This D’var Torah should be a Zechus L’Ilui Nishmas my sister, Kayla Rus Bas Bunim Tuvia A”H, 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
-And all of the Cholei Yisrael, especially those suffering from COVID-19 and the Meiron tragedy.
-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 the Meiron tragedy.
-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.
“The Fear Fall”
פַּרָשַׁת וַיֵּרָא tells one of the most important and incredible stories in the entire Torah, the story of “עַקֵדַת יִצְחָק” (the Binding of יִצְחָק).
ה׳ tested אַבְרָהָם אָבִינוּ by telling him to offer up his son יִצְחָק as a קָרְבָּן. But, when אַבְרָהָם was about to slaughter his son, Hashem sent an angel to stop him.
Question: The Torah tells us that this whole story was a test. But, why did ה׳ need to test אַבְרָהָם again? אַבְרָהָם has already done so many things to prove that he trusts in ה׳. He even allowed himself to be thrown into the fire for ה׳. Why did ה׳
Answer: At the end of the story, ה׳ praised אַבְרָהָם and explained that the עַקֵדָה was a test to show if אַבְרָהָם truly feared Him.
Every time ה׳ tested אַבְרָהָם, it was a little bit like ה׳ was telling אַבְרָהָם to do a “trust fall.” But, this test was different and even scarier than a trust fall. That is because אַבְרָהָם actually did not know ה׳ would “catch” him. ה׳ did not tell אַבְרָהָם that an angel would stop him. ה׳ did not tell אַבְרָהָם that everything would be okay, that his son would live. That shows that אַבְרָהָם did not only trust ה׳ that everything would be okay, but he listened to Hashem even when he thought things would not be okay. That does not just show trust, but it shows true יִרְאַת ה׳ (fear of Hashem).
Sometimes, it’s hard to do what ה׳ asks of us. Sometimes, ה׳’s tests seem scary, annoying, or even unfair and mean. But, that is when we have to fear ה׳. That means that we have to trust in ה׳’s instructions even when we don’t completely understand them. And we have to remember that He loves us; therefore, whatever He commands us is for the best. Have a wonderful שבת!
Rabbi Eisenberg, Grade 3