|Week of September 19, 2010 Shabbat Sukkot Chol HaMoed Tishrai 17, 5771
Shachrite (Morning) Torah Service:
Exodus Chapter 33 Verse 12 to Chapter 34 Verse 26. A total of 38 Verses and 3 Spaces. There is also a Large Nun and Resh xxx and a Shin at the beginning of a column- an event that only happens 6 times in the whole Chumash.
Maftir is Numbers Chapter 29 Verses 17 to 22 for a total of 6 Verses. and 2 Space
Haftarah is Ezekiel Chapter 38 Verse 18 to Chapter 39 Verse 16 for a total of 22 Verses and 3 Spaces.
Additional Reading: Kohellet - 240 Verses and 17 spaces.
Shabbat Sukkot Chol HaMoed is an amazing experience when one understands the message in the reading. The essence of this reading is balance. That is why the last phrase in the last verse of the reading is the famous verse of "do not cook a calf in its mothers milk.". This is the essence of the laws of Kashrut. Most people are never informed that these regulations help us maintain balance in our lives by not eating things that have too much mixed energy. This is explained by this phrase dealing with Milk a food that has the energy of continuity and cooking a slaughtered cow which represents the energy of death or end. When this is done people with Jewish souls find it difficult to balance these two energies.
We also get this message when we look at 38 לח verses in the reading. The word Lach means freshness, vigor, moisture, or virility. When we add the 6 verses of the Maftir we get 44 which is the Hebrew word blood or dam דם . Do you see how these words are opposites?
Finally the 240 verses in Kohellet represent (Gematria) the word Suffek which is doubt. It is also the gematria of the nation of Amalek. The 17 spaces represent (Gematria) the word Tov which means Good. Again the balancing of the two kinds of energy. Doubt can never be good, which is why Hashem is at war with Amalek throughout the generations.
Finally an amazing revelation. There are 2 large letters in Kohellet. A Tet (Chapter 7 Verse 1) and a Samek (Chapter 12 Verse 13). This word Tos spelled טוס means to speed or to fly. In reverse spelled סוט Sot means "to deviate". When thought of as an Acronym Tet means Good and Samek means Somack or Support. We learn from these letters it is Good to Support others.
Now lets look at the Haftara.
The 22 verses relate to the 22 Hebrew Letters. The 3 spaces represent the 3 columns from the Tree of Life. I have discussed this before but to make it easy for those of us with bad memories. The 3 columns are Right which represents Sharing; Left which represents receiving; and the Central column which balances the two aspects of Sharing and Receiving. When we have the 22 Letters in the format of the 3 columns we have the Tree of Life.
To truly understand Sukkot and Shabbat Chol HaMoed we need to understand about the 70 sacrifices which are read by the daily readings of the Torah read during Sukkot.
There are 3 rituals associated with Sukkot. 1) is the Sukkah which represents and actually is an antenna to draw the energy of Chesed (Mercy or Loving Kindness) of the energy store named Binah. We make much use of the Energy store, Binah, on Yom Kippur, when we create the year of our desires. 2) The Shaking of the 4 species ( Arba Minim) which represents the drawing of the energy of Chesed of Zeir Anpin. 3) The Hakafot or circles that we do each day and multiple circles on Hoshana Rabba. These circles are Antenna for the energy of Chesed of Malchut.
We can see now, how these rituals unite the 3 levels of Binah, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut. When we unite 3 they become one. This is really the secret of Jacob marrying both Leah and Rachel. These 2 sisters are chariots (channels) for Binah and Malchut while Jacob represents Zeir Anpin. This is why the 12 Tribes of the Children of Israel came out of these 3 Chariots which are really 1 Jewish Nation.
On the first day of Sukkot the Maftir reading is about 13 Parahs (bulls). On the second day we decrease by one to 12 Parah (bulls) and on the 3rd day we come down again to 11 Parahs (bulls). This continues till we reach 7 Bulls on the 7th day. Guess what 13+12+11+10+9+8+7 adds up to? 70. One Parah (bull) is sacrificed for each of the 70 Nations. When the Temple existed the Sacrifice was done by the Cohenim (Priests). After the destruction of the Temple the Sages teach us that the reading/hearing of the Torah portions replaces the sacrifices and does what the actual sacrifice did in the Temple. This of course must be done by each member of the Tribe of Jewish souls. Even if one person is missing the other 70 nations feel a lack from this sacrifice. Yet the more Jews who hear the readings the less lack they feel. When this lack is too large (due to not enough Jews doing their spiritual work) the nations do actions of antisemitism to wake up the Jewish Nation. This is the reason that Anti antisemitism exists in the Physical World.
Let me explain further! When the Jewish nation is doings its spiritual job and sharing from these sacrifices with the 70 other nations, These nations do not feel any lack in the area that relates to its relationship with the Jewish Nation. (Each Nation has a unique relationship with the Jewish Nation. That unique relationship is different for each nation and it feels the lack in a different way than every other nation.) Each year, there are 7 days of Sukkot. When we do these sacrifices correctly, on a given day those nations connected to the Sacrifices for that day (No Sage has written about which Nations connect with which day and Parah (Bull) do not feel as strong a lack and there is no outbreak of Anti Semitic acts of violence from them. On Years and days when we do not do our work correctly the lack that these nations feel is overwhelming and the result are acts of antisemitism. Don't believe me? Follow the statistics that are kept by people who track the results of antisemitic actions for yourself and you will see i am correct.
I hope you will join in keeping Antisemitc acts to a minimum. I hope you will share with the other Nations by listening to the Torah each day during the week of Sukkot!
Have a wonderful Holiday!
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