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  • A thought from Rav Kook
  • On this week’s Torah portion: Matot: Being full after God

Selected events

Monday 16 Tammuz

In the year 2448 from Creation (1313 BCE), Tammuz 16 was the 40th day following the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, and the people of Israel wrongly expected Moses’ return from the mountain (he would actually return on the following day). When their leader failed to return, they demanded from Aaron: “Make us a god that shall go before us”. Hur (Moses’ nephew, the son of Miriam and Caleb) tried to stop them and was killed by the mob. Aaron fashioned a calf of molten gold.

Tuesday 17 Tammuz

The fast of the 17 of Tammuz commemorates 5 national tragedies: 

  1. 1313 BCE: Moses broke the first set of Tablets when seeing the Golden Calf
  2. 423 BCE: The daily offering was no longer brought during the First Temple
  3. 69 CE: The Second Temple walls were breached
  4. 69 CE: The Roman general Apostomus burned the Torah
  5. 69 CE: The same Roman general placed an idol in the Temple
A thought from Rav Kook

So long as haughtiness is in a person’s heart, it is impossible to repent and it is impossible to comprehend any pure idea.

El HaMidot: Gava

Matot: Being full after God

Summary

This weeks Torah portion recounts how the children of Israel were not allowed to enter the land of Israel since they had accepted the negative report of the land of Israel.  Moses refers to this as “Not being full after God.”  However, Caleb and Yehoshua were full after God. (Num. 32:12)

Question:

What does it mean to be ‘full after God’?

 

Answers: 

The Eben Ezra offers:

To be full, similar to ‘and my soul seeks’ (Psalms 54:5)

 

 

 

 

Follow up question:

What is the connection between being ‘full’ and seeking God?  ‘Full after God’ sounds like a state one has already arrived at.  ‘My soul seeks’ sounds like a state of yearning one is in the middle of.  How are these two concepts to be reconciled? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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