Divrei Torah
PARSHAS BO 5778
Divrei Torah from Shaya Gross z'l

[Editor’s note: As a memory of my beloved brother Shaya, I would like to continue sending
out his pearls of wisdom that he has shared with all of you in the past. For some of you
this may ring a bell and for others it may appear to be totally new. May the learning of
Shaya’s Divrei Torah inspire us to change our ways and thereby give an Aliya to the
neshama of our dear beloved Shaya whom we miss so much.] The views and opinions
expressed in this article are those solely of its author(s).

Holy Sparks
This week's Parsha begins with Hashem telling Moshe to ‘Come to Pharaoh…..’

Why does the passuk say 'COME to Pharaoh? Shouldn’t it say 'GO to Pharaoh?'

The Yaaros Dvash quotes the Arizal that one of the purposes of exile is to gather and
obtain the 'netzotzos shel kedusha' [sparks of holiness] that were scattered throughout the
world after the sin of the Eitz Hadaas. Once all of the sparks from a specific area are
gathered, Hashem then sends us to the next place to gather all of the sparks in that area.
With the above explanation, we can have a deeper meaning of the Pasuk 'vayinatzlu es
mitzrayim’ [They emptied out Egypt]. The simple explanation is that it is referring to the
gold and silver that Bnei Yisrael took from the Egyptians, but based on the Arizal, the
Yaaros Dvash offers a deeper explanation. It is referring to all the holy sparks in Egypt that
Klal Yisroel gathered and they were therefore redeemed to travel to their next place! This
also explains why it is forbidden to go back to Egypt, as all the sparks of holiness in
Egypt are gone, hence all that is left there is impurity!

Using this Yaaros Devash, we can now explain our Pasuk. Moshe had the mission to
extricate the holiness from Pharaoh, who was the epitome of impurity in Mitzrayim.
Hence, Hashem said ‘COME to Pharaoh, My presence is here in the palace and I want
you to come extricate that holiness from Pharaoh!’

This explains why afterwards Moshe agreed with Pharaoh that he would no longer see
Pharaoh’s face. Once Moshe had succeeded in extricating the kedusha, he was no longer
allowed to look at Pharaoh’s face, as now Pharaoh was completely and totally wicked,
and it is forbidden to look at the face of a wicked person!

Let us all try to work on sanctifying everything we do here in America, which Rav Chaim
Volozhiner, the great student of the Vilna Gaon, said is the last country of exile. Hence,
each of us will do our share in gathering all the sparks and then hopefully we will soon
merit the Final Redemption.

Editor: Baruch Leib Gross
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