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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Torah Portion of VaYigash (and he drew near)

In this weeks parsha Yosef reveals his true identity to the brothers, proclaiming, "I am Yosef, is my father still alive?" the Hebrew word for 'my father' is 'avey' - Alef Beis Yud, which is the acronym of Saba - Yisroel Ber Odesser. It is also an allusion to the song which is alef - single, beid - double and so on till 10 - i.e. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 = 10. Here we have another instance where Nanach is associated with self identity "I" (Ani) - Saba often said that Ani, I = Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman, Saba even said that Ani is the acronym of Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman (there are various explanations given), obviously the Na Nach is the key to self identification.


Also noteworthy are the words that Yehuda told Yosef, "yeshev nu" pleading to substitute himself as a slave instead of Binyumin. Study the letters of 'yeshev nu' and you will find the famous acronym of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, R' Yisroel Baal Shem, R' Nachman Ben Simcha, Yisroel Ber Odesser/ben Isaac Shlomo.....

1 comment:

dovi said...

Even more cuz yisrael ben eliezer ben Sara bal Shem tov