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Reaching The Peak
To the Holocaust, we can
apply גדע בחרי אף כל קרן ישראל; He cut down in fierce anger all the dignity of Israel.
Daniel’s prophesy of what would happen in the end of days was fulfilled- והיתה עת צרה אשר לא נהיתה מהיות גוי עד העת ההיא; there will be a time of
trouble such as there had never been since there was a nation until that time.
The decree that the entire house
of Jewry would have to sanctify Hashem’s name had been preordained as of
creation but the Tzadikim kept postponing the decree from generation to
generation. The Nesivos Shalom
writes from the Kabbalists that the decree to annihilate all Jewry, young and
old, children and women, was scheduled for the era of Mordechai. When it was
overturned, it wasn’t canceled but postponed. In the Holocaust, this decree was
the entire generation participated in fulfilling the Mitzva of Kidush Hashem.
The exile builds the
redemption. As deep and as denigrating as is the Galus, so lofty and majestic
will be the Geula. The Be’er Avraham
says that Hashem allowed the Jews to sink so low in the Egyptian exile- to the
49th level of impurity- because the zenith of the redemption is
commensurate with the nadir of the exile. The more powerful the forces of
impurity, the greater the effort to overcome them must be. If one overcomes the
forces then the greater is the revelation of the power of Kedusha. Since extraordinary
spiritual revelations were planned for the exodus of Egypt and the subsequent
giving of the Torah, the Jews had to traverse so harsh an exile in which they
were mired in 49 levels of impurity (the lowest level) in order to be elevated
afterwards to the highest level for entering Kedusha. In this way we can grasp ועבדום וענו אתם...ואחרי כן יצאו ברכש גדול; they will serve and
oppress them…afterwards they will leave with great wealth: When they left
Mitzrayim they would be elevated to the level of the chosen people
and worthy of receiving the Torah. So ועבדום
וענו אתם...ואחרי כן יצאו ברכש גדול is that as a consequence of the exile they would after the
exodus attain becoming the chosen people and receiving the Torah.
R’ Alt merited
to learn under the tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five
years. He received Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. R’ Alt has written
on numerous topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his
wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and
teaches. The author is passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of
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