By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
In Shmos 34:1 Hashem tells Moshe to cut out two new tablets similar to the first ones and, “I will write on these tablets “asher shibarta” (that you broke.)” The gemara in Shabbos 87a says from the above posuk we see that Hashem was happy that Moshe broke the luchos. Moshe used a kal vachomer to explain. We know that the Torah forbade a ben nechar from eating the korban Pesach. If this is so for one mitzvah; kal vachomer it is for all of the Torah. All the Yidden became meshumadim
The question we need to answer is how is the word asher an indicator that Hashem agreed with Moshe? Is it a fact that whenever the Torah uses the terminology of asher, Hashem agreed with him? The first answer we can say relates to the fact that the above posuk is next to the posuk that commands Moshe, “Vesamtam – you shall put them in the Aron.” It is proof that Hashem loved the broken luchos from the fact that Hashem told Moshe to put them in the Aron. If Hashem would not like it, Hashem would not have said put it in the aron because we have a rule that a prosecutor cannot become a defender. The second answer we can say is the fact that in the last posuk in the Torah, Devarim 34, the Tor
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The next question that needs to be answered: how could Moshe break the luchos? It is not worse than having wood of hekdesh, which one is not allowed to burn as the Torah says one should not do these things to Hashem.
There are a couple of answers to this question. The first answer is based on Pirkei D’Reb Eliezer 45 that says the letters flew off the luchos so the luchos did not have kedusha anymore. This is similar to a Sefer Toraih that got erased which the Gemara in Shabbos 116 says has no kedusha. Moshe was therefore able to break them. The Tzofnas Paneach questions this answer and says that the part of klaf that had the letters erased does not have kedusha, but the empty space above it or underneath it does have kedusha. The answer is that since the luchos were engraved in the stone and not written on, once the letters flew away there was no kedusha at all on the luchos themselves.
The second answer is based on Gemara Menachos 99b that says the bittul of Torah is the kiyum. Sometimes we need to be mevatel the Torah and do something that is totally wrong to be mekayem the Torah. Moshe
May we be zocheh to be mekayem the Torah.
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