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Purim and Redemption בס”ד
Purim is pretty important, it says in gemora Magilla that 48 prophets and 70 elders including Chagi, Zacharia and Malachi.
The day of Purim is likened to the day we received the Torah. In Masechet Shabat it says the Jews experienced the miracle of Purim with such happiness and ecstasy that they took upon themselves to keep the Torah with a whole heart, as the verse says “they received and established”, as though they were standing on Mt. Sinai.
In Gemora Sanhedrin we learn that from Purim we begin to discuss the laws of Pessach as is stated by Rabba to Rabbi Nachman. Rabbi Nachman of Bresslov teaches that Purim itself is a preparation for Pessach, and it protects us from Chumatz on Pessach.
To understand this let us look at the mitzvot of Purim. The Mitzvot of Purim may seem less Mystical than waving the Lulov on Succoth or blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, or the Seder of Pessach, but it must be understood that the Mitzvot of Purim such as Hearing the Maggilla, sending gifts to friends, sending gifts to the poor, Having a meal and getting drunk are like the nature of Purim itself, only disguised as something Natural, but being the will of Hakodesh Baruch Hu arise from a lofty place. These mitzvot which seem so common every day things as giving gifts like Purim itself come to remind us of the hidden face of GOD, that happens around us continually. It is known that there is no chance occurrences. GOD controls everything there is, and all that occurs. We see this when looking closely at each of the commandments. How blind are the eyes of men to the wonders of GOD.
THE MITZVA OF
DRINKING ON PURIM
Chatam Sofer writes that the idea of drinking on Purim is to repair the drinking that was done by the Jews at the party of Achashverosh, which led to other sins. The Abuderhem writes that the reason we are commanded to drink wine on Purim is to remember all the miracles that were brought about through drinking at parties during the Purim story. Firstly, Vashti’s downfall came due to all the wine Achashverosh drank, then, when Esther replaced her, Achashverosh made another party. Most importantly , Haman’s downfall came during the party that Esther had prepared for him and Achashverosh.
We need to shake off all of the accepted certainties that conceal the truth from us. The sages teach “when wine enters secrets emerge” (eiruvin). In our generation we very much need our inner secrets to come out and be revealed.
The Rebbe of Kotzk writes that drinking wine on Purim is a segulah for prayers to be accepted. The Yigael Ya’acov brings down from his rebbe, the Imre Yoseph of Spinka that by drinking wine on Purim we bring the Geula closer and the building of the Beit Hamikdash. The Yitav Lev says that drinking wine on Purim is a segulah for Parnasah, that they will not have to chase after their livelihood, but that rather, it will come easily to them.The holy rebbe of Zidichov says that drinking on Purim is considered as great as fasting from Shabbat to Shabbat, an entire week without food or drink!
Make no mistake though Purim is not just a drinking party
The Jews of ancient Persia celebrated their stunning victory over their enemies who the very next day had legal authority to kill them all. This victory did not come about through the Hands of Heaven. No, every Jew had to get his hands “dirty” and fight and kill those who sought to fight and kill them. The real miracle was two-fold. The first miracle was that a new law was instituted that gave the Jews first crack at their enemies. However, this first miracle alone would not have saved anyone. The second miracle required the Jews of those days and in those lands to actually rise up, arm themselves and physically seek out, fight with and kill those who wanted to kill them. If any of their enemies were to survive and live to see the day of the 14th of Adar, then the law would have been of their side to kill Jews with impunity. Therefore the Jews of the time had to be very thorough to make a quick finish of all their enemies. For the Jews of those days to rise up, pick up arms and actually shed blood, even the blood of those who so clearly wanted to kill them, was a great miracle.
On Purim we do the mitzvah of sadakah of giving gifts to the poor. And we have the mitzvah of sending “shalach manot” (small packages of Food). These may be small offerings, but they do have a great effect. Similar is the mitzvah of the 1/2 Shekel every Jew has to contribute to the Temple in Adar. This seems to be the idea that a little can go a long way. The Oar Hachyim tells us that the 1/2 Shekal is not a Physical transaction but works in the Spiritual worlds. It removes the rule of the stars and constellations from upon Yisrael.
The numerical value, Gematria, of shekalim is 480, the same as the number for lilly ‘wife’ of the Samech Mem (Devil). We conclude the ‘weeks of shovavim’, which is a tikun (repair) for the sin of the the brit milah. (holy covenant) This repair, subdues the negative forces, and the completion of the fixing is through the giving of the Half Shekel.
