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A wondrous chapter.
The Rebbe tells us that this weekly portion is “wondrous” in that it contains the entire Torah and the whole world. When G-d set out to create the world, He put in place a set of strict rules: every created entity would contain within it three stages: a beginning, a middle, and a finale. This is connected to absolutely everything, including Creation.
At the outset G-d looked into the Torah - the blueprint for Ceation. The second stage involved the creation of a world that would contain undesirable elements alongside positive ones. The final stage is the effort of the Jewish People collectively to fix and refine the world to bring about the Final Redemption..
This process is reflected in this week’s chapter. Initially G-d Himself created the first set of tablets. This was followed by the Golden Calf and the breaking of the tablets. Why? So that the Jews would repent and merit the second set which was much more “valuable” as it contained the Jewish Law, the Midrash and Aggada. In other words here we have a beginning, a descent, action and redemption reflective of the three stages.
Unfortunately the road to the final Redemption involves descent and difficult, unfortunate situations due to the sins. This is applicable to everyone, when descent occurs, one must utilize that falling down in order to garner new strengths and keep moving forward. People tend to think that descent is something completely negative and undesirable, something that should not, ideally, occur and once it has occurred, it must be used for elevating oneself.
The Rebbe tells us something completely different: all that had been planned out by G-d to begin with. G-d had decided that this is how events and circumstances should unfold for the sake of the Ultimate Redemption. The Rebbe emphasizes that those negative situations are in reality part of the process with a clear goal leading to the ultimate good.
Tfoo wit, for a Jew, a falling down is only “permitted’ to take place for the sake of a greater ascent and thus it is a part of that subsequent elevation!
A happy ending
Every Jew possesses certain powers that enable him to fulfill his mission completely, from the moment he wakes up to the time he goes to bed at night. Where do those powers come from? From the Moses of our generation who will usher in the Final Redemption.