To Each Person a Mission

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  1. dr. william gewirtz says:

    IMHO, RYBS ZTL’s most memorable Agadah section in a Yartzeit shiur, i believe around 1964, was on the topic above of each person’s shilchut and unique role.

  2. YoelB says:

    Rabbi Rosenburg, that was a beautiful and inspiring piece.

    Tzadok HaCohen of Lublin ztz”l writes in Poked Akarim that Hashem’s remembrance of Sarah was the first instance of such a thing happening since the Creation. That is the significance of פ-ק-ד; it’s an initialization. Prior to this, an akarah, a barren woman, was an akarah forever. Once Yitzhak was conceived, it no longer required a miraculous change in Nature for an akarah to conceive; similarly for the various miracles that happened for our ancestors. If I recall correctly, he implies that now, for us to receive the same miracle (only!) requires ז-כ-ר –a recollection of a process that has already been initialized.
    This understanding of פ-ק-ד vs ז-כ-ר seems to fit with the idea from Rav Dessler that our individual tafkid is unique. And it would also imply that for us to merit Hashem’s remembrance, we need to desire to fulfill our individual tafkid with the same intensity that Sarah desired a child.

    May it be so for all of us.

    Ksiva ve’chasima tova

  3. Ori Pomerantz says:

    You might want to forward this to secular friends and relatives for kiruv. It’s very easy for secular Jews to think that Judaism is predominately a set of laws and restrictions.

    Yishar Koach.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Far be it from me to try to dispute the Vilna Gaon, but I do not understand one facet of what you cited in his name (via Rav Dessler).

    Yaaleh veYavo is said on occasions where Hashem helps us in ways that go beyond the natural order. Therefore, wouldn’t it make sense for it to be composed with eight terms of ascent, going beyond the world created in seven days? What would be the motivation for folding “veyipaqeid veyizakheir” into one, and reducing the count to seven?

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