Concerning giving gifts to the poor “Sadakah” its effects are so far reaching as R. Yeshua Ben Lavi teaches that He who continually gives sadakah will have wise wealthy children well versed in “Agada”. R. Eleazer Ben Yosi Teaches sadakah and deeds of kindness bring peace and good understanding between Yisrael and there father in heaven. R. Yuhuda teaches that sadakah delivers from death. Who can list the merits of a single mitzvah ? In conclusion R. Yochanan says in the name of R. Shimon Bar Yochi that great is the merit of supporting the needy, it brings the resurrection before its time. Charity ”Sadakah” in Hebrew ”the holy tongue” comes from the root ”sedek” (righteousness). The Zohar teaches that in Aramaic, language of the Talmud, Charity is ”zchuta” which is the same word for ”merit”. Its degree of merit is according to the needs of the recipients of the charity. Charity is a greater Mitzvah when given where its needed to the needy. Instead of giving Charity to a institution where the majority of the money donated goes into an administrator’s pocket, and only a very small amount of the donation actually helps anyone. Its better to give charity to the needy where its needed, and this truly has great merit before heaven. This is why it is a obligation to send gifts specifically to 2 poor people on Purim. We see here a little of how far reaching the effects of giving to a poor person goes.
The king Achashvarosh made a huge feast for his subjects 30,000 Jewish people attended, even if Mordichy warned them not to go. This meal angered GOD greatly. The sages say this meal got the Jews closer to the gentiles and their ways and farther from GOD. It was shortly after this that there arose Haman with his evil plans. Easter’s meal with Mordichy Haman and King Achasvarosh Was direct atonement for the evil meal. So to we are commanded to make a feast during the day specifically on Purim. For no other holiday are we given a special command concerning only its day meal. This draws attention to the correction in the world made by the afternoon ”sudah” (meal) of Purim. This mitzvah atones for the sins that lead to the evil decree almost causing us to be annihilated by Haman. This meal joins body to soul. Only then is there the special mitzvah of getting of drunk. ”till the point of not being able to tell ”cursed Haman from Blessed Mordichy”. At other times such behavior is seen as deplorable. But on Purim we get drunk. Purim comes to remind us of the miraculous nature of nature itself. The Magid of Koznitz teaches that by “sacrit” of Purim we raise those who are fallen. Illuminating the eyes of the sons of Human to learn Torah. Purifying sparks in them by the sanctification of the Divine name. Raising those fallen sparks. Each Purim more are purified. Not purified by merit, but by “Kidusha” of “nachat Ruach” over the miracle of Purim.
We learn in Atz Chym from the Ari Hakodesh That Ester is called השחר אילת (doe of the morning). She is described green being the aspect of the “green Kav” which is Bina that surrounds the world. Its from this green kav nature’s nature is created. By this level of revelation we can understand what must be done as never before. This revelation of the shechinah is of such great beauty the Ar’i compares it to a virgin. The Kamarna Rebbe teaches Ester was like a green “etrog”, as She was green. Ester dressed in Malchut. Rabbi Aslag explains concerning this That the color of the illumination of Chuchmah in Malchut is called Ester. It is as gold-green, the color of the Etrog. Green like Gold is Chuchmah in “Chassadim”. Mordichy is such a level that His power nullifies power of מרדכי=בלעם+בלק =לאה+רחל +2 This is a very high level such that the Ar’i teaches in Mavua Sharim that in “gan aden” souls have a garment described as זך (shinny). Mordicy and Ester merited this garment while still in this world. This is what it means when it says, they had garments of “Malchut”. This is the aspect of אפר (dust of the earth), but as before the sin of Adam. By this “malchut” one certainly takes part in governance, providence of the world. The Aor Enyim reveals that on Purim the Yesod of Abba is revealed going out of the Yesod of “Parzuf” Rachel which is the “magilla”. Purim has the “ateret” (crown) of great gold of Chuchmah, and chesed. It Spreads out Chesed of Arich which dresses in Aba, from the side of “din” of Imma. Concerning this Chesed the Ar”i teaches in Lecutim that light is revealed in the Yesod from “Chesed Elyon”, this is the “leviyaton”. This is the “cord of Chesed” that illuminates in Malchut that is Ester. It is hidden in Abba and Imma in the secret of “ד”.
