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It says in this weeks parsha “ When you go to war against an enemy in your land, you shall sound the trumpets “. Concerning this verse the Shalah haKodesh says that the enemy referred here is the evil inclination. Like an invader he is always trying to nourish from Holiness. Time and time again he comes to do battle. This battle should not be taken lying down, but one must

sound the trumpets. Meaning one must arouse their Nashama with great vigor. This is done by performing the mitzvot (commandment) with great kavana (intent). The sages mean this when they say that if

one’s evil inclination rises up against him let him take it to the bait midrash (place of learning). If this does not work he should say the sma (Meditate on the Name of God), and if this does not work let him think of the day of death. Now we

must also consider “When you go to war against an enemy in your land” in its most simple sense,

as there is no doubt that The Jewish people have enemies in the Holy Land now. Know that these

enemies are a manifestation of our evil inclinations, by this they are given force. By our adherence to the Torah, and standing strongly against those who are against God’s Torah. We shall conquer all our enemies, with the help of God.

In our parsha is probably the most unusual verse in the whole Torah:

When the Ark went forth, Moses said :

“Arise, O God,

and scatter your enemies!

Let your foes flee before You!”

When it came to rest, he said,

“Return, O God, the myriads of Israel’s thousands”

(Numbers 10:35-36)


Rebbe (R. Yehuda HaNasi) said: 

(BaMidbar 10:35-36) ranks as a separate book of the Torah.

The Talmud says with this section God placed symbols above and below… because it ranks as a significant book unto itself (Talmud, Shabbat 115b).

Thus this renders the Torah into seven books. 1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus. 4) The beginning of the book of Numbers up to these two verses, 5) These two verses, 6) The rest of the book of Numbers, and 7) Deuteronomy].

These two verses  consist of 85 letters.The sages tell us these two verses enclosed by the ‘inverted NuNs’ can be a separate book of the Torah as sefer (book) must be at least 85 letters long.  This division of the Torah to 7 books will not be revealed until Mashiach arrives.

Concerning this verse it is written in the Emek ha Melech that “Whoever reads these words daily with proper intention will not be hurt, even when he may travel to a place of thieves, be at sea or in another dangerous location “

We actually say these verses  every time the Torah is taken out from the Ark when we read the Torah. By this our“enemies” are scattered and “foes” flee

The Rebbe Rashab teaches that the 2 upside down נ are two brackets that combine to create a square, which is ם that looks like this [ ] . It is know to the mikubalim that the sefirot called yosher (superatural) enter the sefirot of “nature” the circular sefirot at the end of the “kav” through the square. This will be enough for those who understand.

“When the Ark will travel” alludes  to the Divine light’s journey to Earth. The ark in Hebrew is “ohron,” which consists of the letters ohr (light) and nun. By this we come well prepared to face all adversaries. As with us is the light  of the ark leading the way, giving us the power to “scatter” all enemies” and cause all foes to flee by the light that come from between the “brackets”, the 2 upside down נ are two brackets that combine to create a square, which is ם that looks like this [ ] . 

R. Shimon ben Gamliel taught that this section in the future will be removed from here and written in its rightful place. As it was written here in order to provide an interruption between the first account of punishment. 

The first account of punishment is :

“And they moved away from the mountain of the Lord…”

(BaMidbar 10:33)

The second account of punishment is :

“And the people were as murmurers…” T

  (BaMidbar 11:1 )

Its rightful place is in the chapter with the banners of the tribes in BaMidbar 2.This seems to be involved with the teaching of our sages that the stories in the Torah are not always arranged in chronological order.

