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A Dvar Torah for Va'etchanan

Our Dvar Torah: Receiving Consolation By Fire!

A D'var Torah for Va'etchanan: Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11
By Rabbi Shlomo Nachman ben Ya'akov © July 22, 2021
Our parsha begins:

“I pleaded with G-d at that time, saying…” Va’etchanan 3:23 (Deuteronomy 3:23)
And in the Tehillim we read:
“A song of ascents. When the Lord returns the returnees to Zion, we shall be like dreamers. Then our mouths will be filled with laughter and our tongues with songs of praise; then they will say among the nations, “The Lord has done great things with these.” Tehillim 126:1-2 (Psalms 126:1-2).

There is an historic timeline here: 'I pleaded with G-d' and then, eventually, 'I awoke.' During the period of the Olam Hazeh, the present dysfunctional world order, we are not experiencing reality as it is. We are viewing reality through diverse filters of our own creation. What seems so important to us now is largely meaningless. What we regard as devoid of value is actually priceless.

To experience reality as it is we must plead to HaShem for His Mercy. We request Unearned Gifts from Him, not rewards or recompense for our presumed good deeds, no! This would leave us impoverished because we have NOTHING of our own! Rather, we humbly ask for His causeless Mercy and Grace and whatever He dines to grant to us.

As we are now within the Seven Weeks of Divine Consolation it is as though His displeasure over our many sins has been replaced by His Pity for and Mercy to us. We bend the knee in gratitude to our King, our Master, our Beloved and we beseech Him, “PLEASE HaShem Show us Your Mercy!”

Through the cycles of our years we relive the experiences of our fathers and mothers over and over again. We remember! We do not forget! We share in their joys and in their sorrows through our traditional observances.

But one glorious day – we can not know when for certain until we arrive there – our fathers and our mothers will rejoice with us in the realization of our redemption. In those days we will all awaken as though from a dream as the world is renewed. So accept the consolations of HaShem. They are promises of our share and individual future.

Join me this Sunday at 5 PM as we delve deeper into these topics as I present my study Concerning the Mishneh Torah: Of Kings and Wars.”

Let us read from Rebbe Nachman's masterpiece Likutey Moharan, lesson 20. In the three volume set from BreslovBooks .org this is in volume 1, page 214.

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