Arie E. Pelta
Arie E. Pelta

Chanukas HaBayis – Dedicating A New House – In Israel (part 3 of 4)

Take Action To Bring Moshiach

Just like we had to go into the Reed Sea in order to demonstrate our Trust in G-d, similarly, we must take a physical  action in order to bring Moshiach. We have taken concrete steps to bring Moshaich, by making Aliyah and then building our house. Merely waiting for Moshiach to magically appear, demonstrates that one does not believe in Moshiach at all. This type of faith is only external and only fools the individual into complacency. Building a house in Israel shows that we want to rebuild Israel and actually bring the Moshiach.

A person who refuses to take action, simply waiting for Moshiach to come and carry him off to Eretz Yisrael, shows that he does not believe in Moshiach at all! His faith is only external, and it causes him to fool himself.  However, a person who takes action shows that he believes in Moshiach, and this belief will encourage him to take further action on his own (EHS pg. 472)

What happened in the Egyptian exile is a prototype of all future redemptions. This was clearly stated by the Navi Micha.

מיכה ז:טו

כִּימֵי צֵֽאתְךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם אַרְאֶנּוּ נִפְלָאֽוֹת:

As in the days of your exodus from the land of Egypt, I will show him wonders. (Micah 7:15)

This process of building Israel is by no means easy. It is not supposed to be. Once we recognize that this process  is for a great purpose, we can only see the good of Israel.  Otherwise, we will be not better then the spies מרגלים  who disparaged the Land, during the time of Moshe.

תהילים קכח:ה

יְבָֽרֶכְךָ ה’ מִצִּיּוֹן וּרְאֵה בְּטוּב יְרֽוּשָׁלִם כּל יְמֵי חַיֶּֽיךָ:

May Hashem bless you from Zion, and see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life.( Tehilim 128:5)

We must always see only the good of Eretz Yisrael, only the positive.  We must be careful not to be a meragel spy. To atone for the sin of the spies we have the major fast day of Tisha B’Av.  In addition, there is another less known fast day on the 17th of Elul, which is dedicated just to the מרגלים .  For some reason this fast day is not commemorated by most Jews.

The land of Eretz Yisrael does not tolerate Am Yisrael unless we have unity אחדות.  This is the “echad” of shema that we unite in Eretz Yisrael to proclaim that that G-d in one.  According to the Zohar , in parshas Emor, only the Jews who live in Eretz Yisrael can actually fulfill the concept that G-d is One.

שמואל ב, ז:כג

וּמי כְעַמְּך כְּיִשְׂרָאֵל גּוֹי אֶחָד בָּאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר הָלְכֽוּ אֱלֹקִים לִפְדּֽוֹת לוֹ לְעם וְלָשֹוּם לוֹ שֵׁם וְלַעֲשֹוֹת לָכֶם הַגְּדוּלָּה וְנֹֽרָאוֹת לְאַרְצֶךָ מִפְּנֵי עַמְּךָ אֲשֶׁר פָּדִיתָ לְּךָ מִמִּצְרַיִם גּוֹיִם וֵאלֹהָֽיו:

And who is like Your people, like Israel, one nation in the Land, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, and to make Him a name, also to accomplish for you the greatness and fearful things for Your land, [in driving out] from before Your people, whom You did redeem for Yourself out of Egypt, [the] nations and their gods? (Shmuel 2 7:23)

Rav Chaim Vital quotes in the name of his Rebbe, the Ariz”l, that when one performs a specific mitzvah for which a certain Tzadik sacrificed himself for, then the soul of that Tzadik comes to his aid.   Yehoshua and Calev endangered their lives in order to encourage the Jewish Nation to make Aliyah  against the advice of the Meraglim.  They were to be stoned when they said “lets go up” to Israel (EHS pg. 515). When we sacrifice ourselves for Aliyah then the neshamos of Yehoshua and Calev come to our aid (EHS pg. 151).

Torah Learning In Israel

Tehillim teaches us how to see the Shechina in this world.  Study torah in Eretz Yisrael.

