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.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Week 36 (Book 4b): Chag (Festival)
SONG OF SONGS: 12. Come, my beloved, let us go out to
the field, let us lodge in the villages.
70 SOULS THAT DESCENDED TO EGYPT: Haggi and Bela
SHEVUOTH: Daf 36 – a Gift
BOOK OF JEREMIAH: Chapter 36
Week 36 in the Jewish calendar is the
week of Shavuot. The verse of Shir HaShirim of this week talks of
going to the field, lodging in the villages. The field and the villages appear
to be references to Eisav, who was a man of the field. Rashi comments that Kefarim (villages)
should be read (Kofrim) disbelievers.
At the time of the giving of the Torah, Hashem offered it to the other nations,
including Yishmael and Eisav, but they rejected it.
also specifically connected to the field, because it is also known as Chag HaKatzir (the Harvest Festival) and
Chag HaBikkurim (the Festival fo the First Fruits).
Of the seventy souls of the Jewish
people that descended to Egypt, the thirty-sixth mentioned is Haggi. This week
is also connected with Bela, son of Benjamin. Haggi appears to come from the
the Chag, festival. Chagi means my festival, or Chag-Yud, the festival of G-d. The term Chag is used in the context of all
festivals, but especially the ones that involve pilgrimage to Jerusalem, such
as Shavuot, Pessach and Sukkot.
Bela means “swallowed
up” – a reference to how Joseph disappeared from Benjamin when he was still a
child. Benjamin’s naming his sons after Joseph is evidence of the brotherly
love that existed (and still exists) among the Jewish people – a key component
in our meriting to receive the Torah.
DafLamed Vav (Folio 36) of Shvuot continues to discuss the wording
of an oath, and the holy names of G-d. It also begins a new chapter regarding
the oath of a “pikadon,” a gift or
deposit. Again, the use of the names of Hashem appear related to the the
revelation of Hashem and the giving of the Torah on Shavuot. The Torah was also the quintessential gift, given to the
Jewish people at Sinai.
Chapter 36 of the Book of Jeremiah
contains a similar theme to the above. It depicts the writing of a scroll
(which is in fact the Book of Lamentations), which Jeremiah spoke and Baruch
ben Neriah wrote down. When the scroll reached the king of Judah and it was
read to him, he destroyed it, throwing it into the fire. A second scroll was
then written, with additional words. There’s really a very strong parallel here
with the giving of the Torah.
4. And Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah, and
Baruch wrote from Jeremiah's mouth all the words of the Lord that He had spoken
to him, on a roll of a book.
5. And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying: I am
imprisoned; I cannot enter the House of the Lord.
6. And you shall come and read in the roll that you
have written from my mouth, the words of the Lord, in the ears of the people in
the House of the Lord on a fastday, and also in the ears of all of Judah who
come from their cities, you shall read them.
23. And it came to pass, when Jehudi read three or
four verses, he rent it with a scribe's razor, and cast [it] onto the fire
which was on the brazier until the entire roll was consumed on the fire that
was on the brazier.
24. And the king and all his servants who heard all
these words were neither frightened nor did they rend their garments.
25. And also Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had
entreated the king not to burn the roll, but he heeded them not.
32. And Jeremiah took another roll and gave it to
Baruch the son of Neriah the scribe, and he wrote on it from the mouth of
Jeremiah all the words of the book that Jehoiakim the king of Judah burnt with
fire, and there were yet added to them many words like those.