Friday, December 12, 2008

The Outer Trappings Of Piety

הַצִּילֵנִי נָא מִיַּד אָחִי, מִיַּד עֵשָׂו

Deliver me, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esav. (Bereishis 32:12)

Degel Machaneh Ephraim, Parshas Vayishlach:

This should be interpreted in accord with that stated in the Midrash: In the future, Esav will wrap himself in tzitzis and sit among the tzaddikim, and Hashem will pull him down from them.

It is important to say that this is also common in this world because of our many sins; for falsehood has increased in the world, and everyone wants to ascend to the level of the completely faithful in Israel. He sees that they are dressed in white clothing on Shabbos and wear a tallis on Erev Shabbos during Mincha and says, "I can surely be like them."

It is this which is more difficult than all else, for this causes the golus to be lengthened: they are called the Erev Rav, for this are mixed in among the Jewish people and it is difficult to separate them. Like wheat: the chaff and straw which is not all that stuck to the wheat is dispersed easily; but the refuse that is in the wheat is attached and it is hard to remove.


At December 12, 2008 at 9:24:00 AM EST, Blogger Neil Harris said...

Beautiful post and message. Finding the Emes in what we do is an Avodah in and of itself.

At December 12, 2008 at 9:51:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beis Halevy's explanation of this midrash, here

At December 23, 2008 at 11:54:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My late father A"H used to teitch the pasuk about Sedom -veanshe sedom raim vechatim , laHashem meod, - the people of Sedom were frauds and swindlers, but very frum in Godly matters...

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