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Rabbi Berzansky - Parshat Va'eira

Don't forget the basics.

Mr. Hart stood up at his son’s Sheva Brachos and started to speak. “I would like you all to know that Hashem did not help me marry off my son.” The room became silent and Mr. Hart continued. “The word ‘help’ implies that I did the majority of the work and Hashem helped me put it all together. To say such a thing would be a heresy. Hashem did not help me because He did everything. Just as Hashem split the sea, He married off my son.”

R. Shlomo Volbe once came to R. Yechezkel (Chatzkel) Levenstein, the late Mirrer mashgiach, for advice concerning one of his talmidim. When parting, R. Chatzkel turned to R. Volbe and told him that a mashgiach’s job is to ingrain into his talmidim an Emunah in the Ribono Shel Olam.

The Gateshead Rov, R. Betzalel Rakov, also visited R. Chatzkel, and after he told him that he was a maggid shiur, R. Chatzkel told him that the job of a maggid shiur is to ingrain into his talmidim an Emunah in the Ribono Shel Olam.

An executive once came to R. Chatzkel for advice on a family matter. After hearing that he was a workingman, R. Chetzkel also told him that the job of a baal habos is to ingrain into his family an Emunah in the Ribono Shel Olam.

R. Chazkel was not referring to Jews who were ignorant of their Judaism. He was referring to the many Jews who go through their lives performing mitzvot and studying Torah without truly feeling in their hearts that the world has a Creator. R. Chatzkel taught these influential figures the severity of this fundamental feeling and that it needs constant chizuk.

The Eser Makkos, Yetzias Mitzrayim and Kerias Yam Suf screamed this very fact to the world some 3,300 years ago, and its message still rings today. Yetzias Mitzrayim is mentioned no less than fifty times in the Torah and has tens of mitzvot associated with it because it is so elementary to our Yiddishkeit.

However, such a fundamental idea can quickly be forgotten. Whether we are trying to find the right yeshiva, seminary, shidduch, or chavrusa, or we need help in our business, we must constantly remind ourselves that the world has a Creator who loves us and is taking care of us. As humorous as it may sound, these parshiyos can remind us of how vital Hashem is to our everyday lives.

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