Friday, February 27, 2009
"ABA, TAVEE ET RABBEINU HABAITAH BISHVIL TINOKOT SHEL BEIT RABBAN!"
This can be adapted for your own feelings as you pray, you can say Ribbono Shel Olam, Adon Hakol, Avinu Shebashamayim, Tzur Yisroel veGoalo, Netzach Yisroel, Avinu Malkeinu, etc....
Also, you can add specifically Har Tzion, Yerushalayim
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Na Nach should stay with the Ahava Van, and leave the sticks in the past. There are already enough Yidden walking around w/ sticks.NNNNM.
Thanks for picking up on that, truth is that I was considering expounding on that when I wrote the post. In principle your 100% right, but I was thinking along the lines of כופין אותו עד שיאמר רוצה אני this an halachic concept which says that every Jew intrinsically wants to do the right thing but sometimes it takes a good beating to get him to his senses. Thus, for example, when a man is unwilling to give a divorce, we force him to, even though a coerced divorce would really be invalid, the halacha says that the person, after experiencing the force, comes around and in the end he is in fact giving the divorce will fully.
The Petek is like a divorce from the slavery and falsehood of this world, it might take some people some coercion but ultimately we believe that of their accord they will give this divorce and gain their freedom!
In the shul I have been attending there is a bulletin board, there is some type of notice with the picture of two of the leading misleaders of our generation, on top of the notice is a reciept that the congregation recieved from a charity organization. The receipt covers up the faces of these misleaders! The charity shields and protects us from the unworthy leaders!!!!
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the master of the Zohar, revealed deep secrets God in the Idra - spelled in Hebrew like Adar. Rabbi SB"Y also revealed the Tikunay Zohar, rectifications of the Zohar, 70 interpretations of Biraisis, in the beginning.
Now all the beginnings are from Na Nach Nachmu Nachman Meuman, as we explained in a previous post.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The first letters of קבל את הפתק או קבל מכות
have the numerical value of נחמן - Rabbainu!
How many Makot do you think it would take to convince you of the authenticity of the Petek?
Before Moshe Rabbainu gave his Makot, the Divine name that killed the Egyptian, the Tora tells us he looked כה וכה, so כה מכות is the numerical value of נ נח נחמ נחמן מאומן. Therefore it seems that 25 would do the trick.
It would seem to me that Purim should be spelled without the vuv, so that it could be single - quadrupled. Rabbainu actually does this to Purim, explaining that first we are in the exile where speech - פ - is entrapped. Then there is פר, which is the aspect of the lots that haman casts, and the aspect of the lots the High Priest cast on the day likened to Purim, which is the beginning of the process which is succeeded by the פרה red heifer (the ה and י are often used similarly in Hebrew suffixes), and then there is פורים.
Great blessings of Na Nach Nachmu Nachman Meuman!
BTW, right now there is discussion of a major Nanach getogether Purim night in Monsey to be continued in the day in Lakewood.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The month of Adar is represented kaballistically by the letter Koof. Hence, I'll translate here learning from the Sefer Ner L'Tzadik, a compilation of teachings from Likutei Moharan in Alef Beis order compiled by Rabbi Moshe Breslover for learning in memory of the Niftar beginning with the letters of his/her name.
Kohshim - Difficult is the sustenance (making a living) - twice the amount of birthpangs (NOTE: but don't tell this to your wives), for a lady giving birth screams 70 times, while with sustenance - it's 140 screams. For we need to go thru the filtering hole of the desire for money before meriting making money by faith, that is, making profit and giving birth (so to speak) to money of holiness. Meaning, that during making a living, we need to go through the challenge of not falling to the desire for money at all, G-d forbid. The only proper way of doing this is through truth and faith, and braking as well as nullifying all thoughts, confusion, and desire for money coming his way. His only intention should be for the Blessed One only, in order to merit serving Him by the money that he profits by, and to give charity to strengthen those learning Torah and serving Hashem. Because of this, making a living is twice as hard as birthpangs, for the birth mother needs to tolerate the birthpangs, and needs to scream 70 times before giving birth, but here there are 140 screams that the Divine Presence cries out, G-d forbid, "Disgrace to my head, disgrace to my arms, due to those who fall for the desire of money." Before profiting, we need to go through the filtering hole of these 140 screams. We need to scream out and pray to the Blessed One to pass through these screams in peace and be saved from them. Therefore, one's sustenance is twice as hard as birthpangs, for it is 140 screams versus 70 screams. Understand this. (Likutei Moharan Part One: Torah 23 - Letter Hei (5).
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
My father also told me that he heard directly from him, that immediately after the earthquake, there was among the survivors a very great and honored man, one of the leaders of the community. He had an only daughter who was gravely ill, and he had given her medications which were of no help. Everyone knew that by feeling her pulse, Shmuel would know the disease precisely (I heard from my close relative Rabbi Shmuel, brother-in-law of our friend the Ri, who heard from his father, that they said about Shmuel that in the wisdom of the pulse, he was the second Rambam, and knew more than eighty principles of this wisdom). But he would not touch a woman under any circumstances. However, this honored man and his wife beseeched him and wept before him, that he feel their daughter’s pulse, and he acquiesced, and with a thick handkerchief he felt her pulse. He promised them that this was no disease, rather she had become pregnant with a male child, and thus it was.
It was said of him that he would use two types of dream-questions which were accepted by the Torah leaders, such as Rabbi Hai Gaon and others: In one method, he would hear the answer through a heavenly voice, and in the other, he would lay a piece of paper with the question written on it under his pillow before going to sleep, and when awoke he would find the answer written on the paper.
Before asking any dream-question, he would do several fasts and mortification's, and several immersions in a ritual bath.