The Rashas”h teaches that during the exile of Bavel Zu”n stood back to back in “mochin gadlut” (developed consciousness) of Abba and Imma. After 70 years the “mochin” left Z”a. Then came Mordichy and Ester and the light was renewed. From Shar Cavanot we learn Purim is the time, and preperation right before redemption. It was for Pasach that Ester declared a 3 day fast . No Matzoth was eaten that Pasach. This was unbearable before heaven and evoked mercy that caused the sleep of king Achasvarosh to become disturbed. This resulted in him searching His Chronicles and remembering that Mordichy had saved his life but has not been rewarded. This led to the raising of Mordichy and the downfall of Haman and his evil plans. This brings us back to our original question of how it is that Purim protects us from “chumatz” on Pessach? In the simplest sense R. Shimon teaches “chumatz” is the evil imagination, like a haughty man it rises up. Arrogance can only occur when one does not know who it is they stand before. As Pharoe who represents the evil inclination said “ Who is GOD ? “ Purim reminds us to see GOD in all things, especially those things people take for granted as being mundane, coincidence and by “ chance “. This is essential as if we forget, then GOD has to remind us. As Rashi teaches us that Amalack is the dog GOD sends to bite us ש “חו when we forget where GOD is. To clarify this further we see in Pesicta of R. Kahana that Edom tries to make Yisrael go out side of the Torah path, but beyond the path’s borders GOD has placed the dogs. We see this idea reflected in the verse from Tihilim “ flatten it flatten it to its very יסוד ( foundation ) “ The sefira Yesod is sometimes call צדק (righteousness), the proper path. Edom would like to push Yisrael off the proper path to the dogs. How important is it to practice righteousness in one’s supposed mundane activities. Their give and take in the physical world. As R. Kahana teaches that you may be certain in a generation whose weights and measures are false will have a wicked kingdom wage war against them. So why does it appear in this world that the wicked seem to prosper ? One’s whose business practices exploit the poor. We can understand this by looking at the relationship between Yomkippurim and Purim.
Why is Yom Kipurim כ (like) Purim ? Just as on YomKipurim a lot is drawn and from it is chosen a goat to be given to distract the accusers on high. Like throwing a dog a bone. Then Yisrael is judged favorably. So too is the story of Purim. The wicked one drew lots trying to find when according to astrology would be the best time to attack Yisrael, Yet this too is only a distraction as there is no such time. As GOD rules within Nature. From The Ner Yisrael we learn פור (lot)=(2)קמ”ג . GOD controls the “lot”. The wicked think they are prospering in their evil way , but the truth is as Adam Ha Reshon Said “ The wicked thrive as grass, all the evildoers flourish in order that they may be destroyed for ever “. This will be when their cup of inequity is full and they inherit their lot.
After Masiach comes there will be no longer Pasach, Rosh Hasanah or Yom Kippor but Purim will continue to be celebrated. This is a celebration of the absolute and complete destruction of Amalack. It is good to have in mind before the reading of the megila that in the merit of this mitzva, God should exterminate all the evil powers of this world, which is related in an acrostic of the first letters of the verse, ‘to remove the filth from the land.’
The holiday of Purim from sefirah of Chochmah. After the Messiah comes it will be the last holiday to go. Even after we no longer need Yom Kippur to access its holy light in the eighth millennium, Purim will still be a unique time. Only in the ninth millennium will the light of Purim shine everyday, at a very advance stage of Olam HaBah (the World-to-Come). Purim now, opens up access to light of the ninth millennium, the light of the sefirah of Chochmah. Shabbot gives us access to the light of the seventh millennium and Yom Kippur to the light of the eighth millennium. Purim is higher than all of these !
Rabbi Chaim Vital immersed in a mikva erev Purim as was his custom before every Shabbat and festival. Shabbat clothing is worn on Purim, and if women have gold jewelry, Rabbi Yoseph Haim writes in ‘Ateret Tiferet’, they should adorn themselves with such Jewelry to honor the festival. The custom is to say, ‘Cursed is Haman’ three times, and intend to bring down the Samech Mem and his legions, and so to say three times, ‘Blessed is Mordechai’, as was the custom in the holy yeshiva, Beit El. During the morning reading of the megila, when the words, ‘for the Jews was light and joy, happiness and riches,’ the custom is to touch and kiss one’s tefilin. Before making the festive meal, after reading the Megila and concluding the morning prayers, a person should immediately perform the ‘mitzvot hayom’, by gifting gifts to the poor (matonot l’evyonim’) and afterward, ‘sending food to one’s friends’, ‘mishloach manot’, and then begin his personal festive meal, so too was the custom of the Ari’zal, and the Ra’shash.