תהילים קה:ד

דִּרְשׁוּ ה’ וְעֻזּוֹ, בַּקְּשׁוּ פָנָיו תָּמִֽיד:

Search for Hashem and His might [Torah]; seek His presence constantly. (Tehillim 105:4)

The word עוז refers to Torah. Rav Yossi Bar Chalifta asked his son Rav Yishmael, “You want to see the Shechina in this world? Study Torah in Eretz Yisrael”.  Because Israel is the place of the Shechina and עוזו is Torah. (Meam Loez).   Even better, we should make house, in Eretz Yisrael  a place of Torah study.

Why is it fitting to have a Chanukas HaBayis in Eretz Yisrael on Shabbos? Shabbos is called “your dwellings”. Dwelling מושב is the stage after settlement ישיבה.

קידושין לז עמוד א

דמושב לאחר ירושה וישיבה משמע [דבר אל בני ישראל ואמרת אלהם, כי תבאו אל ארץ מושבתיכם אשר אני נתן לכם. (במדבר (שלח) טו:ב(]…אמר לו רבי עקיבא: הרי שבת שנאמר בו מושבות…[לא תבערו אש בכל משבתיכם, ביום השבת (שמות (ויקהל) לה:ג]

…for “dwelling” denotes “after possession and settlement” of Eretz Yisrael.  [Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you will come to the Land of your dwelling places that I give you (Bamidbar 15:2)]…Rabbi Akiva said to him: But there is the commandment of the Shabbos, regarding which “dwellings” is stated…[You shall not kindle fire in any of your dwellings on the Shabbos day (Shmos 35:3)].

Why does Parshat Ki Teizei juxtapose sending away the mother bird, building a new house, make a fence on the roof, not planting kilayim, plowing different species of animals together, shatnez and tzizis. Why?

דברים כב: ו-יב, פרשת כי תצא

כִּי יִקָּרֵא קַן צִפּוֹר לְפָנֶיךָ בַּדֶּרֶךְ בְּכָל עץ אוֹ עַל הָאָרֶץ אֶפְרֹחִים אוֹ בֵיצִים וְהָאֵם רֹבֶצֶת עַל־הָֽאֶפְרֹחִים אוֹ עַל־הַבֵּיצִים לֹֽא תִקַּח הָאֵם עַל הַבָּנִֽים: שַׁלֵּחַ תְּשַׁלַּח אֶת הָאֵם וְאֶת הַבָּנִים תִּקַּח לָךְ לְמַעַן יִיטַב לךְ וְהַֽאֲרַכְתָּ יָמִֽים: כִּי תִבְנֶה בַּיִת חָדָשׁ וְעָשִׂיתָ מַֽעֲקֶה לְגַגֶּךָ וְלֹֽא־תָשִׂים דָּמִים בְּבֵיתֶךָ כִּֽי יִפֹּל הַנֹּפֵל מִמֶּֽנּוּ: לֹֽא תִזְרַע כַּרְמְךָ כִּלְאָיִם פֶּן תִּקְדַּשׁ הַֽמְלֵאָה הַזֶּרַע אֲשֶׁר תִּזְרָע וּתְבוּאַת הַכָּֽרֶם: לֹא תַֽחֲרשׁ בְּשֽׁוֹר וּבַֽחֲמֹר יַחְדָּֽו: לֹא תִלְבַּשׁ שַֽׁעַטְנֵז צֶמֶר וּפִשְׁתִּים יַחְדָּֽו: גְּדִלים תַּֽעֲשֶׂה לָּךְ עַל אַרְבַּע כַּנְפוֹת כְּסֽוּתְךָ אֲשֶׁר תְּכַסֶּה בָּֽהּ:

If a bird’s nest chances before you on the road, on any tree, or on the ground, and [it contains] fledglings or eggs, if the mother is sitting upon the fledglings or upon the eggs, you shall not take the mother upon the young. You shall send away the mother, and [then] you may take the young for yourself, in order that it should be good for you, and you should lengthen your days. When you build a new house, you shall make a guard rail for your roof, so that you shall not cause blood [to be spilled] in your house, that the one who falls should fall from it [the roof]. You shall not sow your vineyard [together with] a mixed variety of species, lest the increase, even the seed that you sow and the yield of the vineyard [both] become forbidden. You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. You shall not wear a mixture of wool and linen together. You shall make yourself twisted threads, on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself. (Devarim 22:6-12)

