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This week's YouParsha. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOgpUrcEamM. The Midian War

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This week we begin the book and Parsha of Dvorim, Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22. The book of Dvorim is Moshe's farewell address to the Jewish people. It is Divided into three major sections: Dvorim through the middle of R'eh is a recap of events over the past 40 years, the middle of R'eh to the middle of Ki Savo a review of most of the 613 Mitzvahs, the middle of Ki Savo to the end, Brochas and curses.

In this portion it states that Moshe went up the "pisgah, mountain top" to deliver his address. Pisgah is an unusual word. The word for mountain is usually "har". The Kaballa text, Panim Yafos, writes that Pisgah rearranged is Sag Poh. Hashem's divine name Y-H-V-H can be represented in many ways and indicate many levels of spirituality. These allusions appear as Y-H-V-H with each letter spelled out: Yud, Ha, Vav, Ha is called the name MAH because the sum of the letters equals 45 (Each Hebrew letter has a numerical equivalent, Aleph = 1, Bais = 2 etc. Mem is 40, Hay is 5.) and represents the creative aspect of Hashem. Yud, HH, VV, HH equals 52, BAN, and represents the masculine aspect of Hashem, Yud, Hay, VV, Hay equals 63, SAG (That's the one we will focus on today) Divine understanding and Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay, 72, AV, Divine wisdom.

It says in Psalms, "You made him slightly less than Elokim, (G'd)." This verse alludes to the word Poh. Poh has the numerical value of 85, Elokim, 86. During his lifetime, Moshe was able to achieve 49 of 50 levels of understanding, slightly less than SAG. These 50 levels of understanding manifest themselves through the five books of Moses (Five times 10, 10 being the number of divine completion). A tzaddik achieves more in their passing than while alive. Upon his death, Moshe achieved that little bit that he was lacking. That little bit was the most esoteric aspects of the Torah, the "light" of the Torah. As Moshe was told, "Pnai, my inner aspect, will not be revealed to you, for no man can see Pnai and live." This light is the same light that the Almighty created on the first day of creation. The Almighty saw that this light might be misused and hid it in the Torah for the benefit of the righteous. Moshe went up the "Pisgah" to receive that final level of understanding.

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Reb Shlomo Karlin was visiting the Alter Rebbe on Tisha B'Av. He noticed that one of the Chasidim, the famed scholar, Shmuel Munkes, seemed to be taking light on that solemn day. Rather than sitting on a low stool and saying the Tisha B'Av prayers in a voice mournful of the destruction of the holy Temple in Jerusalem, this Chosid chose to throw burrs in people's beards (They are a real bother to get out), crack jokes and be involved with merriment. Reb Shlomo commented to the Rebbe, "Look at how this person behaves! Doesn't he understand the severity of the day?" The Alter Rebbe said nothing. (Note: It is customary among Chassidim to behave this way on Tisha B'Av not to make light of the day, but to convey that even in our mourning the loss the Temple, may it speedily be rebuilt, should be done with joy. The Baal Shem Tov emphasized that every mitzvah, even mourning, should be done with joy. Burr throwing and the like are meant to pull a person out of possible despondency).

A short while later, Reb Shlomo poked his head into a side room and noticed a Chosid sitting in solitude engrossed in the prayers and crying. He commented to the Rebbe, "Now this is the way a Chosid should behave on Tisha B'Av." The Alter Rebbe replied, "It's the same person."

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