Thursday, November 17, 2016

Redeeming Eretz Yisroel through Tzedaka and Mishpat: Repost for Parshas VaYeira

While I am in rerun mode, I want to repost from 2009 a hidden message in Parshas VaYeira that becomes more relevant with each passing year. This hidden message comes from the sefer Niflaos MiTorasecha. For those who have forgotten (or never knew) this sefer is an anthology of words encoded in the Torah in Roshei Teivos and Sofei Teivos and the striking relevance to the context.

Here goes:

There is only one occurrence of the word ציון (Tzion) in consecutive Sofei Teivos in all of Tanach! (No occurrences as Roshei Teivos at all!) It transverses these two pasukim (Breishis 18:18,19):

יח-יט- וְאַבְרָהָם הָיוֹ יִהְיֶה לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל וְעָצוּם וְנִבְרְכוּ-בוֹ כֹּל גּוֹיֵי הָאָרֶצ: כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֶּה אֶת-בָּנָיו וְאֶת-בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה לַעֲשׂוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט לְמַעַן הָבִיא יְהוָֹה עַל- אַבְרָהָם אֵת אֲשֶׁר-דִּבֶּר עָלָיו:


The code in this pasuk clearly indicates that the gift of ציון is in the merit of following the path of HKBH and specifically doing צדקה and משפט (righteousness and justice).

The amazing thing is that this message is clearly reflected in the well known pasuk in Yeshaya (1:27) that we read every year before Tisha B'Av on Shabbos Chazon:

צִיּוֹן בְּמִשְׁפָּט תִּפָּדֶה וְשָׁבֶיהָ בִּצְדָקָה:

Rav Aranovsky also points out that the lead word in our pasuk that holds the first letter (צ ) of our hidden word is part of the word הארץ - the land!

All of this indicates that the Land of Israel (Tzion) can only thrive in the hands of those who are (1) descendants of Avraham and who (2) safeguard the way of HKBH to do צדקה and משפט.  

If you meet these conditions... by all means, hop aboard!

Gut Shabbos!

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