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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Succos is Chag NaNach

Succos is the holiday of NaNach. You see, the word HaSuccos has the same Gematria as Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman! Thus, the Chag of Na Nach. This should be of no surprise - Rabbeinu's Yahrtzeit is the middle day of the seven days of Succos. There is a special connection between the three days before and after the Yahrtzeit to the Niftar. Also, according to the Zohar, the Tzadik is called Shabbos, and the three days before and after Shabbos is especially connected with that Shabbos - both spiritually and halachicly.

Also, being that today was Hakhel, which is supposed to take place on the 2nd day of Succos following the Shemitta year (today was just the commemoration - but we hope for the actual Mitzva of Hakhel in seven years from now when Melech HaMoshiach will be reading it B'Ezras Hashem) looking at what used to be read in the Torah for Hakhel, I was curious to know how many of the Taryag Mitzvos this covers. At least based on the Cheshbon of Mitzvos according to the Rambam - there are 148 Mitzvos in the total Hakhel reading, and as we know, Rabbeinu's name Nachman is the Gematria of 148! Also, Hakhel is the 612th Mitzva of the Torah, and Bris is the Gematria of 612. One of Rabbeinu's main accomplishments is the Tikun Bris for Klal Yisroel.