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.
“Free to be an Eved”
In פַּרְשַׁת מִּשְׁפָּטִים, the תּוֹרָה begins to list many of the מִצְווֹת that the בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל were taught at הַר סִינַי. The long list begins with עֶבֶד עִבְרִי (Hebrew slave).
פַּרְשַׁת מִּשְׁפָּטִים is also when we said two of the most important words in our history. When we were asked if we would accept the תּוֹרָה, we declared: “נַֽעֲשֶׂה וְנִשְׁמָע”-“We will do, and we will listen.”
Question: Why did the list begin with עֶבֶד עִבְרִי? And why were the words “נַֽעֲשֶׂה וְנִשְׁמָע” so important?
Answer: The law of עֶבֶד עִבְרִי is that even if a person became a servant to another person, he can’t serve him forever. One day, he will have to go free so that he can serve ה׳ alone. That is because, no matter what happens, Jews are servants only to ה׳.
We were slaves in מִצְרַיִם, but eventually, we went free because our service belongs only to ה׳. That is the meaning of “נַֽעֲשֶׂה וְנִשְׁמָע.” These are the words of servants who love their true Master and are ready to work, no matter what He asks.
This year, we learned from אֶלִיעֶזֶר what it means to be a true עֶבֶד. Let’s be true עַבָדִים to ה׳ and do what He wants from us right now and have a wonderful שַׁבָּת!
Rabbi Eisenberg, Grade 3