Hashem demolished the tower of Bavel
built by Dor Haflogah bizchus Talmud Bavli!
In this week’s Parsha we learn about 2 generations – Dor Hamabul and Dor Haflogah 10 generations apart, who rebelled hard against Hashem. The motivations of each were very different. The Dor Hamabul were motivated by desires for corrupted physical pleasures. The Dor Haflogah were motivated by false views and ideas about being able to fight Hashem, which was the reason for their ridiculous plan to build a tower rising up to heaven, so they can meet the creator face to face and fight him.
This is the reason why their punishments were very different. While the Dor Hamabul were obliterated by the Mabul, the Dor Haflogah were allowed to live. But to avoid their ideas from being spread and activated, Hashem mixed up their languages so that they could not understand each other, and he spread them all over the world creating 70 nations.
The Medrash Tanchuma in the name of Pirkay Rabbi Eliezer tell us, that it was on this occasion that Hashem chose to accept the Klal Yisroel, the children of Avrohum ovinu who fought against the ideas of Dor Hafloge, to be his heritage; to give them the Torah on mount Sinai and teach them the ways of Torah & Yiras Hashem, while spreading all the others who took part in the rebellion of Dor Hafloge, to be under the supervision of the 70 Malochim who were appointed as ministers to lead the 70 nations.
To understand more deeply why Klal Yisroel were chosen when the Dor Haflogah rebelled and built the tower, we need to dig into the depth of the name “Bavel“, what is the source and meaning of this name? The Torah teaches us in this Parsha that the city was called “Bavel“ to emphasize the punishment that Hashem brought on the Dor Haflogah, as the posuk says: “Ki sham balal Hashem sfas kol haaretz” – because it was there that Hashem mixed up the language of all the earth.
But in the Gemoro (Sanhedrin 24:1) we find that Rav Yochanan gives a complete different reason for the name “Bavel“. It is, he says, to emphasize the greatness of Talmud Bavli that was created in Bavel. So the word “Bavel” means: “belulah bmikrah, belulah bmishnah, belulah btalmud”, meaning that Talmud Bavli contains a sweet mixture of Torah, Mishna & Talmud.
This stirs up great puzzlement in the Mefarshim who wonder: Why did Rav Yochanan give a new reason for the name “Bavel“, that it is after Talmud Bavli who combines Torah, Mishna & Talmud, when the Torah itself already told us that it is called Bavel because of the mixture of languages?
The Maharal of Prague in Chidushai Agados explains that the 2 reasons are connected: Because Hashem mixed up all the languages in Bavel, therefore it became a suitable place to create Talmud Bavli which combines Torah, Mishna & Talmud,Torah, But it is very obvious that this idea needs a broader explanation.
To understand this, we start our journey by boarding the spiritual “spaceship” of the great Mekubel Ariza”l in his seifer “Likutai Torah” (Parshas Ki Seitze), who reveals that the 4 Goluyos: Bavel, Moday, Yavan & Edom who represent all the evil powers, are all connected being one body structure of the Klipah, each one a different part of the structure. Bavel is the head, Poras & Moday are the 2 hands, Yavan is the body, Edom & Yishmoel are the 2 feet. All 4 are in unison are the body of the Klipah, which have only one desire to fight the structure body of the Kedushe.
[It is important to realize that Poras & Moday are considered to be one Golus because they ruled together, therefore they are the same part of the body the 2 hands of the Klipah. The same goes for Edom & Yishmoel who are considered one Golus, because they both rule in the same time, therefore they too are the same part of the body the 2 feet.
It is amazing how we see in our time how Edom & Yishmoel, who are represented by the European nations and the Arabs hating Jews, both kicking with their 2 feet into the Jews as hard as they can. But we have to counter fight them by using our 2 feet to Kedushe; to go to the Bais Hamedresh to learn Torah and to Daven; to run to do Chesed. By doing so we are weakening the power of the 2 feet of Edom & Yishmoel. There is so much more about this interesting subject, but we’ll leave it for some other time.]
So being that Bavel is the “head” of the Klipah, we can understand that it plays the greatest role in all evil forces, because as we know all actions are planed and activated by the the brain in the head. This explains what Rav Zadok Hakohen says, that all the Goluyos are included in Golus Bavel.
It is uplifting to see how this is reflected in the wards of the Dor Haflogah while deciding to build the tower: Let us build a city and a tower: “Verosho bashomayim” – whose head should be in heaven, because unlike the Dor hamabul they rebelled not by pursuing physical desires of the body, but with their ideas in their heads rising up to the sky to fight Hashem intellectually with their corrupt ideas.
So Chevre what do you think is the best way to fight against Klipas Bavel the “head” of the Klipa? The answer lays in the words of the wisest of men Shlomo Hamelech (Koheles 7:14): “Zeh leumas zeh asah Elokim”, which means: Quid Pro Quo, in order to break the “head” of the Klipah we must raise the “head” of Kedushe. How do we raise it? by using our minds to dig into the depth of Torah. Talmud Bavli is the precise perfection where the great sages of the Talmud used their brain to combine Torah, Mishna & Talmud to its greatest peak and clarity.
From this we came up with a marvelous Chidush.: Hashem demolished the tower of Bavel built by the Dor Haflogah the “head” of the Kliapah, in the zchus of Talmud Bavli that will be developed and created by the great sages of the Talmud. Hashem saw with great clarity how millions upon millions of Jews in all generations and all over the world will learn Talmud Bavli, including must of you guys out there having your daily shiur in Gemore. This was more than enough reason to raise the “head” of kedushe and to destroy the “head” of Klipas Bavel.
Now we understand the connection of the two reasons for the name of Bavel. The reason mentioned in the Torah, to emphasize the punished that Hashem brought on the Dor Haflogah: “Ki sham balal Hashem sfas kol haaretz”, and the reason mentioned by Rav Yochanan to emphasize the greatness of Talmud Bavli that is: “belulah bmikrah, belulah bmishnah, belulah btalmud”. Both reasons are connected and go hand in hand, because as we explored, Hashem has demolished the tower of Bavel only in the zchus of Talmid Bavli.
So what is the key lesson for all of us? In order to destroy the “head” of the the Klipos who cause us all troubles, we most put all our efforts into learning Torah; we most use our minds so we can raise the “head” of Kedushe. That will bring the collapse of the false “towers” built by negative powers who counter Kedushe, and they will fall apart like a deck of cards as is said in the name of Hashem (Thilim 75:11): “Vechol karnei reshoim agadei tromamno karnos tzadik” – And all the horns of evel will I chop off, and the horns of tzadidkim will be raised.
I don’t have time to summarize the continuation of our new column Tavlin Leshabbas. But I advise you strongly not to miss it, because we have this week a marvelous Pirush explaining the nusach in Tfilas Shachris for Shabbes: “Velo nesato hashem elokeinu legoyeii hoarotzos, velo hinchalto malkeinu leovdei pesolim, vegam bemnuchoso lo yishkenu areilim”…Ssomething worthwhile to remember.
Have a wonderful Shabbes.
~ For the full Mamar in Lashon Hakodesh, see the weekly “Hamachne Hachareidi”. ~