Parashat Ki Tisa / by: Rav Dror moshe Cassouto
In this week’s parasha, Moshe tries to to give the Torah to Am Yisroel (the Jewish Nation). His goal was to hand the holy tablets to the Jewish nation but the yetzer hara (evil inclination) fought back by waking up the voice of the souls of Erev Rav who caused chaos in the camp. Aharon tries to delay but in the end, the Jewish men sin and the Golden calf is created. HaShem (G-d) is angry with Am Yisroel and threatens to destroy all of them. Moshe stands in holy brazenness and says to HaShem forgive them totally and if not, erase my name from the holy Torah. HaShem refuses but Moshe doesn’t give up; he stands praying and eventually, HaShem answers Moshe’s prayer.
Each and everyone of us has the same the power as Moshe Rabbeinu (our Rabbi), just we need to believe in ourselves (just like Moshe did). To believe in yourself doesn’t mean to believe that you’re powerful, strong, or wise. It means to believe in the mercy of HaShem. It means to believe that HaShem loves you like you’re his only child and that every word that you say is important in his eyes. This is why we believe that our prayers have been answered. It’s not because we pray with such great intention but rather because HaShem enjoys listening to us. When a man stands and refuses to accept the judgments made on Am Yisroel (the Jewish nation) by praying for them, not only does HaShem cancel the decree on Am Yisroel but he reveals all of his kindness to that person. How? HaShem opens the eyes of that individual to see the good that truly exists in the world that he previously didn’t notice. HaShem reveals his thirteen middot of Rachameem (mercy) to help the person understand that he should never give up hope. That even if a sharp sword is being held on someones neck (we shouldn’t know of such things), a person shouldn’t give up on the mercy of HaShem. Only when a man prays does he start to notice HaShem’s infinite kindness in his life. For example, a person sees that he didn’t have a chance of solving a certain issue or problem. But he decided to pray on it and eventually, he received a salvation. Only in this manner can a person achieve a complete faith in HaShem and through that, understand the mercy of HaShem.
After HaShem forgave the Jewish nation, he commanded Moshe to carve the holy tablets. From this we canlearn that no matter how low a person may have fallen, there is always hope. Like Rebbe Nachman of Breslov says that if you believe that you can ruin, you should believe that you can fix.
Shabbat Shalom U’mevorach