Vayera – The Seed of Mashiach

What makes Avraham so special? We can find one of the reasons in the above verse from Genesis 22:2. When G-d "Tested" Avraham he instructed him to take his son to the land of Moriah and offer him there on one of the mountains. We all know the story. Some ten years ago I heard a taped lecture by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginzburg and he refers to this verse as a dialog between G-d and Avraham.

"וַיֹּאמֶר קַח-נָא אֶת-בִּנְךָ אֶת-יְחִידְךָ אֲשֶׁר-אָהַבְתָּ, אֶת-יִצְחָק"
"And He said: \’Take now your son, your only son, that you loved, Isaac"

Avraham is the chariot (Channel) to the sefirah of Chessed (loving, kindness). Chessed is the first revelation of the Light in this world. The Zohar explains in Genesis 2:4 " אֵלֶּה תוֹלְדוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ, בְּ הִ בָּרְאָם " that the word " בְּ הִ בָּרְאָם " which means "when they were created" has the same letters as " בְאַבְרָהָם ". The world was created with Chessed and by the merit of Avraham.

What makes Avraham so special? We can find one of the reasons in the above verse from Genesis 22:2. When G-d "Tested" Avraham he instructed him to take his son to the land of Moriah and offer him there on one of the mountains. We all know the story. Some ten years ago I heard a taped lecture by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginzburg and he refers to this verse as a dialog between G-d and Avraham.

G-d: Take your son!
Avraham: Which one?
God: Your only son.
Avraham: I have two sons.
G-d: The one that you loved.
Avraham: I love them both.
G-d: Isaac.

This interesting conversation teaches us that Avraham had built in him unconditional love. He treated everyone equally, he was known also as a great host. Everyone was welcome in his home.

Ishmael was his son from his wife\’s servant, yet he treated him as equal.

Because he was able to accept the light of the creator unconditionally and share it with everyone, he merited to be the chariot to the sefirah of Chessed. He is the one that opens the gate of prayers for us. All major prayers begin with Avraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are the three lead chariots of the Light to this world and Avraham is leading.

To open the upper gates for the Light to flow into our lives, we need to be like Avraham, practicing unconditional love and sharing.

One of the great lessons I learned from the Zohar is related to Avraham and it gives us understanding and power to have the unconditional love. The Zohar tells us that Terach, Avraham\’s father, was a negative person and idol worshiper. His son established a connection to the light to flow down to our world. If we were to think that the world would\’ve been a better place without him then we are wrong. We never know what would come out of a person. We should never think about killing someone, but send them love and light.

A change or transformation comes with light, not darkness. Terach changed himself, left idol worshiping, turned to be a positive and loving person shortly after Avraham was born.

We find more of such an example in this parasha with the story of Lot and his daughters. We read about Avraham coming to save his brother, Lot , from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra. After Lot left Sodom and find refuge in a cave, the older daughter made her father drunk and had sexual connection with him (Genesis 19:33 ). From this connection we have the seed of Mashiach and the final redemption. (The son was Moav…Ruth… David…)

There is a special dot above letter " וּ " of the word " וּבְקוּמָהּ ". The four letters " קוּמָה " is the same as " מקוה ", Mikveh, which is a special water pool that cleanses spiritually. " ו " is the letter that channels the Light to the world. The dot puts this particular one on a higher level.

This word is also related to the time when G-d will rise to remove all negativity from the world. " קוּמָה יְ ק וָ ק , וְיָפֻצוּ אֹיְבֶיךָ, וְיָנֻסוּ מְשַׂנְאֶיךָ, מִפָּנֶיךָ " (Numbers 10:35 ).

You may think that Lot \’s daughter made a terrible act but the result was not so. Rav Shraga Berg, commented on that and said that the older daughter saw the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra as the destruction of the whole world. Her mother had turned to stone earlier and she believed that with her action she will save the world by creating continuation. That consciousness merited her to have a son that from his seed, Mashiach will come. Let us hope it will be today, Amen.

Shoftim – How to remove negativity?

" וּבִעַרְתָּ " "put away" appears four times in Shoftim. The Zohar brings a discussion about four ways to kill the negativity Lord (Sama–el) with a Sword, Strangulation, Stoning and with Fire.

The Zohar quotes (Isaiah 34:5) " כִּי-רִוְּתָה בַשָּׁמַיִם, חַרְבִּי; הִנֵּה עַל-אֱדוֹם תֵּרֵד " " For My sword hath drunk its fill in heaven; behold, it shall come down upon Edom ". Sama-el is the minister (" שר ") of Edom .

" וּבִעַרְתָּ הָרָע, מִקִּרְבֶּךָ "
" put away the evil from the midst of you "

" וּבִעַרְתָּ " "put away" appears four times in Shoftim. The Zohar brings a discussion about four ways to kill the negativity Lord (Sama–el) with a Sword, Strangulation, Stoning and with Fire.

The Zohar quotes (Isaiah 34:5) " כִּי-רִוְּתָה בַשָּׁמַיִם, חַרְבִּי; הִנֵּה עַל-אֱדוֹם תֵּרֵד " " For My sword hath drunk its fill in heaven; behold, it shall come down upon Edom ". Sama-el is the minister (" שר ") of Edom .

