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V’eschanan- Start me Up

Posted on י״ב באב ה׳תש״ע (July 23, 2010) | in Vaetchanan | by

41Then Moses set apart three cities across the Jordan to the east, 42that a manslayer might flee there, who unintentionally slew his neighbor without having enmity toward him in time past; and by fleeing to one of these cities he might live: 43Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau for the Reubenites, and Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites. 44Now this is the law which Moses set before the sons of Israel..

Rashi comments that although Moshe was establishing these cities of refuge now, they would only be ‘activated’ when another 3 cities of refuge would be established on the other side of the Jordan; when the Jews entered the Land of Israel. Why? Since there was a commandment to build these all of the cities of refuge eventually, Moshe jumped on the opportunity now and started the job.

The Chaftez Chaim (specifically referring to starting to investigate the laws of lashon hara/slander, but it can be applied to life as well) says simply we can learn a lesson from Moshe Rabeinu.

Many times we look at long, daunting projects whether in Torah, Mitzvos, or anything else in life. We are hesitant to begin them for fear of not finishing them…. “I have spaced-out during the entire shmona esray and now it is up to Modim. I’ll just pack it in [and continue spacing out]!” Or, “I will never finish this Tractate of mishnayos by the end of the month. I won’t even start”. This is the worng attitude. Grab every oppurtunity that comes your way.

It is not upon you to finish the work, but you are not free to ignore it.” (“cached” caused the colors 🙂

The Shemen HaTov beautifully explains that this is the meaning of the last verse quotes as well: 44 Now this is the law which Moses set before the sons of Israel. What is the law? it is unclear what this is referring to. He explains that this is referring to the previously mentioned idea. The entire Torah is predicated on the principle that we must not give up before we start! Concentration during Shmona Esray is difficult. It is even more difficult for the repitition/chazras hashatz. But even if we can grab only one amen, or one bracha, that is enough.

Would we forgo an hour spending spree in a store just because we could not clear out the entire place?

Good Shabbos from Beverly Hills,


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