Parsha Ki Sisa Likutei Shoshanim

Parsha Ki Sisa – Likutei Shoshanim

Torah on the Parsha of Ki Sisa from Likutei Shoshanim. (BR: Please see my introduction HERE.

Adapted from “Sefer Likutei Shoshanim” by HaAdmor HaRishon Me-Savran (Savaran), HaRav Moshe Tzvi Me-Savran

Towards the end of this week’s Parsha the Torah states, “Vayemahair Moshe Vayikod Artza Vayishtachu” (Shemos 34:8), translated as, “And Moshe hurried to bow his head towards the ground and prostrate himself.” Why was Moshe Rabbeinu in such a rush to act in the way that he did?

HaRav R. Pinchas Aharon said that he heard in the name of HaRav Moshe Tvi Me-Savran that Moshe, who was the shadchan, as it were, between Hashem and Bnei Yisrael (as we see in Mishnayos Taanis Perek 4, Mishnah 8 that the day the Torah was given to Israel is described as their wedding day) said to Hashem a few posukim earlier “Har’aini Na es Kevodecha”  (Shemos 33:18) – “Show me Your Glory now.” Rabbi Yochanan says the word Kevodecha could also be read as a reference to clothing (Gemara Bava Kama 91b) and that, in effect, Moshe Rabbeinu, representing the Kallah, Bnei Yisrael, was asking the Chosson, Hashem Yisborach, to show him His Clothing, kiviyochol, that is, the Middos through which Hashem Yisborach reveals Himself. We see in the posukim which follow that after Moshe Rabbeinu had, as instructed by Hashem, carved out the two new stone Tablets on which the Ten Commandments were to be re-inscribed, Hashem showed Moshe the Thirteen Atributes of Mercy within which He is wrapped and which are His clothes of righteousness so to speak – “Vaya’avor Hashem al Panav Vayikra Hashem Hashem Kail Rachum Vechanun…” (Shemos 34:6-7). Moshe at this point feared that Hashem may ask in turn now from the Kallah to see her clothing which would have had to have been of a similar value, and this is why, therefore, “Moshe hurried to bow his head towards the ground and prostrate himself.”

(Originally from the Sefer “Toras Yechiel” by HaGaon Rabbi Akiva Yosef Shlesinger – Sefer Shemos, No. 989)

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