Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Parshas Zachor and today's daf
Today's daf records the derasha of the gemara that "Ki gadol ad shamayim chasdecha" refers to shelo lishma, but "Ki gadol m'al hashamyim" refers to lishma. The Yismach Moshe (end of parshas Ki Teitzei) brings from the Rebbe of Zutmir who heard from R' Levi Yitzchak m'Berdichiv that lishma means only for the sake of the Shechina. Even avodas Hashem has to be done simply to raise the Shechina from galus, not for the ulterior motive of reward or even achieving our own shleimus. The tachlis of Amalek was to cause us to insert our own agenda into our avodah so we never end up completely "lishma". "Rimche es zecher Amalek **m'tachas hashamayim**" - remove the shelo lishma that only goes up until shamayim and not m'al l'Shamayim!