Please Learn in the Merit of:

Please learn for the merit of a complete recovery for the following individuals:

Ya'akov Don ben Esther Ahuvah Sharona
Avraham Yishayahu ben Aviva
Perel Leah bas Sima

Please learn in the merit/memory of Eyal ben Uriel, Gil-Ad Michael ben Ophir, Ya'akov Naftali ben Avraham, and Alter Aryeh Leib Reuven ben Sima

Monday, April 07, 2008

Shmiras HaLashon בּ ניסן - Nissan 2 - One-Hundred-and-Eightieth Day

© 2008 by Robert Lepor. All rights reserved.

(During a Jewish leap-year: 16 Adar II - בִּשְׁנַת הָעִיבּוּר - ט"ז אדר בּ)

Similar [to the previous discussion concerning the greatness of supporting Torah study, we are] also [taught] in The Holy “Zohar” [on] parshasVaYechi” (volume 1, 242a), as follows: “Why does Zivulun constantly take precedence over Yissachar in the [giving of the] birachos? Behold, Yissachar was involved in Torah [study], and Torah takes precedence in every instance. [This being the case], why did Zivulun precede [Yissachar] in [the receiving of the] birachos? His father, [Ya’akov], and Moshe, gave him precedence [in the receipt of the birachos]. Rather, [the tribe of Zivulun] took precedence in the receipt of the birachos because he took bread from his mouth and put it into the mouth of Yissachar[1]. From here we learn [that] one who supports [a person] who is regularly involved in Torah [study], receives blessings from Above, [in Heaven], and from below, [in this world]. Not only [is the above the case], but [this person] merits [to receive] two tables, [concerning] which another person does not merit, [and he receives] wealth, for he is blessed in this world, and he merits that he will possess a portion in The World to Come…”

[Chofetz Chaim’s note: With [the aforementioned teaching from the “Zohar”], one can explain that which the pasuk [from parshasV’Zos HaBirachah”] says, “…‘Zivulun, be happy in your departures, and Yissachar, in your tents.’” (Divarim: 33; 18) [The] explanation [being], that even though it is not the [normal] way of a trader to be happy at the time that he goes out to [involve himself] in his trading, [he will generally] only [be happy] after his [return] to his house, [for] perhaps The Holy One, Blessed is He, will not make him successful, and his toil will [thereby be] in vain. [The above is] specifically [the case] when [one sets] sail on the ocean, [where he will not be happy, as the ocean is] a place of danger. Therefore, Moshe Rabbeinu, Alav HaShalom, said [as follows]: ‘Zivulun, you will be able to be happy when you set sail in the ship (in accordance with RaSh”I’s commentary [on the pasuk][2]), for Yissachar sits in your tents which you designated for him to [be involved in] Torah [study] and certification.’ Therefore, [due to your support of Yissachar’s Torah study], The Holy One, Blessed is He, will definitely bring you success, as The Holy “Zohar” said.]

[1] Since the tribe of Zivulun financially supported the Torah study of the tribe of Yissachar, they preceded the tribe of Yissachar in the receipt of the birachos.

[2] RaSh”I explains that Moshe is telling the tribe of Zivulun that they should be happy when they go out to involve themselves in trade, as they will be successful.

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