Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 12, 2010

Devareem – The Fifth Book

This week’s Torah reading begins the Fifth Book of the Torah.  It is special in that Moshe has a more direct involvement in presenting the final book of the written Torah.  Though there are four letters in the Name commonly used for the Al-mighty, the Yud, the Hey, the Vav and again the Hey, the first letter, the Yud alludes to a fifth level with the Yud divided into two sections and the upper piece referring to the highest level.  It is further interesting to note that the last letter, Hey is equal to the numerical value of five as well.  Thus one could conclude that the Five Books of the Torah encompasses everything, really everything.  Indeed in Pirkey Avos, Ethics of the Fathers we find the phrase look into the Torah for “koolu bo” – “everything is in it”.

During this week, we enter the month of Menachem Av, the month that our Beis Hamikdosh was destroyed and we were exiled out of our land of Israel.  Obviously this is a very sad time and there are various laws of mourning that go into effect.  This exile that we are in, we are told, was due to discord and lack of harmony amongst the Jewish nation.  It is interesting to note that Aaron, the Kohen Gadol, died on Rosh Chodesh Av, which is the fifth month counting from Nissan.  Aaron, personally represented harmony and worked on creating harmony within the Jewish community.

Moshe’s goal in Devareem is to create harmony and give the Jewish nation the strength to overcome all the challenges they will face, we will face , until the final Beis Hamikdosh will be built.  The clue is in Devareem, the five ways the mouth expresses itself using the Aleph Bet, the alphabet to speak.  Clearly Torah is our guide as is alluded to by the  final Hey(the number five) in the Al-mighty’s name.

People can choose to disagree, but it is how we express our opinions based on the emotions inside.  If it comes from humility, such as Moshe, then it is positive.  However, if it comes from one’s ego, “I am right and you are wrong” with the emphasis on the “I am” then we are left with discord.  Our words, our “Devareem” have to be based on Moshe and tempered with the love of Aaron, the Kohen Gadol.  With this approach, Moshe has given us the tool to unlock exile and usher in the 3rd Beis Hamikdosh.  It is time we all used the “key” of Ahavas Yisroel – Love of a Fellow Jew.

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