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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 16

Genesis 16.1 - 16

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Avram Listened To The Voice Of Sarai


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Bereisheit 16.1

וְשָׂרַי אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם לֹא יָלְדָה לוֹ וְלָהּ שִׁפְחָה מִצְרִית וּשְׁמָהּ הָגָר1:1


Genesis 16.1

And Sarai, the wife of Avram, had no children and she had a Egyptian maid servant and her name was Hagar.


At this time Sarai was 75 years of Age and Avraham was 85 years of age. Ha Torah Says Avram was 99 and Yishmael was 13 at the time of their Brit Milah. 13 from 99 equals 86. Avram was 86 when Yishmael was born and 85 when Yishmael was conceived, Genesis 17.24,25.


Bereisheit 16.2

וַתֹּאמֶר שָׂרַי אֶל־אַבְרָם הִנֵּה־נָא עֲצָרַנִ יְהוָֹה מִלֶּדֶת בֹּא־נָא אֶל־שִׁפְחָתִי אוּלַי אִבָּנֶה מִמֶּנָּה וַיִּשְׁמַע אַבְרָם לְקוֹל שָׂרָי


Genesis 16.2

And She, Sarai Said to Avram, Behold! Now! The Lord Has Constrained me from having children. Go, now to my maid servant, it maybe you can build [through her] and he, Avram listened to the voice of Sarai.


I was seeking a ladies perspective on the words וַיִּשְׁמַע אַבְרָם לְקוֹל שָׂרָי so I asked my wife, Brachah Rivkah what her perspective was on these words. Brachah Rivkah wrote several comments:


'Sarai was influenced by the customs of the time and the people whom they were surrounded by.' Society influence's us.


'She Saw that The Lord was restraining her from becoming pregnant because of some failing within her. The act of selflessness was meant to obtain favor from The Lord and in someway "atone" for her failing. Was she right to do this? Should she have waited? I think most people believe she should have waited. But Sarai did not want barriers in her relationship to The Lord. so Sarai took Hagar and gave her to Avram. He did not take Hagar. He received her from Sarai...'


What are your thoughts on this matter?


My close friend Yochanan and I were discussing these words. Yochanan felt like one has to see beyond the words sometimes. He felt like Avram should have prayed about Sarai's Words. He should have talked to The Lord like he did in Genesis 21.12. There we observe several changes. First the words are not לְקוֹל שָׂרָי meaning, 'listen to her voice.'


They are תֹּאמַר אֵלֶיךָ שָׂרָה שְׁמַע בְּקֹלָהּ meaning, 'Sarai, She Said to him, hear meaning in the words.' In other words hear what my heart is saying.


I think this means, hear what is in Sarai's heart... what is in Sarai's mind. Hear the intent of Sarai and not just what she is saying. Don't listen just to the words. Listen to her intent. In Genesis 16.2 Avram listened to the Words Sarai Said. A full month in the Jewish calendar, is thirty days. This is equal to the Letter Lamid.


The moon and its cycle of birth and death are a symbol of rebirth every thirty days. In the sefirot there are ten attributes. Each attribute is an emanation of The Lord God. We study the attributes to learn how to be more like our Creator. One of the ten attributes is Malchut, meaning kingdom. Malchut embodies King David in that he is a King that descended from the kingly tribe of Yehudah / Judah. How? The Gematria of יְהוּדָה Yehudah is 30.


יְהוּדָה

Yehudah

י10 ה5 ו6 ד4 ה5 = 30


This is mystically representative of the Letter ל Lamid and of the month's renewal. In קידוש לבנה which is the service of blessing the new moon we exclaim:


וְלַלְּבָנָה אָמַר שֶׁתִּתְחַדֵּשׁ. עֲטֶרֶת תִּפְאֶרֶת לַעֲמוּסֵי בָטֶן שֶׁהֵם עֲתִידִים לְהִתְחַדֵּשׁ כְּמותָהּ. וּלְפָאֵר לְיוצְרָם עַל שֵׁם כְּבוד מַלְכוּתו: 
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' מְחַדֵּשׁ חֳדָשִׁים1:1

And He Said of the moon, that it should renew itself like a crown of splendor, as those that are borne [by Him] from the womb, those who are destined to renew themselves [each month] like [like the moon] and to glorify their Creator for the sake of His Glorious Kingdom. Blessed are You Lord Who Renews the months. The Shottenstein Edition Siddur for Weekdays With An Interlinear Translation (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. first edition 2002) p 456


An Adult woman has a monthly cycle. The basic, physically cycle is connected to the lunar month which is the basis of the Jewish calendar.


