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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.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Week 43 (Book 3): Facing Esau (Edom)
BESHALACH: 33. And Moses said to Aaron, Take one jug
and put there an omerful of manna, and deposit it before the Lord to be
preserved for your generations. 34. As the Lord had commanded Moses, Aaron
deposited it before the testimony to be preserved.
garments of embroidery for the neck of the spoiler.' So may perish all Your
enemies, O Lord; but they that love Him (should be) as the sun when he goes
forth in his might."
GENERATIONS FROM ADAM TO THE LAST KING OF JUDAH: Amaziah
Week 43 is the week of Rosh Chodesh Av, and begins the more
intense part of the Three Weeks. Rosh
Chodesh Av is the yahrzeit of
Aharon, one of the few yahrzeit datesspecifically mentioned in the Torah. The
Torah section for this week is the first one to mention Aharon since the week
of the yahrzeit Moshe, in Adar. Here again the focus is on the
preservation of the omer, which, as
previously explained, is connected to the times of Jeremiah and the destruction
of the Temple.
The Haftorah verses once again speak of the enemy dividing spoils.
Devorah then switches directions, praying that this shall be the fate of G-d’s
enemies. This is similar to Av, which
is to be transformed from being a month connected to Jewish suffering, to be
one of Jewish triumph. Devorah sings that those that love Him should be as the
sun when it goes forth in its might – Av is
the hottest summer month – and the sun is usually associated with the gentile
nations, not the Jewish people, who are associated with the moon. Devorah is
hinting at the transformation of Jacob into Israel, who also represents the
sun. (See Likutei Moharan)
DafMem Gimmel (Folio 43)of Sotah
speaks of Pinchas as the Mashuach
Milchamah in the war against Midian. The daf also discusses the cases of those people that are exempt from
fighting a milchemet reshut, an
non-mandatory war, and is devoted primarily to the case of a man that planted a
vineyard and had not redeemed its fruit. The discussion of Pinchas could not be
more appropriate for this week, since he is a Kohen (grandson of Aharon), and is connected to Mashiach (born on Tisha B’Av) both by being a Mashuach
Milchamah in the last battle described in the Torah as well as being the
same person as Eliyahu HaNavi (who
will accompany Mashiach). Furthermore,
the daf discusses how he is a
descendant of Joseph. The Torah makes clear that it is the strength of Joseph
that is able to defeat Esau. Pinchas appears to be the ultimate archetype of Mashiach ben Yosef.
Amaziah the son of Yehoash began his kingship being very
righteous, and his righteousness earned him a tremendous victory again none
other than Edom (Esau). (See Book 1, Week 43, about how this week
is related to Edom) His treatment of
the Edomites is particularly severe. Amaziah’s counterparts in Israel were
Jehoahaz (3 years), Jehoash (16 years), Jeroboam ben Jehoash (10 years).Amaziah’s
victory against Edom led to haughtiness as well as idolatry, and he ends up
being castigated by his own brother Amoz, the father of the prophet Isaiah.
Amaziah’s haughtiness leads to a disastrous war against the King of Israel,
Jehoash. Because of this loss, Jerusalem itself is looted, and even Amaziah
himself is taken captive. Again, the destruction of Jerusalem is the main theme
of this week. Another theme is sinat
chinam (baseless hatred).
The forty-third week is connected to
conquering the Chittites. The word “Chittites” comes from the word Chet, which means sin.The Chittites are connected to the
negative side of Chesed, which
expresses itself primarilyin
improper sexual relations. An example of such behavior is the story of David
and Batsheva, who was married to Uriah
HaChiti, Uriah the Chittite. Esau himself married two different Chittites (“Judith,
the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath, the daughter of Elon the
Hittite”) and made life bitter for Isaac and Rebeccah. (Genesis 26:34-35)