Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  LifeLine
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Shemos

by Rabbi Yaakov Menken


"Take your shoes off your feet, because the place upon which you are standing is Holy ground." [3:5]

The Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Yisrael M. Kagan of Radin, offers two insights based upon this verse. Our Sages tell us that one should not say "when I am free, I will learn." The Chofetz Chaim explains that it is our nature to imagine to ourselves that when HaShem gives us a better situation, be that in our financial well-being or personal lives, that then we will study Torah - but not while our circumstances are so challenging.

This, he adds, is why the verse says "the place upon which you are standing is Holy ground." Wherever you are, at whatever time, is "Holy" - meaning that HaShem wants you to deal with exactly that situation. The Medrash promises the person who learns while going through trying times that his reward will be many times greater than that of a person who learns in stress-free circumstances.

The Chofetz Chaim also observes that the obligation is placed upon us to "take our shoes off our feet." Meaning, each of us is required to remove the curtain which separates us from HaShem. By doing that which we shouldn't, we separate ourselves, hanging thick curtains which block out any connection to the Divine. If we don't see HaShem's radiance, it's because we have hung the curtains! If we tear them down, we'll see the light streaming through...

Text Copyright © 1996 Rabbi Yaakov Menken and Project Genesis, Inc.
The author is the Director of Project Genesis.


 

ARTICLES ON ACHAREI MOS AND KEDOSHIM:

View Complete List

Kedoshim: Morality in Daily Life
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5775

In the Sanctuary
Shlomo Katz - 5763

Don't Take it to Heart
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

ArtScroll

Love Your Neighbor
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5759

Kiddush Moments
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

Don't Take Revenge...
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

> The Message of the Lottery of the Two Goats
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

A Deafening Silence
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Commandments Bring us to Holiness
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Fundamental Rule
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

Faith Healer
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

Becoming Holy
Shlomo Katz - 5772

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Fun vs. Pleasure
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

A Good Place to Begin
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Do it Because I am Holy
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

Belief and Circumstance
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information