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Thursday, July 16, 2009

More on Shabbos Fasting

As I mentioned yesterday, when you correlate the Alef Bais to the 22 days of Bein HaMetzarim from 17 Tamuz through Tisha B'Av, as each day is divided into two parts, it works out that the periods of fasting during the daytime of 17 Tamuz & all of Tisha B'Av corresponds to the letters that make up the word Shabbos.

Now, in the portion of Tikunei Zohar for 23 Tamuz when a Daf a day is learnt from 18 Iyar (Lag Ba'Omer) through 18 Tishrei, it mentions not once but twice - four signs or Ohs (in singular form) which also means letter, as in the Alef Beis. They are the Bris, Shabbos, Tefillin & Yomim Tovim. As it turns out, the first letters of the first three of them also spells the word Shabbos. It's interesting to note that in the Zohar, they are in the same Alef Beis order as corresponding to the periods of fasts corresponding to Beis, Shin & Tov respectively. And as we are told in T'nach and elsewhere, the four fast days which include 17 Tamuz & Tisha B'Av will be Yomim Tovim in the future. (NOTE: Saw somewhere that 17 Tamuz will be the 1st day of Yom Tov, Tisha B'Av will be the last day of Yom Tov, and the days inbetween will be Chol HaMoed).

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