In this week’s mamar on the Parshas Bolok we discuss the idea of the “Agra D’Kallah” based on the teaching of the Arizal —whose commentary illuminates for us the entire subject regarding why Bolok and Bilom were so anxious to curse Klal Yisroel, because Bolok saw, by means of his witchcraft, that Dovid HaMelech and his children were destined to descend from Ruth the Moabite. Therefore Bolok and Bilam’s entire plan was designed to prevent Yisroel from extracting the holy trace of Dovid HaMelech’s neshomeh that was concealed amidst the nation of Moav.
This interpretation provides us with an insight concerning another matter in our parsha. We find that Bolok attempted to bring Bilam to curse Yisroel on three separate occasions. Each time, Bilam instructed Bolok to construct seven altars; each time, he sacrificed on each altar a bull and a ram—thus, totaling fourteen sacrifices for each set of seven altars. Seeing as Bolok and Bilam intended to keep the holy trace of Dovid HaMelech’s neshomeh within the domain of Moav, we can say that they built seven altars corresponding to Dovid HaMelech who is the seventh among the seven shepherds: Avrohom, Yitzchok, Yakkov, Moshe, Aron, Yosef, Dovid. Additionally, they sacrificed fourteen sacrifices on each set of seven altars corresponding to the numerical value of the name Dovid (4+6+4); this protocol was repeated three times corresponding to the three parts of Dovid HaMelech’s neshomeh called: Nefesh, Ruach, Neshomah, that they were trying to contain.
This dramatic fight between the Kedushe and the Tumeh was not so simple. It involves a big dilemma in Halacha: If a man steals a beam from his neighbor, and uses it in a building of his and is then caught, can we force him to dismantle the entire structure in order to return the beam, or he may claim that since the beam is already part of a structure, he wishes to merely compensate the neighbor for the beam. As a consequence, the forces of evil present the same dilemma: Their structure is built upon a holy Neshomeh like the one of Dovid Hamelech in Moav, that was stolen from the kedushah, can we force them to dismantle and demolish their entire structure in order to return it, or can they claim that they wish to reimburse us the cost of the Neshomeh.
We find a solution to this problem by remembering what Hashem had done to the Egyptians destroying their structures, drowning their generals in the ocean, so he can take out the Jewish souls of Klal Yisroel stolen by them. This is what frightened Bolok that his nation Moav will be demolished into shreds in order to save the soul of Dovid Hamelech.
This should motivate us to pray to Hashem that we should be zoche to the day when Hakodosh Boruch Hu will reveal the Neshome of Moshiach Ben Dovid, who will demolish and destroy the structures of evil powers that carry the torch of hate against Yidishe Kinderlich all over the world, thus exposing all the Kedushe that was hidden and stolen by them Bimheiro Beyomeinu Omien .
Let us all have a wonderful Shabbos
~ For the full Mamar in Lashon Hakodesh, see the weekly “Hamachne Hachareidi”. ~
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