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You Never Lost It

By Rabbi Yaacov Haber

What do you do if you are going crazy looking for something you misplaced and you just can’t find it anywhere?

Say the following: ‘Rabbi Binyamin said: The whole world is blind until G-d opens our eyes and we see’ (Breishis Rabba 52) Then make a pledge to the charity of Rabbi Baal HaNes and say twice:  ‘May the G-d of Meir answer me’. It works!

We are all blind until G-d opens our eyes. Just because we don’t see something, it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

You can be standing in front of your soul mate for 100 years and unless G-d opens your eyes you are still looking in every direction but straight.... it is possible to stand next to the person who loves you the most and you won’t even know it.

Life can get very difficult at times and we really can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Rabbi Binyamin taught that it’s not that the light is not there; it’s there but you just can’t always see it!

This week we learn the laws of the Parah Adumah, the Red Heifer. The laws of the Red Heifer are introduced by the Torah with the word “This is the chok of the Torah,” as if to say: This is the Torah’s ultimate chok, the mitzvah that most vividly demonstrates the supra-rationality of its Divine commandments.

The Red Heifer’s ashes purify those who have become tamei (impure), yet the administrating Kohen who was tahor (pure) becomes tamei! There is no obvious logic behind this paradox; yet that is the law. Even King Solomon, the wisest of men, could not understand its reasoning. Moshe was the only mortal that understood the logic of its law.
The Medrash points out that there is logic to what seems to defy logic; but we are blinded to what that rational may be. Moshe understood it and there will come a time that G-d will open our eyes and we will all understand it, but in the mean time we are blind.

The Red Heifer is a metaphor for the paradoxical events in our lives.

As we travel through life we go through many paradoxical events, events that are impossible to explain. We see pain in the righteous and successes for those that do evil ; ‘Zos Chukas HaTorah!’ these are the statutes of the Torah.

The Red Heifer teaches us that sometimes we are blind. However, there will come a time when the secret of the Red Heifer will be revealed. In retrospect we will see that it made so much sense; as do the paradoxes of our lives. Right now we are blind until the Holy One opens our eyes to see.

The Torah requires us to be humble. Sometimes when there is seemingly no rhyme or reason we must put our scientific, logical, seeing is believing mind, aside and realize as Rabbi Binyomen said: ‘The whole world is blind until G-d opens our eyes and we see’ (Breishis Rabba 52)

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