This evening it’s Yom Ha-Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day (69) and we all know that for some religious Jews that’s not a happy, let alone, holy day.
However I was always fascinated by those Jews who regard this day as a perfectly religious Moed (holiday). It’s certainly not written anywhere in the Bible, nor in the words of our Sages, as it’s only as old as our State of Israel – 69 years. And the decision to make this a holiday was taken only recently by our first politicians and some of are Rabbis, and it’s a perfect Hidush – innovation, in the religious sense.
There is a secret, a mystery, concerning our holidays, evolving round the first of the three Jewish festivals – Pesach, the Passover, which goes like that:
Through the days of the week in which Pesach occurs, you can foretell in which day of the week each of the other Chagim (holidays) will occur that year.
In Hebrew, according to ancient Kaballa, there are several different ways to arrange the alphabet. The main and prominent order is of course:
א ב ג ד ה ו ז ח ט י כ ל מ נ ס ע פ צ ק ר ש ת
But there is also the reversed order of תשר”ק:
ת ש ר ק צ פ ע ס נ מ ל כ י ט ח ז ו ה ד ג ב א
Then come alphabetical orders grouping several letters together.
Best known is the א”ת ב”ש order:
You take the first letter and pair it with the last – א”ת. Then the second, with the one before last – ב”ש. And so on until you get to the middle כ”ל, and you’re through.
את בש גר דק הצ ופ זע חס טנ ימ כל
Using this last method going back to the days of Pesach, if you give a letter to each of the seven days of Pesach: א to the 1st, ב to the 2nd up until ז to the seventh and check for each its couple in the system of א”ת ב”ש, you may be astonished by the results.
Warning!!! I have always considered going into this as good cause for Teshuva or even conversion, so take care!
The 1st day of Pesach, א of Pesach, has ת as its couple. ת is the first letter of תשעה באב, Tisha BeAv, 9th of Av, the day of our mourning for the destruction of the two Temples. And, indeed, 9th Av will always come on the same day of the week as 1st Pesach. Ex. This year, (2017) Pesach commenced on a Tuesday – and so will be Tisha BeAv!
Let’s move on:
ב of Pesach (Wednesday in 2017) has ש as a twin. ש stands for שבועות, Chag-HaShavuot. Shavout is (really!) on Wednesday…
ג of Pesach, its 3rd day, has ר as its lawful pair, and that same day of the week in Pesach will be Rosh-Hashana, New Year’s Day as in Hebrew the word Rosh, ראש, begins with a ר!!!
It doesn’t happen on each day of Pesach but 6th Pesach, ו, corresponds to פ, and that’s Purim. But for some reason it’s last Purim (2016 Sunday) and not the next.
All this is already quite extraordinary, because the Jewish calendar was planned by our Sages in a way that Pesach will always be at Spring, and the beginning of each month – at least close – to the new moon.
But there was no apparent reason for them (and I haven’t yet come upon any source speaking about it) to arrange it especially in that way, so it will work with weekdays through א”ת ב”ש. And even if you insist upon it – saying that perhaps they had the intention to make it easier to remember without consulting a calendar, why couldn’t they fix it so that Purim would be Purim next, and not last?!
And why on earth should it work so exactly with the letters, especially according to our everyday terminology? (ex. – we call New Year’s Day Rosh Hashana, but in the Bible it’s called Yom Trua!)
But this is not all, and now we’re getting to the best part.
7th Pesach, Shvii Shel Pesach, the second Yom-Tov where we celebrate the parting of the Red Sea,
which is really the final stroke in our redemption from Egypt, ז of Pesach, has in א”ת ב”ש alphabet the letter ע as its pair.
And that’s the first letter of the word עצמאות, independence in Hebrew! So it must stand for Yom Ha-Atzmaut. It must mean that Israel’s Independence Day has to be on that day of the week.
And it does.
5th Iyar, the day we celebrate our independence day, is always on the same weekday as 7th Pesach, and that’s a fact!
This year 7th Pesach was Monday, and so was 5th Iyar.
We have postponed it this year by decree of our rabbis so as not to come in danger of desecrating the Holy Shabbat.
But the day our State was declared, remains 5th Iyar, even if we celebrate it only the next day.
And it’s amazing.
Because there’s no way our Sages thought of our only 69 years old Independence Day, 2000 years ago, if not by high providence.
It seems that Yom Ha-Atzmaut is mi-shamayim, from heaven, ordained by G-d!
It fits well also with its coupling with 7th Pesach, of all holidays, as it, too, has to do with a final stage of redemption.
There are even more “signs” of the holiness of Israel’s Independence Day, but I won’t go into that – it’s too long as it is.
Chag Atzmaut Sameyach – Happy Independence Day!
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