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    ... From: Shliach613@aol.com To: Shliach613@aol.com Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2000 11:31:51 EDT Subject: Dvorim 5760 vol 3 # 45 Message-ID:
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      Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2000 11:31:51 EDT
      Subject: Dvorim 5760 vol 3 # 45
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      This week we begin the book and Parsha of Dvorim, Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22.

      The book of Dvorim is Moshe's farewell address to the Jewish people. It
      Divided into three major sections: Dvorim through the middle of R'eh is a

      recap of events over the past 40 years, the middle of R'eh to the middle
      Ki Savo a review of most of the 613 Mitzvahs, the middle of Ki Savo to
      end, Brochas and curses.

      In this portion it states that Moshe went up the "pisgah, mountain top"
      deliver his address. Pisgah is an unusual word. The word for mountain
      usually "har". The Kaballa text, Panim Yafos, writes that Pisgah
      is Sag Poh. Hashem's divine name Y-H-V-H can be represented in many ways
      indicate many levels of spirituality. These allusions appear as Y-H-V-H
      each letter spelled out: Yud, Ha, Vav, Ha is called the name MAH because
      sum of the letters equals 45 (Each Hebrew letter has a numerical
      Aleph = 1, Bais = 2 etc. Mem is 40, Hay is 5.) and represents the
      aspect of Hashem. Yud, HH, VV, HH equals 52, BAN, and represents the
      masculine aspect of Hashem, Yud, Hay, VV, Hay equals 63, SAG (That's the
      we will focus on today) Divine understanding and Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay, 72,
      Divine wisdom.

      It says in Psalms, "You made him slightly less than Elokim, (G-d)." This

      verse alludes to the word Poh. Poh has the numerical value of 85,
      86. During his lifetime, Moshe was able to achieve 49 of 50 levels of
      understanding, slightly less than SAG. These 50 levels of understanding
      manefest themselves through the five books of Moses (Five times 10, 10
      the number of divine completion). A tzadik achieves more in their passing

      than while alive. Upon his death, Moshe achieved that little bit that he
      lacking. That little bit was the most esoteric aspects of the Torah, the

      "light" of the Torah. As Moshe was told, "Pnai, my inner aspect, will
      be revealed to you, for no man can see Pnai and live." This light is the

      same light that the Almighty created on the first day of creation. The
      Almighty saw that this light might be misused and hid it in the Torah for
      benefit of the righteous.

      Moshe went up the "Pisgah" to receive that final level of understanding.
      Reb Shlomo Karlin was visiting the Alter Rebbe on Tisha B'Av. He noticed

      that one of the Chasidim, the famed scholar, Shmuel Munkes, seemed to be
      taking light on that solemn day. Rather than sitting on a low stool and
      saying the Tisha B'Av prayers in a voice mournful of the destruction of
      holy Temple in Jerusalem, this Chosid chose to throw burrs in people's
      (They are a real bother to get out), crack jokes and be involved with
      merriment. Reb Shlomo commented to the Rebbe, "Look at how this person
      behaves! Doesn't he understand the severity of the day?" The Alter Rebbe

      said nothing. (Note: It is customary among Chassidim to behave this way
      Tisha B'Av not to make light of the day, but to convey that even in our
      mourning the loss the Temple, may it speedily be rebuilt, should be done
      joy. The Baal Shem Tov emphasized that every mitzvah, even mourning,
      be done with joy. Burr throwing and the like are meant to pull a person
      of possible despondency.)

      A short while later, Reb Shlomo poked his head into a side room and
      noticed a
      Chosid sitting in solitude engrossed in the prayers and crying. He
      to the Rebbe, "Now this is the way a Chosid should behave on Tisha B'Av."

      The Alter Rebbe replied, "It's the same person."

      We would like to wish all our readers a Happy Tisha B'Av.
      In honor of the birth of Malka (Eleonore) Halfin Shiff. May she be a
      of true nachas to her parents and grandparents.

      In honor of a complete recovery to Rabbi Sholom Ber ben Zissel Gordon. A

      true Chasid.

      In Memory of Yocheved (Jewel) Fields. Beloved wife of Sidney Fields, a
      friend. May he be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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