Friday, March 31, 2017

Shabat, 5th of Nissan, 5777

Sefirot Combination (Cycles of Seven Weeks):

4th day of Week 27 (the "Cow") and the 39th day (the "Bear") of the cycle of Netzach (Victory/Endurance), Netzach shebeYesod shebeNetzach, Balance/Beauty within Foundation within Victory/Endurance.

Alef-Bet/Psalms (Cycles of 22 days):

10th day of the 9th cycle ("Thick and Light Clouds"), Yud within the cycle of Peh and TzadikYud-Tzadik, Tzadik-Yud.


Lamentations:

The adversary stretched forth his hand upon all her precious things, for she saw nations enter her Sanctuary, whom You did command not to enter into Your assembly.

ייָדוֹ פָּרַשׂ צָר עַל כָּל מַחֲמַדֶּיהָ כִּי רָאֲתָה גוֹיִם בָּאוּ מִקְדָּשָׁהּ אֲשֶׁר צִוִּיתָה לֹא יָבֹאוּ בַקָּהָל לָךְ:

Hayom Yom:

In Birkat Hamazon, in Retzei (p. 91), say baal hayeshuot ("b" in the first word) u'vaal hanechamot ("v" in the second word).
My grandfather commented on the saying, "The place of man does not honor him; rather man honors his place." The term, kavod, "honor," has two implications. One is kaveid, "liver," as the Torah says, "Pharaoh's heart is kaveid ("heavy"), and the Sages comment, "His heart became like a liver," (cold, insensitive). The other meaning is kavod, "honor," signifying the revelation of a supernal encompassing illumination.
"The place of man does not honor him": Place (and circumstances) do not make him cold and insensitive. Rather, "Man honors his place," man has the capacity and the power to illuminate his environment ("place") with the light of Torah and avoda.
When the soul descends into the body, it is administered an oath to be a tzadik, This oath, sh'vua, implies sova, "satiety"; the person is generously endowed with eminent powers to be able to fulfill G‑d's intention in having the soul descend (into the material world). And just as it is with the soul's descent, so is it also with every person, in whatever place he may be.
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