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Monday, January 12, 2009

200 years later...

On this date 17 Teves four years ago, I made Aliyah. That's nice, but what does this have to do with Nanach, you may ask? Well, it is true that there is first of all great emphasis in Breslov of living in Eretz Yisroel. In fact, I think the point is most strongly emphasized in Likutei Halachos Bircas HaPeiros. But when I made Aliyah, it was exactly 200 years since the passing of Rabbi Ya'akov Krantz, the Magid of Dubno. It's interesting that he was one of the few known as a "Magid" because it's also the name of the part of the Hagaddah that is the Mitzva of Sippur Yetzias Mitzrayim, the event that happened through the FOUR expressions of Redemption. Yes, you must be thinking about the Shir Chadash - Pashut, Kaful, Meshulash, Rebua. And in a similar vein, Mohsayim - the word for the number 200 - is the Gematria of Na Nach Nachma Nachman Me'Uman (491)! And one more thing, it's exactly a half year apart from 17 Tamuz - the date in the Petek HaGeula. Guess it's similar to the concept of Pesach & Sukkos being exactly six months apart. Pesach is the Gematria of Rabbeinu's name Nachman (148) & Rabbeinu was Niftar in the middle (and FOURTH) day of Sukkos.

P.S. Check out my blogspot http://www.gematriot.blogspot.com/ for more fascinating concepts in Yiddishkeit/Halacha in relationship of the numbers 4 & 17 to Eretz Yisrael.

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