The fastest way to get the geula
This week, we read Parshat Yitro, and its account of Matan Torah, or the giving of the Torah. Because the Torah is eternal, the giving of the Torah occurs in every single generation, and each person has to merit to receive the Torah afresh, in their own lives, today.
To help us do this, let’s try to pull out some secrets from the parsha that we can apply to our own lives, in 2018.
The first secret:
God wants us to be united.
When Am Yisrael finally reached Mount Sinai, the Torah uses very particular language when it describes what happened next: “And Israel encamped there, opposite the mountain.”
The Torah is talking about the Jewish people in the singular, as though they are just one group, one entity. The midrash tells us about this verse: “This is to teach us that [Am Yisrael was] like one man, with one heart.”
Or to put this in other words, that the nation of Israel had tremendous unity, or achdut, between them, at this time.
How did they merit to have this tremendous sense of unity, and love for each other? Rabbi Yitzhak of Varki explains that each Jew would look for the good points in the other person, and that when they found these good points, that would lead to them feeling affection and warmth towards their fellow Jew.
So, the foundation of Jewish unity is to look for the good points in our fellow Jew.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov wrote a whole Lesson about this in Likutey Moharan, Lesson 282, popularly known as ‘Azamra’ (‘I will sing’). When he wrote, Rebbe Nachman that this lesson would help prepare the way for geula, for our national redemption, and that we should carry this lesson with us everywhere, until the coming of Moshiach.
At the beginning of that lesson, Rebbe Nachman tells us:
“Know! You should judge every person to the side of merit, even someone who is a total evildoer, we still need to search for, and find within them, some little bit of good….and by doing this we truly do raise him up to the side of merit, and he can then return in teshuva.”
Practically speaking, does this means that if a person if full of evil deeds and immoral behavior, but once every two months he happens to give 10 shekels to charity, that we should only focus on the 10 shekels he gave to charity? After all, this guy has stolen millions!
The answer is: yes.
We need to focus on the 10 shekels he gave to charity. But what’s the benefit to be had from doing this? Rebbe Nachman tells us something awesome:
When we do this, we are performing a tikkun, a spiritual rectification for the destruction of the Second Temple, and we are bringing the geula closer!
As we all know, the Second Temple was destroyed because of sinat chinam, or baseless hatred.
The Tzaddikim tell us that because the Temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred, the rectification for this is baseless love.