Due to the obligation upon children to remember the miracles that were done for their fathers and their fathers’ fathers, I will relate here the miracle which I heard occurred to my grandfather, Rabbi Yehezkel, may his memory be blessed, in Russia, when he traveled from a major city on a train with many carriages, and he sat in one of the first carriages. Someone came and expelled him from the carriage, so my grandfather went on to another carriage, and the person came also there and drove him out of that one as well, and he was forced to go on to another carriage, and this man came and expelled him yet again, and thus it continued repeatedly until he reached the last carriage, and from here he was not expelled. When the train continued traveling, it collided into another train coming toward it, and the carriages were destroyed, and all those sitting in the forward carriages were killed, and my father who was in the last was not killed, he only fell out of the carriage and was saved from a painful death. And who knows who this man was who kept expelling him from the carriages so many times in order to save him?
And thus he prayed on behalf of the generations to come, that in order to spare them from being tested, they should not have an attractive appearance. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Bender, of the Breslov Chassidim, told of how when he was a student in the Mekaveh Yeshivah in Poland, he was acquainted with a young man called Rabbi Yitzchak Atvetzcher, who drew many of the yeshivah students close to Rabbi Nachman, and when the First World War broke out, Rabbi Yitzchak’s father came to the yeshivah, and took him home, and then they saw that Rabbi Yitzchak was very handsome, and his father was the total opposite, and Rabbi Levi Yitzchak asked him, ‘How could this be?’ He answered him that his father was the fifteenth generation of the Ba’al ha Levushim (author of the book The Ten Garments), who requested of G-d after the trial he endured, that the next fifteen generations of his descendents should be ugly, and he himself was already of the new generation which initiated a new beginning (the Ba’al ha Levushim passed away on the 29th of Nissan, 5374, approximately three hundred years ago, and every generation is roughly twenty years)."
Thursday, February 19, 2009
we were studing at nanachtorontostiebel with eran, likutei etzot, and all of the sudden, someone knocked strong the door,
there were 2 bachurim from yeshiva miami,
they came to toronto to collect some money for their yeshiva, and eran gave them some cds, 2 tikun haklali, some small stickers,
they were very happy
they will sing na nach nachma nachman meuman
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Rabbi Odesser is soliciting funds to enable him to print Rabbi Nachmans seforim, and it is a great mitzvah to assist him in this endeavor. Hashem will reward all those that so assist him.
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
Miami has 5 letters NNNNM is also 5, nanach
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Monday, February 16, 2009
[But the simple ones who danced and sang Nanach and dunked and rose for chatzot and were mafitz and learning, were not harmed...]
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Moharan and Moharnat teach us that he had major all out Peyos, and from even down the street people would be able to see and say, HaYehudi, The Judah Man
This to me seems like something special connected with wearing Na Nach kippot, many people ask, ok ok ok , Na Nach, whats the deal witht the kippot?!
thats the strength of Mordechai HaYehudi, every time we wear Na Nach Kippahs, we are saying, I AM A NANACH, like Mordechai would be himself A JEW!
every time any Na Nach wears a Na Nach kippah, he is connecting to the Tzadik Rabbeinu Nachman and to the Tzadik Mordechai HaYehudi and is crowned with the extra name HANANACH
So why should the sea back down before Josef-- ok, he backed down before Mrs. Potifar??
Rabbi Nachman would not have escaped, because he probably would not even have needed a vision of Jacov and would have wanted to show to those heathens that in their eyes He Really COULD be considered a G-d (no lusts). I believe Joseph really had no need to escape, what made him jump out the window, I don't know, did he break his fingers when he fell? could be. Did the window rip his cloths as he fell? could be. Did Mrs. P. lie, no doubt! What made him jump?...my answer...DIVINE DECREE,
and therefore, since he (the waters of truth) had escaped Mrs.P. (the waters of heresy) ONLY BECAUSE OF DIVINE DECREE, the time had come for the waters of heresy to admit to the lie and back down from before the waters of truth - TORA -
Before the advent of the tablets, the bones of the Tzaddik were like the tablets.
When Nachal Novea comes to Israel- falshood will flee even if we don't have the combination of Tzaddik with Azout that we need.
For crying out loud, we have the PETEK, we have Saba, we even have an army of Narchons....Why doesn't the heresy die already? Because Rabbi Nachman can't reveal himself at 104- that's the plan of the Baal Davar (Spider & Fly- stories of rabbi Nachman). Moshiah is the one without legs who carries what? The Petek, The Bones, The books, The brothers from exile? Moses was recognized because instead of filling his pockets with loot he worked very hard at convicing Joseph to pick himself up and come with him. A good thing Joseph followed because otherwise the sea would have won the argument against Moses.
Rabbenu YOU MUST come home!
PLease say Na Nach so Rabbi Nachman comes here and chases away all the heresy.
The beginnings that start with Pesach are marked with the counting of the Omer, 50 days till Shavuos – the receiving of the Tora. The Zohar as explained by the Arizal explain that the Jews were so trapped in Egypt that it was impossible for them to be extracted with culminate steps, so God in His great mercy did an even greater miracle, on the first night of Pesach God fully extracted the Jews freeing their minds, spirits, and consciousness completely, however since this was an act of God the Jews had to reestablish their freedom through their own effort, which they proceeded to do day by day as they counted the Omer until they reached the pinacle at the giving of the Tora.
In the beginning of the Holy book Adir Bamurom the Ramchal (one of the Tzadikim Rabbainu encouraged people to study their writings) says that real repentance must take place in this fashion. First the person must completely run to a place of complete holiness and purity and only then will the person be successful in step by step establishment of proper conduct and lifestyle. The Ramchal says that there is an aspect of this even in Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's running to the cave for 13 years, and in Moshe Rabbainu's running from Egypt, and in Noah's Ark.
In this vein we find in the holy writings of the Arizal a subscription for a penitent, to engross himself daily in hours and hours of reading of the Holy Zohar while concentrating on certain divine names. Such would be the beginning of Pesach, as we find in the beginning of Likutay Moharan a similar prescription from Rabbainu, that one suffering from the folly of his evil inclination should smite it with the reading of the divine names which are the Tora.