These mitzvos are combined together to teach us that one mitzvah brings another מצוה גוררת מצוה. For if you fulfill the mitzvah of שילוח הקן  then you will be rewarded with building an new house and be able to fulfill the mitzvah of מעקה  and then plant a כרם  and field and have nice clothing to be careful about shatnez and place tzitis on it. (Meaam Loez). I was able to perform the mitzvah of Shiluach Hakan on Purim 5777, about three years ago.

We know from the Mishnah in Kiddushin, that one who performs a mitzvah properly inherits a part of Eretz Yisrael.

משנה קידושין א:י

כל העושה מצוה אחת – מטיבין לו, ומאריכין לו ימיו, ונוחל את הארץ

Whoever fulfills one Mitzvah- is benefitted, his days are prolonged, and he inherits the Land [of Eretz Yisrael]. (Mishnah Kedushin 1:10)

The Zohar mentions that When building the house we should say – “בנין זה אני בונה לעבודת ה'”, then for sure the סטרא דקדושה  will help him and G-d will a partner in the house (Zohar, Meam Loez).  When we started to build our house, I told our builder that we are building this house so that that we can serve G-d lechatchila in Eretz Yisrael and fulfill the mitzvah of Yishuv Eretz Yisrael.  In this way received Hashem’s help and have Kedusha on the house.  When we build לשם שמים it is guaranteed that we will receive Hashem’s assistance.

Similarly, in all actions that we perform we must verbalize that we are doing this בעזרת ה’ יתברך. Then we are assured to have G-d’s help in our endeavor. In this way we fulfill the directive in Mishlei of בכל דרכך דעהו .

משלי ג:ו

בְּכָל דְּרָכֶיךָ דָעֵהוּ וְהוּא יְיַשֵּׁר אֹֽרְחֹתֶֽיךָ:

            Know Him in all your ways, and He will direct your paths (Mishlei 3:6).

We bring Kedusha on a house by learning Torah in it and having a seudas mitzvah. When we engrossed in Torah learning then the Shechina is next to us  שבכי כמים לבך נכח פני ה.

איכה ב:יט

קוּמִי  רֹנִּי בַלַּיְלָה (כתיב בַלַּיְלָ) לְרֹאשׁ אַשְׁמֻרוֹת שִׁפְכִי כַמַּיִם לִבֵּךְ נֹכַח פְּנֵי אֲדֹנ-י שְׂאִי אֵלָיו כַּפַּיִךְ עַל נֶפֶשׁ עֽוֹלָלַיִךְ הָֽעֲטוּפִים בְּרָעָב בְּרֹאשׁ כָּל חוּצֽוֹת:

Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence Hashem; lift up your hands to Him [and pray] for the lives of your infants, who faint because of hunger at the head of every street.” (Eicha 2:19)

Especially if we have a minyan of ten men discussing Torah subjects in the house, then the Shechina is present (Pirkei Avos).

משנה פרקי אבות, ג:ז

רבי חלפתא בן דוסא איש כפר חנניה אומר: עשרה שיושבין ועוסקין בתורה שכינה שרויה ביניהם, שנאמר: …אלקים נצב בעדת קל…(תהילים פב:א)

Rav Chalafta ben Dosa from Kfar Chananya said: Ten[men] sit together and occupy themselves with Torah, the Shechina lives among them, as it is said: “G-d stands in the congregation of G-d (Tehilim 82:1)”

About the Author
Arie E. Pelta, M.D., a Board Certified General and Colorectal Surgeon from the USA , made aliyah with his wife and 7 children in 2013. Received Rabbinical ordination in 1997. He is also a active Medical Corps Officer holding the rank of Captain in the IDF Reserves. Currently practicing in Laniado Hospital in Netanya; speciaizing in the surgical care of all problems of the colon, rectum and anus.
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