Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 6, 2014

Biha’aloscha – When You Will Light

This week’s Torah Reading is Biha’aloscha – When You Will Light.  This week we also celebrated Shavuous, The Giving of The Torah on Mt. Sinai.

We  find in this week’s Torah Reading the Jewish Nation complaining of a lack of kosher restaurants in the desert.  Well actually they complained about their limited food.  They had no fish and they claimed they had no meat.  (They really wanted some kosher Chinese food).  Moshe has had it with their complaints and he too complains to the Al-mighty that he could use some help here in dealing with the Jewish Nation.  The Al-mighty instructs Moshe to select 70 elders that will assist him from the 12 tribes.  There were actually 6 from each tribe chosen and then there were 2 that would then, by lottery, be excluded.  Eldad and Medad decided to drop out.  They retained their level of prophesy however.  They where then saying that Moshe would die and Joshua would lead the Jewish Nation into the promised land.

Joshua was really upset with this but Moshe said it would be wonderful if all of Israel were on such a holy level to be able to be prophets.  Here again we see the greatness of Moshe.  He is able to absorb a negative situation and see the positive side.

If only the Jewish Nation could learn from their leader Moshe.  True there was no Kosher Chinese takeout in the desert but they had the miracle manna from heaven, which according to tradition, they could make it look like and taste like whatever they wanted.  However, this did not satisfy the Jewish Nation.  Rather than seeing the positive side of what they had, they looked at what they did not have.  Life is filled with this type of choice.  We need to be rich, as it says in Pirkei Avos, Ethics of Our Fathers.  Who is rich, a person that is satisfied with what he has.  If we are constantly looking at what we don’t have we will never be happy.  However, there is one thing we can look to have and that is the 3rd Beis Hamikdosh which guarantees total happiness.


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