Rabbainu who was a complete novelty introduced a new beginning, for a person to begin anew exactly from where he is at that moment. Rabbainu, in various places, explained that where ever a person is he is with God, except due to the persons bad conduct he is not perceptive of Gods presence and God is there for him in the most awesome hidden way. As soon as the person screams out to God to reveal Himself, the person brings into the world the most incredible revelation of God, how God is present as the life force even in the most seemingly God forsaken places, and yet God is completely exalted, untouched, and unaffected.
Rabbainu taught that the song of the true Tzadik has this power to reveal God even in the darkes voids and vacated places (Tora 64). This is the song: Na Nach Nachmu Nachman Meuman, which Rabbainu explains signifies starting a new, and then starting a new, and then starting a new.
This is a way of beginning Rabbainu associates with Purim (Tora 56) when the Jews were at a point where they did not discern God presence at all, they did not have an option of running to a place of holiness. Mordichay, the true Tzadik, transformed their state of unawareness and bereavement of God into an extremely intimate knoweldge of God. This is why the Megila is halachicly considered a song of praise to God (we rely on the reading of the Megila to take the place of Halel). It is the song of the True Tzadik which reveals and crowns God as the King over all.
Rabbainu says that all exiles can be referred to as Egypt. Therefore even as the remembrance of all the commandments is to the redemption from Egypt, the beginnings now take place from Egypt itself, from the very point of the darkness, Na Nach Nachmu Nachman Meuman sets each and every person free to begin the joyous service of H”Y.
This is really beyond my personal level, but it would seem to me that at some stage of real righteousness the cycle of ups and downs will be slightly different, because when a person achieves an absolute recognition of the Goodness and Unity of God there can not be a down that would be foreign or unappealing. The truly righteous brings the 'down' upon himself. When a true tzadik reaches higher and higher heights in his devotion to God he will begin to realize that he actually hasn't even begun to understand who God is and how to properly serve him. The greater the tzadik, the greater will be his awareness of inadequacy and incomprehension of God. The Tzadik will treasure this bitul (nullification) as a tremendous height, and as he starts to figure out the ways of God even from his new vantage he will feel that he is suffering a tremendous descent (see Likutay Moharan II Tora 7, the first Tora the Saba learnt from Likutay Moharan together with his mentor R' Yisroel Karduner ZT”L ZYUVKY”A).
From this we can get a new appreciation for what Rabbainu said that one should be so close to the Tzadik that he feels the Tzadiks ups and downs....
The pinacle of knowledge is to not know.
The true pincacle of everything is Na Nach Nachmu Nachman Meuman!!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Nanach: The Pillar of Royalty
Yimay Shmuel Part 1 - Diary of R' Shmuel Horowitz (Ongoing Translation)
- Azamrah and Ayeh - How to Focus on the Positive
- HaSaba HaKadosh - The Holy Saba Rebbe Yisroel Odeser
- Niggun Shel Hatzadik - About the Holy Song of Na Nach
- Likutay Breslov - Compilation of Breslov and Nanach Teachings
- Miktzeh Haretz - How to Act at the End of the Days
- Odia Emunatcha Bpi - Favorite Prayers and Sayings
Tikkun Haklali in Russian - The general rectification
Likutay Breslov in German - Compilation of Breslov and Nanach Teachings
Thursday, February 12, 2009
"Joshua entering the land of Israel was bound to fail, because Moshe was not buried there!" in other words "With Saba buried here and the petek here we only need to bring the bones of Rabbi Nachman for a Geula Shlema" The temple etc.. are temporary structures that do not guarantee success at all.
This Tora from Rabbi Nachman beautifully illustrates the stance of the Nanach who have strong and firm faith and belief in G-d and Rabbi Nachman, they therefore promote the simple and easy way of serving G-d with love, happiness, singing , and dancing. Whereas many challenge the Nanach, they say it is ridiculous to just serve G-d in such an easy and pleasurable fashion, they say one must work and slave (the Zohar refers to the study of the Talmud as 'hard work' – in the same context as Rabbi Nachman in the above cited Tora). So we see they are not entirely incorrect, for the state of faith they are holding by they in fact are required to work very hard, however if they would just have some more faith and listen and follow the Nanach, then they too would be able to serve G-d as the Nanach.
Take a look in Sichos Huran (140) where Rabbi Nussun relates that upon hearing this Tora from Rabbainu he was in a turmoil and very perplexed for until then he had considered himself to have some level of faith. Rabbi Nachman then addressed him slightly rebuking saying: and if you have faith, you don't have faith in yourself! See the whole article there, for this is the faith, resolve, conviction, and self confidence of the Nanach to do what is necessary in this world, for God, His Tzadik, His Tora, His Nation, and his world.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Tu B'Shvat is special to Breslov also because it is Rebbe Nosson's birthday (born in 5540)
Tu B'Shvat, besides the above, is considered a most special day to Nanachs, as it was a turning point in Saba's life. It was on this date exactly 52 years ago when he met his first DEVOTED Talmid, President Shazar A'H (He taught others earlier who refused to accept the Petek) which led to the publication of Sefer Ebay HaNachal, composed of letters from Saba to Shazar. It was Shazar who told Saba that this Sefer will capture the whole world.
Tu B'Shvat - the Yesod, the foundation of the final phase of what will bring the Geula - Dor Revi'i Yashuvu Heina - "The fourth generation will return here". Tu B'Shvat, as the fourth and last Rosh HaShana mentioned in the Mishna, is that turning point that will rectify what went wrong in the beginning of creation. Yes, the Vilna Gaon says that Tu B'Shvat (and Tu B'Av) among the Jewish holidays, correspond to the 6th Sefira of Yesod, the Sefira of Bris Kodesh. As we know, mankind was created on the sixth day of Creation. And mankind is compared to a tree - Ki Ha'Adam Eitz Hasodeh. Indeed, Tu B'Shvat we are told is a Tikun for the Cheit Eitz HaDa'as which was committed on the very day of mankind's creation - the sixth day. Mankind's ultimate goal is to be the Tzadik Yesod Olam.
