PARSHAS ROSH HASHANAH 5781 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. A special thank you to Aaron Friedman for always looking over the divrei torah.]
ROSH HASHANAH 5781 It is well known that Rosh Hashana is the day that we accept upon ourselves the Oal Malchus Shamayim-the yoke of heaven. How can we relate to this lofty ideal in a simple and clear way?
A servant once came before his king and proclaimed honestly and sincerely ‘Your Majesty, I love you so much, I want to build you a palace.' The king was very happy with that idea. The king opened up his treasure houses and allowed the servant to take whatever materials and jewels he needed to use for the palace.
Another servant watching this was jealous and said to the king, ‘why are you allowing that servant to take everything? Can I also take some jewels?' The king replied, ‘fool, he is using all the treasures for my sake in order to build me a palace….’
In a similar way, we have to be like that first servant. We have to come before Hashem on Rosh Hashana and proclaim honestly and sincerely ‘Hashem, I want to build You a palace. Everything I do in the next year is for Your sake. All my learning, working, eating, sleeping, exercising… is going to be for You!'
If we say this and truly mean it, then when we ask for things in this coming year, Hashem will be much more open to granting our requests. If we ask for daas [knowledge], it’s very likely the answer will be, ‘sure I’ll give You daas because you are asking for it so that you can understand My Torah better and guide your children & students better.' If we ask for health, Hashem will be more likely to answer, ‘sure I’ll give you health because you are asking for it so you can serve Me better.' If we ask for parnassa, Hashem will be more open to say, ‘sure I’l give you parnassa as you are going to be using it to support your families and give tzedaka….’
Of course nothing is guaranteed and sometimes, the master plan dictates otherwise, but this is a perspective on accepting the Oal Malchus Shamayim, and the likely fringe benefits that will hopefully come with doing so…
May we all use Rosh Hashana properly and be inscribed in the book of Tzadikim for a year of spiritual growth, peace, good health, parnassa, and nachas. Wishing everyone a Ksiva Vichasima Tova.
[Most of this Dvar Torah is based on a shiur from Rav Matisyahu Salomon Shlita.] Editor: Baruch Leib Gross firstname.lastname@example.org
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