One when assaulted by their evil inclination needs to run into Holiness, as it says “the chyot (angels) ran and returned” (Ezekiel). By this running we will find ourselves in a new place with a new awareness far from the thoughts of the sitra achra (other side). As it is taught by Elijah the Prophet in Tana DebElyahu that to prevent the evil inclination from gaining a foothold, like Aaron haKohen one should daily light the Manorah so that it is always burning. As the Manorah has 7 openings, so are there found 7 openings in one’s head. We have 2 eyes. We must prevent our vision from leading us astray. One’s eyes need to be dedicated only for the use of Holiness. The eyes are conduits of Chuchmah (Divine wisdom, Creativity, inspiration). Let all ones inspiration lead to Holiness. Likewise one’s ears should not listen to evil. The ears are conduits of Divine understanding. Let all one’s understanding be found in the Torah. The nose is the sense by which mashiach (Messiah) shall discern judgment. It is a conduit for Dat (Divine knowledge). Let one know before they proceed that what they will do will be Holy. While the mouth should be used to speak words of Torah and prayer, not lushon hora (evil speech). The mouth is the conduit of Malchut. Let it be that all one’s actions drive them closer to Holiness in the governance of God. If one guards these portals they will not nourish the evil inclination, and it will not come to slay them. When one is doing mitzvot it will have less strength to interfere. Like during tefila (prayer) the evil inclination will not interfere with their thoughts to distract his mind from his Divine contemplation. He will be able to perform his mitzvot with kavana (intention). By following such instruction we will win our battle against the yetzer hora (evil inclination). The yetzer hora will have no way to gain ascendency over us. Evil will have no way to gain nourishment. Then there will be yielded from the mitzvot that will be done in purity with great kavana a great degree of light ultimately heralding in with a great shofar blast with our righteous mashich, when evil shall finally be defeated. Then we shall rejoice with God in His Holy Temple and may this be quickly in our days.

Fighting evil must be within and without-Above and Below-Light up
May 28, 2010, 1:26 am
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It says in this weeks parsha “ When you go to war against an enemy in your land, you shall sound the trumpets “. Concerning this verse the Shalah haKodesh says that the enemy referred here is the evil inclination. Like an invader he is always trying to nourish from Holiness. Time and time again he comes to do battle. This battle should not be taken lying down, but one must

sound the trumpets. Meaning one must arouse their Nashama with great vigor. This is done by performing the mitzvot  (commandment) with great kavana (intent). The sages mean this when they say that if

one’s evil inclination rises up against him let him take it to the bait midrash (place of learning). If this does not work he should say the sma (Meditate on the Name of God), and if this does not work let him think of the day of death. Now we

must also consider “When you go to war against an enemy in your land” in its most simple sense,

as there is no doubt that The Jewish people have enemies in the Holy Land now. Know that these

enemies are a manifestation of our evil inclinations, by this they are given force. By our adherence to the Torah, and standing strongly against those who are against God’s Torah. We shall conquer all our enemies, with the help of God.

One when assaulted by their evil inclination needs to run into Holiness, as it says “the chyot (angels) ran and returned” (Ezekial). By this running we will find ourselves in a new place with a new awareness far from the thoughts of the sitra achra (other side). As it is taught by Elijah the Prophet in Tana DebElyahu that to prevent the evil inclination from gaining a foothold, like Aaron haKohen  one should daily light the Manorah so that it is always burning. As the Manorah has 7 openings, so are there found 7 openings in one’s head. We have 2 eyes. We must prevent our vision from leading us astray. One’s eyes need to be dedicated  only for the use of Holiness. The eyes are conduits of Chuchmah  (Divine wisdom, Creativity, inspiration). Let all ones  inspiration lead to Holiness. Likewise one’s ears should not listen to evil.  The ears are conduits of Divine understanding. Let all one’s understanding be found in the Torah. The nose is the  sense by which mashiach (Messiah) shall discern judgment. It is a conduit for Dat (Divine knowledge). Let one know  before they proceed that what they will do will be Holy. While the mouth should be used to speak words of Torah and prayer, not lushon hora (evil speech). The mouth is the conduit of  Malchut. Let it be that all one’s actions drive them closer to Holiness in the governance of God. If one guards these  portals they will not nourish the evil inclination, and it will not come to slay them. When one is doing mitzvot it will have less strength to interfere. Like during tefila (prayer) the evil  inclination  will not interfere with their thoughts to distract his mind from his Divine contemplation. He will be able to perform his mitzvot with kavana (intention). By following  such instruction we will win our battle against the yetzer hora (evil inclination). The yetzer hora will have no way to gain ascendency over us. Evil will have no way to gain nourishment. Then there will be yielded from the mitzvot that will be done in purity with great kavana a great  degree  of light ultimately heralding in with a great  shofar blast out righteous mashich, when evil shall finally be defeated. Then  we shall rejoice with God in His Holy Temple  and may this be quickly in our days.