Now, where in this universe will the ultimate rectification be realized? The Gemoro tells us that Netzach, the fourth Sefira, refers to Yerushalayim and Hod=15/Tu refers to the Beis HaMikdash (see more details on Y & BH in a later blog that I wrote today in "Comments from the Birthday Boy" when you scroll down). But it is mankind that has to accomplish this in the Yerushalayim Shel Mata to be in sync with the Yerushalayim Shel Ma'la.
It was Rebbe Nosson who spread the concept of saying the Tikun HaKelali started by Rabbeinu to be a major Tikun for Pegam HaBris. Moreover, he composed Tefillos relating to this. And indeed, Rebbe Nosson was Niftar on Yom Shishi, the day of the week that mankind was created.
And as we know, the passing away of Tzadikim are a Kaporo for the generation's sins. Indeed, Hashem told Adam "On the day that you sin, you will die", and the Cheit Eitz HaDa'as took place on that very day of Yom HaShishi.
There is a most significant event that took place in recent history that affected the world - the INTERNET. There is a correlationship between the original Tree of Knowledge and this Tree of Knowledge. Basically, the Gemara Sanhedrin 38 tells us that in the 12 hours of the daytime of Yom HaShishi, Adam sinned in the 10th hour, that is, in the fourth quarter of the day. Now, being that the milleniums of the world correspond to the days of the week, it works out that today's Tree of Knowledge - the internet - began in public in the fourth quarter of this 6th millenium - the year 5750 (1990). No, I don't think I even heard of the internet back then, or at least I didn't understand what the news was really about if I heard about it, but there were a few savvy computer folks who already started using the internet in that year. As we know, many things can be used for good, or otherwise. Very unfortunately, untold much harm has been caused by the internet, but being that Hashem allowed it to be created, it was also meant to be used for good. Many Yidden have became frum from learning Torah thru the net, many Shidduchim happened through it for those who may have not had a chance otherwise, many people have found good Parnassa through it when few other choices were presented to them.
I will leave you all with this thought. I wondered many years ago, especially when the Lubavitcher Rebbe was telling everyone to really prepare for Moshiach in the last couple years that he was able to talk, how everyone will know where their relatives and friends will be if everyone will all of a sudden will be heading to Eretz Yisroel after Moshiach comes? I never heard an answer from this Rebbe, and I never thought of asking him, but years after his passing, it became obvious to me. Miracles may fly from the sky, but things will still happen naturally even after Moshiach comes. Thus, now that we have E-mail, it doesn't matter where you are - you can send and receive messages to and from everyone; and thus in no time, everyone will know where their relatives and friends will be!
"Arba'ah Roshei Shonim Heim" - The four heads of years relating to various Mitzvos are in fact four Roshei Chodashim - heads of months. How ironic though is that while Rosh Chodesh Shvat, as the last of these four, is according to Beis Shamai, the Halacha in fact follows Beis Hillel who say that the Rosh Hashana for trees is on the 15th of Shvat, which is not Rosh Chodesh.
This perhaps is what makes this whole thing even a greater Chiddush. The first Rosh HaShana/Rosh Chodesh listed is Rosh Chodesh Nissan, which is the birthday of Rabbeinu. The Mishna ends with Tu B'Shvat, which is the birthday of Rebbe Nosson, author of Likutei Halachos.
Author of Likutei Halachos...Let's take a sample of Gemara on this Mishna relating to Tu B'Shvat: "Rabbi Shimon ben Elazar says: If one picked fruit from an Esrog tree on Erev Tu B'Shvat before sunset, and he then picked more of its fruit after sunset - the Teruma or Ma'aser cannot be seperated from one batch on behalf of the other batch, because we can't seperate Teruma and Ma'aser from the new crop for the new one, and vice-versa." (Rosh Hashana 14b) Anyways, the Hebrew word for picked is Likeit, a wording similar to the word Likutei, as in Likutei Halachos.
So here you have it, an apparent Remez to the magnum opus, the main work of Torah named Likutei Halachos, authored by the one who was born on Tu B'Shvat. Truly amazing! Indeed, there are many works of Torah that are named starting with Likutei or Yalkut, but the fact that this terminology in the Gemara is used by a specific date of Tu B'Shvat is in no doubt in my mind a Remez to this most important work in Chasidic teachings (Rebbe Nosson's teachings are considered even MORE important to learn than the teachings of Moharan - but not because we are saying that he was greater than Rabbeinu, because in fact all of Rebbe Nosson's teachings are in fact Rabbeinu's teachings, but because Rebbe Nosson brought Rabbeinu's teachings down to a lower level for us to understand and relate to these teachings even better - bringing the fruit down to where it is easier for us to eat).
To have a greater appreciation for learning Likutei Halachos, I saw several months ago where it mentioned a Chasidishe Rebbe (not a very familiar name, so I don't remember who) who said that ALL of Chasidus is included in Likutei Halachos. Moreover, this body of work gives the spiritual reason behind the Halachos in Shulchan Aruch. Personally, it has bothered me in the past why the Shulchan Aruch seems to be so picky on every little thing as though one has done a terrible Aveira if done a little differently. After all, many of the things we say in davening today, for example, are Minhagim - not included in the Gemara - to begin with. While I still don't have all the answers, at least Likutei Halachos gives an accountability of what really goes on in the spiritual worlds about the many things we follow according to Halacha.
