Divrei Torah
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.]

eeling despondent that all of the joy of Purim is over?
After Purim, one of my Rebbeim would always quote a Rashi in Gemara Taanis that says
we should increase our joy in Adar. Rashi goes on to explain that this increased Simcha
is due to the miracles of Purim AND PESACH. So according to this Rashi, our increased
Simcha shouldn’t end now that Purim is over; rather, it should continue going strong into
Nissan and throughout Pesach!

Parshas Tzav details the halachos of the Korban Todah, which is an offering of
thanksgiving that people are obligated to bring after being saved from a dangerous
situation. The Medrash on Tehilim tells us that there are two components of thanksgiving
within this sacrifice. What are these two aspects?   

The Ksav Sofer explains that the individual is obligated not only to thank Hashem for
saving him from that danger, but to also thank Him for being put into that situation of
danger in the first place! This is because everything Hashem does is for our good, even
when it seems to be the polar opposite.

This is a major theme in the Pesach Hagadda as well. The three items we must discuss
are Pesach, Matza, and Marror. As evident from the P'sukim, the Korban Pesach
represents freedom, the Maror represents the bitter servitude, and the Matzahs represents
the dichotomy of both the freedom and the servitude. Rabbi Yonah Sklare suggests that
the symbolism of the ‘Seder Sandwich’ where we eat all three together (although
unfortunately nowadays we don't eat the Pesach) is that we are acknowledging that even
the bitter servitude was for our good.

Let us all be reminded by the story of the Exodus, the story of the Megilla, and so many
other stories throughout Klal Yisroel’s history where we WERE able to see the full picture,
that there is ALWAYS a full picture where all the suffering is really unadulterated
goodness from Hashem. May we merit to see the days of Moshiach when we will proclaim
the bracha of Hatov Vihameitiv on bad events, acknowledging that everything we had to go
through was one hundred percent for our benefit.  

{Editor's note: I saw a beautiful quote that captures this dvar torah;

Editor: Baruch Leib Gross
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