Likutai Mehoran Torah 4:5

Torah 4:5

ה וַעֲוֹנוֹתָיו שֶׁל אָדָם הֵם עַל עַצְמוֹתָיו, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתוּב (יחזקאל לב): וַתְּהִי עֲוֹנוֹתָם חֲקוּקָה עַל עַצְמוֹתָם, וְכָל עֲבֵרָה יֵשׁ לָהּ צֵרוּף אוֹתִיּוֹת. וּכְשֶׁעָבַר אֵיזֶה עֲבֵרָה, אֲזַי נֶחְקָק צֵרוּף רַע עַל עַצְמוֹתָיו, וְעַל־יְדֵי־זֶה מַכְנִיס בְּחִינַת הַדִּבּוּר שֶׁל הַלָּאו הַזֶּה שֶׁעָבַר בְּתוֹךְ הַטֻּמְאָה, הַיְנוּ שֶׁמַּכְנִיס בְּחִינַת מַלְכוּת, שֶׁהוּא בְּחִינַת דַּבָּר אֶחָד לַדּוֹר, הוּא מַכְנִיס אוֹתָהּ בְּתוֹךְ הָעַכּוּ"ם, וְנוֹתֵן לָהֶם מֶמְשָׁלָה.

5 . And, a person’s iniquities are on his bones, as is written (Ezekiel 32:27), “and their iniquities will be etched upon their bones.” Each sin has its own combination of letters. When a person commits a particular sin, a negative letter-combination is etched upon his bones. This brings the spoken aspect of the prohibition which he has transgressed into the realm of impurity. In other words, he brings the aspect of Malkhut /< dabor> among the nations, giving them the power to rule.


לְמָשָׁל, אִם עָבַר עַל דִבּוּר שֶׁל הַלָּאו לֹא יִהְיֶה לְךָ*), אֲזַי מַחֲרִיב הַצֵּרוּף הַטּוֹב שֶׁל הַדִּבּוּר וּבוֹנֶה צֵרוּף רַע, וְנֶחְקָק הַצֵּרוּף הַזֶּה עַל עַצְמוֹתָיו וְנוֹקֵם בּוֹ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתוּב (ירמיהו ה): עֲוֹנוֹתֵיכֶם הִטּוּ אֵלֶּה. וּכְתִיב (תהלים לד): תְּמוֹתֵת רָשָׁע רָעָה.

For example: If he transgressed the utterance of the prohibition “You shall have no [other gods besides Me]” (Exodus 20:3), then he destroys the utterance’s positive letter-combination and forms a negative letter-combination. This letter-combination is etched upon his bones,<in fulfillment of:> “It is your iniquities that have turned away these things” (Jeremiah 5:25). And it is written, “Evil is the deathblow of the wicked” (Psalms 34:22).


וְעַל יְדֵי וִדּוּי דְּבָרִים יוֹצֵא מֵעַצְמוֹתָיו הָאוֹתִיּוֹת הַחֲקוּקִים עֲלֵיהֶם, וְנַעֲשֶׂה מֵהֶם הַדִּבּוּר שֶׁל הַוִּדּוּי, כִּי הַדִּבּוּר יוֹצֵא מֵעַצְמוֹתָיו, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתוּב (שם לה): כָּל עַצְמֹתַי תֹּאמַרְנָה; וּמַחֲרִיב הַבִּנְיָן וְהַצֵּרוּף הָרָע, וּבוֹנֶה מֵהֶם מַלְכוּת דִּקְדֻשָּׁה.

By means of spoken confession, however, the letters disappear from the bones into which they have been etched and are transformed into the words of confession. For speech emanates from one’s bones, as is written (Psalms 35:10), “All my bones will say.” He tears down the negative structure and combination, and from [the letters] builds Malkhut d’Kedushah.


וְזֶה שֶׁאָמְרוּ חֲכָמֵינוּ זִכְרוֹנָם לִבְרָכָה (סוטה ז:): בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁהָלְכוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל בַּמִּדְבָּר, הָיוּ עַצְמוֹתָיו שֶׁל יְהוּדָה מְגֻלְגָּלִין, עַד שֶׁאָמַר מֹשֶׁה: שְׁמַע ה' קוֹל יְהוּדָה – שֶׁבִּקֵּשׁ מֹשֶׁה מֵהַקָּדוֹשׁ־ בָּרוּךְ־הוּא, שֶׁיִּזְכֹּר לִיהוּדָה הַוִּדּוּי שֶׁהִתְוַדָּה, וְכֵן הֲוֵי לֵיה. וְזֶה דַּוְקָא עַצְמוֹתָיו הָיוּ מְגֻלְגָּלִין, עַל שֵׁם וַתְּהִי עֲוֹנוֹתָם חֲקוּקָה עַל עַצְמוֹתָם, וְעַל־יְדֵי הַוִּדּוּי נִתְתַּקְּנוּ, וְעָלוּ כָּל חַד לְדוּכְתֵּה.

This is what the Sages said: During the time the Israelites traveled in the desert, Yehudah’s bones rolled about [in his coffin] until Moshe said (Deuteronomy 33:7), “Hear, O God, the voice of Yehudah” (Sotah 7b). Moshe requested that the Holy One remember for Yehudah’s sake the confession he had made. And this is just what happened. Thus it was specifically “his bones rolled about,” as is written, “and their iniquities will be etched upon their bones.” But by means of the confession, they were rectified and each one went into its place.


וִיהוּדָה זֶה בְּחִינַת מַלְכוּת; רֶמֶז, שֶׁבְּחִינַת מַלְכוּת נִתְתַּקֵּן עַל־יְדֵי וִדּוּי דְּבָרִים,

And Yehudah corresponds to Malkhut —an allusion that the aspect of Malkhutis rectified through spoken confession.


וְזֶה נַעֲשָׂה עַל־יְדֵי מֹשֶׁה, שֶׁזָּכַר מֹשֶׁה הַוִּדּוּי, כִּי כֵן צָרִיךְ, שֶׁיִּהְיֶה הַוִּדּוּי לִפְנֵי תַּלְמִיד חָכָם, וְכָל תַּלְמִיד חָכָם הוּא בְּחִינַת מֹשֶׁה, כְּמוֹ שֶׁאָמְרוּ: מֹשֶׁה, שַׁפִּיר קָאֲמַרְתְּ. וּבָזֶה שֶׁזָּכַר מֹשֶׁה הַוִּדּוּי, נַעֲשָׂה כְּאִלּוּ הִתְוַדָּה עַכְשָׁו לִפְנֵי מֹשֶׁה, וְעַל־יְדֵי זֶה נִתְתַּקֵּן בְּחִינַת מַלְכוּת, וְנֶחֱרַב הַצֵּרוּף הָרָע שֶׁנֶּחְקַק עַל עַצְמוֹתָיו:

This was accomplished with the aid of Moshe, who recalled the confession. For it is necessary that the confession take place in the presence of a Talmid Chakham. And every Torah scholar is an aspect of Moshe, <as the Talmud states:> “Moshe, you said it well” (Shabbat 101b). By Moshe’s mentioning the confession, it was considered as if [Yehudah] had now confessed <literally in his presence>. This caused the aspect of Malkhut to be rectified and the negative letter-combination, which had been etched upon [Yehudah’s] bones, to be torn down.



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