Is it any wonder then that the name of Likutei Halachos should be given this by Hashgacha Peratis as it is the same Gematria as HaTorah/The Torah (616)! Not Stam Torah, another piece of work with nice vortlach, but THE Torah, the ultimate purpose of fulfilling the Halachos - the way of life that way that Hashem wants us to live, not just as a nice "lifestyle" as in "kosher style" custom made the way that those who unfortunately don't know much about Yiddishkeit view Judaism as. Indeed, without understanding the true purpose of living a frum lifestyle, there are those even growing up in such an environment that become disenchanted with it, because of an attitude such as (true story) from one Rabbi in Yeshiva, who was approached by a youngster whose own Rabbi father insisted that he eat fish on Shabbos even if he didn't like it, told him back when the youngster complained along these lines, "So nu, just eat it to make your father happy". Unfortunately, this Rabbi whom the youngster turned to for guidance, had absolutely no concept of relating to people's feelings, and insisted on the youngster "fulfilling the Halacha" even if it wasn't to his liking. (The truth is that technically according to Halacha, if someone truly doesn't like certain food, he is not obligated to eat it on Shabbos. So much for these so called Yeshivish Rabbis). Very unfortunately, this youngster left Yiddishkeit years later, and without getting into details about what he did unlawfully at one point, he was sentenced to a life sentence in prison.
There is another Remez to this Gematria as related to the year of the author Rebbe Nosson's passing - 5605. In Hebrew, it is spelled as Hei, Tov, Reish, Hei. O.K., so the Vov doesn't show up, but as a Vov can be read as a vowel as in the word HaTorah, this is the ONE Hebrew year that can be read as HATORAH! Moreover, though the first Hei in the year actually in the context is 5,000 (years), taking it as a plain Hei, the total Gematria of the year can equal the same Gematria as Esrog (610), what Sephardic & Chasidishe Rebbes tell us to pray for on Tu B'Shvat (In fact, virtually the whole Gemara on the subject of Tu B'Shvat in the Mishna talks about an Esrog!)
And finally, though Rebbe Nosson was born on Shabbos B'Shalach, in some years, his birthday falls out during the week of Parshas Yisro. Yisro, the father in law of Moshe who learned the Torah from Hashem Himself. Yisro, the one who worshipped every idol on the planet, but gave up his priestly status to openly declare his believe in the one Hashem. Yisro, after whom the Parsha in which the Torah was given is named after, and is also read from on Shavuos - the day the Torah was given. Very unfortunately, very few people appreciate him - the only one I ever encountered bearing his name is someone who became Jewish, as Yisro did. You would think that at least someone who was born during the week of Parshas Yisro would be given this name at least as a second, secondary name. Well, I have news for everyone - Yisro is also the Gematria of HaTorah!
It's most appropo to comment along these lines from the birthday boy, author of Likutei Halachos, which is the Gematria of the number 616 of each of the words HaTorah - the Torah, and the name of this weeks Parsha - Yisro! (NOTE: The Moharanat was actually born on Shabbos B'Shalach, but even at that, we begin reading from Parshas Yisro in the afternoon of this day): (Treat the following paragraph as Akdamus, the poem about the Torah that we recite right before Krias HaTorah on Shavuos which begins the verse that includes the words "Bayom Hazeh" from this week's Parshas Yisro. After this, we will begin the translation from Hilchos Chodosh):
HASHEM GIVES THE TORAH (Nosein HaTorah) EVERYDAY FROM ANEW (Chodosh) THAT IS AROUSED FROM ANEW (Chodosh) FOR THE FULFILLMENT OF THE TORAH (HaTorah)
This is what we say in the blessings of Birchos HaTorah "NOSEIN HATORAH" (NOTE: Nosein is similar to Rebbe Nosson's name and HaTorah is the Gematria of the words Likutei Halachos).
Meaning, Hashem gives the Torah every day from anew (CHODOSH), as it's written "that I have commanded you today". Chazal explain that every day, they should appear to you as new (CHODOSHIM - same exact word for months), for the Torah is deep and wide like the sea; and every day, it's drawn to us in a wonderous renewal. For the Blessed One gives us the Torah every day from anew (CHODOSH). For every day and moment, Hashem Yisborach prepares in the grand scheme of things the ability for the fulfillment of the Torah to enter the world. He sends us true Tzadikim who are Mechadesh every time - true Chidushei Torah. Even one who is not in such a spiritual level to be Mechadesh Chidushim can nevertheless every time be aroused from anew (CHODOSH) to fulfill the Torah. This is also an aspect of accepting the Torah (Kabolas HaTorah) from anew (CHODOSH). For the main thing is fulfilling the Torah, for expounding the Torah is not the main thing but the action (NOTE: Good deeds, as I mentioned in the Ebay Hanachal blog that I wrote today as you scroll down). Therefore, through Birchos HaTorah, we draw on ourselves Kabolas HaTorah from anew (CHODOSH)." (LH Hilchos Nesias Kapayim Halacha 5, also found in the Breslov Siddur entitled Avodas HaLev, page 127).
My friends, it was based on this Torah from Rebbe Nosson, along with similar statements from Likutei Halachos and other places in Torah, that gave me the idea of learning Hilchos Chodosh from Likutei Halachos (bearing in mind that this phrase is the same Gematria as HaTorah) every day. It stopped at one point in my busy schedule, but just beginning this now once again, now is my chance to translate this to the public, which will with Hashem's help not only inspire others to learn more Torah - especially every day, but also to learn the appropriate lessons from this to be applicable in one's life.
