Thursday, October 18, 2012

Good Shabbos! and one correction....

Correction for Bilvavi Book 1 and Da es Atzmecha chaburah:

I am so sorry to all my friends in other countries.  I completely wasn't thinking about the time difference- 4 am in Australia! So I will record the class and it will be available for one week for anyone who cannot be on live.  Please excuse my brain, it's still in recovery mode from yom tov!

This weeks recording number for chaburah on Thursdays is: (if you need the call in number for your country, please email me at no emails come to this blog)


access code: 572926 # 9 #

Parshas Noach:

Someone just asked me what is the significance of forty women baking challah for a refuah for a choleh (sick person).  I don't know that answer.

But, I see in this weeks parsha that the mabul was forty days long!  Why forty??? What is it's significance?   I asked my husband and he pointed out that we had to wait forty days to receive the Torah!  

Hmmm...investigation was required.  

Here is what I found written by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh (in red letters)

 The number 40 is of great significance, not only in mysticism, but also in the simple understanding of the Torah. For example, the 40 days that Moses was in heaven to receive the Torah, 40 days of the Flood. In addition, 40 relates to the 40 days from the beginning of pregnancy until the fetus is well formed. This is a very important stage in pregnancy. 

(all you Rabbi Nivin ladies will know this is exactly the point we are up to in the spiritual world of the Jewish people, our spiritual fetus is being formed!)

40 is also the value of the letter mem, which means water. This is why 40 refers both to the Torah, which is water, and also to the Flood. In the future the flood will be a positive concept--the flood of knowledge of G-d. This is the inner soul of the Torah which will fill the earth just as water covers the seabed. Water covering the seabed is the secret of the lettermem and the number 40.

(exactly what we are trying to do in our chaburah!!!)

In addition, when one becomes 40 years old he receives the deepest measure of understanding, in order to understand the Torah. This is especially in order to understand the deep intention that his teacher had that he was not able to comprehend initially. At the age of 40 one understands his teacher's inner meaning.

 (For all of us forty plus year olds...yay! and for everyone else, something to look forward to...) we can see why forty is used exclusively for major happenings.  It IS a major number that brings depth and overflowing daas of Hashem. 

May this week be filled in connection to Hashem for you and overflowing with clarity, emes,,, Torah!

Good Shabbos, love, aviva rus

ps- check your avodah pages for reminder of what to focus on this week.

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