Friday, April 14, 2017

Shabat, 19th of Nissan

Sefirot Combination (Cycles of Seven Weeks):

4th day of Week 29 (the "Beast of Burden") and the 4th day (the "Eagle") of the 5th cycle ("Hod"), Netzach shebeChesed shebeHod, Victory/Endurance within Kindness within Glory/Acknowledgement.

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

2nd day (together with the 1st day, the "Heavens," the "Earth," and the "Garden of Eden") of the 10th cycle ("Wind and Lightning"), Beit within the cycle of Kuf and Reish (Beit-Reish, Reish-Beit) 

Bar means "son"


The Lord has destroyed and has had no pity on all the habitations of Jacob; in His wrath He has broken down the strongholds of Judah [lit. "daughter of Judah"]; He has struck [them] to the ground; He has profaned the kingdom and its princes.

בִּלַּע אֲדֹנָי וְלֹא (כתיב לֹא) חָמַל אֵת כָּל נְאוֹת יַעֲקֹב הָרַס בְּעֶבְרָתוֹ מִבְצְרֵי בַת יְהוּדָה הִגִּיעַ לָאָרֶץ חִלֵּל מַמְלָכָה וְשָׂרֶיהָ:

Song of Songs:

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the hinds of the field, that you neither awaken nor arouse the love while it is desirous.

זהִשְׁבַּעְתִּי אֶתְכֶם בְּנוֹת יְרוּשָׁלַ ִם בִּצְבָאוֹת אוֹ בְּאַיְלוֹת הַשָּׂדֶה אִם תָּעִירוּ | וְאִם תְּעוֹרְרוּ אֶת הָאַהֲבָה עַד שֶׁתֶּחְפָּץ:

Hayom Yom

My father once expanded on Ma nishtana (the "four questions" at the Seder):
How is this night, i.e. this present, final exile of Israel (exile being analogous to night) different from all other nights, i.e. all earlier exiles?
1) On all other nights we do not dip (the Hebrew word matbilin is used for immersion in a mikva for purification), expressing scouring, cleansing, purifying...
...even once; i.e. the cleansing was not completed in the earlier exiles, for they were followed by yet another exile;
but tonight we dip twice, this final exile will bring about the scouring of the body and the revelation of the soul.
2) On all other nights we eat chametz or matza. Following each of the earlier exiles our avoda involved our G‑dly soul (indicated by matza, a metaphor for nullification of self) and also our animal soul (indicated by chametz, a metaphor for ego, self-awareness);
But this night, following this final exile...
...we eat only matza, for the spirit of impurity will be abolished.
3) On all other nights we eat various greens. The face of a jealous person turns green, that color symbolizing envy. During the earlier exiles there were various forms of envy; for example, the competitive envy among Torah-scholars;
But on this night, after the final exile...
...only maror, bitter greens, the most intense sort of envy, similar to a statement in the Talmud that in the Hereafter "each tzadik will be scorched by the 'canopy' of his fellow."
4) On all other nights we eat either sitting or reclining... "Eating" indicates the spiritual delight, ta'anug, in the revelations that ensue from exile. There is the extension or manifest ta'anug, and there is (higher yet) the essence of ta'anug. Some through their avoda attain the extension of ta'anug, while others attain the essence of ta'anug.
...but tonight we all recline. After this final exile, all Israel will attain the quintessential ta'anug.
The soul is "on loan" to man, and it is written "Days are formed", i.e. there is a fixed number of days that each man shall live, and if one day is missing - one garment is missing.


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