HILCHOS CHODOSH (In Yoreh Deah) - HALACHA ALEF
"It is forbidden to eat from the new grain until the waiving of the Omer (barley offering) which then allows the new grain to be eaten." (As quoted from the Shulchan Aruch on this topic)
We see in the words of Rabbeinu (Likutei Moharan I:62) that the food needs to be food after being sorted. This sorting of foods is accomplished by faith. The finished product of faith is accomplished through bringing out the speech from the aspect of the Egyptian exile - from the straits of the throat. This is done through fasting, which in turn attaching the end part of holiness is accomplished. For fasting is the aspect of the end part, that return every time to the beginning, like we write Hashem's main name (Shem Havaya of Y'K'V'K) going back Y'K, etc, ultimately returning every time to the first letter Yud. It works the same way with fasting. (In Likutei Moharan, this concept of fasting is explained as one who is fasting is subsisting on the food he had at an earlier time, thus elevating oneself spiritually upgrading the physical that one has as opposed from just starting fresh from the new food that one just ate). For all beginnings are hard; for in the beginning, one goes from one extreme to another. Afterwards, every time we receive strength from the beginning, etc. This is explained in detail in the Ma'amar entitled Vayasev Elokim (LM I:62) (NOTE: This phrase is taken from Parshas B'Shalach, the Parsha that was read on the day that the author of Likutei Halachos was born. Also, it's interesting to note that this concept of receiving strength every time...is similar to what I noted earlier in this blog about being aroused every time from anew to fulfill the Torah which is the aspect of receiving the Torah from anew).
To be continued...
NOTE: In earlier generations, fasting was relatively not such a challenge the way it may be today being that we do not have the physical strength on average the way people used to have. Many Rabbis have noted that if fasting will interfere with Avodas Hashem, especially if it means learning less Torah as a result, or learning Torah with less enthusiasm; then, alternatives are just as acceptable such as giving Tzedaka or "fasting" from speech (Ta'anis Dibur) except for Divrei Torah & Tefilla. If and when in doubt, one should consult his spiritual guide in the context of "V'Asei Lecha Rav".
"Tu B'Shvat is the Rosh HaShana L'Ilanos in terms of the Halachos of Orlah & Neta Reva'i, for the 12 months correspond to the 12 Shvatim. They are called Shvatim (NOTE: Tu B'Shvat is in the middle of the month called Shvat) for they are rods and branches from that come from the holy tree, which is the aspect of Ya'akov which is the body of the tree from which all the Neshamos come out of. These 12 Shvatim are included in the four camps of the Shechina which are the aspect of the four flags (that each represent three of the Shvatim situated in a particular direction as it was in the Midbar). Corresponding to these are the four seasons of the year. All these fours come from the four letters of Hashem's name from which derive the four brains (Mochin), and from there the four foundations (Yesodos) that are the aspect of the three colors of the eye and the Bat Ayin (pupil of the eye). Corresponding to these are the four Kelipos - three impure Kelipos and Noga which are the aspect of the three years of Orlah and Neta Reva'i."
"Now, just like the power of the eye is through the fourth part that is Bat Ayin, so too the powers of the three impure Kelipos is through Noga. Accordingly, the four seasons need to sort out the good from the bad and brake the four corresponding Kelipos. As the four seasons begin from Nissan (NOTE: Rosh Chodesh Nissan is the birthday of Rabbeinu), the fourth season of Teves corresponds to the Bat Ayin, for there is the main sorting process - the season including Teves, Shvat, Adar. (NOTE: In the first Mishna of Rosh HaShana mentioning the Arba Roshei Shanim beginning with Rosh Chodesh Nissan & ending with Tu B'Shvat, it's interesting to note that each of the four are in a different season: Tekufas Nissan - 1 Nissan, Tekufas Tamuz - 1 Elul, Tekufas Tishrei - 1 Tishrei, Tekufas Shvat - 1/15 Shvat). It works out that Tu B'Shvat is in the middle point of Tekufas Teves like the point of the Bat Ayin, and therfore it is the Rosh HaShana L'Ilanos, for it is the main sorting process of the evil characteristic trait of pride that includes all the other evil traits."
"Correspondingly, the point of the Bat Ayin is the aspect of the fourth level which is lowliness and humbleness which a person is supposed to feel being lower than his actual level (Madrega) until he reaches the aspect of Mah (as in Mah Anachnu - "What are we worth?"). Ultimately, this level included in the Bat Ayin goes up high until the Ein Sof. When one reaches this level which is the aspect of the lowliness (Shiflus) of Moshe Rabbeinu who is the aspect of the true Tzadik, this is thanks due to the B'nei Yisroel having brought the fruits of Neta Reva'i (produce of the fourth year) to Yerushalayim, for the ultimate purpose of humility was in this city because there was the Beis HaMikdash situated, which had the point of the Even Shesiya (cornerstone which is the foundation of the world's creation), which is the aspect of the ultimate purpose of humility and lowliness. "
"Lowliness is the aspect of dirt. The main aspect of the holiness of dirt is in Eretz Yisroel & Yerushalayim. The main place of this is in the Beis HaMikdash in the point of the Even Shesiya, for there was the gate of heaven, because it's impossible to enter heaven, meaning, going on a higher spiritual level except through humility and lowliness. For it's impossible in a physical state to go higher, certainly to the heavens (only through the help of modern technology but in our own physical state, it's impossible that we can just start flying up on our own). However, this is possible through humility and lowliness - the aspect of Ayin (nothingness) - the aspect of "the ladder was standing on the ground while its head was reaching the heavens". Meaning, when standing on the ground, which consists of earth and dirt representing humility and lowliness, it is precisely through this that ones' head can reach the heavens by going up spritually. This is the aspect of "The built Yerushalayim as a city that everyone together is attached to it, for it was there that the Shvatim went up (as Olei Regel)". The ascent of the Shvatim (Shivtei Kah) is particularly in Yerushalayim for it was through this that they were to go up spiritually to the Yerushalayim that is sitated in Heaven as a result of meriting the aspect of true lowliness."
Below is an excerpt from a letter in the Sefer Ebay Hanachal that Saba wrote to Shazar that's dated 27 Elul 5730 pertaining to this momentous occasion:
"Our wondorous relationship began in Tiberias, on Tu B'Shvat 5717. From this holy love and unity, was born to us a son for a Mazel Tov, and you have called his name of the Jewish people: EBAY HANACHAL, named after the Nachal Novea Mekor Chochma - "The flowing river - the source of wisdom" (referring to Rabbeinu Nachman). This precious son is very important and beloved in the eyes of G-d and mankind. From this only son, big sweetnesses and deliverances were born to the nation of Israel, as you know a bit about this. How so beloved and cherished is our son by the Gedolei HaTorah and Yiras Hashem, whom everyone praises and speaks wondorously about without limit. And everyone speaks very wondorously about the subject of our relationship through which the honor of Hashem has been magnified and sanctified above and below."
