05 May 2019

Parshas Kedoshim – PE’AH IN THE SHADOW OF GAZA

Kedoshim in Eretz Yisrael
I was not sure whether to follow the Diaspora or Israel for Reb Neuberger’s Parshiot, as many readers are in Chu”l. So please let me hear from you as to your choice.

By Roy S. Neuberger

“Then I shall scatter you among the nations and disperse you among the lands and remove all your contamination from you.” (This week’s Haftara). We must remind ourselves: all our troubles – and there are so many! – are for one purpose only: our merciful Father is removing our contamination in order that we may return to Him in purity!

The secular media these days is filled with accusations against Am Yisroel. One might feel that the entire world is turning against us. My friends, this is correct: the entire world is in fact turning against us. The scene is reminiscent of the days before World War II, but the stage is the entire world. We must be realistic about this. 

The days of Sefira represent a period of increasing kedusha leading up to the moment at which we meet the Ribono shel Olam at Har Sinai. It was during these days that the twenty-four thousand – can we process this number! – talmidim of Rabbi Akiva were niftar, which Rabbi Moshe Heineman Shlita”h characterizes as a “greater catastrophe” than the churban Bais Hamikdosh! (Halachos Sefiras Ha-omer and Shavuos, page 22)

During Pesach, we say Hallel every day, which is like standing next to Dovid Hamelech and praising Hashem! We say the words “all the nations encircle me … surround me” three times. (Tehillim 118) Chazal (Midrash Tehillim 109) explain that this is a reference to the three-part war which will take place before the coming of Moshiach.(Redemption Unfolding, Chapter 13) 

My friends, we must understand that the tests and accusations we are undergoing now are not accidents. They are preparing us for the moment at which the world will be transformed into a world of kedusha and the Torah will come forth once again from Yerushalayim. 

The Chofetz Chaim zt”l characterized “chevlei Moshiach” as a period during which a rope (“chevel”) will swing wildly through the world. One must grasp tightly onto the rope of Torah to seek safety in the storm. This needs strength, but it will not be beyond our ability, for Hashem is merciful. (Source: Rabbi Yitzchok Tzvi Schwartz writing in Yated Ne’eman, 2015)

Several weeks ago my wife and I were in the Negev. This year the Land of Israel was blessed with abundant rainfall, and we saw the desert in bloom! As the Novi says, “Your eyes will behold the King in His splendor … the desert will be glad and blossom like a lily. It will blossom abundantly and will rejoice with … glad song. (Yeshiah 33:17-35:2)

Would you believe that, right up to the border of Gaza, there are Jewish fields alive with wheat and flowers and trees! And peah! A farmer left peah in his field in the shadow of Gaza! Can you imagine this! “Mi k’amcha … Yisroel, goy echad b’aretz … Who is like Your people Israel, one nation on earth!” (II Samuel 7:23)

“Hashem is my shepherd… Though I walk in the valley overshadowed by death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. You prepare a table before me in full view of my tormenters.” (Tehil-
lim 23) May we soon see the Day of our complete Redemption!

 Pe’ah in the shadow of Gaza

“A land of wheat … where you will eat bread without poverty.” (Dvarim 8:8-9)

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Roy Neuberger, author and public speaker, can be reached at roy@2020vision.co.il.

© Copyright 2019 by Roy S. Neuberger


Anonymous said...


very beautiful post!
Thank you!
AAHHH, so good to read about the ONLY ACCEPTABLe and welcome PEAH in ERETZ YISRAEL>>>
These are the things that have no measure: Peah [corner of the field which, while harvesting, must be left for the poor]...that corner that NAOMI ate from when RUTH went to take from, the land of BOAZ some SEORA to stop their hunger after RETURNING TO ERETZ YISRAEL!!!!!!!!
May all the sheitels change into the real PEAH, like you describe, and all the tuma between us into KDUSHA shinning in ERETZ YISRAEL!
And like RUTH AND BOAZ, may we all serve HASHEM with all our heart and all our being!
May we change by reading TEHILIM, the song of their great grandchild, the TILLIM into TSHUVA SHLEIMA AND PSHUTA!!all of us!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and excellent post as usual by Roy Neuberger and beautiful comment by Orna.

Noise Blockers and Other Remedies said...

This is what keeps the Land holy!