Grumpy in Galus? No Sirree!
When Moshe Rabbeinu wrote the word that expresses exile in the Torah, he did something unusual. In the word Vayashlichem, meaning “and He will cast them out,” Moshe wrote a big letter Lamed, larger than the rest of the letters – וישלכם. And ever since then, that’s how we write it in our Sifrei Torah.
So… Mah Nishtanah HaLamed Hazeh? Why is this Lamed different?
Rabbi Shamshon Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888) of Germany, presented us with a beautiful idea:
Moshe Rabbeinu is telling us an important message – the purpose of Galus is “Lamed” which also means “teaching.” HaShem is telling us that we are not supposed to be “grumpy in Galus” and fall into a bad mood. We have a mission! It’s LAMED – teach the whole world about HaShem and His Torah. Even non-Jews have their special 7-Mitzvos to learn and fulfill. So, cheer up and get to work – we have a lot to accomplish to help bring Moshiach!