It's most significant to be mentioning this letter today because it is exactly 52 years ago from that momentous meeting between Saba and Shazar, and as mentioned in this letter pertaining to the meeting, a son - Ben Zochor - was born from this. Indeed the word Ben is the Gematria of 52.
Anyways, where does this phrase Ebay HaNachal come from?
The one place it appears in the T'Nach is in Shir HaShirim 6:11: "I went down into the garden of nuts to see the FRUITS OF THE VALLEY, and to see if the vine had blossomed, to see if the pomegranates were in bloom". Indeed, at least the literal meaning of the Posuk has something to do with Tu B'Shvat, when we eat Hashem's delicious fruits. Now, according to Rashi, "to see the FRUITS OF THE VALLEY" means, as Hashem to speaking to B'nai Yisrael "to examine the GOOD DEEDS (Ma'asim Tovim) that I could find in you".
It's interesting to note that Rashi points out when it mentions the Toldos of Noach listing his three sons that the Toldos/generations or results of the righteous are his good deeds. Question:
Why does Rashi mention this specifically by Noach? As the answer that I heard, since Noach was the ancestor of all mankind being that everyone else besides his family were killed in the Flood, it is precisely here that Rashi points this out by particularly this Tzadik, since ultimately, our accomplishments that mean the most at the end are our good deeds.
Don't forget, Tu B'Shvat is the Rosh HaShana - New Year - for trees, and as we know Ki HoAdam Eitz HaSodeh - mankind is compared to a tree in terms of growth - especially spiritual growth. So, what is your New Year resolution in the way of Ma'asim Tovim?
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Hashem bless him and his family with orekh yamim and the light of the Tzaddik Haemet.
Others should do likewise.
There remains $445 of zechut available for people to contribute for this important work.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
As Rabbi Kaplan has been mentioned in the past in nanach.net along with a video featuring him as being one who influenced others towards Breslov, it is only fitting to say a few words related to him. The first thing to mention here is that his Yahrzeit is 14 Shvat or YAD Shvat - the Hand of Shvat (passed away in 5743). Indeed, Rabbi Kaplan used his hands for a most important function in disseminating Torah knowledge to the world.
His full Hebrew name is Aryeh Moshe Eliyahu. The Gematria of this is - 613! He wrote a few dozen works in the last 12 years of his 48 year lifespan (including Rabbi Nachman's Stories - translation and commentary on Sippurei Ma'asiyos, that was on the printing press just as he passed away). But perhaps what he is most noted for in the Jewish world is his magnum opus - The Living Torah. It has a most unique translation that no one else before ever seemed to have done - at least in English. He didn't necessarily translate the Pesukim as each Posuk by itself. According to the flow of the Pesukim, and of course also based on Chazal and all, he translated some Pesukim as a few verses translated as one uninterrupted sentence; and at others, he translated part of one verse as a whole sentence. And of course, he didn't use the old English that earlier translators used to make a "better impression" instead of doing what they were supposed to do - make it clear for someone who doesn't know Chumash, especially for children. In addition, Rabbi Kaplan wrote extensive notes which were based on tremendous research, along with maps, charts, etc. And he composed this whole thing in 9 months! Indeed, he called this work his 10th child (he had a total of 9 physical children). And it was only two and a half years later, that Hashem called him upstairs.
As we know, the 613th Mitzva - the last Mitzva of the Torah - is writing a Sefer Torah. While fulfilling this Mitzva is not exactly a very cheap endeavor to say the least; there are those, including the Chofetz Chaim, who say that since nowadays, we don't study from the Sefer Torah like they used to before Torah She'B'Al Peh was written down, we basically can fulfill this Mitzva by owning Seforim, learning, and lending them out. Another practical way of fulfilling this Mitzva is - writing Seforim. What Rabbi Kaplan did was to write a most meaningful translation of the Chumash - the same contents as a Sefer Torah - which was never written before as such in the English language, along with explanatory notes. Have to also mention that he also noted the 613 Mitzvos of the Torah within his notes at the points where hinted to them in the Pesukim. Indeed, he truly lived his triple name, the middle of which was Moshe, the namesake of the one who taught the Torah and after whom it is named, and indeed the Gematria of Moshe Rabbeinu is also 613 (and is also the Gematria of Rabbeinu Moshe - the Rambam - who composed the Sefer HaMitzvos according to strict guidlines of how the count of Taryag Mitzvos are to be determined unlike earlier ones who composed lists of Taryag Mitzvos that were not very precisioned, as well as the Mishneh Torah encompassing the Taryag Mitzvos with the Halachos on the entire base of Torah She'B'Al Peh). We learn in Kaballa that every Jew has a particular Mitzva that he/she is especially connected to which is supposed to be the one Mitzva that he has more concentration on and being Machmir about it to the enth degree than all other Mitzvos. I think this says it all about the prolific writer Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan ZT'L.
RABBI DANIEL FRISH ZT'L
It should be noted that another prolific writer - of a translation/explanation on the entire Zohar, was Niftar four years ago on this date of 14 Shvat - Rabbi Daniel Frish ZT'L. A Chosid of the Toldos Aharon Rebbe, he spent countless hours on this unique translation on the Zohar, all of which was written in Loshon HaKodesh. In any case, I found a Remez to his name in the beginning (second paragraph) of Tikunei Zohar - "This is called Tikunei HaZohar which consists of the 70 facets of the Torah THAT Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai EXPLAINED in the word Bereishis from the secrets of the Torah". Now, the word in Hebrew for "that explained" is D'Forish. The D or Daled is the first letter of Daniel and the word in Hebrew - Forish - is spelled with the same lettering as Rabbi Frish's family name. But perhaps what clinches this is the next paragraph that follows - "Rabbi Shimon got up, he opened up with words addressing the Shechina, beginning with V'HaMaskilim Yazhiru K'Zohar HaRakia... " "The intellectual ones will shine like the brightness of the sky..." This is the verse from which the word Zohar - Brightness - comes from. And where is this Posuk from - Sefer Daniel (12:3)!
