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Stories of Spiritual powers
September 16, 2009, 4:48 pm
Filed under: Gematria, spiritual proof, Succot, Tefillin

(תורה (611) = (65)  אדנ”י +  (90) פי+ סוד(70)  +  סכות (486

Torah= Succot is Secret of the mouth of GOD

This world, like the succah, is temporary. Rabbi Akiva advised that Succot is a way to keep us from excessive pride at the sight of our abundance of blessings, so we are told to go out in live in a “Succah”. The only constant, is GOD’s presence and our choices to respond to Him or not. The sages tell us the Succah  is a mitzvah that surrounds us that can actually envelop us in the “Clouds of Glory” which God provided to protect the Hebrews in the desert when they left Egypt.  at that time. The Ramchal explains, in Derech GOD, that the seven clouds of glory the surrounded us in the desert,  define us. GOD envelops us; the earth and its limitations do not hold us down. From these “Clouds of Glory” we attain a higher consciousness.  This consciousness gives us the ability to define ourselves uniquely according to the will of God. As when we were surrounded by the clouds of glory when we left Egypt and found our national identity. This consciousness from being surrounded by the energy of the “Clouds of Glory” –the Succah. Is alluded to by our equation :

Torah= Succot is Secret of the mouth of God

As in this environment being surrounded uniquely by God we can hear  His voice, if one listens closely. Concerning “Succot is Secret of the mouth of God” The Vilna Goan teaches that  the word succah uses letters from four of the five organs of the mouth which produce speech. The letter samech is from the group of letters that are formed by the teeth. The vov is from those that formed by the lips, the kof, from those formed by the palate, and the hey from the throat. The missing group is the one of the letters that is formed by the tongue. These letters are left unsaid in their natural position, surrounding the tongue. The Gaon tells us that they protect the tongue by remaining silent. Thus that which is sounded is built up on a foundation of silence. The word succah thus introduces a new concept. The word itself tells us that speech that is an offshoot of the inner silence that reflects constant awareness of the presence of GOD. In the Silence in the Succah may we merit to the conciousness of hearing from “the mouth of God”. The will will be easier for us to achieve if we silence our own mouths from speaking evil.

The Goan concludes by telling us that Succot has the power to subserviate the side of us that is drawn to evil speech. The Maharal tells us that our speech is our window to our inner lives. If we wish to experience joy and faith, part of the picture is redefining our speech. For this reason our equation states :

Torah= Succot is Secret of the mouth of God

The partition between thought and speech is so delicate, that unless we change our patterns of thought, we will find it almost impossible to change our patterns of speech.

When water is poured on the alter in the Holy Temple on Succot all receive

The Ruach HaKodesh (The Spirit of Holiness). A Succah itself is a place

Of new surrounding lights that yield Revelation.

תורה= (611)= הדבש יכפר

Torah= the Honey that will atone

As we learned before “ The honey of the Torah is the Torah’s secrets. They bring revelation of the level of one soul called “Chayah” . This is the Soul of Divine creativity and inspiration. To achieve the small still voice, Divine creativity and inspiration one must be pure and Holy. One must have atonement for past misdeeds to achieve this. The Zohar says, “Come and see! No man
is ever purified except with the words of Torah”. Therefore, it is only after  we learn Torah that we remove personal impurities. Yet how we can  learn secrets of Torah before purification? The answer is that this level of Torah learning, the “Sod”, secrets of the Torah its revelation requires the purity provided by atonement, so atonement is in its power. Once the inner part of our soul has been touched by Torah the outer layer is ready to  grasp it and allow it to penetrate the soul. The Zohar above refers to this  Godly element of our soul suggesting that Torah purifies it.

תורה=(611) =  כח (28)  +  (582)  בתפילין+   1

1 for phrase

Torah= power in Tefillin

By strapping the tefillin on our head and arm we connect with G’d and His Torah. By internalizing the message of the tefillin we invoke its special power, spreading fear amongst our enemies. There is a special connection between the commandment of putting on tefillin and overcoming the enemies of the Jewish people. In Parashas Ki Savo (Devarim 28:1-10) it says: “And it shall be that if you listen to the voice of GOD your G’d to observe, to perform, all of His commandments … GOD your G’d will make you supreme over all the nations of the land … G’d shall give that your enemies that rise against you shall be smitten before you. They will come out against you on one road and they will flee from you on seven roads … G’d will raise you to be for Him a holy people … as you observe the commandments of GOD your G’d … and all the nations of the land will see that the name of G’d is proclaimed over you and they will fear you.” The Talmud (Berachot 6a) explains the meaning of “the nations of the land will see the name of G’d proclaimed over you”. This is a reference to the tefillin worn on the head. In contrast to the tefillin on the arm, which is covered by clothing, and is primarily a reminder for the one who wears it, the tefillin on the head is seen by others and proclaims a connection of the one wearing tefillin to G’d who commanded this mitzvah.

