By Rabbi Shlomo Nachman ben Ya'akov © June 04, 2020
We now turn to Rebbe Nachman's Likutey Moharan # I: 65. I will be reading from Saba Israel's Odesser translation as usual.
Read 1a (through “has left”), 2a-c (through “bouquets), 3,a,b (through “absolute good) I will be reading from Saba Israel's Odesser translation.
In this week's Parsha we read at Numbers 9:22:
Whether it was for two days, a month, or a year that the cloud lingered to hover over the tabernacle, the children of Israel would encamp and not travel. Only when it rose, did they travel. They encamped by the World of G-d and they traveled by the Word of God. They were careful to observe their duty to G-d, according to the Word of G-d transmitted to them through Moshe.
There is an important teaching here. As lovers of HaShem we want peace, shalom, both for ourselves and for our embittered world. The Shalom we all desire will not be manifest to our world I a tangible form until the coming of HaMashiach ben David. How we pray for that time! May it been soon and within our lifetimes!
But still we wait. And we wait. And we wait.
But this waiting is due to our own lack of emunah! Truthfully HaShem, even now, is Adom Olam! The Master of all worlds and realms. In this week's parsha section our ancestors have not yet arrived at the goal and yet they continued moving ever towards that Holy Destination. Those who sought to move forward by their own might failed, as the Torah candidly describes. But those who waited on HaShem's timing, as revealed through Moshe Rebbeinu, advanced only as HaShem directed.
From this we see that whether they camped for a long time, in one case for 19 years as Rashi describes at Devarim 1:46, or merely for a single night, they did they did so according to the Word of HaShem.
The Talmud explains that since “they encamped by the World of G-d and they traveled by the Word of God,” according to verse 23, their encampments – whether for a long or short period – we not considered transitory because they were aiding in the Word of HaShem. For this reason HaShem deemed each encampment to be a permanent structure and settlement as explained at Eruvin 55b.
The same is true today! We have not yet reached the Promised Land of the Olam Haba although our heart so yearn for it. But we ARE on the path, the derech. As a result our temporary activities here in the Olam Hazeh are credited to us as permanent! When we obey the Word of G-d given to us each endeavor merits Divine Favor . For this reason with every action we perform, with every interaction we have with those around us, be they Jews, Noahidim or other non-Jews, we should always do our very best to manifest the presence of Mashiach ben David since it will be he who ushers us into the eternal Olam Haba which we so yearn for. Every step and positive action of our people, throughout our generations, brings us that much closer to the redemption of our homeland, to our gathering together there, and to Global Shalom!
We will not wait for the Redemption!
We choose to embrace it NOW with our every action, our every word! May HaShem bless the works of our hands and the words of mouths and may He send our King now!
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