Torah Reading Numbers 25:10-30:1
Friday, July 10th Candle Lighting Time 8:09 p.m.
If you are a regular shul goer, you are quite familiar with parashat Pinchas. It contains all the special Musaf or additional holiday sacrifices. On any of those holidays we turn to parashat Pinchas for our Maftir reading. Below is an excerpt from Moshe Mykoff’s book 7th Heaven: Celebrating Shabbat with Rebbe Nachman of Breslow.
“Having the motivation and desire to fulfill some mitzvah of the Torah cannot ensure that we will actually fulfill that mitzvah, if we lack the requisite means for doing so. We might want to improve our observance of Shabbat but may not be able to find the time for further study of its laws. We might want to be more charitable but may lack the temperament that makes a person giving; or we may not possess sufficient resources to enable us to share with others. If this is the case, then the sole solution is to pray – “turning Torah into prayer,” as Rebbe Nachman enjoined his chassidim – by pleading with God to provide us with whatever we lack that prevents us from carrying out the mitzvah in full.
“The Musaf prayer of Shabbat is a classic example of turning Torah into prayer. Ever since the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed some two thousand years ago, it has been impossible to fulfill physically the Torah’s commandments to offer sacrifices. Instead, we discharge our obligation to bring offerings to God by turning these commandments into prayers; and God welcomes our entreaties in lieu of those offerings.
“This is patently evident in the liturgy of the Shabbat Musaf prayer. We beseech God to rebuild the Temple; thereby enabling us to “perform the rites of our required offerings: the daily Tamid offerings in their order and the additional Musaf offerings in accordance with their laws.” By transforming the Torah commandments associated with the Musaf offering into entreaties and prayers, we bring “sacrifices” to God.
“Sometimes, however, we find that, indeed we did possess the means to fulfill some mitzvah of the Torah but lack sufficient enthusiasm and passion in doing so. We are able to make time for extra Torah study, or we have adequate resources to be more charitable but are missing the inspiration that enlivens our spiritual devotions. The sole solution then is, again, to pray – turning aspiration into prayer. Praying for enthusiasm in carrying out the mitzvah in full. Meanwhile, our sincere entreaties to perform the mitzvah with inspiration and fervor are reckoned by God as if we had actually fulfilled it in that way. We have already drawn closer to Him.” (page 136-7)
Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem,
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