BEHA’ALOTECHA: “PULLING ON EARS”

Once upon a time there was a rasha that came to a tzaddik saying he wanted to learn Torah. Truly, he did not want to learn, because all he wanted was to disturb the tzaddik. Anyway, the tzaddik said to the rasha: “Let us begin by learning the Alef-Bet. This is the letter Alef“. And the rasha answered him: “How do you know that this is the letter Alef?”. The tzaddik then took the rasha‘s ear and pulled on it. The rasha said: “Ouch, you are stretching my ear!”. And the tzaddik replied: “Who told you this is your ear?” From this mashal/story we learn the nature of the yetser hara/evil inclination. See, she knows well the yetser hatov/good inclination. She says to it: “Go do a mitzva, go study Torah or pray”. However, deep down it does not want any mitzva done. Therefore, when the person goes to fulfill a mitzva, like in the tefillah, the yetser hara comes and disturbs her. Now, the yetser hatov also knows very well the yetser hara, after all they are always at war with one another. So, it says to the yetser hara that this time she is indeed allowed to lead a person into doing an averah (chaz v’shalom). Then, the yetser hara gets happy and comes very close to make a person transgress, yet before that, the yetser hatov pulls away the yetser hara as if it was “pulling on its ears”, moving her far from the averah, leaving it dejected and subjugated. And regarding the words in the parsha Beha’alotecha, הצר הצרר אתכם Chatzer hatzorer etchem, “The enemy who oppresses you” (Bamidbar 10:9), the Shlach HaKodesh says: “These [words] are a very clear allusion to the yetser hara, since no enemy disturbs us more than the Samech-Mem [Satan]… There is a constant struggle between man and his yetser hara. At times, man wins over the yetsar hara, and in other moments, the powers of the Samech-Mem win over man. In any manner, both are constantly involved in a state of war”. Truly, the yetser hara is the “enemy” that brings that which is מרת morat, (“bitter”) to man. And this term has gematria atbash of 640, the same as the pasuk Chatzer hatzorer etchem. However, if man learns to subjugate the yetser hara, he then walks in the דרך הקדש derech ha-kodesh, (“holy path”), with gematria 633, the same as the gematria albam of Chatzer hatzorer etchem.

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BAMIDBAR: “RAISED HEADS”

Ka’asher tsiva Hashem et-Moshe vayifkedem bemidbar Sinai, ” As Hashem commanded Moshe, so he counted them in the wilderness of Sinai” (Bamidar 1:19). Behold, the term ויפקדם vayifkedem, (“counted them”) has absolute gematria 240, and surprisingly its gematria atbash is also 240. In the atbash method of gematria, the first letter of the alef-betalef – is substituted by the last letter – tav, the second – bet – by the one before last – shin – and so forth and so on, inverting the position of the alef-bet. This method seeks in the term or phrase a “secret message” hidden in the result. Conceptually, the hidden secret in this case is the actual original word itself, meaning that, “to count” is its own Sod – the hidden/intimate level of Torah understanding” – of counting. This is in reality something very profound and at the smae time something that belongs to the nature of numbers. In general, when we think on a number we know that it represents some objetive quantity. To count is the action to find the number of elements in a finite set of objects, to establish a correspondence between the set being counted and a (greater) set of numbers. In another level, to count is “to establish”, in the sense of affirming the existence e identity. As such, the counting of the Bnei Israel identify it in the world in a revealed manner, thus allowing its affirmation as a chosen set/group – its recognition. And regarding the counting, Bamidbar 1:2 uses the expression S’eu et rosh kol adat Bnei Israel, that literally means, “Raise the heads of all children of Israel“. The Shem M’Shmuel in this pasuk comments that, “The census gave strength to the people’s Ego”. That is, the fact that all Jews were counted individually was a manner to emphasize the self-esteem of each Jew that in this way could experience the actual “Raising of his head”.

 

THE PEOPLE ARE THE LAND

It is necessary always to remember that Hashem gave to the Jewish People the Land of Israel, as it is written: ראה נתתי לפניכם את-הארץ Ree natati lifneichem et-haArets etc., “Behold, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the L-rd swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them and to their seed after them” (Devarim 1:8). This land é the blessing for this people: Ree natati lifneichem et-haArets is ordinal gematria 238, the same as ויברך Vayevarech (“And Hashem blessed”, Bereshit 1:22). The Land/Shechina is the People and the People are the Land. Israel is the name of the People, Israel is the name of the Land. The People are the Land, the Land is the People. Never can the two be separated, ever. For the Jew, the mitzvot are the “spiritual/energetic tentacles” that directly connect him to the Holy Land – a real and true connection. If we had the technological apparatus to see these connections, in fact they would be seen clearly. And this will occur in the future, when “And the glory of the Hashem shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the L-rd has spoken it” (Isaiah 40:5). And this is the reason that Jews are instructed by the Torah that warns us not to eat foods that are not kosher, not to connect or reside near people who are not kosher, etc., not to do this or that etc., because the impurities “glue” to people, so to speak, affecting the body, the mind and the individual’s soul – the heart and the thoughts. When the Jew disconnects himself from the teaching of his holy people and soul, he then causes unbalance in all of his being. And since Kol Yisrael Aruvim Zeh BaZeh, “All Israel is interconnected one with another” (Talmud, Shevuot 39a), if a part of the body is ill and sick, then all of the body is thus affected. Moreover, as the “Body of Israel” é the Holy Land, the unbalance caused by those that neglect the Torah affects all of the Holy Land, which suffers with wars and all sorts of problems, just as a body that gets sick. Behold, נתתי לפניכם את-הארץ Ree natati lifneichem et-haArets has absolute gematria of 1993, the same as the whole pasuk/verse: “They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, the L-rd, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land” (Isaiah 13:5). However, know that the Messianic Age represents a time of total internal e external transformation that will cause the “realignment” of all these unbalances – in the Land of Israel and in the world as well – that gravely offended the Natural Laws of Hashem, by which He directs all universes. And when the time comes, then it will be the יום יהוה הגדול והנורא Yom Hashem HaGadol Ve’HaNorah, “The great and terrible day of the L-rd” (Malachi 3:23), when His true and only Mashiach will cure the world, imposing the return of the Natural Law – bringing us to how and where we should be. In addition, the absolute gematria of this prophet’s pasuk is 398, the same as for משחים meshuchim, “anointed”. Moreover, the land will again be raised to the natural stage of the Gan Eden‘s peace and order, amen.