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.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Week 13 (Book 4a): Being Straightforward
STORY OF CHANNAH: 13 Now Hannah, she spoke in her
heart; only her lips moved, but her voice could not be heard; therefore, Eli
thought she had been drunken.
QUALITY OF PIRKEI AVOT: correct
TZADIKKIM: the Sdei Chemed and the Be'er Mayim Chayim
PROVERBS: Chapter 13
Week 13 is
the week of Chanukah. The verse from the story of Channah describes how she
prayed. Her lips moved, but her voice could not be heard – this is the ultimate
example of how prayer is first and foremost a spiritual act. It is not
necessary for us to emit sound for Hashem to be able to hear our cry. The story
of Chanukah is also about the victory of the spiritual over the material.
Avot adjective of this week is that Torah makes him fit to be “correct,” in
Hebrew, yashar. Yashar literally means “straight,” someone who is truthful and
straightforward. Yashar is particularly related to the fulfillment of the
negative commandments, “which draws forth revelations beyond the creative
order.” (Hayom Yom, 14th of Kislev) The above story, Eli mistakenly
suspects Channah of being drunk, when in reality she was simply praying out of
a broken heart. Praying when drunk would violate a negative commandment. In
fact, Channah’s actions are that of a Yashar, above reproach, drawing forth
such supernatural blessings that allow her to have a child.
of the Book of Proverbs contains many of the above themes. It continues the
trend of the previous chapters, contrasting the righteous with the wicked (a
key theme of Chanukah, as already explained). It also specifically speaks of
spiritual light, the light of Chanukah:
9. The light of the righteous will rejoice, but the candle of
the wicked will ebb away.
10. Only with wickedness does one cause quarrels, but there
is wisdom with those who take counsel.
includes the yahrzeits of Rabbi Chaim Chizkiya Medini
(24th of Kislev) and Rabbi Chaim Tirar of Chernowitz (27th of Kislev).
Chizkiya Medini is most well-known for his encyclopedic halachik work of 18
volumes, entitled the Sdei Chemed (although he wrote other books as well). He
was born in Jerusalem, but also liked in Turkey and Crimea. He later returned
to Israel and lived in Jerusalem, he was being considered for Chief Sephardi
Rabbi of Israel,Rishon L’Zion. He wished to devote himself to his studies so he
moved to Hebron. Eventually he became Chief Rabbi of Hebron. He was considered
to be a holy man by both Jews and Arabs alike.
Tirar of Chernowitz is most well-known for his Chassidic/Kabbalistic commentary
on the Torah, the Be’er Mayim Chayim. Rabbi Chernowitz also wrote other books,
including Sidduroh Shel Shabat, which explains the holiness of the Sabbath.
(Ascent) He was one of the most important disciples of the Maggid of Mezritch.
He also studied under Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Zlotchov.
this week include Rabbi Chaim of Antunia (25th of Kislev), Rabbi Yochanan son
of Rabbi David Mordechai Twersky of Tolna (25th of Kislev), Rabbi Elazar son of
Rabbi Moshe Elyakim Briah of Koznitz (26th of Kislev), Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak
Kohn of Toldos Aharon (27th of Kislev), and (sometimes) Rabbi Avraham son of
Rabbi Nachman Chazan (leader of Breslov, 29th of Kislev), and Rabbi Tzvi
Mordechai son of Rabbi Avraham Moshe of Peshischa (29th of Kislev)