As many of you ladies bake each and every week as a Zechus (merit) for Benny, I would like to share a few words of Divrei Torah that I received from a dear friend Aviva, on the significance of 40 women uniting in this Mitzah.Written by Aviva Aberman:Parshas Noach:
What is the significance of forty women baking challah for a refuah for a choleh (sick person)?
In this weeks parsha that the mabul was forty days long! Why forty??? What is it’s significance? I asked my husband and he pointed out that we had to wait forty days to receive the Torah!
Hmmm…investigation was required.
Here is what I found written by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh (in red letters)The number 40 is of great significance, not only in mysticism, but also in the simple understanding of the Torah. For example, the 40 days that Moses was in heaven to receive the Torah, 40 days of the Flood. In addition, 40 relates to the 40 days from the beginning of pregnancy until the fetus is well formed. This is a very important stage in pregnancy.(our spiritual fetus is being formed!)40 is also the value of the letter mem, which means water. This is why 40 refers both to the Torah, which is water, and also to the Flood. In the future the flood will be a positive concept–the flood of knowledge of G-d. This is the inner soul of the Torah which will fill the earth just as water covers the seabed. Water covering the seabed is the secret of the letter mem and the number 40.In addition, when one becomes 40 years old he receives the deepest measure of understanding, in order to understand the Torah. This is especially in order to understand the deep intention that his teacher had that he was not able to comprehend initially. At the age of 40 one understands his teacher’s inner meaning.So….now we can see why forty is used exclusively for major happenings. It is a major number that brings depth and overflowing knowledge of Hashem (G-D).As we head into the Teiva (ark), I mean hospital this week IY”H, just as Noach entered he did not know how long his voyage would take him, neither do we. I can only say that will be dependent on all of us helping Benny along with Davening and Mitzvos. The Teiva represents a vehicle of protection from outside influences. Benny needs our protection now more than ever. IY”H this should be Benny’s last round of chemotherapy. We pray that the chemo purifies his cells without causing any harm, both short and long term. Taking on one personal thing during this crucial time to protect ourselves from outside influences (whatever they may be) can be a tremendous Zechus for Binyomin Chaim Ben Faigie Sarah and all the Cholem (ill) who desperately need Refuah Shlema.Good Shabbos!