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This week's YouParsha Shmos http://youtu.be/lh-ipX3H5JM How bad were the Egyptians


At the end of Parshas Shmos, Exodus 1:1 - 3:1, Moshe complained to Hashem that not only did Pharaoh not listen to Moshe, but even the Jewish people were complaining. Hashem responded that in the end all the Jews would be leaving Egypt with a mighty hand, even if they required being forced to leave Egypt. The Torah goes to great lengths to preserve honor. Why do we need to know that there were Jews in Egypt that did not want to leave and required coercion to flee?

Ultimately, all Jews are believers the children of believers and want to do the will of Hashem. The Talmud writes that a Jew does not want, nor can they do anything that would separate them from Hashem. This desire for G'dliness is rooted in the very essence of the soul, which is a spark of the essence of Hashem. Hashem however, has given dominion to the forces of evil over this G'dly spark to deceive or coerce the Jew, by any means, to sin. The Jew is fooled to believe that they are totally connected to Hashem even while performing a sin. A thief prays to G'd not to get caught.

We have an obligation to approach anther Jew who does not want to leave this Egypt (exile) and explain to them that there were Jews also in Egypt who did not want to leave that exile. No Jew was left in Egypt after the exodus. Likewise, no Jew will be left behind when Moshiach comes. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, zts"l, encouraged the publicizing of Moshiach's coming as means of heightening awareness and the yearning that will ultimately be the catalyst for Moshiach's arrival.


Once at a farbrengen Rabbi Avraham Zaltzman told a story about his yeshiva days in the town of Lubavitch nearly a century ago.

I was only twelve and simply could not sit and learn Torah. One of the jobs they gave me was to milk goats for the yeshiva. My friends and I somehow managed to get one of the goats to drink vodka, led the intoxicated animal to the large study hall and pushed it in. The goat jumped onto tables and made a real mess of the place. It was no secret who was to blame.

The three of us were summoned to the principal Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Shneersohn (son of the Rebbe Reshab ó Shalom Dovber Shneersohn, fifth Rebbe of Chabad and founder of the yeshiva), we were promptly expelled. Within several hours, we were waiting in the train station at the nearby city of Rodna. "What are we doing?" I said, "We cannot leave! We must go back and plead for mercy!" I managed to convince one of the boys to come back with me. We said good-bye to our third friend and trudged back to Lubavitch with no real idea what our next step was, but I was determined. We could not go back to the principal; he was too angry. To approach the Rebbe, the principalís father, was out of the question. Our only chance was the principalís grandmother, Rebbetzin Rivkah. She had a wonderful, warm heart and was a mother for all the boys in the yeshiva.

We went to her house and I poured out my heart. "I canít go against the decision of my grandson; heís the principal." She said. "The only one who might be able to do that is my son, the Rebbe. Every morning at ten, my son sits in his room and drinks a cup of tea. Come tomorrow morning and I will show you where the room is, but you will have to do the talking." The next morning my friend and I went to the Rebbetzin who led us to the Rebbe's room. The Rebbe saw me standing there and asked what I wanted. "I want to learn in Lubavitch." I was almost crying. "Lubavitch?" The Rebbe smiled, "there are so many other good yeshivas! Slobodka, Navordek," and he rattled off all the other Torah academies, about twenty of them, in the area. "But I want to learn here!" I whined. Suddenly the Rebbe became serious. "We will think about it. Come back later today."

I backed away, sniffling and wiping my eyes with my sleeve. Suddenly I stopped, took two steps forward which put me back in the entrance and just stood there, staring sheepishly at the floor. "Nu? What do you want now?" the Rebbe asked. "I have a friend," I answered. "He is waiting outside." The Rebbe leaned back thoughtfully. "A friend, is it? Well, we will think about him also. Come back in a few hours."A few hours later. The Rebbe took us into his sonís office to speak to Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak, said a few words, and left. His son imposed a stiff fine: we had to learn tens of pages of Talmud and Chassidus by heart. Nevertheless, he accepted us back in!

Rabbi Mendel Futerfass, a well-known Chassid who had spent many years in Siberia, was also present at this farbrengen, and was the first to comment."Tell me, Reb Avraham, why do you think he did they accepted you back into the yeshiva?" "Like I said," Rabbi Zaltzman replied, "Because I wanted so much to learn in Lubavitch that I actually wept! Thatís how much a person should want Chassidus; that his heart is breaking!" "No!" said Reb Mendel. "The reason the Rebbe took you back was because you worried for your friend. He took you back because of your ahavat Yisroel (brotherly love)!"


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