The Biblical name of the month of Cheshvan is Bul, from “flood.” May we merit this month to a flood of the knowledge of God.
This Shabbat we read in the Torah the story of the flood, which purified the earth. The higher and lower waters are Torah and science.
Every month is associated with a “sense” of the soul. The sense of Cheshvan is smell. The Mashiach will judge by smell, not sight or hearing
Smell is the sense of the super-conscious crown (of Mashiach). Sight is the sense of wisdom and hearing is the sense of understanding.
Taste is the sense of knowledge. Touch is the sense of foundation. Speech is the sense of kingdom.
The average value of the 6 primary senses – smell, sight, hearing, taste, touch, speech (1836) – is woman (306). Senses are feminine.
Relatively, smell is the sense of the soul, the others of the body. The sense of smell was not blemished in the primordial sin.
Our sense of smell is our sensitivity to the inner, often unconscious, emotions and motives of ourselves and others.
To strengthen our sense of smell, we must connect to the soul of Mashiach, the collective sense of smell of all humanity.
In Hebrew, breath and soul are cognate. Soul and smell = 613, the number of mitzvot (commandments) in the Torah.
“The soul of man is the candle (initials of soul-smell) of God, searching one’s inner chambers.” Smell, the sense of the soul, detects all.