Friday, May 04, 2007

"A Fascinating Gematria"

Excerpt from A Sefira Message by Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss:

Let me share with you a fascinating gematria from the Ziditshoveh Rebbe. He revealed that the numeric value of the verse, "V’ahavta l’rei’acha k’mocha, Ani HaShem – And you shall love your fellow like you love yourself, I am G-d," is exactly the same gematria as the verse, "V’ahavta es Hashem Elokecha – And you shall love HaShem, your G-d." When I spotted this, I thought to myself, ‘Wow, this is consistent with the idea that in Judaism the responsibility of bein adam l’chavero, interpersonal relationships, is equally important as bein adom l’Makom, the responsibilities between us and HaShem. Indeed, this is the reason why the two luchos, the two tablets of the Ten Commandments – one representing our relationship with HaShem and one representing our relationship with our follow man – were the same size and had the same number of commandments.


At May 7, 2007 at 3:35:00 AM EDT, Blogger yitz said...

The Baal HaTanya raises the question, what's more important loving HaShem, or loving bnei Yisrael?

He arrives at the conclusion: If you really love HaShem, then you will love what he loves, namely bnei Yisrael.

This gematria is a great illustration of that Torah :)


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