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Monday, May 18, 2020

Behukotai's Tocheha Hints to 5780

We mentioned recently that Rabbeinu Netanel Ben Yeshaya, a Yemenite sage who lived during the time of the Rishonim said that we learn from יען וביען that the 4th kingdom of Edom will last the gematria of יען, which is 780 (using the final nun as 700).  This sage could not have meant that it will only last 780 years since he lived less than 700 years ago, which is way past 780 years after the Hurban.  He must have meant that it will last until the year 780.

But there's another hint from the Tocheha.

Now, we know the following ideas:
  1. The punishment for the exiles and destructions of the Beit Hamikdash are sourced in the sin of Adam Harishon.  The Midrash compares the downfall of Adam Harishon to the downfall of the Jewish people leading to their exile, and the Shelah Hakadosh explains that Adam Harishon's sin is the beginning of all exiles.
  2. The Midrash Tadshei says that both Havah and Adam were punished with 5 curses for the 5 parts of the sin that they performed.
  3. The blessings given before the Tocheha all seem to be blessings how we can get back to the state of Adam Harishon before his sin (see Ramban on pasuk vav and many other sources).
  4. The gemara in Bava Batra 88b says that the Tocheha is from verse 15 until verse 43.  However, Rabbeinu Gershom's girsa on this gemara shows that the Tocheha is from verse 14 until verse 43.  This girsa seems to make more sense to me.
  5. Using Rabbeinu Gershom's girsa, there are 390 words in the Tocheha.
Putting this all together, each word of the Tocheha should represent a year of exile.  However, since exile is rooted in the first sin where we were cursed 5 ways, in reality each word of the Tocheha represents 5 years of exile.  We therefore need to take the 390 words of the Tocheha and multiply them by the 5 curses given to Adam and Havah and we get 1950.  This is the number of years of exile. Even though it's now 1952 years since the Hurban in 3828, it's still rounded to the nearest 5.

(Also of note is the fact that the words והארץ אזכר are the 369th and 370th words of the Tocheha.  370 x 5 = 1850.  1850 years after the Hurban is 5678, which falls between the Balfour Declaration and the San Remo Conference, both also rounded to the nearest 5.  Hashem remembered the land indeed.)

Comes along verse 44 and Hashem tells us that He will not abandon us ever.  The Targum Yonatan and Targum Yerushalmi both explain that Hashem will be with us in all exiles - Bavel, Madai, Yavan, Edom, and Gog.

If Gog Umagog is the coronavirus, we are in the last throes of this terrible exile.  May we be redeemed mercifully very soon.


At Tue May 19, 01:36:00 AM 2020, Blogger Neshama said...

Thank you for your comment.
I liked this. I also heard that about all our sins go back to Adam HaRishon and Chava :-( This makes sense.

It would be nice if this coronavirus were the Gog Umagog event; however, I think there is one more chv”s event to occur before the Great and Awesome Day. And this could be why you arrived at 1952, when it should be 1950; because this last “2” is the time we are in now. And therefore 5780 could be THE YEAR!

But we still have the company of very very evil people that need to be eliminated. So, that’s why I believe there is one more “event” which should take care of this.

But Hashem should have mercy on the sweltering Israelis that ran into the cooling waves on this past Shabbos.


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