Monday, June 26, 2006

Question & Answer With Akiva of Mystical Paths - Luchos & Daughters

A Simple Jew asked:

It is known that Moshe Rabbeinu ascended Har Sinai on the 2nd of Sivan in order to receive the first set of luchos from Hashem. Moshe ascended again on the 1st of Elul to receive the second set of luchos.

My first daughter was born on 1 Elul and my second daughter was born on 2 Sivan. Do you believe there is a connection between Moshe's ascent to bring down the luchos and the birth of my daughters, or I am reading to much into this?

Akiva of Mystical Paths responded:

Mazel Tov! The birth of a child in good time and in good health always brings us to great hope for the future, may you lead them to Torah, Chuppah, and Ma'asim Tovim!

It's natural for parents to look for positive signs in their childrens birth. The 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe said, we should live with the times. This he explained to mean, we should live with the Torah portion of the week! (And bring it in to our lives and tie the events of our week to it.)

In this realm, it's a very common Jewish custom for some parents to name their children when their birth comes out during a particular holiday season (such as Ester or Mordechai around Purim, or Pesach, Aviva, or Eliyahu around Passover). Among chassidim, if a child is born on the very auspicious times of a tzaddik's hilhula or birthday, the child may be named for the tzaddik (such as Yisroel on the 18th of Elul, for Rabbi Israel the Baal Shem Tov or Shneur Zalman for the Baal HaTanya, also born on the 18th of Elul).

Further, many events are considered to have occurred when they did because it was an auspicious time for such an event, meaning there was a certain mazel at that time for that event. And of course, a mazel for a person is dependent on the day of birth.

So I would say your daughters were born at very auspicious times and indeed their mazel is related to the events of the luchos.

A Simple Jew asked:

What do you think it is in particular that connects my daughters to the events related to the luchos? Do you think that their birth on these dates is symbolic of the fact that they are responsible to bring down the Torah to a new generation by giving birth to Jewish children (G-d willing)?

Akiva of Mystical Paths responded:

I wish I had the wisdom and vision to truly discern it. However, at best I can only speculate.

As we are, G-d willing, mere moments away from the revelation of Moshiach, every neshoma must be given its opportunity in this world, or it's last opportunity to repair previous breaches.

At this stage of their lives, your little daughters opportunity is to live in a kosher environment, as provided by you and your wife. They also have the zechut of their parents mitzvos invoke because of them (naming at the Torah, teaching them brachos, emunah, saying Shema with them, chinuch).

Later in their lives (if, G-d forbid, Moshiach has not yet come) their mazel will shine through, and perhaps you will notice a special level of exactness in committment to Torah and mitzvot, or a special level of connection to Hashem, in association with the mazel of the special days of the giving of the luchos.


At June 26, 2006 at 8:08:00 AM EDT, Blogger torontopearl said...

I found this exchange very interesting.Thank you for sharing it, ASJ.
Yes, we're always looking for positive signs in children's births, as well as in other aspects of their lives.
Does the fact that my daughter was born on Shabbos Nachamu mean that she will give us a peaceful, restful, comforting life? Perhaps, but those teenage years still await! ;)

At June 26, 2006 at 8:10:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

G-d willing, Pearl!

At June 26, 2006 at 8:28:00 AM EDT, Blogger yitz said...

I think, at this point, the best point can be learned from Yaakov Avinu's response to his son Yosef's dreams:
V'aviv shamar es haDavar
[See also Rashi's comment thereon].

At June 26, 2006 at 8:35:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Bereishis 37:11

At June 26, 2006 at 10:16:00 AM EDT, Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Cool, there is always connections with everything. Interesting what the response was.

At June 26, 2006 at 1:13:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please visit this site:
and be prepared to find a world of much enlightenment.
Also, from the listing on the left side, go to 'astrology'
and on that page you will find much information about birthdays: the real birthday and its relevance.
Let us know how you find this information.
Kol Tuv

At June 27, 2006 at 8:11:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Neshama: Thanks for the link :)


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