Due to the late start, this week’s Dvar Torah is more of a thought.
Parshas Re’eh discusses that if someone come along and tells you that he received a prophecy from Hashem that we are no longer required to perform a certain mitzvah or keep certain laws, even if he correctly predicts certain miracles and events, there can be no doubt that he is lying. Moshe tells Bnei Yisrael that the Torah Hashem gave us is eternal and can never be changed no matter the circumstances. This sin is so great, that this false prophet is killed.
This brings up an obvious question, if this person is telling false prophecy, how come Hashem allows his predictions to come true? The pasuk in Perek 13 Pasuk 4 gives us the reason, “ כִּי מְנַסֶּה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם אֶתְכֶם לָדַעַת הֲיִשְׁכֶם אֹהֲבִים אֶת יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם בְּכָל לְבַבְכֶם וּבְכָל נַפְשְׁכֶם” “For Hashem, your God, is testing you, to know whether you really love Hashem, your God, with all your heart and soul” (Devarim 13:4).
The Ohr HaChaim asks another question. If this person is coming as a messenger of Hashem to test us, why do we kill him for fulfilling his mission? Isn’t he also, in a way, doing the will of Hashem? He answers that the false prophet’s predictions would not have happened, but once he comes with a vision and wants to tear apart the Torah, in order to make this episode a test for us (and give us reward in the process), Hashem allows the prophet’s predictions to come true. As we have stated before, Hashem tests us in order to give us more reward. In this case, what could have been one man’s failed quest to change the Torah, turns into an opportunity for us to show our faith in Hashem and the Torah, and pass this test.
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