Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Gazing through Windows

“My beloved is like a gazelle or like a young hart; behold he stands behind our wall, he looks in the windows” (Shir Hashirim 2,9). This beautiful verse refers to Hashem’s close relationship with the Jewish people. He constantly watches over us and has been with us at every point in our history.

The Hebrew word for “the windows” (“hacharakim”) can also be read “five windows,” because the first letter of the word, hei, not only means “the” but has the numerical value of five. This refers to the five windows that Hashem gazes through to view am Yisrael, His beloved children. Where are these five windows that Hashem peers through to watch over us?

While reciting Birkas Kohanim, the kohanim hold out their hands in a way that they create five openings with their fingers (Shulchan Aruch 128,12). Chazal reveal that the five windows hinted at in the above verse are these gaps. While the kohanim recite their blessing, the Divine Presence gazes fondly at us through these five openings (Bamidbar Rabba 11,2).


Text Copyright © 2011 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON VAESCHANAN:

View Complete List

Making Connections
Shlomo Katz - 5772

Desire of the Fire Within
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Who Serves "I"dols?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

If It Makes Sense
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

The Master Smelter
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Seeing the Blessing
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

Nation Destined for Greatness
Shlomo Katz - 5766

Getting Our (National) Act Together
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

ArtScroll

Pleading In Comfort
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

The Double Nation
Shlomo Katz - 5764

Do Not Enter
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

> You the Man; No, You the Man
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Consolation? Where?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

Twice the Responsibility
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Perscription for Happiness
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5762



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information