R. Moshe Cordevero is Shur Kumah teaches that from the מאמר (creative utterance) that were made by Mordichy and Ester there was a מאמר by GOD added to their אמירה (loving type of speech). Becouse a מאמר by GOD joined to their אמירה the power of Malchut extended to include all the people. Such a מאמר has the power of a ruling of the King. Concering this its tought if you want a ruling of the King call the sefirot of the מאמר that is needed. By this there will be a arrousing of the king without doubt. The Ramcha”l in his safer Tefilot in # 515 says that by אהי”ה Haman was given into Esters hand’s (אהי”ה is a name of the כסא). כסא=אף(anger)
The Midrash Rabba writes that Mordechai ha Yehudi, after he had heard the decree of Haman,
gathered together all the children who learned Torah, who were pure of soul, and began to teach
them Torah. While he was teaching them, Haman entered the Beit Midrash in order to take him
according to the command of the king, to lead him on the horse of the king in the king’s garments.
Mordechai thougth Haman came to kill him, however Haman came over to him and asked him, ‘What are you teaching the children?’ Mordechai answered him that he was teaching the portion of the grain offerings brought in the Beit HaMikdash. Haman said, The ‘kometz’ or portion of your hand, ie; the learning of Torah you perform now, is worth more than the 10,000 shekels silver I gave to Achashverosh.’
‘ The Ari’zal writes in Sha’ar HaGilgulim that the power of Haman HaRasha which had enabled him to succeed in bringing such a difficult decree against the Jews was actually from the power of the holy sparks that had been hidden in the soul of Haman. And with this holy power,
he had come to attack to the Jews. But from where did he derive this power? From the spark
of the soul of the holy sage of the Talmud, Rabbi Shmuel bar Shilat, that was embedded in his soul.
The Gemara writes about Rabbi Shmuel bar Shilat that he had been a school teacher who was
completely dedicated to imbuing his students with the holiness of Torah and mitzvot. And this is
why Mordechai’s first response to Haman’s decree was to gather the school children together to learn
Torah. Because that was Rabbi Shmuel bar Shilat’s mitzvah, and it was the power of this mitzvah that
extracted the sparks from the soul of Haman. And because of this, Haman lost the power of holiness
hidden in his soul, and from this point on, Haman’s downfall continued until his death, and the
fall of all the enemies of the Jews. As it was in those days, so shall it be in our days as well.
R. Manachem Mendal of Chabad taught that when Queen Ester called on Mordichy to gather all the Jews and fast that Mordichy gathered thousands of children and taught them Torah until they became inspired to the point that they proclaimed “ we will stand with Mordichy and the Torah for life or death “ In the same day the decree against the Jews was made null and void, even if it only became known later. It is this type of devotion we must strive for in our divine service. Then evil has no leg to stand upon ! This can be seen in the teaching in Perke d Rebbi Eleazer as there we learn “ with the 4th from the little finger of the right hand GOD showed Moshe the ½ shekel, this is the finger of redemption.” It taught in Safer Ha Brit, also by Cyim Vetal and many other places that this finger corresponds to the flow of the sefira Chuchmah ( Divine Creative inspiration ). The wisdom of GOD above understanding. At this level there is no free will, only truth. The Holy Ar”i reveals that on the day of the miracle of Purim, God shined upon the Jews a great divine light, through which they were saved from their enemies in both a spiritual and physical sense. And thus every year, on that day, a great saving light comes to the Jews and shines upon them.
So what is Purim anyway, it is named after the “pur” (lot) drawn by Haman. By definition, a lot is an object used in deciding something by chance. Therefore, in a lot, all possibilities are essentially equivalent. For the lot, “yes” and “no” are equal. This is alluded to in the two words for “yes” and “no” in the Aramaic idiom quoted above:
The word for “yes” is hen, which is numerically equivalent to the word ha’kol (55), meaning “all” in Hebrew. Furthermore, the word for “no” in Aramaic, lav, is numerically equivalent to the Hebrew word hevel (37), which means “vanity”. These two words form together the central phrase of Ecclesiastes” (1:2): “all is vanity,”–ha’kol hevel. This is the meaning of a lot.
