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Friday, October 5, 2012

101 Times + 101 Times

Have yet to write my main post relating the Siyum of Maseches Berachos of Daf Yomi which took place on the 4th day of Succos to the 202th Yarhzeit of Rabbeinu.  Meanwhile, there is an aspect of learning Torah as related to the number 202, which deserves its own post.

The Gemoro in Maseches Chagiga notes that the phrase in Koheles (that we will read this Shabbos Chol HaMoed Succos) "one who serves G-d" refers to one who goes over his learning 101 times, in contrast to one who goes over his learning only 100 times.  Is this/these number(s) picked just to illustrate an example, or is there a specific reason why this/these number(s) is chosen?

Near the conclusion of Malachi, the last of 12 parts of the Sefer in Tanach called Trei Asar, it states Zicru Toras Moshe Avdi  "Remember the Torah of Moshe My servant..."  It is true that that the name of the part of the Sefer where this is written - Malachi - who was the last of the Nevi'im, is the Gematria of 101.  It is also mentioned that the difference of Gematria between the words forget and remember in Hebrew is 101; hence, the Remez from the Torah that in order to permanently remember a piece of Torah, one needs to learn it 101 times.  

With this said, it is most noteworthy to mention that it has been said of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, ZTVK"L, the leading Posek of the previous generation, and the one who gave a Haskama for the Petek, learned the entire Talmud 202 times (perhaps more, but this is the figure that is given), which is twice the amount of the minimum 101 times that it takes to permanently remember Torah.  It is true that 202 is the Gematria of the word Rav, which is also the Hebrew number for 202, as well as a name of one of the most prominent Amoraim of the Gemoro.  But aside from this, when we learn Torah - even by ourselves, there is Someone who is teaching us - yes, it is Hashem Himself, howbeit in an indirect way in contrast to how Moshe Rabbeinu learned the Torah from Hashem.  Hence, for one to learn a piece of Torah 101 times, it is actually being learned between Hashem and oneself - 202 times.  Perhaps this is the reason that the word for a rabbi is particularly the word Rav=202 (aside from the other titles of Rebbe and Rabbeinu, but I am not to get into this in this post).  And as I mentioned in my post when you scroll down to my post ("Rabbeinu & RAV Aharon"), the Gematria of the names of Rabbeinu and the Rav of the city of Breslov together is 404, which in turn is twice the number 202.  Hence, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein's learning the Talmud actually consisted of at least 404 times, as especially for him, he certainly had the Seyata D'Shemaya from Hashem to learn the entire Talmud to both understand and memorize the entire Talmud, something that relatively few Talmidei Chachomim today can claim to do.  

Yes indeed, the fact that the Siyum of the very first Masechta of the Talmud Bavli in the 13th cycle of Daf Yomi fell out on the 202th Yahrzeit of Rabbeinu highlights the above, aside from the fact that the Mispar Katan of the name Nachman as 1+4+8 is 13, this number being the number of ways of Torah interpretation in Torah She'B'Al Peh that is recited daily in conclusion of the Korbonos section of Shacharis.  This is noting that today celebrates the Ushpiz - Aharon, who offered Korbonos as the first Cohen Gadol, whose name in Mispar Katan is also 13 as 2+5+6.  Bearing in mind that this was also the name of the Rav of Breslov in Rabbeinu's times - noting that 13 is the Gematria of the word Echad which refers to Hashem, 13+13=26 which is the Gematria of Hashem's main name YKVK.  This is unlike Moshe Rabbeinu's name which is the Mispar Katan of 12 as 3+4+5, who is mentioned in terms of Toras Moshe in the conclusion of Malachi, the 12th and last part of Trei Asar, the 13th Sefer of the Tanach.  However, in another sense, the regular word that we use to refer to Hashem as Hashem and Moshe's name uses the same letters spelled forward and backward.  

With this said, Moshe Rabbeinu, as Hashem's Eved Hashem (Note: The wording of Avoda is mentioned three times in the 51 word Petek!), as he is called at the conclusion of the Chumash that we will read in a few days on Simchas Torah, is the source of the concept of the Tzadik Yesod Olam who encompasses all Tzadikim, and most especially Rabbeinu who was Niftar on the day of the Ushpiz - Moshe Rabbeinu.  And as the Chumash is called Toras Moshe (or in English as the "Five Books of Moses"), the word Chumash is the Gematria of Na Nach Nachma Nachman - 354, and the Gematriot of the letters of Rabbeinu's name as 50,8,40,50 - when deleting the zeros and putting the numbers together, spells the number of Pesukim of the Chumash - 5845!

In conclusion, in counting the number of Parshiyos of the Torah as they are divided in the Sefer Torah with spaces between one section and another (not the 54 Parshiyos that we normally refer to), it winds up that the section of the Chumash that we read in the Sefer Torah on the 4th day of Succos, Rabbeinu's Yahrzeit - U'VaYom HaRevi'i...(On the day of the REISH-BEIT-Yud-Ayin-Yud) about the Korbonos that were offered on this day is the 491th Parsha (section) of the Sefer Torah, and as we know, this is the Gematria of Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman!

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