Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Daf Yomi - Beitzah 5 - Return to your state of physicality

The Gemara states that once the Chachamim assemble to render a ruling, they are required to gather again to rescind the ruling. This is derived from the verse that states that HaShem told Moshe to inform the Jewish People to return to their tents, as it is said go say to them, return to your tents. The Rambam in Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah writes that this verse means that HaShem told Moshe to instruct the Jewish People to return to their bodies. When HaShem revealed Himself at Sinai and uttered the Ten Commandments, the souls of the Jewish People left their bodies. Hashem was thus instructing Moshe to tell the Jewish People that they should now return to their bodies. Hashem then told Moshe, but as for you, stand here with Me, which means that HaShem was telling Moshe to distance himself from physical pursuits and that he would be transformed into an angelic like figure, devoid of physical desire. One must wonder why the Jewish People were required to return to their state of physicality. Would it not have been preferable to retain their exalted status of a soul unconfined to the physical? It is said people of holiness shall you be to Me. The Kotzker Rebbe was known to have said, be holy, but retain your human state. Thus, the goal of most Jews must be to strive for great heights in spirituality but to remain a mortal, as this is the will of HaShem.


Sholom said...

The B'nei Yisra'el, not the Jews, received the revelation at Har Sinai.

The B'nei Yisra'el had to return to their physical bodies after the revelation because they had only experienced the vanguardist liberation of Moshe, but not the individualist liberation of Korach.