Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pinehas/Matot/Mas'ei Calendar Stuff and a Possible Geula Connection

The rule is that whenever Pinehas falls out before Shiv'a Asar BeTamuz, it gets its own Haftara. Otherwise, we read the Haftara of Parshat Matot as it is then the first of the "Telat dePuranuta" - 3 Haftarot of Punishment. When Pinehas is read after Shiv'a Asar BeTamuz, Matot and Mas'ei are read together.

Pinehas having its own Haftara and Matot and Mas'ei being read separately is actually very rare. I noticed this rarity 6 years ago, the first time this happened in 21 years, and in 3 years, it won't happen for another 21 years after that. See the chart below:

Jewish YearSecular YearMatot/Mas'ei Read Separately/Together
57441984S
57451985T
57461986T
57471987T
57481988T
57491989T
57501990T
57511991T
57521992T
57531993T
57541994T
57551995T
57561996T
57571997T
57581998T
57591999T
57602000T
57612001T
57622002T
57632003T
57642004T
57652005S
57662006T
57672007T
57682008S
57692009T
57702010T
57712011S
57722012T
57732013T
57742014S
57752015T
57762016T
57772017T
57782018T
57792019T
57802020T
57812021T
57822022T
57832023T
57842024T
57852025T
57862026T
57872027T
57882028T
57892029T
57902030T
57912031T
57922032T
57932033T
57942034T
57952035S

We see how rare it is that the Haftara of Pinehas is read.  The Haftara is about Eliyahu Hanavi "finding" Hashem in the קול דממה דקה - thin, small voice.

According to the author of the book by the same name, the קול דממה דקה is one of the names of Mashiah and is equivalent to the following "Kol" mentioned in the Zohar Hadash Balak, in what's commonly called מאמר דרך כוכב מיעקב:
כעת לסוף יומיא, כפום שעתא דיומא, בעידן די זרח שמשא, מן יומא שתיתאה, בשעתא דיזדמנון לפום מנין שנין, דיובל ושמיטה כחדא, דאיהו רע"ד מן יומא שתיתאה. כעת זמינא קלא חדא לאתערא מרום רומי רקיעין, קלא עציב במרירו, מה דלא הוה הכי מן יומא דאתברון עלמין

וההוא קלא יהא דקיק, בחשאי, במרירו, ונציבו, נחית וסליק, סליק ונחית...
The English translation can be found in bold in Gilui's post here.  Gilui has a theory that combines the 2 opinions of how to calculate Yovel, which would make the last Yovel 5727 and the next one 5776 (see his spreadsheet). 

He notes that 5727 is close to Shemitta and is 274 years from the end of the millennium.

My take on it is that 5775 is a Shemitta year and is 274 years from when זרח שמשא (i.e. 5501, the year of sunrise).  The next year, 5776, is a Yovel year (according to Gilui's spreadsheet), which may not be exactly כחדא, but perhaps that's what is meant by כחדא.

Right before 5775 comes, we will have our 4th reading of the Haftara of Pinehas in 9 years, which will be the last reading in 21 years.  And that will come right before Shemitta, which comes right before Yovel.  This is when the thin, small voice will be heard.

Also note what I translated recently from Rav Fish about the connection between 5772 and 5775 in this post, especially what he says in the name of the Mahara"l.

3 Comments:

At Wed Jul 13, 12:27:00 AM 2011, Blogger גילוי said...

Good morning Yaak. I didn't say it was "close" to a Shmita year....

 
At Wed Jul 13, 06:23:00 AM 2011, Blogger yaak said...

OK, sorry for the misinformation. Please explain how 5727 is Shemitta. I may have missed that post.
Thanks.

 
At Thu Jul 14, 10:55:00 PM 2011, Blogger גילוי said...

The general gist is that the term Shmita and Yovel are metaphors for other Kabbalistic concepts. And then find further metaphors.

 

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