Monday, March 20, 2017

Tuesday, 23rd of Adar, 5777

In Memory of My Grandmother, Chanah Miriam bat Pinchas

Sefirot Combination (Cycles of Seven Weeks):

7th day of Week 25 and the 28th day of the cycle of Netzach (Victory/Endurance), Malchut shebeNetzach shebeNetzach, Kingship within Victory/Endurance within Victory/Endurance.

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

21st day of the 8th cycle. Shin within the cycle of Samech and AyinShin-Ayin, Ayin-Shin

hour ; specific time

to do ; to make ; to produce, to create

Proverbs 31:

Charm is false and beauty is futile; a God-fearing woman is to be praised.

שֶׁקֶר הַחֵן וְהֶבֶל הַיֹּפִי אִשָּׁה יִרְאַת יְהוָה הִיא תִתְהַלָּל:

Psalm 119:

I kept Your precepts and Your testimonies, for all my ways are before You.

שָׁמַרְתִּי פִקּוּדֶיךָ וְעֵדֹתֶיךָ כִּי כָל דְּרָכַי נֶגְדֶּךָ:

Comments/Perspectives: The verses for today have much to do with appearances. Superficial qualities fade away with time, but moral and spiritual qualities are what G-d desires most, and those are always apparent to Him, and are what will ultimately be praised by others as well.

Ayin literally means "eye" and Shin means "tooth." The eye is used for seeing, but is also a "window" into the soul, while teeth are more superficial, used for biting and chewing, but also for smiling.

[As an aside, th verse from the Torah, famously mistranslated as "an eye for an eye," "tooth for a tooth," which in truth is about monetary compensation for losing an eye or a tooth.]

Hayom Yom:

Rabbis and scholars are called the "eyes of the community" and "heads of the thousands of Israel," and when the head is healthy, the body is then also healthy.


My father once said to a Rav, who labored in avoda and was an especially diligent scholar: A Rav must remember at all times and at every moment that he always stands on the threshold between being one of those who bring merit to the public and, G‑d forbid, one of those who cause the public to sin - the threshold between the loftiest of heights and the most abysmal depth. All issues must touch him at the innermost core of his soul, literally, because his very soul is at stake.

Comments/Perspectives: The Hayom Yom fits the same theme as above. It is about appearances. Actions that rabbis and scholars must take in order to "see" (and judge) things from the right perspective, and also appear to others in the same light as well, so as to be a sanctification of G-d's name, and not, G-d forbid, the opposite.

It's also worth noting that that the Hayom Yom includes "Ayin" (eye) and "Reish" (head/Rosh)

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