On a similar note, a friend of mine pointed out that the gematria of “Nitzavim VaYelech” “ניצבים וילך” is the also the exact same gematria. Which at first glance, doesn’t seem to have any connection.
We know that according to Jewish tradition “the world as we know it” will exist for only 6000 years. The Vilna Gaon zt”l (1720 – 1979) teaches us something amazing. He says that the Torah portions found in the book of Dvarim (Deuteronomy) correspond to the last 1000 years of this world. (i.e., The year 5000 – 6000 according to the Jewish Calendar).
Meaning that, hidden within the book of Devarim is all that will transpire during these last 1000 years.
He explains that the whole book of Devarim is divided into 10 Portions, each portion corresponding to 100 years out of the 1000. Based on this, the Gaon combines Nitzavim-VaYelech as one Parasha (just as we customarily read it this way) and it corresponds to the 100 years from 5700-5800. Which is the 100 years we are currently in. We are now in the year 5773.
Something to think about.
Believe it or not, Amelek still exists in our world today – trying very hard to keep us distracted. As long as you are busy, you won’t have anytime to think. Take a moment today to disconnect from those things that are keeping you distant from what’s really important in your life.
The Gematria of the word “Comments” when written in hebrew is 661 which is the same gematria as the phrase “Lashon Hara” which can be translated as evil speech, gossip, or slander. Think twice before reading the “comments” section of any article. When someone listens to or speaks lashon hara one can possibly violate up to 31 Torah Commandments.
I thought it was so amazing how relevant this quote still is in today’s modern world, even though it was actually written in the late 1700s. I read this quote initially on aish.com, and it inspired me to make this cool infographic. I think an interesting lesson to take home from this quote, is think before you act. Every piece of information given to us and especially our own personal thoughts and opinions must be handled with care. Don’t act out of impulse. In today’s “blogging” world, each word published can be read by hundreds, thousands, and even millions of people. This also holds true with commenting on blog posts, articles, and even status updates on Facebook or Twitter. Every word can be read by many, making the impact of each word much more powerful – for better or for worse. Hope you like the graphic!
Originally, I posted this in time for Tu Be’Shvat. I hope you like it.
This quote from Pirkei Avot:
“Every word that a person speaks is being recorded, and on his day of reckoning will be repeated to him”
If we constantly remind ourselves that all our words are being recorded, possibly this will motivate us think more before we speak.
This quote was seen in a book called “Guard Your Tongue” – The book was written by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin and it is based on the laws of lashon harah by the Chafetz Chaim z”l.
Do we realize how much power we have in our mouths? We are taught that our tongue is stronger than a sword. A sword can only kill someone who is close by, but our tongues have the power to kill someone who is far away. Chazal explain that embarrassing someone in public is tantamount to killing someone. On the positive side, if we use our tongues properly we have the power to connect, build, and give life. We can connect to our Creator with prayer. We can build relationships with a simple Thank You and we can give life by giving a good word to someone who looks depressed.
Have a good day!
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