Have to sound a little Chasidishe here, for after after, Breslov is a Chasidishe movement in which mainstream Chasidim speak Yiddish; though for newcomers, it may not be quite the Yiddishe Lashon. Anyways, though it is already after Shabbos B'Shalach/Shira, there is one aspect to this following vort that relates to the number 14, and it is now the 14th of Shvat.
It's like this. B'Shalach consists of 116 Pesukim. For one of the Simanim for this as printed as the end of the Parsha in some Chumashim - it is "Yad Emuna"=(14+102). It seems that this is borrowed from the last section in this Parsha about fighting Amalek where Moshe has his hands raised where it says "Vayehi Yohdohv Emuna". Now normally, the word Emuna means faith. In the simple interpretation in this context, Rashi explains this to mean precisioned or concentrated. Pertaining to this section here about Moshe's hands raised, Mishna Rosh Hashana 3:8 asks "Was it Moshe's hands that made or broke the outcome of the war?" Rather, if the Jews looked above and their hearts were subservient to their Father in Heaven, they would be victorious, but if they didn't apply themselves accordingly, then they would be defeated.
In any case, even if the Torah insists on using the wording of Emuna as describing the position of Moshe's hands, it would make more sense to use it more as an adjective or verb like the word Amoon. So why the word as Emuna which is strictly a noun word? Ah, so now it makes sense. The key to winning this war was Emuna, as indicated by the above Mishna. For after all, why did Hashem allow this war to begin with? As Rashi points out, it is because the Jews doubted whether Hashem was in their midst - a misconception based on their lack of Emuna. So now, with the help of Moshe, the Tzadik HaDor, they had a chance to rectify their lack of Emuna. And if one is to develop their Emuna, or already has Emuna, what does he/she do when their is a problem? Of course, pray to Hashem!
This is where the Sefer Hishtapchus HaNefesh - concentrating on the aspect of praying to Hashem comes in. It consists of two parts after the introductory and opening parts of this Sefer. The first part consists of 102 sections, and the second part consists of 14 sections. Indeed, this echoes the Siman given for the number of Pesukim as the end of B'Shalach in the form of Yad Emuna - the only difference is that the two numbers are in reverse - but the same two numbers!
It is really of no surprise that it is THIS Parsha that has this concept hinted to as related to Hishtapchus HaNefesh. You see, the Shabbos that this Parsha is read is virtually always called Shabbos Shira. Now, Shira is the Gematria of Tefilla (515). Now, the immediate words preceding the section of the Shira is "Vaya'aminu BaHashem U'vi'Moshe Avdo" - The Jews believed - had Emuna - in Hashem, and in His servant Moshe. Again, help with the Inyan of Emuna has to go through the Tzadik HaDor. And in the middle section of this Parsha - about the Man(na) which was granted the Jewish Nation particularly in the merit of Moshe, it was all about Emuna - about eating all of the Heavenly food in one day instead of saving some of it in a doggie bag, and the extra portion received on Friday was to be reserved for Shabbos without attempting to look for any outdoors on Shabbos. It was a constant test of Emuna to remind everyone to concentrate their thoughts of Hashem as the One who constantly provides for everyone what their needs are. The main ingredients to get to this is Emuna & Tefilla.
As the generation of the upcoming Geula, we have something in parallel to the generation of the first Geula: Rabbeinu Nach-Man from Emuna Land - broken down into Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman!
They say "how dare you disrespect Rebbe Nachman by saying Na Nach Nachma Nachman Muman. At least you should say Rebbe Na Nach Nachma Nachman Muman."
As the Zohar often say 'Woe is to those that have eyes but do not see'
נ נח נחמ
has the gimatriya / numerical equivalence of 206
with the additional 6 letter it is equivalent to 212
has the same exact gimatriya / numerical equivalence of 212
In short, when one says נ נח נחמ נחמן מאומן
it is the same exact thing as if he was saying רבי נחמן מאומן
Friday, February 6, 2009
In this weeks Parsha (Tora portion) the Jews received the Manna – מן – like the last two letters of Nachman, and Erev Shabos they received an extra portion for Shabbos, because on Shabos the manna didn't fall. During the week it was forbidden to save the manna, but on Ereve Shabos the Jews were specificly commanded to save the manna for Shabbos, the word the Tora uses for this commnadment comes from the root נח – like the first two letters of Nachman.
Thus it the Tora relates (6:24) that the Jews left over the manna for Shabos: ו'יניחו אתו' this has the exact numerical value of Na Nach Nachmu Nachman Meuman!
Na Nach Nachmu Nachman Meuman is the 7th line on the holy Petek!
Get into Shabos – get into Nanach!!!
Based on a verse in Eyov (Job) the Kabalists have taught that a soul will not come as a gilgul more than 3 times, making the maximum appearances of the soul to be 4. (for some more info about this you can look it up in the sifrei Ramachal or other places like http://www.hidabroot.org/ARDetail.asp?BlogID=7904)
If you haven't started to understand yet where this is leading, you will shortly B”H!
The word גלגול has the numerical value of חסד which is the numerical value of the name of H”Y when it is 'rolled' out single, double, triple, and (maximum) quadrupled) י, י-ה, י-ה-ו, י-ה-וה!
You now might begin to understand the importance of singing the holy song of Chesed: Na Nach Nachmu Nachman Meuman - נ נח נחמ נחמן מאומן – this can save you 4 lifetimes!!!!