Devar Torah - Devarim

Thursday, 11 August, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Do we need a Wall to be Triumphant?

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

We are now in the midst of the three weeks from the 17th of Tammuz through the 9th of Av, mourning for the destruction of the Yerushalayim and Beis HaMikdash. We mourn the physical destruction. Although we have always continued to remember the destruction, our constant focus throughout the long and bitter exile has been to correct and develop our spiritual side which was never placed in exile, and to one day merit the rebuilding may it be speedily in our times. 

Yerushalayim is made up of two words, yirah-shalem, complete fear. The spiritual inspiration and elevation we experienced in the times of the Beis HaMikdash when we went there on the Yomim Tovim was based on this complete fear. It was because of this complete fear that we were able to develop and channel a burning passion and love for Hashem and Hashem alone, and to merit the highest levels of insight and inspiration. This is what stayed with us when we returned home until we returned again on the following Yom Tov.

On the 17th of Tammuz the walls of Yerushalayim were breached. The Rebbe explains just like there is a physical city of Yerushalayim so too there is a spiritual Yerushalayim within each and every one of us, which is the complete fear of Hashem. The first crack of the walls of Yerushalayim was a breach in the complete fear of Hashem. Once this happened, if left unrepaired it left the possibility for the complete destruction, which occurred on Tisha B’Av. Although the physical Beis HaMikdash was destroyed the spiritual one is still here and with us today. The physical stones were destroyed but on the spiritual Mikdash remained and is still completely intact.

On a practical level in day-to-day living the wall represents a wall of separation from negative worldly forces that separate us from Hashem and the Torah. Our willingness (kabolas ol) to be responsible and respectful to all things Holy creates the proper wall, the separation and focus we need to be a fully functioning servants of Hashem. We create that spiritual wall every time we say to ourselves with simplicity and with resolve; “This is how we live, this is what we do”. This is the wall, which defines our lives that prevents us from falling prey to the negative forces. It is also a wall that enables connection with Hashem and enables us to achieve love and inspiration in all areas in our service of Hashem. When we fall prey to the negative forces, then our love gets directed towards material desires. The burning love for Hashem is channeled into cars, fashion, and flat screens etc.

When the Beis HaMikdash stood in its glory, part and parcel of our service there was placing guards from within and from outside. We guarded it out of respect and honor not because it was in need of additional security. Today in our homes and our schools; whether we are a father or a mother or a teacher, we not only guard the physical but also spiritual safety of our children and their environment. Through guarding our homes and schools, by creating a wall we are able to arouse the love of Hashem and a feeling of closeness to the Torah and mitzvos in this environment. We can now burn our spiritual offerings with this love and make for homes a dwelling place for Hashem.

This prepares the world for the third Beis HaMikdash. It says in the Gemara that our Shuls (the Rebbe said that this also includes our homes) will move to Eretz Yisroel. May we witness the time when we will no longer need a wall of separation because Yerushalayim, the complete fear of Hashem together with the knowledge of Hashem will spread all over the world.  

 Good Shabbos

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