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The Forgotten Jews
The Yalkut Shimoni
tells us when they were doing an accounting for the Mishkan, Moshe forgot about
the 1,775 Shekalim that were for the hooks for the pillars…Indeed, the trop
on ואת האלף is an אזלא גרש since he forgot about these 1,775 Shekalim. These represent the
forgotten Jews, the Jews of our generation,עקבתא
These Jews—which are the last generation—correspond to the last month, the
lowest, the month of Adar.
In Adar we read Megilas Esther. This alludes to the Jews of הסתרה, concealment from Divine Providence as in ואנכי הסתיר אסתיר פני, I will surely conceal myself from them, as it is in this Pasuk
that the Gemara says Esther is alluded to in the Torah.
tells us the 12 months correspond to the 12 שבטים. These low Jews
correspond to the second Adar—a month which doesn’t correspond to a Shevet.
Spelling out the letter ו—ואו (which is a hook)—we see
it has a Gematria of 13, as the 13th month has no corresponding Shevet.
This is represented by the hooks—that which was on the outside of the חצר, courtyard (on which the curtains were hung), just as those
Jews are on the outside.
as the hooks serve as a connector as it connects the curtains to the Mishkan,
likewise the second Adar connects these Jews. Indeed, the miracle of Purim took
place in the second Adar, says the Yerushalmi.
Although these Jews seem lost, they still have hope
since no Jew is ever lost as it says לבלתי
ידח ממנו נדח, no one should be expelled from him.
This fundamental idea is alluded to in בנימין—the last
Shevet, the one who correlates to Adar—the last month (according to the births
of the שבטים since he was born last). בנימין are the
first letters ofי-ה-ו-ה
נשבע בלתי ידח ממנו נדח , Hashem swears that no one is banished from him.
Hashem loves even these low Jews as it says by the hooks וחשק
אתם—He has a
desire for them. In this month there is a special power to change and become
attached to Hashem
as it is a time of ונהפוך הוא.
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.
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