May it be that we all see this fulfilled as the sages say “ till one does not know the difference between cursed is Haman and Blessed is Mordichy “, but all only the revealed will of GOD, as there is no other ! With the gathering of the exiles and the building of the Bait Hamigdash with our Righteous Maschiach in Rachamim quickly in our days AMEN SELAH !
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The Septuagint is the oldest of several ancient translations of the Hebrew Bible into Greek, lingua franca of the eastern Mediterranean Basin from the time of Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE).
The Septuagint was held in great respect in ancient times; Philo and Josephus ascribed divine inspiration to its authors.
In a second attempt to translate the Torah into Greek (after an unsuccessful attempt 61 years earlier), the ruling Greek-Egyptian emperor Ptolemy II Philadelphus who was a bibliophile, heard from his librarian, Demetrius, that the Jewish Bible was worth translating for the king’s archives. The king wrote to the High Priest in Jerusalem, asking him to send scholars who would be able to translate the Pentateuch into Greek. The High Priest sent 72 wise men, he gathered 72 Jewish Torah sages, had them sequestered in 72 separate rooms, and ordered them to each produce a translation. The Greek king was worried they might falsify something, so he made seventy two Sages sit in separate cubicles, so that each one would write an independent version., whom the king lodged in a building on the island of Pharos, near Alexandria. On the 8th of Tevet of the year 3515 from creation (246 BCE) they produced 72 corresponding translations. Miraculously, their translations were identical to each other, even when it came to delicate passages which could easily be misconstrued. In 13 places the sages used creative license in their translations so that there could be no misunderstanding of the meaning of the text. The result of the miraculous identical translations gave the Book the name “toafos of a re’em” Hebrew which translates as “the glory of a unicorn.” This Greek rendition became known as the Septuagint, “of the seventy”
The later Jewish sages commented that the day the Torah was translated into Greek “was as difficult for the Jewish people as the day when the Golden Calf was made, because the Torah cannot really be translated.” The Sages were worried about a false translation of the Torah. In a sense, that is exactly what the Golden Calf was: a false translation of spirituality. The people wanted something spiritual which would be here, in our lower world.
Despite this undisguised miracle, the Talmud teaches that when the sages completed their translation, on the 8th day of the month of Tevet, darkness descended upon the world and remained for 3 days, a tragedy commemorated by the fast of the 10th of Tevet (which also commemorates the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem that resulted in the destruction of the First Temple). It was like the sun became lost behind the pall of darkness, the brilliance of the Torah had become eclipsed to all those who would now depend upon its rendering in a foreign language, with all its levels of depth and meaning lost. The Torah had become “like a lion in cage,” no longer the king of the beasts striking fear into all who heard its roar, now behind bars and stripped of its freedom and power; so too had the Septuagint reduced the Torah to just another cultural document.
However, ultimately the translation of the Torah into Greek had a positive effect: it communicated the Oneness of G-d to all nations. It was because of the Septuagint translation that the rest of the world became aware of the culture of the Jews and, according to Philo (Life of Moses 2:7), the Jews of Alexandria held an annual celebration on the island of Pharos on the anniversary of the completion of the Septuagint.
The Early Christian Church used the Greek texts since Greek was a lingua franca of the Roman Empire at the time, and the language of the Greco-Roman Church (Aramai)cwas the language of Syriac Christianity, which used the Targums). In addition the Church Fathers tended to accept Philo’s account of the LXX’s miraculous and inspired origin. Furthermore, the New Testament writers, when citing the Jewish scriptures or when quoting Jesus doing so, freely used the Greek translation, implying that Jesus, his Apostles and their followers considered it reliable.
Its interesting to note that in the Talmud its written ‘R. Judah said: When our teachers permitted Greek, they permitted it only for a scroll of the Torah’. This was on account of the incident related in connection with King Ptolemy, as it has been taught: ‘It is related of King Ptolemy that he brought together seventy-two elders and placed them in seventy-two [separate] rooms, without telling them why he had brought them together, and he went in to each one of them and said to him, Translate for me the Torah of Moses your master. God then prompted each one of them and they all conceived the same idea and wrote them for him.
Furthermore, we see corroboration of this from the works of Flavius Josephus, in his preface to Antiquities of the Jews.
