|Week of August 3, 2008 Shabbat Devarim Av 8, 5768
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This weeks portion is Devarim. It is both the name of the Portion and the name of the Last Book of the 5 Books of Moshe. As the last book it represents Malchut or manifestation in the Frame of the Spherot. The book of Devarim also is referred to as the Mishna Torah or the Repetition of the Torah.
There are 105 verses in the portion of Devarim. The codeword the Sages give us to learn what this connection teaches us is Melech Yood Hay. This can be translated as King Yood Hay, or Yood Hay is King. Yood Hay is the number 15 which represents the upper worlds.
Devarim usually is translated as Words or Things. The midrash explains that, all of the Book of Devarim is the last Lessons that Moshe taught the children of Israel. He did so over a 37 day period that started on Rosh Chodesh Shvat and end on the 7th of Adar his Hilula! 37 is a number that represents the concealment of Binah (Understanding)! Binah is also referred to as the 50 gates of Understanding. It is said that Moshe acheived the 50th gate upon his transition from this world permanently to the upper worlds on the 7th of Adar.
We are able to learn from the above the inner essense of the Portion of Devarim. During the reading of the Book of Devarim we are given the proverbial second chance. This means that anything we did wrong between Rosh HaShana and Today we will see those experiences again. We will be given the opportunities to correct those actions.
We receive 3 aspects of energy from the Portion of Devarim. One is the energy to work on ourselves so that our spiriutal work manifests in our lives as joy, peace, and serenity. (Remember we receive the energy but we have to do the spiritual work. It is called Work for a reason - it is not easy). Second we receive the energy of excitement. (This is a sense of excitement that comes from within - from having a spiritual purpose and doing it. It is the sense of excitement that is permanent and does not go away). The third aspect of energy is the energy of perseverence. (Remember Moshe waited 40 years to give these lessons to the Children of Israel. Rember the Children of Israel did not show appreciation for Moshe when they were doing the many wrong acts in the desert journey from Egypt to the Land of Israel. We don't even wait a second to respond to someone who wrongs us - Moshe waited 40 years so as to be sure he removed all of his personal grievances from his reproof/lessons). Learn from Moshe to only speak when it is not your personal grievance speaking but your caring about helping the other person grow spiritually. There is really no other reason to speak when someone upsets you.)
The portion of Devarim is alwasys read the Shabbat prior to Tisha B'AV and there is no commentary from the Zohar about the portion of Devarim. This means that their is no veiling of the energy of the Portion as is usually the case each week. It means that this portion - when we hear it during the Torah reading on Shabbat is sharing all of the energy we will need to protect us from the energy of the 9th of Av.
We can learn from the writings of the ARI - Rabbi Issac Luria by reviewing what he explains of the portion of Devarim. Some of the things is explaining the 11 day journey which is really a reference to the 11 spices of the Ketoret and the 11 coverings used in the Beit HaMikdash. Ketoret means to get closer to HaShem. When we make a mistake it is only to bring us closer ultimately to HaShem. This is why our sages say a repentant person goes to a place that even a Tzadik may not stand. In essence what feels like a mistake is really an opportunity for Tshuva which brings us closer to HaShem than we were before the "mistake".
Have a beautiful week and don't forget to use the Kavenot from the ARI for the 3 week period.
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One of the main purposes of the Mitzvah of Hearing the Torah on Shabbat Morning is to receive the Metaphysical Energy we will need during the next week. Please strive to hear the Torah Reading each week for this benefit.
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