Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A little somethin' somethin' for the Shabbos Tish

I'm about to give you a quick summary of a sicha for this week's parsha, Noach.
Because it's 12:01 as I'm typing this, that means it's Wednesday. Wednesday is the start of the end of the week, and the beginning of our preparations for shabbos.
I really want to share a Dvar Torah from an incredible couple of sichas I learned in which the Rebbe discusses ____________. I don't want to give it away, because then you'd just look it up yourself, and I would be useless. Don't worry, though, the following is good, too. And some more good stuff is on the way. Probably tomorrow-ish.

Parshas Noach

In a famous sicha in cheleck Yud, the Rebbe explains that from our Parsha we can take out two very important lessons.
  1. Watch your mouth
  2. Be careful with how you look at things
From the fact that the Torah says how Noach took the animals which were Tahor, and the animals which were Not Tahor, instead of simply saying Tamey, is proof to the distance one must take in order not to speak something inappropriate, impolite, immodest, or hurtful.
Just like Hand In Hand- instead of saying 'bad', say 'not good'!

When Noach got drunk and lay naked, his son Cham saw this and told his brothers. (The medrash tells of something horrible that he also did, but I'd rather not mention it...) Noach's other sons, Shem and Yefes, went to cover their father, with their faces turned away. The possuk says that their faces were turned, and they didn't see the nakedness of their father.

Obviously if they had their faces turned, they wouldn't see anything!? The Rebbe says we can learn a powerful lesson.
First, though, is the following teaching of the Ba'al Shem Tov:
If you see bad in your friend, it really means you have that in yourself. If you would not have that problem, you would not see it in your friend.

The Rebbe asks, "Is that really always the case? Maybe the reason you are seeing a problem is so you can help him! Who says you have this bad, also?"
The Rebbe answers that the only thing you should be seeing when you look at your friend is the need for you to help him. That's all. How you can set him back on track.
The very fact that you also are focusing on how he is a bad person, means there is something wrong with you. A person who is perfect (or at least in this area your friend is failing in) would only see how the situation can be fixed.

This is what the Torah means when Shem and Yefes didn't see their father's nakedness. All they saw was what was required of them to help, not the bad in their father.

May we see only the good in others, and how we can help those who need it, and may we speak only in the most polite and courteous way!

Moshiach now!