Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dvar Torah - Parashat Terumah-Rav Amiad

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  1. "דבר אל בני ישראל ויקחו לי תרומה" ( שמות כה,ב)
    "Speak to Bnei Yisrael, and have them take for Me a contribution." (Shemot 25:2)
    Why does the Torah uses the verb 'to take' instead of 'to give' for the contributions?
    A person who gives a contribution also receives, he takes. When a person contributes he receives a lot. He merits a Mitzvah, he has inner satisfaction, he works on his characteristics, thus becoming a better person, and closer to Hashem.
    What is the definition of the Yetzer Tov and Yetzer Rah, the Good and Evil inclinations? There are many answers to this question. Rav Ashlag, author of the book "HaSulam" on the Zohar, explains that the desire to take IS the Yetzer HaRah and to give IS the Yetzer Hatov. The more a person gives, the more he works and activates his Yetzer HaTov, and is therefore closer to Hashem. Hence, to give a contribution is really to take, to recieve.