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Hearing the Voice: Vayikra (Leviticus 1-5)

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by Frand, Rabbi Yissocher
“God ‘spoke to Moshe from the Tent of Meeting.’ Rashi explains that the voice of Hashem reached Moshe’s ears, but the Jewish people did not hear it….It was a powerful voice…
How could such a thing be? …
… It is possible that only Moshe heard the voice of Hashem because only he was attuned to it. As for the others, it passed right by them without their being aware of it.
… In order to hear the voice of Hashem, a person’s ears would have to be set to a high spiritual frequency…
Having the faculty of hearing does not guarantee that we will really hear. Having the faculty of sight does not guarantee that we will really see…
(We may have seen miracles in our time)…
…Was our appreciation just superficial or did it cause profound changes in our lives…
Rav Eliahu Lopian once said that emunah, faith, is not manifest in the intensity of the prayers we say during a crisis but by the intensity of the praises we offer up to Hashem when the crisis has passed. … But when the fire passes, is the relationship still as intense? That is the test of true faith. We may have seen miracles in our time, but did they penetrate beyond the surface and effect changes in who we are? That is the question we must ask ourselves. Did we really ‘see’ the miracles?”

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