I found, therefore, that the second of the Ptolemies was a king who was extraordinarily diligent in what concerned learning, and the collection of books; that he was also peculiarly ambitious to procure a translation of our law, and of the constitution of our government therein contained, into the Greek tongue. Now Eleazar the high priest, one not inferior to any other of that dignity among us, did not envy the forenamed king the participation of that advantage, which otherwise he would for certain have denied him, but that he knew the custom of our nation was, to hinder nothing of what we esteemed ourselves from being communicated to others. Accordingly, I thought it became me both to imitate the generosity of our high priest, and to suppose there might even now be many lovers of learning like the king; for he did not obtain all our writings at that time; but those who were sent to Alexandria as interpreters, gave him only the books of the law, while there were a vast number of other matters in our sacred books. They, indeed, contain in them the history of five thousand years; in which time happened many strange accidents, many chances of war, and great actions of the commanders, and mutations of the form of our government. Upon the whole, a man that will peruse this history, may principally learn from it, that all events succeed well, even to an incredible degree, and the reward of felicity is proposed by G-d; but then it is to those that follow his will, and do not venture to break his excellent laws: and that so far as men any way apostatize from the accurate observation of them, what was practical before becomes impracticable and whatsoever they set about as a good thing, is converted into an incurable calamity.
So, we see, the Septuagint, as it was in its original form, was only a translation of only the Torah for a specific reason, and that reason is that the Sages would not allow the Prophets and Writings to be translated at that time. Often you find Christian apologists and missionaries pointing to the Prophets and the Writings in the Septuagint, saying “don’t you see? This is how the rabbis translated it into Greek!”
Those portions of the LXX were translated incorrectly deceptively by Christians to advance Christian theology.There are many examples of this. The most well known is
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel,” (Isaiah 7:14).
Here the word for “virgin” in Hebrew is “alma” this means maiden, not virgin.
The word in Hebrew for virgin is “Betulah”.
The Torah discusses different kinds of donations for the building of the Mishkan. One donation every Jew donated was a mere half a shekel.
This raises the question–why the need for the half a shekel campaign?
The emphasis here is on every single taking part in the building of the Mishkan. We need to view each and every one of us as a piece in the puzzle.
The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced that a rare half-shekel silver coin was found in an excavation in Jerusalem. A silver coin that was used to pay the half-shekel head tax to the Temple was found in what was the main drainage channel of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period. Before reading the Scroll of Esther, all devout Jews will contribute a sum of money, “a reminder of the half shekel” which was paid by every household in ancient times for the purpose of maintaining the Temple. Today, this sum is translated into local currency and donated to the needy.
After the Holocaust one has the right to beg G-d for some answers just to keep from going insane, as how can God allow such cruelty ? Perhaps it is this extenuating circumstance alone along with the years of grueling Jewish suffering at the hand of our twin brother (Esau) that gives us the right to hear an answer that earlier generations could not hope to hear. So let us contemplate. What is the 1/2 of a shekel coin given before purim about ?, How does it relate to the Final Redemption ?
The business deal alone, the transfer of 10,000 kikar silver to Achashvarosh, the King of persia, and the handing over of Achashvarosh’s ring (seal of his authority) to the wicked Haman along with the money to carry out the dirty business of genocide were all done with Achashvarosh’s name missing. This is reflective of the name of god not appearing in the whole book of Ester. This deal was bigger than the story of Purim in the story of Ester. So Achashvarosh’s name here was omitted.
Its written in the Bible :
Every thing that opens the womb in all flesh, which they bring to the Lord, whether it is of men or beasts, shall be yours; nevertheless the first born of man shall you surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shall you redeem. And those who are to be redeemed from a month old shall you redeem, according to your estimation, for the money of five shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.
