfas Emes questions Hashem’s insistence in delivering a message that would not be heeded. He concludes that these words must have left an impression which would become clear following the redemption; this prophecy would be heard. We are often unable to hear Hashem’s messages to us through his Torah, due to our own “shortness of breath” – the pressures and tribulations of everyday life. All the Torah that we learn leaves on us an indelible impression, but unfortunately there are many times when it seems out of reach and unable to light the way. We can take comfort in knowing that this Torah remains with us, ready to be tapped into – “very close to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can fulfill it” (Devarim 30:9). Sometimes it will become clear only later, if at all, and we will discover that we had it in us all along. With Hashem’s help, through our efforts and prayers, may we merit the redemptions necessary to always walk in His ways. Good Shabbos!

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