27 Times Yud Kei Vuv Kei mentioned in the Tochacha Equals Shabbos
who Spare us from all the Curses of the Tochachos
During this week’s Torah reading of parshas Ki Sovo, we need to have a specific intent and focus. Doing so will have the unique ability to spare us from the harsh decrees of Rosh HaShanah. The Gemorah (Megillah 31:) teaches that Ezra instituted that we read the curses contained in parshas Bechukosai before Shavuos and the curses contained in parshas Ki Savo before Rosh HaShanah, so the year and its curses will be done with.
The Tiferet Shlomo explains that even if a harsh judgment had been rendered against us, chas v’shalom, the recitation of this week’s portion is considered as if we had actually received the punishment. Consequently, we will have fulfilled the dictum of: “Let the year and its curses be done with.”
Thus, we have learned a very important principle. During the Torah reading this Shabbos kodesh, it is essential that each and every one of us assume an appropriate attitude of fear and awe of Hashem; we must have the intent during the reading of the Tochachah, the Admonition, that it should be considered as if we had received our due punishment in reality. In this manner, we can put this year’s curses behind us and prepare to begin a new year with a clean slate. Therefore, it is only fitting that we examine the Tochachah through the eyes of some of our holy commentaries.
We are suggesting a new chidush based the Rokeach on the Torah (Ki Sisa), one of the masters of the Tosafos. According to the Rokeach, it turns out that in the Tochacha there are mentioned twenty-seven times Yud Kei Vuv Kei, which numerical in Loshon Kodesh adds up to Shabbos. This opens up for us new beautiful avenues of Torah ideas , that the kedushah of Shabbos has the power to save us from all of these curses.
May it be G-d’s will that our sages words are fulfilled: “May this year end along with its curses and may the new year begin along with its blessings. May we all merit a ksivah va’chasimah tovah, and a year of redemption and salvation, speedily in our days Omein.
A lechtiken and sweet Shabbos.
~ For the Mamar in Lashon Hakodesh, see the weekly “Hamachne Hachareidi”. ~
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