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Friday, March 23, 2012

A NEW Beginning - 240 Years

While Adar may have been a month of Simcha particularly in the Olam HaEmes where Rabbis/Ovdei Hashem/Kedoshim have been called up to, we hope that in the Zechus of Rabbeinu, whose Yom Huledes or B-Day is this Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Nisson, that not only we won't have any more major Nisyonos (a play on the name of the month Nisson), but that the long awaited (and deserved) Geulah will come no later than in the month of Geulah (we still have this last day of Adar, and as we know, any day is a potential day of the Geulah if we are ready).

This particular Rosh Chodesh Nisson ("NEW Moon" of Nisson) is another reason for celebrating this year - it falls out on Shabbos Kodesh, the same day of the week that Rabbeinu (Nachman Ben Simcha) was born on, noting that the last time that the occurence of R.C. Nisson falling out on Shabbos was 14 years ago. While in fact, it was on Shabbos Parshas Tazria that Rabbeinu was born on in 5532 (1772), the fact that finally, this most special date in the Jewish calendar falls out on Shabbos after a long hiatus, howbeit on Shabbos Parshas Vayikra, is still a special phenomenon. As Parshas Vayikra is THE one Parsha in the Torah which is ALL about Korbonos, being that Korbonos represents the ultimate level of Avodas Hashem in the Beis HaMikdash, as the name Korbonos itself implies getting close to Hashem through Avodah, sacrificing animals or other objects in lieu of the person himself; in Avodas Hashem in our daily lives, it is Breslov Chasidus that sets the ultimate tone of how this is done - especially exemplified with Hafatza, sacrificing of oneself completely to serving Hashem, sacrificing of one's animalistic or materialistic desires in the quest of serving Hashem and bringing others closer to serving Hashem as well.

In any case, on Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Nisson, we always read the fourth and last of the Arba Parshiyos which is Parshas HaChodesh as the Maftir, the beginning of which is the Mitzva of Kiddush HaChodesh of the Posuk focusing on Chodesh Nisson being the first of the months.
And as we know, Rabbeinu is most connected to the number four in many ways (beyond the scope of this post to mention details). Now, while Parshas HaChodesh as connected to Rosh Chodesh Nissan is the LAST of the FOUR special Parshiyos that we read in or around the last of the 12 months starting from Nisson in the Torah She'B'Kesav; in the Torah She'B'Al Peh - Rosh Chodesh Nisson is the FIRST of the FOUR Roshei HaShanah as mentioned in the very beginning of Maseches Rosh Hashanah.

And having in mind that we are now at the brink of 240 years from Rabbeinu's birth, this is exactly twice the amount of 120 years of Moshe Rabbeinu who was born and Niftar on the same date of the 7th of Adar. Moreover, both the Roshei Tavos of the two phrases that refer to Moshe - Moshe Rabbeinu & Rahya Meheimna (Faithful Shepherd) using the letters Reish (200) & Mem (40) - are the very letters of the number 240! And as our rabbis tell us - Goel HaRishshon Hu Goel HaAcharon. For while Moshiach literally may not be Moshe Rabbeinu himself (but rather as a spark of Moshe in the most literal sense), this statement from Chazal may be well hinting to the time of the Redemption via the Tzadik Yesod Olam (of which the Roshei Taivos - Tzadi, Yud, Ayin - is the Gematria of the name of the month of Nisson - 170) who is Rabbeinu representing Moshe Rabbeinu.

As especially connected this year, both the names of the Parshiyos "sections" - Vayikra & HaChodesh - have the same Gematria of 317! Now note, the number 317 is the sum of the numbers 240 & 77. And in Tehilim Chapter 77, the 6th of the 10 Pirkei Tehillim of the Tikun HaKelali of Rabbeinu, as well as the Perek Tehilim for Shabbos Parshas HaChodesh as listed in some Sifrei Tehilim, the final Posuk begins and ends with the letter Noon, like Rabbeinu's name, ending off with both the names of Moshe Rabbeinu and Aharon HaCohen (whose name in Parshas Vayikra about the Korbonos that Aharon and his descendants offered is mentioned 11 times in this Parsha, just as there are 11 lines in the Petek that Rabbeinu wrote).

As for the number 240 in terms of the Sitra Achara - Zeh LeUmas Zeh/Elef Havdalos, the name of the most evil of nations, Amalek is the Gematria of 240, the one who is the ultimate human (or rather inhumane) animal, who showed its ultimate animalistic features in both being the first nation to attack Klal Yisroel following Yetzias Mitzrayim when the rest of the world was in fear of attacking Hashem's nation, as well as involving Klal Yisroel in Pegam HaBris. Relating to us, it is Parshas Vayikra, the Parsha of Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Nisson of this year celebrating Rabbeinu's 240th birthday, that recalls using our materialism to serve Hashem rather than serving ourselves, giving up our animalistic desires in our efforts of getting closer to Hashem. And indeed, while animals themselves aren't able to serve Hashem as human beings can, they do acquire a holy status when designated as a Korban, to the extent that one who makes benefit from such an animal is guilty of the Aveira of Meila - trespass of making use of a holy object. If this is so due to the newly acquired spiritual status of an animal, than most certainly, we have the big obligation of serving Hashem constantly by transforming our animalistic desires to the desire of serving Hashem to the point that we do this out of Simcha.

And on a final note, the number 24, representing Parshas Vayikra which is the 24th Parsha of the Torah/Chumash, when multiplied by 10, representing the 10 letters of Na Nach Nachma Nachman, which is the same Gematria as the word Chumash (354) - comes out to the total of 240. Coincidence?

May we merit the immediate Geulah in the merit of Rabbeinu Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman!

Erev Rosh Chodesh Nisson 5772


nissim said...

chazaq uvarukh na nach!

Anonymous said...

I knew him personally, he was a warrior of Rabeinu and a hidden tzaddik. He brought me close to Breslov and always encouraged me. B"H, he was niftar on my daughter's birthday.