Elevating our Prayers: Motzei Shabbos Parshas Noach 5781

Yismach Lev

A gitte voch! There’s another interesting sod we can learn from this week’s parsha that has to do with tefillah (prayer) from Parshas Noach

.It says in the third aliyah that the waters caused the ark to float up. As explained previously, the word for the “ark” is the same as that for “word.” We know from Kabbalah that water corresponds to Chesed, as well as Torah according to Chazal as described in the story about Rebbe Akiva. The way to help our prayers ascend to Hashem and be heard is to surround our tefillah with gemilus chasodim (acts of kindness) and learning Torah. Hashem should hear and answer all of our tefillos and elevate us to merit the coming of Moshiach swiftly in our days.

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Parshas Noach 5781

Yismach Lev

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas Noach. This is quite the interesting parsha. Between Parshas B’Reishis and this parsha there is so much to unpack, whole seforim could be written about them. Of course every word of the Torah could have a whole set of Tikkunei Zohar on it. For now this medium will suffice for a nice shtikl Torah.

It says in the Tanchuma and Zohar that Noach was born without an orlah (foreskin), which the Zohar learns as a remez (hint) to why Noach was called Tzaddik in his generation; because he was already free from the klippah associated with orlah. In the sifrei chassidus the word for the ark, תבה, is explained to refer to the spoken word, תיבה, that the ark of Noach wasn’t just the p’shat of a big boat, rather it refers to a structure made from words of prayer.

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