Parsha Ki Seitzei
Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19

The Hidden Meaning Within Desire ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mr. Michael Sakash and Mrs. Channah Sakash may they rest in peace.ed in the Torah. Jewish Gematria has many disciplines.

The parsha study is a lesson on the weekly portion (parsha) of the Torah specified for study by our sages. Each week of the year is assigned a particular portion for study by the Jewish people. It is an essential element of Judaism meant for the upliftment of Kal Yisroel.

The word Raw Tzon means desire, favor, will, good will for someone or something. The mystery within Raw Tzon is incredibly powerful.

It is spelled from right to left:
996 = 700 = Final Nun 6 = Vav 90 = Tzaddi 200 = Reish

This is a center extroverted word, meaning the center two letters flow out to the letters on the outside. This is so incredibly unique because the two center letters spell Tzvah which is the shor roos {root} for the word "command". So when we look at the intention harbored deep within the center of Raw Tzon, we see the commands of Hashem flowing out like a gushing spring after a rain. When we join the outer letters on the right and on the left of Raw Tzon they form the word Ron, meaning to sing joyfully. What does all this have to do with desire???

The center of desire is anchored by carefully following the mitzvah / mitzvahs of Hashem written within the Torah. One should wonder about the symbolized message within desire. Does G-d intend to honor one's desire / desires or is it G-d's intention that one should honor His desire? Should one's desire be open and flowing without constraints or should one's desire be harnessed and under diligent control?

The answer to these questions was created by Hashem in the same Gematria as Raw Tzon. The Gematrial twin to Raw Tzon is Vi Nesh Mar Taw meaning "and you shall keep, you shall take precautions, you shall guard against" (Deuteronomy 23:10). What is it we are to guard against? When are we to take precautions? What shall we keep ourselves from? We are to guard against... We should keep from... every evil thing!

In this week's parsha we are specially instructed, "When you go forth to camp {prepare for war} against your enemies, you shall guard against anything evil." However in Sifrei Chachomim in discussion of this subject it is recorded, "The Torah, therefore, specifies that the precautions be taken during warfare, although they actually apply at all times." The Torah is making reference to those things that entice us to sin and to the types of people that entice us to sin.

We began with the word Raw Tzon, "desire". We learned that Raw Tzon was related to Vi Nesh Mar Taw, "and you shall keep." And our discussion was on what we are to keep. In Deuteronomy 23:10 we quoted, "Keep away from everything evil." The point of all this is, how are we going to guard against doing evil? How are we going to keep away from every evil thing? It all has to do with KEEPING OUR DESIRES FOCUSED ON THE MITZVAHS OF TORAH! In other words, the center of Raw Tzon is keeping Hashem's commands. Because keeping Hashem's commands is the center focus of desire, it is that area that every Jew goes to war over daily. The evil nature within each of us attacks the focus of our desire, i.e. doing Hashem's commands, through other desires. We are tempted with pleasures, money, etc... The evil nature attempts to lure us away from the central focal point of what our "desire" should be, to follow each and every command of Hashem faithfully.

Now Raw Tzon doesn't end there. The exterior letters of the Reish on the right and the Final Nun on the left constitute joyful songs of happiness found in the word Ron. So the exterior of keeping Hashem's commands results in joyful songs of happiness which result from one's desire to accept Hashem's commands. In fact, Raw Tzon frequently means "accept".

In addition to this, when we consider the Gematria of Ron, 900, it is related to Shaw Rays meaning "personal service {of the highest order}." Often Shaw Rays is used in correlation with the "ministry" of the Kohen Godal, the King of Yisroel and temple service. Considering this, we learn that the exterior of Raw Tzon is the obligation to personal service. We are required to joyfully help our fellow Jew!

Personal service also ties in with this week's parsha. Much of the parsha discusses behavior. Every Jew in every position of life is commanded to observe the behavioral mitzvahs of personal service. Every Jew is required to show degrees of kindness to his fellow Jew as well as non Jew as listed in this week's parsha.

So, as with the word Raw Tzon, our actions are to begin from within us mentally knowing G-d's commands and spiritually desiring and accepting our obligation to observe them. Then we are required to act on them, joyfully share them like a spring gushing out of the ground after a rain, flowing to our fellow man.

Wishing you the best,

Dr. Akiva G. Belk


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