Inside Tefillin – Consecrate to Me every first-born

Inside Tefillin – Consecrate to Me every first-born

Here is a Chasidish Drash which has little to do with the real meaing of the Pasuk. It has a wonderful lesson. The First Perasha of the Tefillin say Kadesh Li – Consecrate to Me. Consecrate to Me every first-born, the first offspring of every womb among the People of Israel, man and beast, are Mine.

The Rebbe of Aftah and Rebbe Eliezer the Baal Shem Tov’s father of Blessed memories would entertain anyone as a guest. This was without differentiating between those who were righteous and those who might be evil. They said that an allusion to this matter can be seen in the Pasuk “Consecrate to Me every first-born, the first offspring of every womb among the People of Israel, man and beast, are Mine.”

“Consecrate to me” Every person who really wants to be holy he needs to be humble. He needs to know that “every first born” The Jewish people are all considered G-d’s first born. Therefore it is best to view every Jew as superior to you and more righteous. One should not seek out another Jew’s sins. “The first” refers to the most important rule to remember and know is that “offspring of every womb among the People of Israel” the word “rechem – womb” is spelled the same as the word Mercy: One need to have mercy on all Jews regardless of who he is or what he does. “Man and beast, are Mine” It is only G-d’s business to decide who is a real “man” who seems to be a “beast”. However, people may not differentiate and must have mercy on all Jews.

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