In the Mishna before Pirkei Avos we say, “Your nation… will inherit (yershu) forever.” We understand that the eight verses in Tehillim 119 (beginning with the letter Yud) teach us how to use the letter Yud to be worthy to deserve the best and greatest inheritance from Hashem →
- “Your hands (Yodayim starts with a Yud) prepared me and gave me the ability to understand and learn Your mitzvos.”
- “Those who fear You will see me and rejoice because I hope for Your words to come true.”
- “I know that Your laws are right…”
- “May Your kindness comfort me as You have said…”
- “Your mercy should come to me…”
- “May the wicked be ashamed of their lies…”
- “May the righteous support me.”
- “May I be wholesome and engaged in Your laws.”
A Jew’s name – Yisroel – starts with a ‘Yud,’ like Hashem’s name. In Tehillim 115:9 we learn →
“A Jew trusts in Hashem, He is your help and shield.”
“He will answer you on a day of trouble, He will protect you…” (Tehillim 20:2)
The Letter Yud & the Gematria “Ten”
We learn in Pirkei Avos Chapter 5 that Hashem created this world with 10 statements. He gave us 10 Commandments to maintain and keep the world in existence. Avraham Avinu had 10 tests to pass to become chosen as the Pillar of the world.
As we learn in Tehillim 104:5→ “He founded the earth on its basis so that it should not fall
forever.” The Hebrew word ‘Yosad’ starts with ‘Yud’ and then finishes with ‘Sod,’ secret.
‘Yad’ is a hand which has five fingers, two hands together have 10 fingers. This illustrates a
source for Hashem using 10 sayings to create the world as if they are the 10 fingers of creation.