Reb Shlomo Carlebach zt"l on Parshas Pinchas
(Via Stuie Wax)
Friends, let me ask you. How much do you pray to G-d that you should find your soulmate? What happens after you find your soulmate? You don't pray so hard anymore. Before the chuppa, the groom covers the face of the bride and says 'I'm praying for you like before I met you. I promise you my whole life I'll pray for you like before I met you.'
Listen to this:
Before the forty years in the desert, we were praying to get into Eretz Yisrael. The forty years are over, so we thought automatically that we're going into Eretz Yisrael. Pinchas realized we'll never go in this way. Vayakom Mitoch Hae'ida, Pinchas got up from amongst the people and began to pray like before the forty years. And it is mamesh Pinchas's prayer which brings us into Eretz Yisrael.
I want you to know something so strong. I see so many young people come back to Yiddishkeit. How much did they pray to find their way to Yiddishkeit before they found it? When they are already a little bit connected, they know one page, they already know everything. I can read Hebrew. I know how to pray. What we have to do is pray again, Vayakom Mitoch Ha'eida. We have to pray for everything new again.
And I always say, Eliyahu Hanavi is making peace between parents and children because the question is always the same. How much did you pray for children before you had them? And once we have them, we don't pray so much anymore. So you see what it is, Pinchas is bringing back "V'heishiv Lev Avos Al Banim", you have to pray for your children after you have them even more so, mamesh even more so!