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Thursday, July 21, 2011

This Weeks Torah Portion - Parshas Matos

At the very beginning of the Parsha (30:2) it says: וידבר משה אל ראשי המטות לבני ישראל לאמר זה הדבר אשר צוה - And Moshe spoke to the heads of the tribes of the Children of Israel saying this is the matter which God commanded. The words "to" (skipping 'heads of') "the tribes" have the exact gimatria (numerical value) of Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman, the middle word "heads of" is an obvious reference to Rabbainu, the head of Israel, and "of" is the letter Yud, which is = single, double, triple, square (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 = 10).

This is significant in this verse due to two teachings Our Sages derive from this verse. 1. that the prophecy of Moses was superior than all other prophet, it was precise "this is the matter", where as the other prophecies were just "so is...". 2. From this verse Our Sages learn that one expert judge can nullify a neder (oath) [obviously only with certain conditions etc.], this power is also given to any 3 regular judges. From here we see the power of the ordinary people, that 3 people that get together can have the power of an expert. This is what Saba said that we don't need the rabbis, for the people themselves will pick Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman.

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