Friday, January 6, 2012
This Weeks Torah Portion - Parshas VaYichey (and he lived) - 2
The end of this weeks parsha, which is also the end of the first of the five books of the Torah, tells how Yosef has his brothers take an oath that they will bring his body to the Holy Land (in last weeks parsha, before Yaakov went down to Egypt, H"Y guaranteed him that he would be buried in Israel). Yosef tells them that H"Y will remember them - "pukoad yifkoad". The word "pukoad" has the gimatria (numerical value) of 184, which is the gimatria of the Divine Name of 72 (the Tetragram spelled out with yuds: YVD HY VYV HY) in the format of 'achoraim' (i.e. in the same fashion as Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman - YVD, YVD HY, YVD HY VYV, YVD HY VYV HY). [Our sages say (see Rashi parshas Shimos 3:18) that Yosef actually told that the brothers that this was the code that the redeemer would express.] It therefor makes sense that after the revelation of the Petek and particularly Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman the time has come to bring Rabbainu to the Holy Land, as he desired and expressed explicitly (quoted in The Life of Rabbi Nachman).