|Zeev Hatorah-Why No Blessing Part One|
|Written by Rabbi Shmuel Brazil|
Why is there no beracha on reciting of the סיפור יציאת מצרים just as we find prior to fulfilling any mitzvah? We can answer this by referring to another question. In the beginning of parshas Bo we find the 8th plague of locusts. We also find there for the first time the mitzvah of relating the story of Yetzias Mitzrayim to one’s children as it says ולמען תספר באזני בנך ובן בנך את אשר התעללתי במצרים . Why does this mitzvah first appear specifically during this plague a long time before the total ten plagues were even finished being brought upon Mitzrayim? The uniqueness of this plague was that Hashem did not tell Moshe what plague was to be brought at that time but rather Moshe Rabbeinu conceived of the plague himself and Hashem listened to his orders. Chazal tell us that the nature of the plague of locusts fitted the novelty of the plague that Moshe intuitively thought of the plague to bring upon Mitzrayim. For the species of locusts do not have a king or leader to give orders, unlike the ants or bees, yet every locust knows exactly what to do on its own accord.
It is for this very reason that we find the mitzvah of relating the story of our exodus in the plague of locusts. For even without being commanded to have a Seder night of relating to our children and grandchildren the story of our exodus, we would have naturally done it anyway. We are so full of gratitude not only for our exodus and freedom, but we are extremely thankful for becoming the chosen nation and receiving the Torah which only came about because of our exodus. Irrelevant of the command to do so, every anniversary of Pesach on our own accord we would have celebrated with a family gathering. This is the reason why a beracha prior to our beginning the mitzvah of telling the story of our exodus was not instituted. Our chachamim desired that the story should take the nature of natural gratitude and thank you that stems from individuals who feel a deep hakaras hatov to their benefactor.
With this we can understand another point that the Ari says: the gematriah ofארבה is יצחק. This is reinforced by the passuk (Yehoshua 24,3)וארבה את זרעו ואתן לו את יצחק . The connection is that Yitzchak Avinu was known to have perfected the middah of din and fear of Hashem. I once met a chasid from the Kalever Rebbi shlita of Williamsburg and as we were discussing his relationship to the Rebbi he said a line that I will never forget and I tell it over to my bachurim all the time “I don’t make a move without the Rebbe”. This statement personifies the middah of true emunah and yiras shamayim. One who possesses such a middah doesn’t really have to speak to the Rebbe at every little juncture of bechirah and move but rather he must ask himself what would the Rebbe have advised me to do in this situation. What comes out is that without receiving any orders for one’s particular situation one intuitively knows what to do. Yitzchak for example was never commanded to be a karban at the Akaidah. It was only Avraham who was told my Hashem to take his son and shecht him. Yet Yitzchak intuitively knew that this was the right thing to do without even being commanded to do so. Therefore, it is Yitzchak whose life personifies a conduct that parallels the species of the locusts.