Thursday, February 26, 2015

ואתה תצוה את בני ישראל ויקחו אליך שמן זית זך כתית למאור להעלת נר תמיד

It is a tradition by now to mention the first Pasuk of Parshat Tetzaveh in the week that it is read. Let me do it a bit differently this time, and start with a different Pasuk, which we also saw, Bereshit 15:9.

This Pasuk mentions three sacrifices, the Eglah Meshuleshet, the Ez Meshuleshet, and the Ayil Meshulash, which correspond to three three-fold "wars" in our time.

The first instance of this, the war of independence, was "predicted" to be related to טצ"ץ, in the sense that the gematria of the date is 999. Indeed, year 5708 is the year that 999/2 was reached by the exile count.

Likewise, the other great wars, the six-day war of 5727, and the Yom Kippur war of 5734 were טצ"ץ wars.

In short, all of the above wars were in the years in which the three counts, the exile count, the count of Din, and the count of Chesed, reached the value 999/2. This is Eglah Meshuleshet.

The three counts reach 507 in accordance with the first Pasuk of this week's Parasha. It contains the number 507, ז"ך, along side three numbers כ"ת, י"ת, זי"ת. These numbers, seen as years that elapsed since the year 5366, exactly fit the years in which 507 is reached by the three counts. This is Ez Meshuleshet.

Regarding Ayil Meshulash, see this post.