Concerning the power of Teffillin we have a story about the Balshem Tov when he once fell very ill. Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov was studying Torah in the Bais Medrash (study hall) with his close disciples. Suddenly, he became so sick that he was unable to speak.

The disciples became very alarmed. “Rebbe, Rebbe,” they asked, “What’s wrong? Can we get you something?” The Baal Shem Tov motioned to his Tefillin bag. Quickly, the students took out his Tefiilin and wrapped one around his arm and put the other on his head.

By this time, the Baal Shem Tov was so weak that he just lay down on a bench. He closed his eyes and didn’t move. The disciples sat by his side unsure of what to do. After a long time passed, the Baal Shem Tov sat up and began speaking to the disciples. “Thank God, I’m feeling better.”

The disciples asked in a concerned voice, “Rebbe, what happened? The Baal Shem Tov explained, “In my youth, I committed a sin. An accusation was made against me before the Heavenly Court and the Court decided that I deserve to die. At first, I wasn’t aware of what was happening to me. All I knew was that I started to feel very, very weak. Just then, my teacher, Achiya HaShaloni (a spiritual Being and teacher of Dovid Hamelech (King David), came and told me the situation.

Then he told me, ‘Reb Israel, quickly put on your Tefillin’.” After you put my Tefillin on,” continued the Baal Shem Tov to the disciples, “the Accuser (the Satan) came in the form of a Russian peasant carrying an iron shovel in his hand. He wanted to chop off my head. But because of the power of the Tefillin, the Satan could not get close to me. He started yelling, “Take off that leather (the Tefillin are made of leather)!” But I didn’t pay any attention to him and he continued yelling until, thank God, the accusation was nullified.”

The Baal Shem Tov continued, “It says in the Tikune Zohar: The commandment of Matronita (the Shechinah, the female aspect of God) places a man under her wings and protects him from the hand of the Accuser. So it is with the commandment of wearing Tefillin.”

And so it was.

It is also told concerning the Vilna Goan that was once he was staying in a Jewish-owned inn. In the morning, the innkeeper got up to say his prayers. Suddenly, a stranger marched into the room where the innkeeper was praying and started to attack him. When the Gaon heard the commotion, he came into the room as the attacker was about to hit the innkeeper. As the stranger saw the Gaon, his was overcome by fear and collapsed on the spot. The innkeeper turned to his prominent guest, full of wonder, and asked him, “What did you do?” To this the Gaon answered, “What are you so surprised about? The Talmud says, ‘And when you enemies see your tefillin on your head, they will fear you.'” The innkeeper responded, “But I was also wearing tefillin.” The Vilna Gaon explained to his host that if one analyzes the exact words of the Talmud it refers to the tefillin “in the head”, rather than “on the head”. The Gaon added further, “For the words of the Torah to be fulfilled, it is not sufficient that one just put on one’s tefillin without internalizing the meaning, intentions of the tefillin. The words of the Torah written in the tefillin are supposed to enter our mind and brain to subjugate our senses and abilities to G’d’s service, and to reinforce our belief in everything written in these portions of the Torah.” In other words, the fear generated by the tefillin on our enemies and attackers only takes effect when the person wearing the tefillin becomes one with the tefillin.

We find the connection between the tefillin and the study of Torah the commandment to wear tefillin. As it says in the verse, (Exudus 13:9): “And it shall be for you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder between your eyes, so that the Torah of YH”H shall be in your mouth.” By strapping the tefillin on our head and arm we connect with GOD and His Torah.    Tefillin are like batteries that charge the one wearing them, and give him the energy to study Torah. As the great Rebbe of Radomsk writes (Tiferet Shlomo v.2 p.196), “If a person fulfills the mitzvah of tefillin correctly, he will feel a longing to learn Torah after putting them on.” This is how strong the connection is between tefillin and Torah study. We see this proven by our equation :

Torah= power in Tefillin