Thursday, June 28, 2007

How We Learn Ahavas Yisroel From Balak

The following was said over by Rabbi Yissachor Frand. I believe he said it in the name of the Ohev Yisroel. I asked around and couldn't find the actual source but either way it's an unbelievable lesson.

The Ohev Yisroel, as the name implies had a great and sincere love for every Jew. He used to say that you can learn out Ahavas Yisroel, the love of every Jew, from every parsha in the Torah. Someone once asked him where we can learn this out from in Parshas Balak. The Ohev Yisroel replied that you can learn it out from the name of the Parsha, BaLaK. The letters stand for the following: the first letter, "beis", without a dot is "veis" for v'ahavta. The second letter "lamed" stands for l'reiacha". The last letter, "kuf" stands for "komocha". Right in the name of BaLaK we have the famous words of "v'ahavta l'reiach komocha", you should love your fellow Jew as yourself.

The questioner responded that this explanation was a real stretch because only the middle letter was correct – "lamed" for "l'reiacha; the first word "v'ahavta" starts with a "vav", not a "veis", and the last letter "komocha" starts with a "khof", not a "kuf". The Ohev Yisroel responded: "When it comes to Ahavas Yisroel, loving a fellow Jew, one can't be so exacting."

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