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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Before Finishing the Torah This Week...

Wanted to write this post a month ago in time for the Ba'al Shem Tov's birthday of Chai Elul (312 years ago), but I was pressed for time and then being that everyone (or almost everyone besides me) was off to Uman, I felt it would be better to post the following at this time when more eyes will be viewing this.

This year, Shabbos Parshas Ki Savo was Chai Elul, the birthday of the Ba'al Shem Tov, who is the great grandfather of Rabbeinu Nachman. The first Aliyah of this Parsha that was read on the Shabbos birthday of the Ba'al Shem Tov are the 5561th-5571th Pesukim of the Torah. And as we know, the last 11 years of Rabbeinu's life was during the years 5561-5571, when he revealed most of his teachings. The last Posuk of this Aliyah, the 5571th Posuk of the Torah, corresponding to the year 5571 when Rabbeinu passed away 200 years ago, begins with the words "You shall rejoice in all the good..."

The last Posuk of this Parshas Ki Savo read on the birthday of the Ba'al Shem Tov whose name is Yisroel, is the 5682th Posuk of the Torah. And it was in the year 5682 that another rabbi with the name Yisroel, Rabbi Yisroel Dov Ber Odesser, discovered the Petek which would one day revolutionize the world...

And to note, Parshas Ki Savo is the 50th Parsha of the Torah, as the letter Noon=50, begins and ends both Rabbeinu's and Rebbe Nosson's names; and of course, beginning and ending the Shir Chadash - Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman that originated from the Petek.

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