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Simcha- Good Or Bad?
know that there is no man so righteous on earth that he always does good and
never sins-אדם אין צדיק בארץ אשר יעשה טוב ולא יחטא.
However, when one sins how does he feel? Is he happy about it or does he regret
There are those that while they are sinning, wish they could withdraw from it.
Moshe descended from the mountain and saw the Jews worshipping the Eigel he
smashed the Luchos. Is that why he broke them? He already heard from Hashem
what was happening? The wording of the Pasuk is וירא את
העגל ומחלת...וישבר- he saw the calf and the dances…and he smashed the Luchos.
Once he saw they were happy- symbolized from their dancing- he got angry and
then broke it.
In this light, the Kotzker translates תחת אשר
לא עבדת את ה' אלה-יך בשמחה- not only did you not serve
Hashem, but you did it with Simcha.
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 observance.
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