Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Daf Yomi - Beitzah 26 - Broken yet complete

The Gemara discusses examining a bechor for a permanent blemish on Yom Tov. It is noteworthy that just like one has to examine a bechor for a blemish, one is required to examine himself at all times for any blemish that would technically render him unfit for serving HaShem. It is aid that HaShem desires the one who is broken-hearted. How can one be broken-hearted yet simultaneously be in a state of perfection that allows him to serve HaShem? The answer is that when one is contrite and recognizes his unworthiness., this is the perfection that HaShem is seeking, and it is truly the broken-hearted person who can serve HaShem with pure faith.