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The Gemara says מיום שחרב בית המקדש אין לו להקב"ה
בעולמו אלא ארבע אמות של הלכה בלבד,
since the day the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed, Hashem has nothing in His world
but the four Amos of Halacha. Why specifically four Amos?
explains as follows: We are taught
that the Torah was written on a scroll of 20 by 20 Amos, which is 400 Amos.
tell us that prior to the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash in the days of
Hillel and Shamai there were 600 orders of Mishnayos. The elders of Beis Shamai
and Beis Hillel saw the people’s hearts diminished due to the destruction and
therefore only six orders of Mishnayos (ששה סדרי משנה)
were arranged, leaving the rest behind (594). That is 1/100 of what it
originally was. So there were 600 orders of Mishnayos when it was 400 Amos.
Just as the Mishnayos is 1/100 what it was—from 600 to 6—so too 1/100 of 400 is
4 (Amos). This is the meaning in since the day
the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed, Hashem has nothing in His world but the four
Amos of Halacha.
In the name of the Baal Shem
Tov a different explanation is given: The symptom of the Beis Hamikdash being
destroyed is that we believe Hashem can only be found in the four Amos of
Halacha (Torah). However, the truth is אין עוד
there is none other than Hashem and that in everything we can find godliness.
Rabbi 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. Rabbi 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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