Weekly Thought - By Rabbi Shimon Raichik - Vayikra

Thursday, 18 March, 2010 - 4:07 pm

There is a custom that for the first twelve days of the month of Nisan we read the “Nosi” which describes the sacrifices brought at the dedication of the mishkan by the twelve princes of the tribes as the Torah records in Parshas Naso (Numbers/Bamidbar). We read daily the Nosi of that day followed by a Yehi Ratzon as it is noted in the back of the siddur. The question is since the dedication of the Mishkan was only once, and the Mishkan was a temporary dwelling place for Hashem and we don’t make a remembrance for everything that happened in the Mishkan so why is this such a significant issue, that a) We don’t say Tachnun, and b) we say the Nosi and Yehi Ratzon daily. Additionally, when we look at the words of the Yehi Ratzon, we are asking about very high lofty levels that all the holy lights and holy sparks of the sanctity of this tribe should enable me to understand Your Torah and fear You all the days of my life, my children’s and children’s children’s lives, for now and forever, Amen. How can we ask for so much by just reading a parsha every day? We can only be from from one tribe, not from all twelve. If so, eleven times we are asking for something that is not directly related to us. The Rebbe explains in the HaYom Yom of Rosh Chodesh Nissan, that even a Cohen recites the Yehi Rataon for it is related to the level of “ibur” that one neshama is entwined with another neshoma. Every Jew is connected with all other neshamas of all the tribes, therefore, we are connected to all the princes of the tribes, and that's the reason that even a a Cohen and Levi recite the Yehi Ratzon.

Why is it som important to read the Nosi, even though it occured thousands of years ago? The Rebbe explains that the dedication of the Mishkan started a new era. The era of a “dira b’tachtonim” that Hashem would rest among us which is the foundation of the mission of Klal Yisrael throughout all generations for on whatever level a Jew is he or she has the mandate to make the world a dwelling place for Hashem. Even though the dedication occurred only once, thousands of years ago, its effect are everlasting. All the holiness of that tribe would be drawn down to each and every one of us to fulfill our mission and make the world a dwelling place for Hashem.

This concept of the Nitzchius – the lasting effect of a leader of klal Yisroel (that each one is similar in his generation to Moshe Rabbenu), and that the connection of every Jew to the Nasi is an everlasting connection we find in the Month of Nissan. The second day of Nissan is the yahrtzeit of the Rebbe Rashab, and the beginning of the leadership of his son, the Previous Rebbe. The thirteenth of the month is the yahrtzeit of the Tzemach Tzedek, and the beginning of the leadership of his son, the Rebbe Maharash, the fourth Chabad Rebbe, and for us, it also represents Yud Alef Nisan, the birthday of the Rebbe. The Rebbe Rashab said before his passing “I am going to heaven, and my writings I am leaving for you.” What did the Rebbe Rashab mean? "I put my life in the Torah which I wrote – if you want to be connected to me in the highest realms where I am going to be, it is by learning the Torah which I wrote." These writings are in this physical world and through learning his Torah and following his guidance we are physically in contact with him. Similarly with all the Nasi’im. Moreover, in the first discourse of the Previous Rebbe, he underlined that the Kedusha we bring into the physical world when a person does a mitzvah is everlasting and never leaves. The place where a tzadik davened and learned in this physical world, even after the tzadik left the physical body, that place – the table, the chair, the things he used – the kedusha is still there. The Previous Rebbe continues that when he was a child, after the passing of his grandfather, the Rebbe Maharash, he saw that his father came into the Rebbe Maharash’s room (with his gartel on), as he would go into yechidus, and stand by the table opposite the chair where the Maharash had sat, his lips were moving and tears would stream down his face.

What is this maamar teaching us? The life of a tzadik is everlasting – not only in the spiritual sense, but his effect on the physical – the table , the chair, place where he davened; the kedusha penetrates through and through, it is there as when the tzadik was alive – as the Previous Rebbe noted. Therefore, it is understood that the connection we make to the Tzadik through his writing and his guidance that all the holy sparks of this tzadik is drawn to us and enables us and helps us in our service of Hashem now and forever.

Based on Likutei Sichos Vol. 32

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