Divrei HaRav

Behalosicha / בהעלותך

Behalosicha / בהעלותך
The possuk says that when the Aron HaKodesh traveled Moshe said “rise up HaShem and scatter all of your enemies”. What is the connection between the prayer of hope and the movement of the Aron HaKodesh? Likewise, we find the Aron Hakodesh accompanied them into war. What power did it wield? The Gemora in Taanis describes the situation during severe drought. They would remove the Aron HaKodesh from the Beis HaKineses to the street and begin a process of prayer and penitence. Again, what does this signify? The answer is that when life is normal and the times are not times of oppression the “man in the street” is greatly influenced by the prevalent idioms and “isms” of the day. The Aron HaKodesh - the Torah - remains as if sequestered in the shul or Bais Medrash. Not so when the times become difficult and all the myths of social redemption fade and wither, then the Aron HaKodesh travels among the people and they then realize the Torah is the rallying point for the Jewish people. ( משלחן גבוה ).

From the word “behaalosecha”, which means to lift up or elevate, the Chazal derive two different laws concerning the menorah. A) There was a step in front of it to elevate the Kohain b) the Kohanim should be sure that the lights of the menorah are self sustaining. The obvious question is how could two unrelated droshos be derived from one word? The answer offered by R’ Moshe Feinstein z’l is in reference to the menorah symbolizing Torah and Torah education. The Rebbi or teacher must teach his talmid the subject clearly and well enough that the talmid becomes self-sufficient. In order to do this, the Rebbi must have a control of the material and investigate it properly. To represent this the Torah depicts the Kohain on a step, high above the menorah, thereby enabling him to properly scrutinize the cleaning and preparation of its lights.

“And Moshe said to Chovav” - the Ramban comments that this name was given to Yisro upon his conversion as is the custom to change the name of a convert. Chovav describes the love for Torah that he possessed. R’ Yosef M’Slutzk z’l explains with this a statement of Chazal in Berochos ז' .The Gemora questions the significance of the name of Rus the Moabite, from whom came King David. What prompts the Gemora to ask? The answer is that, it seems, this was her name from before, so why didn’t she change it? To this the Gemora shows the beauty and significance in the name “Rus”.

Moshe Rabeinu was officially the king, the ruling monarch of the B’nei Yisroel. His successor, Yehoshua was quite capable and possessed many beautiful qualities. However, the handiwork of Moshe was preserved for eternity in the form of the Mishkon and the Shemen HaMishcha, the annointing oil. How did HaShem mark the passing of Moshe Rabeinu as a significant loss to B’nei Yisroel? How did He emphasize the uniqueness of this the greatest leader of the Jewish People? HaShem commanded Moshe to make trumpets to gather the people, to lead the people, to proclaim the sovereignty of Moshe. The Torah uses the expression “make for you”, to which Rashi comments that after the passing of Moshe the trumpets should be buried forever, not even to be used by Yehoshua. A statement attesting to the special position of Moshe Rabeinu in the history of the world.

In the parsha is the section which begins “vayihi binsoa haron” - the traveling of the camp. Before and after this section is the letter “nun”. The medrash refers to this section as a book by itself, thus making seven books of the Chumash. Why did the Torah choose the letter “nun” to isolate this book? The Vilna Gaon was quoted as saying that the Torah wished to show that even this small section contains all the fifty gates or levels of holiness or kedushah. This is the numerical value of “nun”.



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