Wednesday, June 06, 2012

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The 7 Books of the Torah

by Reb Aharon Rubin, author of Eye to the Infinite on Mystical Paths

Two thoughts:

1. Shovuos always comes between the sidros of Bamidbor and Nosoh.

According to the Rabbis, not only is the whole Torah divided into 5 parts [hence the word Chumash] but also into 7 books, the two verses surrounded by inverted letter nuns in this week's sidroh בהעלותך, being a separate book. According to this view, Bamidbor till those 2 verses is a 4th book, and is thus the middle book of the 7 books. Shovuos, the yearly Matan Torah, the giving of the Eits Chaim, comes every year in the middle of this 4th book (between Bamidbor and Noso).

The words at the end of Bamidbor are ולא יבאו לראות כבלע את הקדש ומתו. This is reminiscent of the command to place barriers round Mt Sinai so that the people shouldn't surge forward in their thirst to attach to G-d, due to the soul’s powerful urge towards kedushah. It also reminds one of the first primal urge, that of the eits hadaas, the tree of knowledge, when apparently there was also a great urge towards kedushoh that was wrongly expressed. Amazingly, ולא יבאו לראות כבלע את הקדש is actually the numerical value of the tree of knowledge, עץ הדעת טוב ורעץ and the word immediately following is ומתו and they shall die.

Then comes Shovuos, the giving of the Torah, elsewhere referred to as the Tree of Life [1]. The first 2 words of the sidroh after Shovuos, is: וידבר ד'' - the same numerical value as ואכל וחי לעולם - and he may eat it and live forever! This is a reference to the eits hachaim, the tree of life!

The gematrioh of the 2 sidros, במדבר סיני and נשא is the same gematriah as עץ החיים. Thus you have the two trees, in the middle of the Gan [gan = 53] sidros of the Torah!

(If someone has the software, it would be interesting to find out what exactly is the middle verse/word/letter[s] of this 4th book.)

A similar phenomenon we find with regards to the middle letter of the whole Torah. According to mesoiroh [and it would be interesting to find out if this is the actual case or are the Chachomim ‘telling’ us something..?] the middle letter is the letter Vov in the word גחון.

Take a look at that word. It is the word גן – garden – with the letters Vov and Ches in the middle. The letter Ches, according to the Arizal, refers to the eits hadaas, and the letter Vov to the eits HaChaim. So there we have it again! The two trees in the ‘Gan’ in the centre of the Ga”n sidros [Gan = 53]. And what surrounds the trees in the garden? The verse is referring to … כל הולך על גחון – the snake!

2. Maaseh Merkovoh

At the end of Parshas Nosoh, we have the Priestly blessing and then the inauguration of the Mishkon, with twelve almost identical sets of verses repeated in the Torah, a fact which almost all the major commentators, from Midrash onwards, grapple with, crowned by an extraordinary verse depicting Moshe Rabeinu’s entry into the Ohel Moed to speak with G-d.

I believe what we have here is an inverted chiasm, a set of verses that is so arranged to draw our attention to the climatic verse, and this climatic verse is reflected by the Priestly blessing immediately preceding this Parshoh, and this entire set of parshios is reflected in the Maaseh HaMerkovoh[2] said on Shovuos.

We are told by the Midrash that the Bnei Yisroel asked to be arranged in a like manner to the arrangement of the Malochim they saw at Matan Torah, and G-d agreed to their wish. Thus the twelve camps that surrounded the Mishkon, three camps on each of the four sides, are in fact a Maaseh Merkovoh – an arrangement thus arranged – in like to the celestial Merkovoh – to ‘enable’ the Shechinoh to dwell in the Mishkon and amongst Bnei Yisroel, as It did in Heaven.

So there are twelve almost identical sets of verses, to set out the twelve groups surrounding the Shechinoh. Once that is done, there is a recap of their sacrifices, which brings their individual elements together. Particularly significant here is the repetition of the number ‘sixty’. These correspond to the sixty letters in the priestly blessing. The Achdus of the twelve Nessiim enables Sholom to dwell – Sholom is the ‘vessel’ for the Shechinoh[3].

This arrangement and achdus is climaxed by the last verse ובבא משה אל אוהל מועד. It was through this Maaseh HaMerkovoh that G-d dwelt between the two Cheruvim, enabling Moshe to hear G-d’s voice to him as he entered the Ohel Moed.

If I am not mistaken, I believe these verses to have a very similar significance to those of the first chapter of Ezekiel.


[1] Mishlei עץ חיים היא למחזיקים בה

[2] Ezekiel 1

[3] Meseches Keilim, chap. 30

2 comments:

BrooklynWolf said...

1. Shovuos always comes between the sidros of Bamidbor and Nosoh.

Minor nitpick:

Most of the time, but not always. In 2014, for example, Shabbos Parshas Naso is the 2nd day of Sivan, which, of course, is before Shavuos.

The Wolf

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Be well
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