Shabbat Parashat Balak | 5769
Ein Ayah: Concern for National and Global Success
(based on Berachot 1:174)
Gemara: Avram is Avraham. In the beginning, he became the father of
Ein Ayah: The feeling of nationalism is a straight and natural emotion. It is close to the level of the love of the family and exceeds it in its morality. Therefore, Avraham and Sarah, as people who were straight from their very essence, were concerned with the survival and success of their nation. We have found the same thing regarding other wise people with good personal attributes from all of the nations. However, Avraham and Sarah were elevated by the spirit of prophecy that told them that this is not the final desired result. Rather, the complete person does not suffice with the happiness of his nation alone but will try to bring general salvation to every person on the face of the earth. Therefore, Avraham became the father of many nations, and Sarah became a noblewoman of the whole world, which is a more exalted matter than to limit oneself to the national agenda.
Avraham and Sarah
(based on Berachot 1:176)
Gemara: [I would think that just as it is forbidden to call Avraham by the name Avram,] it should be forbidden to call Sarah by the name Saray. Yet, when switching the names, Hashem said “Saray, your wife, you shall not call her Saray, but Sarah is her name” (Beresihit 17:15).
Ein Ayah: The pasuk says: “Listen, my son, to the rebuke of your father and do not abandon the Torah of your mother” (Mishlei 1:8). The true beliefs are called the rebuke of the father; the good actions and pleasant customs are called the Torah of the mother.
Nationalism is very necessary for
Avraham is the root of beliefs in
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This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
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