Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sichas and Such

First of all, the sicha I mentioned before and suggested for you to learn, the Tracht Gut sicha of chelek Lamed Vov, I already wrote about last year, here.

But why just recycle?

In a sicha in chelek Chof Vov, the Rebbe speaks about Moshe's birth and passing, which occurred on the same day, Zayin Adar.
Haman was very pleased when his lots fell on the month of Adar, the month in which Moshe dies, and saw this as a good omen that his plans would succeed.
Why did his plans backfire? The gemara tells us that he didn't realize Moshe was born, as well, in Adar. In the zchus of his birth, Moshe saved the Jewish people thousands of years later (well, not so many thousands, but it sounds better than hundreds) in the land of Persia.

A different gemara says that Moshe didn't die.
Rashi says that Moshe's birth was a Kapparah for his death.
We see that Moshe's birth indeed was something great, and had the zchus to overturn Haman's decree.

But one second...
There is a medrash that explains that the day of a person's passing is better than the day he is born, for when he his born, who knows how he'll end up? Only once someone passes away, does the world see all of his life's work and the completion of his Avoda.

This must be true about Moshe as well, if not to a greater degree! Moshe, after all, accomplished so much in his lifetime.
The question then, is why didn't the gemara simply say that the reason Haman's plans fell through was in the merit of the very thing Haman was so gleeful about? Say that Haman thought Moshe's death was a bad sign for the Jewish people, but in reality, Moshe's death held so much zchus for Moshe and his people, that it overturned the evil decree and created a day of joy instead!? This would be much simpler for the gemara to answer!

The bulk of the sicha is explaining what it means that Moshe didn't die, and how Yakov didn't either. They both were the midah of Emes, which is eternal, and therefore live forever, even in this physical world. The Rebbe explains why by other Tzaddikim, although in a sense, like the Alter Rebbe explains, they are more present in this world after their passing than when they were alive, but still it only says about Moshe and Yakov that they didn't die.
The Rebbe speaks about how every generation must have an Extension of Moshe. Which means his soul lives on forever, into every subsequent generation, which shows his midah of Emes. Didn't his physical body die, though? How can we say that Moshe, even in this physical world, lives forever, if there was an interruption and change in his physical state? Any change means that the thing is not True.
The Rebbe says, and this is mind-blowing if you think about it, that Moshe lives eternally, in body and soul, in every generation. Not only does the leader of the generation have Moshe's soul, but he also has Moshe's physical body!! While Moshe was alive, his body looked one way, and in every generation, the body of the leader is what Moshe's body looks like now. Incredible, huh?

The Rebbe of course speaks about Yakov, as well, how it says he lives forever because his children live forever. The Rebbe explains that actually, the reason his kids live forever is because Yakov lives forever, and gave them this Eternal Life he has.
So the order is: Yakov lives forever. Therefore his children live forever. Therefore he lives on forever.

Oh, I almost forgot. When Moshe was born, the whole house was filled with light. This was because of who Moshe was, and what type of Neshama he had. At a person's passing, we see all his life's work. Moshe's birth was unique, though. Right away we saw how incredible he was, and how the G-dly Light shone into his soul, and how it was Moshe's ability and mission to bring the light to the world.
So yes, Moshe's birth was so powerful, it was an atonement for his death, and what truly caused the decree of Haman to be changed to a day of celebration, and an eternal holiday, as it says when Moshiach comes, only Purim will remain.

Anyway, it's a great sicha, but it takes time to learn, and I didn't give you a good summary or explanation. I just gave you most of the points. To sum it up in one sentence: It's long, but rewarding.