All of this is represented by the Letter Lamid. Now we connect the Lamid to the voice of Sarai. It is לְקוֹל שָׂרָי which means 'listen to the voice [heart] of Sarai. This is the issue that men have. Husbands listen to the voice of their wife without hearing or understanding what the wife's heart is saying. I think this is why The Lord used the Letter ב Bet in Genesis 21.12 when Speaking with Avraham.


Bereisheit 21.12

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־אַבְרָהָם אַל־יֵרַע בְּעֵינֶיךָ עַל־הַנַּעַר וְעַל־אֲמָתֶךָ כֹּל אֲשֶׁר תֹּאמַר אֵלֶיךָ שָׂרָה שְׁמַע בְּקֹלָהּ כִּי בְיִצְחָק יִקָּרֵא לְךָ זָרַע1:1


Genesis 21.12

And God said to Abraham, Let it not be grievous in your sight because of the lad, and because of your slave; in all that Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac shall your seed be called.


We see in this Verse the Letter bet three times. Is this an indication that Avraham did not want to see... that Avraham did not want to listen... than Avraham wanted to share between Yishmael and Yitzchok? I don't know. However it is clear that Avraham was torn by what Sarah said. Avraham's heart was crushed. His heart was torn!


I think the point is for men not just to listen to their wife's voice but to hear what is in her heart. The Letter ל Lamid and ב Bet spell לב Lav meaning 'heart'. What is my wife communicating. So, if Avram had heard the heart of Sarah it would not have mattered that Sarai brought Hagar to him to be a wife to give him children. It would not have mattered that this was the custom of society the community. Why? Men must listen to the heart of their wife. The wife says the proper things, the expected thing. Yet the heart may not always agree with the voice. The voice of the wife attempts to put up a good front. The voice of the wife attempts to be pleasing to her husband. Many times a wife says what she thinks her husband whats her to say. The husband must go beyond the voice of his wife to hear her heart. In other words we could ask, is the husband seeking a rubber stamp from his wife? Such an action is normally not the best choice. Although the husband is listening to his Wife's Words he listens with blindness. He is not listening to her heart. The Gematria of לְקוֹל שָׂרָי Lih Kohl Sarai is 676. The Gematria of עוֹרֹת Oh Roht Blindness is also 676.


לְקוֹל שָׂרָי

Lih Kohl Sarai

To hear Sarai's voice

ל30 ק100 ו6 ל30 ש300 ר200 י10 = 676


עוֹרֹת

Oh Roht

Blindness

ע70 ו6 ר200 ת400 = 676

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Gematria Shemot Bo 3

Exodus 10.1 - 13.16


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Shemot 10.1-2

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה בֹּא אֶל־פַּרְעֹה כִּי־אֲנִי הִכְבַּדְתִּי אֶת־לִבּוֹ וְאֶת־לֵב עֲבָדָיו לְמַעַן שִׁתִי אֹתֹתַי אֵלֶּה בְּקִרְבּוֹ:  ב 


וּלְמַעַן תְּסַפֵּר בְּאָזְנֵי בִנְךָ וּבֶן־בִּנְךָ אֵת אֲשֶׁר הִתְעַלַּלְתִּי בְּמִצְרַיִם וְאֶת־אֹתֹתַי אֲשֶׁר־שַׂמְתִּי בָם וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָֹה:  ג 


Exodus 10.1-2

And He, The Lord Said to Moses, Go to Pharaoh; for I have Strengthened Everything From The Letter Aleph to The Letter Tav of his heart, and Everything from The Letter Aleph to The Letter Tav of the heart of his 

servants, that I might show these My Signs before him; 


And that you may relate [tell in book format] in the ears of your son, and of your grandson, what things I have done in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that you may know that I am the Lord.


