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Bamidbar-You Count!!
By Rabbi Yonassan Biggs

 

  Shalom and Bracha!

  This Shabbat we read the portion of Bamidbar. Sunday and Monday are Shavuot, when we celebrate Hashem giving the Torah on Mount Sinai. The theme of portion is the counting of the Jewish people. The Midrash explains that the counting of the Jewish people demonstrates their dearness in the eyes of Hashem. The simple meaning thereof is that we keep careful account of our precious possessions. Hashem treated us as His most precious possession by counting us even though he knew the tally.

  A deeper perspective is that by counting the Jewish people He revealed and highlighted an aspect of our dearness. When counting, all of the counted parties are equal. No one counts more or less than anyone else. A person has two aspects: his accomplishments, by which he differs from all those around him, and the essence of his soul, which is the spark of G-d within each one of us. By counting us, Hashem revealed and highlighted the essence of our soul which unites all of us. This also teaches us how our attitude must be particularly this Shabbat. Rather than focusing on someone’s appearance or their social stature, we must treat everyone with respect and dignity because they bear within them a spark of G-d. This is reflected in a practical sense in a Minyan: ten men form a Minyan regardless of their special qualities or weaknesses. Nine men cannot form a Minyan regardless of their individual greatness. This gives us a tremendous encouragement and sense of self worth. Each person is important in the eyes of Hashem and his good acts are critical to the world. This is reflected in the teaching of the Talmud that Adam was created as a lone human being to teach us that every person must perceive the world as being created for them and fully dependent on their good deeds.

  This is central to the giving of the Torah. When describing the events that preceded the Giving of the Torah, the Torah relates that on Rosh Chodesh Sivan the Jewish people entered the wilderness of Sinai and camped facing The Mountain. Unlike all of the other encampments (including the other encampment mentioned in the same verse) where the Torah refers to the Jewish people in the plural, “they camped,” when relating the encampment in Sinai the Torah uses the singular “he camped.” The Talmud explains that when we prepared to receive the Torah, we were like one being with one heart. This unity was the necessary preparation to receive the Torah. Chassidut explains that this unity was the revelation of the essence of the soul that unites all of us, similar to that which is reflected in the counting in this week’s portion. Further, the number of letters in the Torah corresponds to the number of people who were present at its giving. Just as every letter in a Torah scroll is necessary for the sanctity of the scroll, every Jew is an integral part of our people.

  This unity comes to a culmination in the observance of Shavuot. When the Torah is read this Sunday, Shavuot morning, everyone, man, woman, and child should be in the synagogue. When the Torah was first given all souls were present. If anyone had been missing, the Torah would not have been given. Similarly, when we read the narrative of the giving of the Torah on Shavuot morning, everyone should be present. Every individual’s attendance enhances the Holiday and elucidates Hashem’s blessings for the entire Jewish people.

  Divisiveness brought the destruction of the Temple and unity will bring its rebuilding. May we merit the coming of Moshiach speedily and to hear the new depths of Torah he will reveal.

 

Shavuot-Joy and Inner Meaning

Because Shavuot follows Shabbat a special embellished Havdallah is added to the Kiddush Saturday night as printed in the prayer book. Both nights candles should only be lit from existed flames because striking a match is forbidden on the holiday. The times listed above are the earliest appropriate times. Havdallah is said again on Monday with no Besamim or candles.

  The Previous Rebbe would always give the blessing Kabbalat Hatorah B’simcha Uv’pnimiyut (receiving the Torah with joy and inner meaning.) The blessing has many lessons. Shavuot is the day the Torah was given. The Torah describes at length splendor of the giving of the Torah. The Rebbe reminds us that our job is to receive the Torah, to dedicate ourselves to study and absorb the Torah.

The Rebbe stresses that the receiving of the Torah should be with joy. We can view the Torah as a burden or a privilege. When we carry heavy suitcases it’s a burden. When we discover that the suitcases are full of diamonds that we can keep the burden becomes a pleasure. Every Mitzvah is a diamond, a precious gift from Hashem. Joy is critical to service of Hashem. Every Mitzvah should be imbued with joy simply because we are coming closer to Hashem. In a deeper sense, true joy is only through the Torah. When we feel pain, we can heal the cause or mask the pain. Healing the cause is real. The Torah teaches us how to live in the world create perfect harmony between our bodies, our souls, Hashem, and our surroundings. It takes work, but it is true joy.

  The Rebbe stresses that we should receive the Torah in a manner that we internalize it. There are three pillars of service of Hashem: Torah study, prayer and Mitzvot. When we study the Torah, Hashem’s wisdom becomes a part of our minds data base. The more that we learn and remember, the more wisdom of Hashem that is within us. Further, Chassidut explains that the intellect and the emotions are connected. When we contemplate the teachings of the Torah, the mind awakens the heart and we begin to perceive things through Hashem’s eyes and our emotions are elevated. We truly become a divine people. This is the way we must receive the Torah; seeking to retain as much as possible and to internalize everything that we learn.

  The Torah was given on Shabbat. Until Moshiach comes the first day of Shavuot cannot fall on Shabbat. This year Shavuot comes immediately following Shabbat, stressing the connection of Shabbat and Shavuot. Just as Shabbat is a day of joy, blessing and relaxation, the Torah brings joy, blessing and relaxation into our lives. The coming of Moshiach is compared to an eternal Shabbat and he will reveal the depths of the teachings of the Torah. May this Shabbat and Shavuot usher in his coming and the age of bliss and may you receive the Torah with joy and inner meaning and may Hashem’s blessings imbue your life.

  Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach

 

Rabbi Biggs

 

There is an excellent Shavuot website at http://www.chabadgn.com/holidays/shavuot/default_cdo/jewish/Shavuot

 

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