Before the Golden Calf, there was a mitzvah (commandment) for giving a Half shekel with silver coins. The original purpose of this donation was to redeem Josef from the slave owners to whom he had been sold. Yet, since those slave owners were dead at the time the mitzvah was given, the donation was given as a penitence to the Creator’s Mishkan (desert Tabernacle). The ten brother’s who were partners to the sale received a total of 20 dinar one shekel was worth 4 dinar. This means that Josef, Rachel’s first born was sold for 5 shekels. It makes sense that the redemption of every first born after Josef would also be with five silver shekals. Because 10 brothers benefited from the sale, each brother received 5/10 or 1/2 of a shekel from the sale of their brother to the Yishmaelim (Arabs). This was the true original sin of the Jewish people. The day of his sale was the 9th of Av (the day both Temples were distroyed). The silver that is placed in the Temple treasury as a redemption for Josef who was sold into Egypt, is really Josef’s property since he was stolen from himself in the sale. Therefore when the mitzvah ( half shekel) was first introduced to Yisrael, we were being given the tikun (repair) for the sin of the sale of Joseph. In short we were buying 1/11 of ourselves back from the Yishmaelim (Arabs), but depositing the money instead in the Treasury of the Mishkan. The calculation is as follows. 600,000 Jews in the desert gave a total of 300,000 shekals. These 300,000 shekals divided by 5 shekals/ Josef = 60,000 Josefs.
Since all 603,550 Jews participated in the Golden Calf, except for Hur and the Levi. No longer would it be possible for the 600,000 Jews at the sin of the Golden Calf to simply donate their with a contrite heart for the sin of selling Josef, purchasing back 1/11th of themselves from slavery. Now all 600,000 would need this pidyon ( 5 shekel-price of redemption) for the sin of the Golden Calf. In order to accomplish this, 6 million would need to give Half a shekel. 6 million would give 1/2 a shekel equaling 3 million shekels. These 3 million shekels would then redeem the 600,000 men who participated in the sin. There would have needed to be at least 12 to 14 million Jews at Sinai to accomplish this task so that the number of Jewish males in the world would add up to 6 million. This possibility of self-redemption from the Sin of the golden calf would need to now wait until the End of Days.
We are told that Moses collected 100 kikar of silver for the 100 Adanim (sockets) holding the Krashim (planks) together for the structure of the Mishkan + 1775 shekel of silver for an assortment of other vessels. Since the 1775 Shekals correspond with the 3550 individuals above 600,000 who gave it, the 100 kikar of silver must have been given by exactly 600,000 Jews. Therefore 300,000 shekel must be equal to 100 kikar. This means that we now have a conversion factor of 3000 shekel per kikar. From this we see that Haman placed 10,000 kikar times 3000 shekal/kikar in the King’s Treasury equaling 30,000,000 shekel of silver. How many Jews did he purchase? 600,000 Jews at the Sin of the golden calf, became like Josef, needing to be redeemed because of the Sin of the golden calf. We remember that Josef was sold for 5 Shekals. Therefore, Haman gave 30 million shekels divided by 5 Shekals/Jew equaling (purchasing) 6 million Jews for slaughter.
THE NAME OF THE KING ACHASVAROSH IS NOT TO BE FOUND IN THE TRANSACTION. THE NAME OF GOD IS NOT FOUND IN THE WHOLE MAGGILLA. HAMAN REPRESENTS THE “ACCUSER”
HERE IS THE MAGGILLA HE IS CALLING IN THE “DEBT” FOR THE SIN OF THE GOLDEN CALF
THIS TRANSACTION WAS THE “COST” OF REDEMPTION, FOR THE DEBT OF THE SIN OF THE GOLDEN CALF AS SHOWN ABOVE WAS PAID IN FULL. THIS MADE THE “SLATE CLEAN”, PREPARING FOR THE FINAL REDEMPTION.
The Holocaust makes the Final Redemption not just possible but almost mandatory.
THE DEBT WAS PAID IN FULL THE HARD WAY
HERE IS THE MATH :
This sin of Golden calf was done by 600,000 souls
600,000 x 5 (shekel) = 3 million shekels
There was needed 6 Million people giving ½ Shekal to redeem the 600,000 who sinned by the Golden calf
Moses got 100 kikar of silver from 600,000 people each gave a ½ Shekal, so
100 Kikar=300,000 Shekals
Haman gave to the King Achasvarosh to kill the Jews 10,000 Kikar of Silver, since we know 100 kikar=300,000
10,000Kikar x 3000 shekals/a Kikar= 30,000,000 Shekals
The 30,000,000 Shekals that Haman gave gave to the King Achasvarosh to kill the Jews At a redemption rates as it says in the Bible of 5 Shekals a soul bought him 6 million Jews.
Now that Persia-Iran is at it again
It appears this may be the end of the story
The Talmud explains, it was the Half-Shekel — given in the desert that preempted Haman’s attempt to buy the right to destroy the Jewish people of his time.