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Chassidishe Vort

Written by Benjamin A Rose

On Pesach at the Seder, we drink 4 cups of wine plus we have one cup for Eliyahu HaNavi. The word cup in Hebrew is “Kos.” The gematria of the word Kos is 86, which is the same gematria as “Elokim.” 5 X 86 (5 cups) is 430 which is the gematria of the word “Nefesh”.

There are five parts of a man’s body over which he does not really have control. They are his 2 ears, 2 eyes, and the “Os Bris Kodesh.” These five Ayvarim are very hard for a man to control

. Avraham Avinu was only able to control these five after Hashem added the Hey to his name. The five cups of wine which we use Pesach night are keneged – likened to – these five Ayvarim. We can find a remez to this at the end of Parshas Bo. The Pasuk tells us that the years that Bnei Yisrael were in Metzrayim were 430. 430 is Nefesh, which is 5 cups of wine x Elokim.

It is only with the help of Elokim that man can control these five Ayvarim and save his Nefesh for Galus.

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