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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Yom Tov of MOHARAN - LIGHT of Chanuka

Happy Chanuka everyone!

On a personal note, it's my very first Chanuka since I added on the name Matisyahu last Rosh Chodesh Nissan. The reason why I chose that date to give myself a second name in fact had nothing to do with the fact that it was Rosh Chodesh or that it was Rabbeinu's birthday - but we'll put that on the side for now. Later on this week, B'Ezras Hashem, I will reveal more. But I should note that what we read in Krias HaTorah on the first day of Chanuka is the very same thing that we recite on Rosh Chodesh Nissan (when we read from the Korbonos of the Nesi'im & Parsha of the Menora for the 1st 13 days of Nissan) following davening. Thus, the 1st day of Chanuka must have a special connection with Rosh Chodesh Nissan also in regard to Rabbeinu Moharan - Moreinu HaRav Rebbe Nachman.

The proof for this is not hard to see. You see, the Hebrew words Moharan & Menorah have the very same letters. It's also interesting to note that Shabbos Chanuka, besides Rosh Hashana & Shavuos, was one of the three times in the year that Rabbeinu had his special Kibbutz. And for the Roshei Taivos of Rabbeinu's name Nachman - it stands for
Neiros Chanuka Menorah Nissim. Now, the Gematria of these four words add up to 1,206. In Hebrew, the number for this is Alef Reish Vov. Rearranging these letters spell the word Ohr - Light, which in its first mention in the Torah, is the 25th word - hinting to the 1st day of Chanuka which falls out on the 25th of Kislev. Bear in mind that in a few short months, Bircas HaChama will fall out on the beginning of its 207th cycle - being that Ohr is the Gematria of 207, which will fall out on 14 Nissan - Ohr L'Arba'ah Asor (the position of the orbital system as it was in the beginning of creation is actually at the beginning of the night - in this cycle - when we begin searching for the Chometz as indicated in the beginning of Maseches Pesochim with the above words).

But perhaps what ultimately distinguishes the 1st day of Chanuka from the rest of the days - in terms of Halacha - is that it is only on the 1st night that we say the Berocho of Shehecheyonu. And indeed, it is Rabbeinu's teachings that keep us spiritually alive and existing, despite all odds to the contrary. After all, this is the ultimate understanding of the spiritual struggle that the generation of Matisyahu & Maccabees had, and it was the few that conquered the many - which was basically the fight to maintain Yiddishkeit. And since Chanuka is the one Chag that celebrates a Nes that happened specifically in Eretz Yisroel; it's only fitting that Rabbeinu,
the ultimate one who represents the spiritual victory over the evil forces since M&M, should be reinterred in Eretz Yisroel.


Anonymous said...

NaNachabees!!! Nanach! Didan Notzach, didan nanach!

The villager said...

Shimon, you went too fast writing this!