Today 27th Elul, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Our Eternal Wellspring
eMussar – The Wisdom of Personal Growth
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PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR
Throughout the long history of Klal Yisrael, we have never lacked human resources – i.e., we have always enjoyed a complete spectrum of spiritually talented people. This phenomenon of the completeness of Klal Yisrael is not mere coincidence.
Rather, it was lovingly and wisely prepared for us by HaShem from the beginning of our existence. We find this wondrous concept revealed in the Hazinu song (Devarim 32:6): “Is He not your Father, your Master? Has He not created you and established you?”
The verse is interpreted as follows: Has He not created you – He has created you differently than the others nations of the world; and established you – on every kind of firm base and foundation: out of your midst come your priests, out of your midst come your Levites, out of your midst come your kings – a city which has everything.
The Torah here divulges that if a nation needs to ‘import its talent’ – it is not a nation. Whereas, Klal Yisrael is a nation that is self-contained – a precious treasure of endless depths. Completeness that comes from within is not a natural state. For instance, there is no nation in the world that does not have to import advisors from other nations.
Yet, from our very inception, HaShem has planned – and prepared for us – a fertile and abundant source of all the elements needed to create a total spiritual nation. When we reflect on the endless stream of distinguished and illustrious leaders of our people throughout history – from Avraham Avinu to the Chofetz Chaim – we realize that HaShem has prepared us for success from ancient times until today.
Each Jew is specially gifted, so that together the contribution of each member of Klal Yisrael blends together forming a spiritually perfect nation. May we recognize the special quality in ourselves, and in others, that form us into Am Segualah — the most treasured nation.
[Based on Rashi and Da’as Torah of Rav Yerucham HaLevi]
TODAY: Contemplate on the special gift that each one of your family and friends brings to you.
By Rabbi Zvi Miller.
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