Friday, September 12, 2008

פרשת כי תצא

I recently heard an interesting vort.

Why is it that we find that the non-chassidic pshatim which are given in Chumash and Chazal seem to fit in naturally with the simple understanding of the pesukim, while the explanations given by the Tzaddikim seem "forced"?

In this week's parsha we find כי תצא למלחמה על איביך ונתנו ה' אלקיך בידיך that when we go out to war on our enemies, and Hashem gives them to us in our hands, then we have specific mitzvos etc.

We can also read the passuk as follows: When one goes out to war against the real enemy, the yetzer hara, then Hashem gives us the pesukim to use as ammunition against him. Then, the passuk is given over to the Tzaddik to shape and form for us into the proper weapon.

In Rashi we find: במלחמת רשות הכתוב מדבר the passuk is talking about a voluntary war.

Let us read: When the war is not for real- then the passuk speaks!

On this idea I once heard, what is the difference between a vort and a mussar? A vort is when one has a difficulty with a passuk, and he finds a good midah with which to answer it. A mussar is when one finds a difficulty with himself and he finds a passuk with which to resolve it!

They say in Chabad: חסידות זה לא אוסף של וורטים Chassidus is not a collection of vertlach.

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