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The Eternal Bone
On Shabbos we receive a נשמה יתירה, additional soul.
In fact, the wordביני in ובין בני ישראל ביני,
which speaks about Shabbos, is an acronym forבשבת יש נשמה יתירה.
For this reason, the Baal Haturim as well as the Daas Zekanim
point out that the last letters ofוביום השביעי
שבת וינפש spell שתים since we receive an additional soul. Furthermore, וינפש alludes to this as it is rooted in נפש. Moreover, in לכה דודי we say פני שבת נקבלה, where the initials
After Shabbos, our נשמה יתירה leaves.
Indeed, R’ Tzadok Hakohen
(1823-1900) would faint every Motzai Shabbos when his נשמה יתירה would leave him as he actually felt it. To comfort us in
dealing with the loss of our נשמה יתירה, we have a Melave
The Kadmonim say that the
limb נסכוי stays in existence until תחית
resurrection of the dead, even after all the bones rot. This limb only derives
pleasure from the food of Melave Malka.
Another name it is known by
is the לוז, Luz, bone.
Is it any coincidence that we find this word לוז written by Yaakov— לח ולוזand ואולם לוז—who never died—יעקב אבינו לא מת,
as the לוז is eternal, never dies?
We also find a hint to the other name of this bone—נסכוי—by Yaakov in ויצב יעקב...נסך
ויצק, Yaakov set up a pillar…he poured a libation and oil upon it.
The לוז bone is nourished exclusively at Melave Malka
since it didn’t have pleasure from the sin of Adam. This is because he sinned
on Erev Shabbos and the לוז bone only gets nourished on Motzai Shabbos
by Melave Malka.
Consequently, the curse of ואל עפר תשוב, to dust shall you
return, doesn’t apply to this bone. As a result, תחית
stems from it.
Where is this bone located? Let us cite the
words of R’ Avraham Azulai
(1570-1643), the great grandfather of the Chida: There is a connection of the
soul to the body after one dies and even after the bones rot. This is found in
a small bone which will be like yeast in dough at the time of the resurrection
of the body in that from there the body will sprout. It is found under the
brain in the interior of the skull and is not connected to any other bone. It
is small like barley and it is round but close to being square…
Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’
Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from
R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous topics for
various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a
suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is
passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.