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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

This Weeks Haftora (section from the Prophets)

This weeks Haftora is about the birth of Shimshon and the beginning of career. One of the Nanach feels very strongly that Shimshon corresponds to the 7th beggar in Rabbi Nachman's story of the seven beggars of Sipuray Maasiyos - Tales of Ancient Times. Rabbainu never revealed the story of the 7th, and last beggar (and this is the 7th week of the Omer, in preperation for the Torah), just that this beggar did not use his feet for this world at all. Shimshon was lame, and according to a Medrash was unable to walk. In Proverbs (Mishley) it says: טוב מראה עינים מהלך נפש, "better is the looking of the eyes from the passage of the soul" which is understood and taught in the Talmud, that one gains more pleasure from looking (at promiscuity) than from the actual (sexual) act {going of the soul}, from here we see that the epitome or root of the function of the feet is in the eyes and imagination (see LKM 76. there are many other connections found, e.g. the Talmud teaches that large steps weaken the eyesite).

Shimshon is seen as one of the most ardent antagonists against the palistinians, who he fought and killed, and ultimately was defeated due to their treachery. Obviously the story of Shimshon has a deeper meaning. The Talmud reveals that Shimshon's downfall was because (on his level) he went after his eyes, and thus he was punished by having his eyes gauged L"U. From this we can learn that the klipa (evil husk) represented by the palistinians is the desire of imagination, going after one's eyes. This seems to be the predominant trouble and challenge of today. A little while ago, hundreds maybe thousands of palistinians dressed up as characters of a movie to try to make some type of point, the point that I took from this is that they are living very much in a non reality of imagination and falsehood.

King David once fell captive into the hands of one of the palistinian kings, i.e. he fell into the lusting of the imagination, the only way he escaped was by acting crazy and of course - writing graffiti on the walls. Rabbi Nachman teaches that in order to be happy one often has to do an act of craziness, and this is essential and necessary, for it it a mitzva to always be happy. Only by being happy can one escape the depression and negative influences of the culture that basks in grim opressing lusting of the eyes and imagination. Thus we find that Shimshon used all types of antics almost as if he was playing practical jokes on the palistinians (e.g. he took the city's gates to the top of the mountain, he tied foxes tails together and set them loose, he challenged them with riddles), but the he was unable or unwilling to go all the way like King David and be outright crazy. However in the end Shimshon definitely "brought the whole house down"!

As an aside I once saw a very nice explanation, it says the parents of Shimshon were visited by an angel, but they did not recognize him as angel, they thought it was just a holy personage. They brought a sacrifice to God and the angel went up in the fire. The verses continue to say that the angel never returned, and then they understood that it was angel. The obvious question is, why didn't they understand that when they saw the angel go up in the fire? So I saw this great interpretation, that holy people can do all types of things, but when they saw that he didn't come back to take credit, "I told you so", then they knew that it must have been an angel.

1 comment:

nissim said...

beautiful muchas gracias i will repost this on facebook