Sunday, March 4, 2007
Purim story w/ Chidushei Harim and the Rizhiner
The Chidushei Harim asked R' Yisroel from Ruzhin, in relation to the haftarah of Parshas Zachor, "How could Shaul Hamelech have said 'Kiyami es dvar Hashem."? Shaul knew that he had not fulfilled the Dvar Hashem when it came to failing to kill Agag, the king of Amalek, not to mention "meitav hatzon."
The Rizhiner answered him in the following way: Because Shaul Hamelech didn't kill Agag, he lived one more night, long enough to make his wife pregnant. And that child eventually led to Haman, who tried to kill the Jewish people. And it was because of that attempt, that the whole Jewish people did tshuva in the Megilla, and the pasuk says "Kimu v'kiblu," the Jewish poeple accepted the Torah She'baal Peh. So you see that through Shaul's aveira of not killing Agag, Hashem's Torah was indeed established many years later, and therefore Shaul was truthfully able to say, "Kiyami es dvar Hashem."
All of us make mistakes, but this teaches us that Hashem transforms our errors, mistakes and aveiros, in the big picture, to something which will be for the good. This is similar to that idea that I quoted here from Kedushas Levi, that everything is good, no matter what people's intentions are in the beginning. Hashem will transform everything for the good.
The picture is of The Tiferes Yisrael Synagogue in Jerusalem which was named after Rabbi Yisrael Friedman who instigated its construction - Picture courtesy of Wikipedia