THE KABBALAH OF TIME:
Kahane and Wainer explain that the calendar is the master key to unlock the hidden rationale behind the formal structure of ancient sacred texts, as well as to understand basic mystical concepts. When comprehended within the context of the Jewish calendar, these works reveal the spiritual energy of each week, serving as a practical guide for self-analysis and development.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Week 3 (Book 4b): Shepherds' Dwellings
SONG OF SONGS:
7. Tell me, you whom my soul loves,
where do you feed, where do you rest [the flocks] at noon, for why should I be
like one who veils herself beside the flocks of your companions?"
8. "If you do not know, O
fairest of women, go your way in the footsteps of the flocks and pasture your
kids beside the shepherds' dwellings.
9. At the gathering of the steeds of
Pharaoh's chariots have I silenced you, my beloved.
SEVENTY SOULS THAT DESCENDED TO
TALMUD SHEVUOTH: Daf 3
BOOK OF JEREMIAH: Chapter
Week 3 in the Jewish calendar is the
week of Sukkot. In the Song of Songs, the Jewish people ask Hashem
where He feeds His flock, the Jewish people. This is a reference to
the Sukkah, where we eat and rest during this holiday. The Sukkah is
a reference to Divine protection in the desert and in all exiles. This
reference again becomes much more clear in light of Rashi’s comment: “Tell
me, You Whom my soul loves, where do You feed Your flock among these wolves in
whose midst they are, and where do You rest them at noon, in this exile, which
is a distressful time for them, like noon, which is a distressful time for the
flock?” In the Sukkah, we are exposed to the elements, and feel the heat
of the sun at noon. The “companions” is a reference to the other nations, for
whom we also bring sacrifices on Sukkot.
In the second verse, it is G-d’s turn
to speak to the Jewish people. Because we have been judged and have repented,
He now call us the “fairest of women.” G-d also speaks of the “shepherds
dwellings,” perhaps a reference to the seven shepherds that visit
the Sukkah during Sukkot. The Sukkot are also
built as a remembrance of the redemption from Egypt, and the third verse of
this week is a reference to that, to how Pharaoh’s chariots were thrown in the
sea. All we needed to do at that time was be silent and have faith. This is
connected to the faith we demonstrate on Sukkot as well, remembering
how we were kept safe for 40 years and rejoicing in the holiday.
Of the seventy souls of the Jewish
people that descended to Egypt, the third mentioned is Pallu. Pallu is related
to the word peleh, miracle. This is perhaps a reference to the miracles
experienced by the Jews during their forty years in the desert: the clouds of
glory, the mannah, etc.
Daf gimmel (Folio 3)
of Shvuot discusses primarily oaths relating to eating, as well as
the laws of bringing things in an out of a home, a primary domain. These are
clearly related to eating in the sukkah, and making the sukkah a home. The daf
also discusses laws of lashes for inactions. This is similar to the sukkah, in
which even if we do not do anything, just stay inside a sukkah, we are
fulfilling a mitzvah.
Chapter 3 of the Book of Jeremiah
contains a similar theme as the above ones in Shir HaShirim:
14. Return, backsliding children, says the Lord, for I
possessed you, and I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and
I will bring you to Zion.
backsliding children: (Envasec in O.F.) That you
perverted your way because of much good, that you enjoyed tranquility and
pleasure, as Scripture states: They hum snatches of song to the tune of the
lute (Amos 6:5), those who drink from bowls of wine (v. 6).
for I possessed you: and you are called by My name, that I am
your Master, and it is not honorable for Me to leave you in the hands of My
15. And I will give you shepherds according to My
heart, and they will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
The verse speaks of tranquility, as
well as of shepherds.
Another verse of this chapter speaks
of how the Jews are mingled among the nations:
19. And I said: How shall I place you among the sons? But I
will give you a desirable land, an inheritance of the beauty of hosts of
nations, and I said: Call Me 'my Father,' and do not turn away from following
How shall I place you among the sons?: i.e., how shall I
place you, my congregation and My nation, among the other sons, mingled with
the heathens. I, therefore, selected a handsome portion, and I gave you a
Here we see that all nations are
called sons – we bring sacrifices for all of them as well.