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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The 238th DAY in the 238th YEAR

The number 238 is nothing new on You see, as I have mentioned before, we are now in the 238th year from Rabbeinu's birth on Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5532. And Rosh Chodesh Kislev - 1 Kislev - is the 238th day from Rosh Chodesh Nissan. But what makes this especially significant is that the Hebrew letters for 238 are the very same letters of the name Rachel. And Rachel Imeinu's name is hinted in the very beginning of the special text of the Mussaf Shemoneh Esrei for Rosh Chodesh - Roshei Chodashim L'Amcha, and a few words later, is the phrase of Kapara Lechol Toldosohm, which I wrote about in my next blog as you scroll down. The whole phrase as translated in English is "You have given the monthly festival of Rosh Chodesh to your nation. It is a time of atonement for all of Israel's generations." To accentuate my point here, it isn't that this is simply that this date of 1 Kislev is the 238th day of the 238th year of Rabbeinu's birthday. But ALSO, this 238th day falls out on Rosh Chodesh, as is the birthday of Rabbeinu. And ALSO, Rachel's name who has the same letters as the number 238 are the beginning letters of the phrase that spells Rosh Chodesh, adding to the fact that this is the first Rosh Chodesh that follows Rachel Imeinu's Yahrzeit. So for those living in Eretz Yisrael,
score a perfect 238, and do some Hisbodedus at Kever Rachel, starting off this month on the right foot.

And speaking of "right", I want to mention someone's name which also has the connotation of the word "right", but more in the sense of right as opposed to left. You see, Binyamin's name literally means "son of right", which refers to Eretz Yisrael, as he was the only one of the 12 Shevatim who was born in this holy land. But why I mention his name now is because as a connection to Rachel and Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the corresponding Shevet of this month of Kislev, as mentioned in the Chasidic Sefer called Bnei Yissaschar, is Binyamin who was born to his mother Rachel as she was dying on that very same day. Hence, the fact that Rosh Chodesh Kislev is the FIRST Rosh Chodesh following Rachel's passing/Binyamin's birth accentuates the above points.

Oh, by the way, Binyamin is buried right near Kfar SABA, and it is in THIS month that SABA was born (on 20 Kislev).

Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman!

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