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Numbers 33:17 – A Hallway to the Palace

28 Tammuz 5783 – 17 July 2023

They journeyed from Kivros HaTa’avah and camped in Chatzeros”

R’ Yitzchak of Vorka offered an strategy for defeating the ever-present temptations to sin that we experience in life. In order to overcome our inner adversary (yetzer hara), we must always remember that this world and this life is only temporary. We are here for a maximum of 120 years. However, an eternal life ultimately awaits us when we’ll be able to bask and take pleasure in the radiance of Hashem’s presence. It is vital to understand that this world is a preparation for the world to come. Our sages say, this world is like a hallway leading to the palace (Pirkei Avos 4:16).

This is hinted at in our verse. Kivros HaTa’avah can be translated as graves of lustfulness. How can we bury our lusts and subdue our yetzer hara? By remembering that our world is nothing more than a Chatzer, which is the courtyard in front of a house!

By Rabbi Michael Skobac

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