Friday, February 19, 2010

PARASHAT TERUMAH from the Nikolsburger Rebbe


This week's Drasha of the Nikolsburger Rebbe on Parashat Terumah is really amazing !

Parshas Teruma

Respecting Other People's Individuality

והיו הכרובים פורשי כנפים למעלה סובבים בכנפיהם על הכפורת ופניהם איש אל אחיו, אל הכפורת יהיו פני הכרובים.

"And the Keruvim's wings were spread out above them, covering the Kapores with their wings, and their faces were to each other; towards the Kapores should be the faces of the Keruvim." (Shemos 25:20)

We can learn an important lesson from this verse, which can be well understood with a story about the holy Sanzer Rav zt"l. The Sanzer Rav once made a siyum upon completing the entire Shas. One of the guests who joined him for the siyum was the son of the holy Maor v'Shamash, who was known as the "Gutter Yid from Neustadt." This hidden tzaddik tried to conceal his greatness. He was not known as a great scholar, but was often seen reciting Tehillim, much like the simple townspeople. During the siyum, he said to the Sanzer Rav that he too was celebrating a siyum, because he completed the entire Book of Psalms. The Sanzer Rav replied, "Would you like to make an exchange? I will give you all the merit I earned from studying the entire Shas, and you will give me the merit of your Tehillim." The Gutter Yid refused the offer, and it stayed at that.

This little anecdote shows us how much our great tzaddikim valued the unique qualities of every single Jew. Every Jew has his particular mission which he must fulfill during his lifetime. While every person must fulfill his own mission in life according to the best of his ability, he must at the same time respect the individual missions of all other people. The great scholar who completes many tractates of Gemara must respect the person who serves Hashem by studying the hidden parts of the Torah. No one is entitled to think that his way of serving Hashem is the most important avodah.

This message is hinted at in the verse cited above. Tzaddikim are compared to the Aron, the Holy Ark on which the Keruvim (Cherubs) stood. The Keruvim spread their wings "l'maaleh - above them." The word maaleh can also mean a special quality or virtue. Tzaddikim who serve Hashem must remember to look at other people's virtues. Those who "cover with their wings" are the hidden tzaddikim who conceal their greatness. When we strive to serve Hashem, we must spread ourselves out to see the qualities in others and respect them, even if their virtues are concealed.

The verse continues: "ופניהם איש אל אחיו - and their faces were to each other." The last letters of these words in the verse spell the word "Shalom." When people look at each other with respect, with a desire to see each other's virtues, they achieve true peace and lasting shalom.

The Nikolsburger Rebbe will be marrying off his son on Monday night July 26th in Monsey, NY. It would be our greatest pleasure if you would be able to attend! Please let us know when you know if you will be coming so that we can make the proper arrangements. Should you need any assistance with accommodations in the area, please let us know and we will try our best to assist.


  1. Thank you for that.

    It's really nice that the Nikolsburger Rebbe does kiruv, if you consider this kiruv. At least by Nikolburg standards it is. And that is that he will be giving a shiur on Purim in a very liberal Young Israel on Monday night. For Chanukah he gathered a bunch of modern liberal orthodox in an apartment in Manhattan. I saw the video. It was very inspiring. I'm happy to say that I'm meeting with him next week for advice on my new business, and will report to you after I spend shabbos there in a few week. He really is a great tzaddik. Not that many around these days.

  2. B"H

    It was really nice to invite everyone !!!

    Does he have a firm community there ???