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).
The Early Rush to Teshuvah
The Pasuk in this week’s Parsha, Parshas Re'eh, says 'Kee am kadosh atah la'Hashem
Elokecha' - “You are a holy nation to Hashem.” The Yalkut explains this pasuk to mean
that, 'lo sigrom li'am acher leeyos kadosh’- “Do not cause another nation to become holy.”
What does this Yalkut mean?
The Divrei Sha'arei Chayim offers a beautiful interpretation of the Yalkut's commentary. Our
observance of the Torah and Mitzvos simultaneously makes us holy, as well as connects
us with Hashem. If we sin, Hashem will send other nations to afflict us, thus causing Klal
Yisroel to be moser nefesh [sacrifice/give up their lives], and in that way become
Kedoshim (holy people).
Implementing the Divrei Sha'arei Chayim's approach, we can better understand what the
Pasuk and Yalkut are telling us: 'Kee am kadosh atah LA'HASHEM ELOKECHA', we
should be kedoshim to Hashem directly, by adhering to the Torah and Mitzvos, and not go
through a roundabout and sinful way to become kedoshim, by giving up our lives at the
hands of the goyim!
The more efforts and energy we place into Hashem and His Torah, included with our sense
of gratitude we have when things are going well [like here in America], the less Hashem
will need to punish us to cleanse us from our impurities.
As my father writes in his ad, 'The early rush for Teshuva starts now.' There’s no reason to
push off Teshuva until Erev Rosh Hashana [and certainly not until Na'eela on Yom Kippur].
Let us all try to work on our issues today and EVERY day of our lives. This will hopefully
spare us from the many horrific tragedies that have befallen our people throughout history,
and will be a merit for us to witness the final redemption, speedily in our days.
Editor: Baruch Leib Gross
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