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, December 29, 2014
Week 15 (Book 4b): Jerusalem and Motherhood
SONG OF SONGS:
9. King Solomon made
himself a palanquin of the trees of Lebanon.
10. Its pillars he made of
silver, its couch of gold, its curtain of purple, its interior inlaid with
love, from the daughters of Jerusalem.
11. Go out, O daughters of
Zion, and gaze upon King Solomon, upon the crown with which his mother crowned
him on the day of his nuptials and on the day of the joy of his heart.
SOULS THAT DESCENDED TO
TALMUD SHEVUOTH: Daf 15 - Adding
BOOK OF JEREMIAH: Chapter
Week 15 in the Jewish calendar is the week of the 10th of Teveth,
which marks the Babylonian siege, which led to the destruction of the First
The section of Song of Songs for this week speaks of the
Jewish people as a “mother,” and we are taught that “Solomon”in the Song of
Songs is always a reference to G-d Himself. Rashi cites a Midrash explaining
that G-d's calling the Jewish people His "mother" is the highest
demonstration of his love. The positive and joyous image of the Jewish people
as motherly stands in direct contrast to what took place during the siege of
Jerusalem as reported by Jeremiah in the Book of Lamentations, Chapter 3:
9. Better off were the victims of the
sword than the victims of hunger, for they ooze, pierced by the fruits of the
10. The hands of compassionate women
boiled their own children; they have become their food in the destruction of
the daughter of my people.
11. The Lord has spent His fury, He has
poured out His fierce anger, and He has kindled a fire in Zion, which has
consumed her foundations.
In the future, the 10th of Teveth will be a day of great
joy. This section of Shir HaShirim appears relate to this future Messianic
time, and is replete with references and descriptions of the Temple and the
Tabernacle, as well as Jerusalem. It also makes reference to the giving of the
Torah (the day of his nuptials) and the dedication of the Tabernacle (the day
of the joy of his heart).
Of the seventy souls of the Jewish people that descended to
Egypt, the fifteenth mentioned is Kehath. Kehath is the grandfather of Moshe
and Aharon, as well as their uncle, the brother of their mother, Yocheved.The Rebbe explains that Kehoth comes from the word, “to
gather.” Kehath’stask regarding the Tabernacle was the highest of all the
Levites – to carry the Holy Ark and its equipment. At the same time, Kohath’s
camp was that of Korach, which saw tremendous destruction due to his actions.The destruction seems parallel to the one related to
this week, while the highest Temple tasks appear related to future times, when
the Temple will be rebuilt and this day will be one of great joy.
Daf Tet Vav (Folio 15) of Shvuot speaks of the
sanctification of the Klei Sharet (the instruments used in the Temple service)
and the concept of “adding on” to Jerusalem or the Azarah (the entranceway of
the Temple). The ritual of “adding on” involves singing and carrying loaves of
bread. It stands in stark contrast to the events of the 10th of Teveth when
Jerusalem was not “added to,” but rather restricted under siege. Instead of
singing there was mourning, and instead of bread there was famine. Again, this
seems to be related more to Messianic times, when this date will be one of
feasting instead of fasting.
Chapter 15 of the Book of Jeremiah contains a similar theme
to the above, although focusing on the negative aspects of this week, both
related to the theme of motherhood and of Jerusalem. It also mentions the
famine and distress that would come.
8. His widows are to Me more numerous than the sand of the
seas; I have brought to them upon the mother a chosen one who will rob them at
midday; I have cast upon her suddenly a city and terrors.
Rashi - upon a mother: Upon Jerusalem, which is a city (and
a mother) in Israel.
9. She who bore seven has been cut off,
her soul grieves, her sun sets when it is still day. She is ashamed and
confounded. And her remnant I shall deliver to the sword before their enemies,
says the Lord.
10. Woe is to me, my mother, that you
bore me, a man of quarrel and a man of contention to the whole land.