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This week the Shalosh Seudos Drasha is brought to us by two of our holy brothers in shul, Aviezer Cohen and Moshe Lachman. A big yasher koach to them both and hopefully they will be able to continue helping in the future.
Rav Moshe Weinberger
Shalosh Seudos Drasha Parashas Terumah 5752
Rav Mottel Zilber Shlita: The hidden treasure Revealed in Adar
(Original text of Rav Mottel Zilber is in regular font. Rav Weinberger’s comments are in italics)
פרשת תרומה תשע״ב
Rav Mottel Zilber shlita
We always read these פרשיות dealing with the building of the משכן in the month of Adar. חז״ל tell us in the Gemara ( סוטה ט) that the handiwork of משה רבינו is indestructible, and therefore the משכן (Tabernacle) that משה made can not be destroyed, only concealed. Also the vessels that משה made everything have been hidden, Again all these things can not be destroyed therefore, when we are not worthy of these things, they become concealed from us and go into hiding.
Since they are not destroyed completely but only in hiding we are able to draw constantly the light from these hidden treasures. There are times which offer a much greater opportunity to draw this light. Chodesh Adar is a very special time for this in a very unique way, and therefore it is called אדר which is אדרת שער, Aderes is a garment. A garment hides and conceals that which is within it. In the month of Adar we are then able to reach these hidden treasures which are concealed within its garments.
Therefore חז״ל tell us ( טו ביצה) that Adar is a language of strength. Like the pasuk saysה׳" ״אדיר במרום . According to what we've explained we can understand this to mean that from the hidden treasures of holiness ישראל כללdraws its strength. This is the meaning of אסתר מגילת, that we're revealing holy strengths which are usually concealed. Therefore the משכן that משה built and was later concealed and never destroyed shines very brightly in the month of Adar. Thus we read in the month of Adar these parshios of the building of the משכן.
With this we can understand what חז״ל teaches us in the gemara (תענית כט). Just like when the month of Av comes we diminish our joy so to when Adar arrives we increase our joy. What does the decrease in joy in Av have to do with the increase of joy in Adar? Chazal are implying that the two months are deeply connected. The mourning of Av is very tied up with the joy of Adar. According to what we've said we can understand that the mourning of Av is over the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash, while the joy of Adar is over the revelation at this time of that a part of the Bais Hamikdash that was never destroyed, and can’t be destroyed.
Purim is the טוב יום of נצח (eternity) as the אריז״ל writes. Purim is the revelation of those holy hidden treasures that are eternal, that will remain with us constantly for all eternity. This is our victory over the side of impurity, that we have holy hidden strengths that the side of impurity has no power over. We know that every single Jew has רבינו משה inside of him. רבינו משה is the concealed knowledge. If a Jew, heaven forbid, transgresses and sins, nevertheless this aspect of משה, of the treasure, never leaves him but only becomes further concealed. It's always there inside of him, only hidden. On chodesh Adar every Jew is given special strength ( אדיר במרום ה׳) to illuminate and uncover the אדרת, and to shine brightly with that aspect of רבנו משה inside each and every one of us.
We know that the goyim in Europe when they didn't know the name of Jew they would call him Mushkah..ויפתח ה את פי ׳האתון We see even the goyim unknowingly admit to this strength that each and every Jew posses. May we be זוכה to the time when these treasures will be revealed for the entire world to see with the coming of משיח בגאולה שלימה האמיתית במהרה בימנו אמן