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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ramban and Rav Fish on "La'asot"

Bereishit 2:3:
וַיְבָרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת-יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי, וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אֹתוֹ: כִּי בוֹ שָׁבַת מִכָּל-מְלַאכְתּוֹ, אֲשֶׁר-בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת
And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it; because that in it He rested from all His work which God in creating had made.

The famous Ramban on Bereishit 2:3, where he compares each of the six millennia to the six days of creation, states that the basis for this comparison stems from the word לעשות.  He starts off this idea when he says (my translation):
ודע כי נכלל עוד במלת "לַעֲשׂוֹת" כי ששת ימי בראשית הם כל ימות עולם כי קיומו יהיה ששת אלפים שנה ...
And know that also included in the word "La'asot" is that the six days of Creation encompass all the days of the world because its existence will last six thousand years...
The Chavel Ramban quotes the Levush on the Rekanati, who explains this by saying (my translation):
כי מלת לעשות משמע שיעשו ויפעלו עוד כל ימות העולם את פעולתם
For the word "La'asot" implies that all the days of the world will do and perform their duties further.
Rav Fish's latest says that this word לעשות hints to ל-תשע"ו, meaning that the entire Creation was a preparation for the year תשע"ו.  According to the this Ramban, one can say more simply that all the days of the world will continue to perform their duties in the normal way until the תשע"ו year of the sixth millennium.

(Even though the end of that Ramban gives a explicit Ketz of 5118, that's because he wanted it closer to his time and didn't want to delay it too much, but from the word in the Torah that the Ramban uses to convey this idea, 5776 works perfectly.)

Incidentally, Rav Fish quotes R' Yosef Marciano who says that the statement from the Hagaddah:

בָּרוּךְ שׁוֹמֵר הַבְטָחָתוֹ לְיִשְׂרָאֵל, בָּרוּךְ הוּא. שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא חִשַּׁב אֶת הַקֵּץ, לַעֲשׂוֹת ...

can also hint that Kivyachol, HKB"H calculated the Ketz to תשע"ו.

4 Comments:

At Thu Jan 22, 10:26:00 AM 2015, Blogger Joseph Vinisky said...

Also, 5776 = 76* 76.

 
At Thu Jan 22, 11:46:00 AM 2015, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(5)806 = לעשות (or 800 with the vav being for the 6 day)
בני אפרים = people who were convinced the keitz was 30 years too soon, and wont get up for techiyas hamesim (according to some)

 
At Thu Jan 22, 03:20:00 PM 2015, Anonymous Anonymous said...

roshei teivot avraham yitzchak yaakov moshe aharon yosef daviid =76 76
squared = 5776 .76 = 19 x 4 19 = chavah which is tikkun beirorime nitzotzot of the eitz haddat . The erev rav are the rah of the tree of knowledge which is a birurime of the neshamot of israel ie who listens to the nachash and who doesnt .

 
At Fri Jan 23, 12:43:00 PM 2015, Anonymous Saf Stern said...

In a most interesting way Hashem is showing us the uniqueness of this word with the word "Laassot" being the campaign motto for Yair Lapid who is a leading contender in this years elections. So he is using the word for the year of his election.

Also interesting in that Laasot is the last word in the creation, which would make sense as the world comes to completion.

 

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