Gematria Motel

[Regular Gematria + the number of total Letters]


וּלְמַעַן תְּסַפֵּר

Voo Lih Mah Ahn - Tih Sah Payr

And to Teach / Relate from a Book


ו6 ל30 מ40 ע70 ן50   -   ת400 ס60 פ80 ר200 = 936

945 = 935 + 9 Holy Letters [ולמען תספר]


Shemot 10.20

וַיְחַזֵּק יְהוָֹה אֶת־לֵב פַּרְעֹה וְלֹא שִׁלַּח אֶת־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: פ 


Exodus 10.20

And The Lord Strengthened everything from Aleph to Tav of Pharaoh's heart, and he did not send out anything from The Letter Aleph to The Letter Tav of the people of Israel.


וַיְחַזֵּק יְהוָֹה אֶת־לֵב פַּרְעֹה


וַיְחַזֵּק יְהוָֹה

Vih Yih Chah Zayk HaShem

And He, The Lord Strengthened

ו6 י10 ח8 ז7 ק100  -  י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 = 157


אֶת־לֵב פַּרְעֹה

Eht Lahv Pharaoh

Everything From The Letter Aleph To The Letter Tav

Of Pharaoh's Heart

א1 ת400 ל30 ב2  -  פ80 ר200 ע70 ה5 =  788


945 = 157 + 788


Deuteronomy 6.12

Beware lest you forget The Lord, who Brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.


Pharaoh was steeped in hard denial. Not only was he unwilling to acknowledge his sin of oppressing B'nei Israel, he increased the level of oppression. Pharaoh also denied the existence of God. 

Throughout this parshat we are constantly reminded that Pharaoh's heart was hard, that his heart remained set in preventing B'nei Israel from worshipping The Lord! His denial was a public denial! It was a sin against The Lord and against His people. B'nei Israel! 

He ordered his officers to afflict B'nei Israel! At each turn in the course of events, The Lord Tells Moses to remind Pharaoh and the people of Egypt.


'...that I am The Lord...' Exodus 7:5 


'By this you will know that I am The Lord...' Exodus 7:17 


'...You will know that there is none like The Lord, our G-d..' Exodus 8:6

 '...You will know that I am The Lord in the midst of the earth...' Exodus 8:18


'This is what The Lord The God of the Hebrews has said...' Exodus 9:1


'...so that you may KNOW that there is none like Me in all the earth.'  Exodus 9:14 


'...so that My Name will be declared throughout the earth.' Exodus 9:16


Long before this point, the end of the fifth plague, Pharaoh knew! Yet, he continued in his ways of sinful disobedience of The Lord's Commands. There are those who know what The Lord has Commanded yet in outright denial they continue in their pattern of sin. Their conclusion will be like that of Pharaoh and Egypt. They will cross the line as Pharaoh did. Pharaoh reached a place where he was no longer was able to control his own heart... his thoughts... his actions... The Torah tells us that God took control of them. God hardened his heart!  When Pharaoh had a choice he chose to oppress B'nei Israel. He chose to continue in his pattern of disobedience. He chose to continue his denial of The Lord. He crossed the line that no one should cross. He could not return. This is the danger of the one hardened in denial of The Lord and His Commands!!


Holy reader, a staff member at JewishPath posed this question: Can't a Jew return from wherever they are, from however far they have fallen? Isn't the Jewish light an eternal light? Well, the answer is Yes and No! Yes in the sense that it is possible. Yes in the sense that The Lord can draw anyone to him. However in the practical sense, No! Don't be fooled! When a tree is young it is flexible but when it is old the flexibility is gone. If it bends too much it will break. This should serve as a caution to us not to live on the outer perimeters of Judaism where God forbid, one's lifestyle may prevent one from repentance...

One may think that eventually they may change their mind, BUT that is not necessarily true.  Those like Pharaoh, who cross the line, or those who live on the outer perimeters may go to far. It is a very scary, dangerous place to dangle with one's life! I don't like this type of teeter.


