This D’var Torah should be a Zechus L’Ilui Nishmas my sister, Kayla Rus Bas Bunim Tuvia A”H, my mother Chaya Rochel Bas Dovid Tzvi (Hareini Kaparas Mishkavah), my maternal grandfather Dovid Tzvi Ben Yosef Yochanan A”H, my maternal grandfather Dovid Tzvi Ben Yosef Yochanan A”H, my paternal grandfather Moshe Ben Yosef A”H, my paternal grandmother Channah Freidel Bas Avraham A”H, my uncle Reuven Nachum Ben Moshe & my great aunt Rivkah Sorah Bas Zev Yehuda HaKohein,
It should also be in Zechus L’Refuah Shileimah for:
-My father Bunim Tuvia Ben Channa Freidel
-My grandmother Shulamis Bas Etta
-MY BROTHER: MENACHEM MENDEL SHLOMO BEN CHAYA ROCHEL
-HaRav Shlomo Ben Shayna Zelda
-Mordechai Shlomo Ben Sarah Tili
-Noam Shmuel Ben Simcha
_R’ Simcha Yitzchak Ben Mirela Yudka
-Chaya Rochel Ettel Bas Shulamis
-It should also be a Z’chus for an Aliyah of the holy Neshamos of HaRav HaGa’on V’Sar HaTorah Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Ben HaRav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky A”H, Dovid Avraham Ben Chiya Kehas—R’ Dovid Winiarz ZT”L, Miriam Liba Bas Aharon—Rebbetzin Weiss A”H, as well as the Neshamos of those whose lives were taken by terrorists (Hashem Yikom Damam), COVID-19, and other tragedies.
-It should also be a Z’chus for success for Tzaha”l as well as the rest of Am Yisrael, in Eretz Yisrael and in the Galus.
“Jealousy is a Poison”
פַּרְשַׁת יִתְרוֹ is the first time ה׳ spoke to the בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל at הַר סִינַי to give them the תּוֹרָה. At הַר סִינַי He announced the עַשֶׂרֶת הַדִבְּרוֹת which would be written onto the 2 לוּחוֹת. Hidden inside these 10 statements are the all of the 613 מִצְווֹת of the entire.
In the עַשֶׂרֶת הַדִבְּרוֹת, it states some of the most important rules of the תּוֹרָה. For example, we cannot serve עַבוֹדָה זָרָה, kill, kidnap/steal, or lie.
The 10th and final commandment of the עַשֶׂרֶת הַדִבְּרוֹת is that we are not allowed to be jealous of others.
Question: Why is it so terrible to be jealous? We can understand why it is bad to kill and steal. But, what is wrong with being jealous? It’s just a feeling. As long as you don’t hurt anyone else or steal from them, why does it matter that you feel jealous?
Answer: Jealousy is poisonous and toxic. When we are jealous of another person instead of being happy for him or her, we can actually make that other person feel bad.
Also, being jealous can cause us to do so many other עַבֵרוֹת. When we are jealous of others, we might start to hate them, or even want to steal from them, and maybe even hurt them (חַס וְשָׁלוֹם).
Finally, when we become jealous of someone, we forget that ה׳ is the One Who decided what everyone is going to have in life. ה׳ gives us our food, money, homes, cars, talents, and friends. Instead of being jealous, we should trust Him.
Let us be happy for each other, trust in ה׳, and have a wonderful שַׁבָּת!
Rabbi Eisenberg, Grade 3