Hidden Layers in Parashat Noach: The Israel and Palestine War of 5784

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Diving deep into the text of Beresheit, specifically focusing on the term “HAMAS” (חָמָס) that emerges in chapters 6:11 and 6:13. Have you ever paused to ponder why this word appears precisely here, in the context of a world so corrupt that it necessitated divine intervention?

First, allow me to draw your attention to the gematria—the numerical value—of the Hebrew term “HAMAS,” which is 108. Interestingly, the term “Gehinom” (גֵּי ִהנּוֹם) shares the same gematria. Both concepts, corruption on Earth and Gehinom, signify a discord, an imbalance that cries out for tikkun, or rectification.

Now, consider the verse 6:13. It’s almost as if HaShem is signaling us to recall the 613 Mitzvot, the divine commandments that serve as the pathway to rectifying the world. Hidden within the texture of the Torah is a coded message, pointing us towards the cosmic balance between the 613 Mitzvot and the 13 attributes of mercy.

Is it mere coincidence that the term HAMAS appears twice? Or could it be a subtle nod to the two categories of Mitzvot: those between man and HaShem, and those between man and his fellow man? This dual appearance might be a divine prompt, urging us to counteract the energies of corruption by walking the paths of righteousness delineated by these commandments.

But let’s not stop here. One might even venture to say that the Torah is offering us a prophetic lens through which we can view contemporary challenges, particularly those concerning the conflict involving the organization also named HAMAS. If we grasp the essence of this term from the Torah’s perspective—corruption and exploitation—we can recognize that the antidote is none other than adherence to divine principles.

What are we to take from all this? The Torah is not just a book, but a living dialogue between the Creator and His creation. It beckons us to engage in a multi-layered study, not satisfied with the mere surface but urging us to dig into the remez, drash, and even sod. Here, in these ancient Hebrew letters, we find an eternal call to action, compelling us to be agents of tikkun, to restore balance in a world that often teeters on the brink of chaos.

Further, when delving into the teachings of the Kabbalists, particularly Rabbi Isaac Luria, the AriZal, we find the concept of “Tzimtzum,” the constriction of the divine light to allow for creation. This contraction created a “void,” a space for independent existence. The term “HAMAS,” in the sod layer of understanding, might be seen as reflective of the misuse of this independent existence—a corruption of the freedom granted by HaShem. When seen in this light, the term takes on additional layers of significance, pointing to a spiritual malaise that is cosmic in its scope.

Moreover, according to the teachings of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto in “Derech Hashem,” humanity’s purpose is to rectify this world through the performance of mitzvot. The term “HAMAS,” echoing in its context of global corruption, seems to challenge us to confront our responsibilities head-on. Are we not the architects who can either build a spiritual sanctuary or contribute to an edifice of corruption?

In regards to the concept of the Sefirot, consider the notion of Tiferet—harmony and balance in the divine emanations. In a world corrupted by “HAMAS,” we see an absence of Tiferet, of that sacred equilibrium that balances judgment with mercy, a central theme in Kabbalistic thought.

The intricacies of these insights demonstrate that every letter, every word, and indeed, every silence in the Torah, offers hidden jewels of wisdom. They beckon the earnest seeker, to explore, ponder, and derive lessons that are not just historical but vibrantly current.

In conclusion, the layers of Parashat Noach, as explored through PaRDeS, reveal a rich tapestry of insights and lessons. From the pshat to the sod b’sod, each layer unpacks ethical and spiritual dimensions that challenge us to reflect deeply on our actions, intentions, and place in the universe. Through the words and actions of Noach and his sons, and the narrative surrounding the term “HAMAS,” we are prompted to think about corruption, responsibility, and the cosmic balance of the sefirot. It is our task to make sense of these teachings, employing the rich corpus of Rabbinic literature, Kabbalistic wisdom, and Gematria to extract the hidden lessons HaShem is imparting.

May this brief journey into the depths of Parashat Noach enlighten your path as you navigate the complexities of life, guided always by the eternal wisdom of the Torah. Remember, the answers to our most pressing questions often lie in the sacred spaces between the letters (the white fire Torah), waiting for us to uncover them.

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