When I was a child my Father, may he rest in peace, would give an illustration to the children at youth camp. He had a bundle of sticks that were smooth and dried out. He picked these sticks up along a beach in the San Francisco Area. He also had several freshly cut Aspen branches. Daddy showed the children how flexible the young Aspen branches were.  He would bend them in every direction with out breaking a branch. He show how stiff and how unforgiving the smooth dried sticks, he found along the ocean were. He could not bend them at all. Daddy made the comparison.  Daddy explained that when we are young we can go in many directions.  Then he taught, when we are older, we will be hardened. We will not be able to go in many directions.  He explained that now was the time to let God shape our lives. Then, again reminding us many years later it would be difficult, and possible impossible, because we would be to set in out ways. 


Ecclesiastes 7.13

Consider the work of God; for who can make that straight, what He Has Made crooked?


Each of us should remember The Lord Who delivered us from Egypt and be careful to walk in His ways...




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The Inner World of the Soul ©

By Rebbetzin Revi Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

 

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Everything that exists in our inner world is an aspect of our soul.  Our personality, emotions, talents, desires, conscience and wisdom.  Every faculty we ordinarily assign to the mind, like thought, logic, memory and forgetting, are features of our soul.


For piety, fear of the Eternal, love of the Eternal, and purity of heart are not that deeply rooted within a person not to necessitate the employment of methods for their acquisition.  In this respect they differ from natural states such as sleep and wakefulness, hunger and satiety, and all other natural instincts.  Rather, the acquisition of these qualities definitely requires various methods and devices.   Furthermore, while there are many factors operating to distance piety from man there are many elements that can counter these factors.  


How will this wisdom enter a person's heart if he will not seek it?

The Path of the Just Torah Classics Library Moshe Chaim Luzzatto page 3


Piety, reverence, love and purity of heart are not ingrained in our soul, we have to acquire these.


Creation is a work-in-progress toward restitution (tikkun), whereby all subjects of Creation work to return things to their proper place so that Creation's original plan can continue.  Each creature's contemplation of heart and works - and its applications of power upon the inner universes. will return the Shekkinah to Her true place in unity with HaShem G-d.  The eternal Sabbath will be regained.  Window of the Soul James David Dunn page 21-22


Teshuvah is in the heart, in the mind.  One thought of Teshuvah is enough.  The mind is not restricted by the limitations of the body.  Just as sin is rooted in man's will and mind, so must Teshuvah be rooted in man's will and mind.


He who sets his heart on becoming purified becomes pure as soon as he has immersed himself.  One who sets his heart on cleansing himself from the impurities that beset man's soul - namely, wrongful thoughts and false convictions:  as soon as he consents in his heart to withdraw from those counsels and brings his soul into the waters of reason, he is pure.  Deep Calling Unto Deep Jacob Immanuel Schochet Page117-118


The tradgedy of sin is the failure to judge oneself, to do Teshuvah.  It is impossible to have Teshuvah, to repent without remorse.  The possibility of Teshuvah generates hope, faith and confidence.  HaShem Desires to show kindness, He is Gracious and Compassionate, He forgives the instant one pleads for His Forgiveness.  Teshuvah is marked by great joy.


One example of a real ba'al teshuvah is the prostitute Rahab who helped protect the Israelite spies as they reconnoitered the land. Because of Rahab's teshuvah she and her family were spared from death as the Israelites conquered the city. Rahab is remembered in the Tanakh as a person who came near to HaShem and His people through turning from sin and returning to HaShem through words and actions. Rahab is one of the women in the direct lineage of the Mashiach.  What an awesome example of Teshuvah and the fruits it bears.


The Rabbis say that Rahab acknowledged HaShem G-d more than Jethro and Naaman, declaring that He was G-d on both heaven and earth. Baba Bathra 120b  

The Rabbis also taught: There have been four women of surpassing beauty in the world -- Sarah, Rahab, Abigail and Esther. Megilah 15a


What are we working on this week?


1.We need a notebook or a journal

  -as we have stated before. NOW write:

2.Who do I need to seek forgiveness from?

3.Is there someone I need to talk to?

4.Are there one or two Mitzvot I haven't done so well or at all?

5.What are two things I did this past year that I am very proud of?

6.What are two things that I did last year that I am ashamed 

- two things that do not reflect who I really am?

7.Write three one sentence goals that I am going to use for this study.

8.What are the most important qualities I want to develop that will

reflect who I really am?

9.How do I become the person we want to be?

10.Who are two people I admire?



Blessings and Peace


Rebbetzin Revi


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