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The week we read the Torah portion of Behalosicha, Numbers 8 - 12. It details the traveling of the Jews in the desert. The Torah states, "On the day the sanctuary was erected, a cloud covered it by day and a pillar of fire by night. When the cloud would lift from the tent, the Children of Israel would follow. When it would rest, they would encamp." Traveling in the desert is difficult. There are few landmarks to guide the way. The Jews did not have to worry about that, they were led.

People ask why we do not receive the same treatment our ancestors in the desert received. What did Hashem provide for the Jewish people, all of their needs. Food, water, clothing, shelter and direction were all provided by the Almighty. We are told, not by bread alone does a person live, but by the word of Hashem's mouth do we live. The Alter Rebbe, first Lubavitcher Rebbe, explains in Tanya the verse, "Forever, Hashem, your word is implanted in the heaven." The creation is the result of ten utterances: let there be light, let there be space, etc. Each of these expressions supplies the G'dliness required to create that item. The creation, however, was not a one time thing, but rather a continuous process. As you are reading this, Hashem is creating the world. This constant process of creation means a constant and continuous involvement of the Almighty in every facet of creation, even down to the smallest worm in the dirt. Everything that happens to a person is not by mere happenstance, but by divine intervention.

The Jews in the desert were led by a cloud. We are still guided by the Almighty. All we must do is sit back, relax, and follow our noses to wherever G'd is directing us.


On the occasion of his bar mitzvah, The Previous Rebbe, The Rebbe RaYaTz, reviewed two profound Chassidic discourses. The first one, said publicly, was the famous bar mitzvah discourse, Issa B'midrash Tehillim, which discusses the value of doing mitzvahs. The second one was said privately before his father. The Previous Rebbe had finished reviewing the same discourse. When he was done, his father noticed that the boy wanted to say something else. He asked him what he wanted to say. The Bar Mitzvah then began another discourse. When the Rebbe Reshab heard what his son was saying, he immediately stood up.

After the Previous Rebbe finished, his father asked him when did he see his grandfather. (The father of the Rebbe Reshab, the Mohorash, died ten years prior to the bar mitzvah of the previous Rebbe.) The Reshab recognized this discourse as being one from his father. The boy responded, "The day before yesterday." The father then inquired if he had actually seen his grandfather or merely had a dream. The boy responded that he had actually seen his grandfather.

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