The Secret of the Small Alef
The Hebrew word “Vayikra” — “And He (G-d) called” — is the name of the third book of the Torah, as well as its first parsha. Rashi points out in his opening comment that the term “vayikra” indicates that
There is, however, something peculiar about the way the word vayikra is written in this parsha: its final letter, an “alef,” is smaller than the rest of the letters in the word. What is the lesson behind this small alef?
The letter alef is the first letter of the word ani (I), the self. By writing a small alef the Torah teaches us that when one makes himself “small,” attaining true humility,
The Mitzvah of Learning Torah
Torah is an expression of Divine wisdom.
The first word of the Ten Commandments, “Anochi,” which refers to
A more literal reading of the above acronym reveals an even deeper message: “I wrote down My very soul and gave it (in the Torah).” This profound concept can be understood according to the words of Maimonides: “The Creator, blessed is He, and His knowledge and His life are one... He is the Knower, He is the known, and He is the knowledge itself; all is one…” (Mishneh Torah) Through the mitzvah of Torah study one connects to