Thursday, August 11, 2011
This Weeks Torah Portion - Parshas VuEschanan - And I Supplicated
The title of this weeks Parsha when read from left to right spells: NaNaCh TAV. These letters, in this formation, are directly addressed in the first Torah (lesson) of Rabbainu's Likutay Moharan (Collected Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov), where Rabbi Nachman explains why prayers and supplications can seemingly go unheeded and how to get them answered. Rabbainu explains that the problem is that people are missing 'chain' - charm and grace, if a person can gain 'chain' he will make room in the heart of whom he is asking, and his supplication will be received properly. 'Chain' is composed of two Hebrew letters, Nun and Chais, by studying the holy Torah with strength and intensity one builds his 'malchus' - monarchy, putting his good inclination over his bad inclination, and thus can begin to see the wisdom and light of God that is in every matter of the world, and will thus attain 'chain. Upon gaining 'chain' he will gain the letter Tav, which meaning engraving, his words will be calm 'NaChaS' and will be received.