In this week’s Torah portion, the word Vayikra (and he [God] called) is written in a very unusual way. The last letter (an aleph) is written in a smaller size than all the other letters. Why is the aleph smaller in Vayikra, hence creating more white space around this word than most?
In the Zohar, we read that the Torah is written in black fire (the letters) engraved on white fire (the parchment). Both are important. The black fire is more concrete: I think of it as Divine revelation condensed into words. I think of the white fire as silence, the type of silence in which we connect directly to our Source.
Maybe the aleph is smaller in the word that means “and God called” to make space for silence. In silence we can realize and know so much. We can get in touch with our inner wisdom, or with the wisdom of a Higher Power. May we all be blessed to take the time to be and listen to our highest inner stirrings in order to discern what we are called for.
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