“Vearasticha Li Leolam” & other Maamarim [Likkutei Torah p. 8]
This week’s Parsha, Parshas Bamidbar, is always read on the Shabbos prior to Shavuos, the Holiday celebrating the receiving of the Torah. Various aspects of Matan Torah are explained and given new Chassidic meaning throughout the Maamarim included in this week’s Parsha. Below are sections of three selected Mamamrim of this week that deal with Matan Torah.
In the Mamar of “Bachodesh Hashlishi,” in Parshas Yisro [which the Rebbe instructed to be learnt on Shavuos], the Alter Rebbe delves into the purpose of Matan Torah and the novel quality and character contained within the Torah and Mitzvos after they’d been given at Har Sinai as opposed to prior that event. For example, Matan Torah novelized the ability to learn the Torah of Hashem with such nullification to Him that one can actually become a chariot for His speech by simply vocalizing the words that Hashem is saying with Him at the time of learning. Likewise, the performance of the Mitzvos were now able to penetrate the world, making it a dwelling place for Hashem here below.
The Maamarim of Parshas Bamidbar focus more on the actual event of Matan Torah and what it represented. Matan Torah is considered to be the wedding between the Jewish people and Hashem. In what way are we considered Hashem’s bride, and Him our groom? What is the betrothal ring between us and Hashem? This Maamar explains the special bond the Jewish people share with Hashem, similar to a bride, and the different methods by which our marriage to Hashem is consecrated.
The second Maamar discusses why the Torah was given specifically on Har Sinai, as it is a rather small mountain comparatively. If haughtiness is the problem, then let it be given on flat land, and if it is not an issue then why not choose a greater mountain? In this Maamar, the Alter Rebbe explains the proper approach and attitude one should have when learning Torah and how a measured ego is required.
The third Maamar discusses the true greatness of the Torah and Mitzvos and what should be one’s ultimate motivation when performing them. The Torah and Mitzvos contain two aspects: each is the will of Hashem, and each contains a unique Divine pleasure which formed this will. A Jew must serve Hashem with the knowledge that every Mitzvah contains a unique greatness and pleasure in Hashem’s eyes.
For the Maamar for Parshas Bamidbar click here
To see the full Mamar or download a PDF on Parshas Yisro, a Mamar the Rebbe directed to learn for Shavuos, click here