Sunday, June 7, 2009

Merits of Translation Part II

3.The Villedniker taught Sha'ar haZmanin Drushim on Shavous 3rd Ma'amar...
"The Torah was given over in seventy languages clearly explained" (see
Shabbos 88b) etc. The holy Torah itself is [written using] holy letters.
Their are initially enclothed in the holy tongue [Hebrew]. Afterwards they
are enclothed in sackcloth in thousands of different vestments and it
contains the entirety of those seventy languages.

In our place [in Europe] since we translate the entire Torah using the
Ashkenazi language [of Yiddish] which is common among us, we have greatly
prepared that language for receiving the sanctity contained in the holy
tongue. It has an advantage [over the traditional Aramaic] in that we use it
to explain and elucidate all matters of holiness that pertain to us more so
than we use the Targum [of Aramaic] which does not aid us in clarification
and understanding. . .

I heard from my master the Holy rebbe of Czernoble that it was revealed to
him from heaven in a dream that for three hundred years they are preparing
and organizing the limbs of the Moshiach. He was told that it is hinted to
in a Rashi that this preparation and organization is using La'az, foreign
languages, meaning to say that Moshiach's limbs are are prepared
specifically through foreign languages, this is a very deep thing indeed.

This is because Moshiach's concept is to cause all the nations to call out
clearly in their language in Hashem's name (Tzefania 7:15) because Moshiach
is revealed once the seventy languages have been gathered together from
among the seventy angelic princes which are sackcloth garments for Torah,
and become nullified to the Torah as we all call out in Hashem's name. Not
so when the Torah was given when there were seventy distinct languages, and
they were including at that time in the holy Torah. However in the future
all the power of the seventy languages will be nullified completely as it
says in Tzefania above.

Truthfully the final task of refinement called Birurim is achieved trough
languages, since every word and idea contains a spark of holiness and that
spark is refined and uplifted through true unifications and combinations
using foreign languages to elucidate and explain the holy Torah this is the
purpose of the unifications and upliftment of the holy sparks.
Therefore when you study and learn you should translate all you learn
specifically into La'az - a foreign language. This rectifies sinful thoughts
and evil thoughts which cause the holy sparks to fall into the realm of the
broken vessels. This is because La'az - foreign language is the aspect of
evil thoughts as in the words of Chaza'l our sages in Gittin 5b one who
slanders and speaks ill of, is called Motzi La'az. However if you learn
clearly [without translation] you do not purify them."
(The Holy Yisroel Villedniker A Talmid of the great Rav Mottel'e

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