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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Parshas Key Saytzai

This weeks parsha, Torah portion, is Key Saytzai - When you go out to war. The word 'saytzai' - go out - has the gimatria, numerical value, of Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman. The verse is teaching us that only when one "goes out", then there is war. There is a famous verse in one of the last chapters of the Torah (31:17) על כי אין אלהי בקרבי מצאוני הרעות האלה - because God is not inside of me I was beset with all these evils, this means that we must find God insider of ourselves. Typicaly when we turn to God we look outside of ourselves, we may acknowledge His Sovereinity but we see Him as outside of ourselves, this is a perspective that puts as at war. We must see God commanding us from inside of us, ruling our hearts and minds, in this perspective we are working at making peace.

Rabbainu revealed in Likutay Moharan that the word 'saytzai' conotates doing business, as it is used by Zevulun, and also in Likutay Moharan, Rabbainu revealed that music is an aspect of business (which is called 'massa umattan' lift and give, which is like music), music is the aspect of Levi. Rabbainu makes it clear that even though the business of Zevulun was done for the sake of Heaven and the profits were used to support Yissocher who was completely devoted to studying Torah, even still Yissocher's devotion is higher. Even still the Torah says that Yissocher is in tents, where as Zevulun means a permanent dwelling, which is really the aspect of Levi (Hapam Yilave Eeshey, and Leviites where serving in the Bais Zevul), for raising the sparks can put them at the highest levels.

From here we see two alternative devotions that build the House of the Lord on contrasting ends of the spectrum. On one side we have business and war, in the middle we have Torah study (Kav HuEmtzaey - middle column), and on the other side we have the ecstasy of Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman (usually music is considered to be on the left column, however Nanach is the "song of chesed - kindness", thus placing it on the right column, this is also the distinction between previous songs which were feminine - Shira Chudasha, where as Na Nach is the Shir Chudash - masculine).

B"H shortly after posting this Dvar Torah I was called up to the Torah for the reading of this verse (which is usually allotted to a Kohen - priest, but if there is no Kohen present it can be given to anyone), which seems to be an approbation to what I wrote B"H.

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