“To Heal the World?” The Tikkun Olam Distortion
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When the donkey opened its mouth to complaim to Bilam about the rough treatment, it says, “why did you hit me three Regalim” meaning three times. Rashi says that the donkey used the word Regalim to teach Bilam that you cannot destroy a nation that celebrates the Shalosh Regalim. Why does the donkey single out this mitzva out of all the others?
Rav Menachem Mendel of Kotzk answers that Bilam’s greatness was his ability to understand time and the significance of each moment of the day. In fact, the gemara Brachos (7a) tells us that Bilam was plotting to curse Am Yisroel during the moment of the day that Hashem gets “angry” kviyochol.
The bracha we say on Shalosh Regalim is “Mikadesh Yisroel V’HaZmanim”. Shabbos is a day that Hashem set from the being of creation. Yom Tov however, is dictated by Am Yisroel. Bais Din sets the time. The Kedusha of Yom Tov comes when Bais Din decides when Rosh Chodesh is.
Bilam’s donkey tells Bilam that he is a fool. He may know time, but Am Yisroel is above time. They are the masters of time. Why do you think with your knowledge of time you can destroy them if they themselves are above time?