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Bridging The Gap
We need to internalize that
which we know and become one with our knowledge as in והשבת אל לבבך; take to your heart.
This is hinted to in תוכו כברו;
one’s insides should be like his outsides, meaning to be sincere in
spirituality. The inner letters of תוכו- כו- have a Gematria of 26, the same as י-ה-ו-ה, representing spirituality. Likewise, the external letters of כברו are כו. We need to integrate the spirituality we
know internally and externally.
This is also alluded to in
the hidden and revealed letters of the word סיני (which represents
spirituality as the Torah was given there). The hidden letters- סמך. יוד, נן, יוד- have an identical
numerical value to the outer letters. ס has a Gematria of 60,
the same as מ,ך. י is 10, the same as ו,ד.
R’ Yisrael Salanter once was
absent from shul from Kol Nidrei on Yom Kippur. This was because he went to
take care of a crying infant whose mother had left him alone while she went to
It once happened that while
R’ Simcha Bunim (1765- 1827) was in bed, he wanted to smell some snuff tobacco.
However, the case of tobacco was in the other room. He then made the analysis
that “If I get up and go to the other room for the tobacco, I will be giving in
to my desires. On the other hand, if I do not go, it could stem from laziness.”
He decided to walk to the other room. He approached the tobacco and without
touching it he returned to his room.
Moshe attained this on the
ultimate level. The letters of פרעה, the
nemesis of Moshe rearranged spell הערף, the
back of the neck. The neck separates the מח and לב; mind
and heart. This symbolizes one who doesn’t internalize what he knows. Moshe, on
the other hand, was the opposite. The Midrash relates that when Paroh sought to
kill Moshe, Moshe’s neck became a pillar of marble.
On a deeper level this means that Moshe’s מח and לב can’t be
This is the level that Moshe
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Devarim 4:39. The analogy is
given of one placing another in charge of his house because he is going away.
He gives a list of what to do daily- feed the fish, water the garden and so on.
A week later when he returns, he finds that his house is a wreck. The caretaker
tells him that he read the list daily! Of course that is insufficient as that
which is on the list must be done! Likewise, learning Halacha, ideas about
Shabbos, Yom Tov and so on is inadequate as we must implement it.
When one does this, he can
fulfill כימי שמים על הארץ
(Devarim 11:21)- to have שמים–
spiritual- days– in this world- ארץ.
represents דעת (see
Tanya, chapter 42). דעת is
connection, that which you are one with as in והאדם ידע
את חוה. This is what Moshe embodied. Thus, דעת on the body is
represented by the neck as this is what connects the head and the rest of the
body. Moshe is called the front of the neck by the Arizal. The back of the neck,
to which Paroh is referred to, is the negative side of דעת- דעת דסטרא אחרא.