Parasha Vayakel (Shemot - Exodus 35,1-40,38)
"And Moshe gathered all the congregation of the Bnei Israel and said to them: These are the things that Hashem ordered to do. For six days you will do your work and the seventh
day will be sacred for you, a Shabbat completely for Hashem, and anyone who does a job will be sentenced to death "(Shemot 35,1)
The great Sages explain to us in the Hagada: From the beginning of the Torah to the end,
there is no other Parasha that begins with the verb "gather". Hashem said to Moshe: Make a great Assembly and you will expose in public the laws of Shabbat, so that future generations learn from you, to meet every Shabbat in the Batei Midrashot (houses of study) to study and teach the words of the Torah , 'what is allowed or prohibited', and for My Great Name to be praised by my children.
The great Sage Japhets Chaim warns us:
I've heard something terrible. It seems that Shabbat and feast days, which were set to be days of Sacred convocation to spread the Torah and the fear of Heaven, as it is written: "Remember the Shabbat day to sanctify it." And this has become the cause of numerous sins: all
on the eve of Shabbat and the Holidays, newspapers are published twice as thick as those on weekdays, and the press and journalists take great pains to fill them with all kinds of frivolity, ridicule and rudeness. These copies are printed on the eve of Shabbat and the Holidays and many
of our brothers the Bnei Israel spend the whole day of Holy Shabbat reading these frivolities.
Unfortunate the ears that listen and unfortunate the eyes that see so much contempt for the Holiness of Shabbat and the Holidays, since even on weekdays it is forbidden to read this kind of thing!
The same punishment that those who mock will receive will also be applied to those who write and print them. But for the one who hears such a fact and keeps quiet, the Sages have said that Hashem's anger will fall on him, and with much more reason those who drag thousands of people.
They are sinners, who make others sin and will not be able to repent!
The Japhets Chaim concludes by saying: I am struck by the fact that correct people among our brothers, the Bnei Israel, who believe in Hashem and his Torah, who know the gravity of sin, allow themselves to be drawn and seduced by the words of instinct evil and spend many hours a day reading them. They know the seriousness of sin.
Because they do not notice the negligence in the study of the Torah, as well as
of the terrible sin of mockery? They also assume a part of the sin of the public, because the mass of simple people, who observe that the correct people also read the newspapers, produces that they too
allow themselves to do so.It also catches my attention that they are the ones who every day multiply the requests and supplications to Hashem to send us Prophet Eliyahu and Mashiach
How is it explained that they can make such requests? Will they be able to receive the prophet Eliyahu, while they are immersed in mockery and frivolous topics?
Is this the way to prepare for their arrival?
Their faces will not be filled with shame when Prophet Eliyahu finds them
in such situation? (From the letters of the Japhets Chaim)
Perhaps now we can understand why this Shabbat is so different and so special that many of us will have the experience of living, a Shabbat, as it appears in the writing that has been circulating "A unique Shabbat in history" in which they are detailed all the means of leisure and distraction that here in Israel will not be able to operate, there will be no work of any kind, or transportation, only emergencies, Hashem closed everything! Hashem is changing the world
And it is no coincidence that in this Parasha we are reminded of the Holy day in which Hashem orders us to stop and leave our vanities and get closer to Him. I will say it again. There are no coincidences!
(Dedicated for the healing of all the sick of Am Israel and the whole world, a speedy restoration)
The Garden of Breslev..