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Monday, 2 Tammuz 5777 / June 26, 2017

Monday: Doing What is Not Our Job

Monday: Doing What is Not Our Job

Second Reading: Numbers 19:18–20:6

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G‑d instructed the Jewish people to remain encamped at the border of the Land of Israel for 19 years after Korach’s rebellion. They then wandered in the desert for another 19 years, arriving at the border of the kingdom of Edom. On the 10th of Nisan 2487, Moses’ sister Miriam died. The Jewish people’s source of water – the miraculous well that had followed them in the desert – disappeared, for it had existed only in Miriam’s merit. G‑d subsequently restored it to the Jewish people in Moses’ merit.
Doing What is Not Our Job
וְלֹא הָיָה מַיִם לָעֵדָה וַיִּקָּהֲלוּ עַל מֹשֶׁה וְעַל אַהֲרֹן: (במדבר כ:ב)
The congregation had no water, so they assembled against Moses and Aaron. Numbers 20:2

Food nourishes the body, but the body needs water in order to absorb the nutrients in the food. Similarly, the “food” of the soul is the Torah and its “water” is the Torah’s ability to influence all facets of our personalities, all types of people, and all aspects of life.

When the Jewish people’s existence was threatened in Egypt, Miriam was the one who ensured that there would be a new generation of Jews to carry on G‑d’s mission. She both encouraged the Jewish people to continue having children and saved their newborns from Pharaoh’s decree. On account of her efforts to ensure that the Torah would continue to “flow” into the next generation, the well existed in her merit.

With her passing, Moses had to assume her role. This teaches us that when other Jews are in physical or spiritual danger we should come to their aid, even if offering this type of assistance is not our forte. When we help others, G‑d in turn will help us with all our own needs.1

Footnotes
1.
Likutei Sichot, vol. 2, p. 335; Sefer HaArachim Chabad, vol. 2, cols. 186–187.
Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (11 Nissan 1902–3 Tammuz 1994) became the seventh rebbe of the Chabad dynasty on 10 Shevat 1950. He is widely acknowledged as the greatest Jewish leader of the second half of the 20th century, a dominant scholar in both the revealed and hidden aspects of Torah, and fluent in many languages and on scientific subjects. The Rebbe is best known for his extraordinary love and concern for every Jew on the planet, having sent thousands of emissaries around the globe, dedicated to strengthening Judaism.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky is a scholar, author and anthologist, and is editor-in-chief at Chabad House Publications of California. He is the author and translator of Apples from the Orchard, gleanings from the writings of the Arizal (Rabbi Isaac Luria, 1534–1572) on the Torah, and is the author and editor-in-chief of the Kehot Chumash produced by Chabad House Publications, featuring an interpolated translation of the Torah with commentary adapted from the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
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Anonymous July 11, 2016

Doing what is not our job I think what is significant with this passage of Torah is the children. We wonder why are world is the way it is. It's becoming like the time of the Judges. It tells me we should be investing in children everywhere. If they are not raised to know G-d, then we only have ourselves to blame. Reply

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