The sword of G-d is built from the Name " יקוָק ". The letter " י " is the head of the sword, the " ו " is the body and the two " ה "s are the two sides of the blade.

The energy is revealed with the prayer of "Shema Yisrael" (4 paragraphs of 42+72+50+72 + (12 words at the beginning) = 248 words with 1000 letters).

The Shema prayer is the most powerful tool we have to destroy the negative side. Our sages direct us that when we do not have time to pray the whole Morning Prayer then we should at least say the Shema and the Amida (The silent prayer). The Sehma destroys the negativity on our way to the higher spiritual level and the 18 blessings of the silent prayer get us to connect and draw the light we need.

The Ari explains that in the process of reincarnation we go through four types of death in order to cleanse the soul on different levels.

Now we are close to Rosh Hashanah, the two Judgment days. The negative side, our opponent, comes to court with our list of negative actions to get us in trouble and to take the beneficent of the Light that we should receive for the coming year away from us.

This parasha is always read just before the month of Elul. The month that prepares us for Rosh Hashanah. It provides us with the teaching and support system to battle and win over negativity.

" שֹׁפְטִים וְשֹׁטְרִים, תִּתֶּן-לְךָ בְּכָל-שְׁעָרֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר יקוָק אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ "
"Judges and officers you shall make for you in all thy gates, which G-d is given you ".

Our Sages advice that the gates refer to the gates to our soul. The eyes, the ears, the mouth and the nose. The openings that connect us to the Sefirot; eyes are Chokmah, ears are Binah, nose is Zeir Anpin and mouth is Malchut.

The mouth has the power to build and kill. A wrong word at the wrong time ("Lashon Hara" "Evil Speak") can leave a scar in both sides for life, to the one that says it and the one that listens to it. Some words we have said in the past and now we regret, can never be erased unless you make a real soul cleansing and the Light allows you to forget.

The words we say to our friends or our children, especially at young age are engraved in their soul and essence. Their behavior in life is determined by the way we talked to our children at young age.

In Rosh Hashanah service there are 30 blowings of the Shofar, which are dedicated to the removal of this kind of "sin", " שפיכות־דמים " "blood shed". The soul is in the blood and when we hurt someone\’s soul it is like blood shed.

We should take our words seriously; a small joke can hurt a person for life. Bringing death on a person is a one time thing. Hurting a soul is a reoccurring event, a continuous killing of a part of a soul.

When the eyes are exposed to a negative sight, it burns the image into the soul. It could take years to erase such image. Righteous people keep their eyes down to avoid exposure to negativity and contamination of their souls. A person should look up to the sky from time to time to connect the upper and the lower.

The eyes are also known as the "window to the soul". When you look into a person\’s eyes a little longer than a brief look we can feel the other person. If you try that with different people you would immediately feel the connection, positive or negative.

We may get a "chill", become annoyed or even fall in love just because we looked into a person\’s eyes.

Similar situations happen where the ears are involved.

We learn another protection from negativity with the story of a slain that is found in the land between two cities. If the killer is not known, the judges measure the distance from the slain to the closest city.

This city is found to be responsible for the killing and it should conduct the process of cleansing from that negativity. Why does the closet city to the slain take responsibility for the removal of that negativity?

Connecting to the light increases our surrounding light. If the light is strong, it pushes away darkness to a greater distance from us.
The Zohar says, a little light pushes away a lot of darkness.
The closest city is responsible because they did not connect to the Light enough to push away negativity.
The Torah says (21:2) that the elders and the judges measure the distance. The elders come first because they symbolize the light of wisdom we have.

The Torah teaches us that we need to associate ourselves with the right people, people that are connected to the Light.

Staying close to a tzaddik, helps us during the year and especially during Rosh Hashanah when the negative side tries to get his share from us.

If we stand in court with a tzaddik next to us then it would be very hard to find our own negativity.

Watch your "gates" and be close to the Light.

Vaetchanan – To Love or Not to Be!

Moshe begged G-d 515 times (515 = the numerical value of " וָאֶתְחַנַּן " also = " תפלה " "Prayer") to allow him to enter the land of Yisrael . G-d did not listen to him and instead he asked him " עֲלֵה רֹאשׁ הַפִּסְגָּה, וְשָׂא עֵינֶיךָ יָמָּה וְצָפֹנָה וְתֵימָנָה וּמִזְרָחָה–וּרְאֵה בְעֵינֶיךָ: כִּי-לֹא תַעֲבֹר, אֶת-הַיַּרְדֵּן הַזֶּה. " " Get up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up your eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold with your eyes; for you shalt not go over this Jordan."

" וְאַתֶּם, הַדְּבֵקִים, בַּיקוָה, אֱלֹהֵיכֶם–חַיִּים כֻּלְּכֶם, הַיּוֹם "

Simple explanation is that G-d is doing a favor to Moshe and let him see the land that he will not enter.
Let us examine this verse to understand the deeper meaning of why G-d did not allow Moshe to enter the Promised Land.

First, G-d say "go to the top of the mountain" "lift your eyes"… to all directions. Two elevations, one physically (to the top of the mountain) and then spiritually (lift the eyes to all directions). If you climb to the top of the mountain to see the land that you can not enter then you can look toward two or three directions but if you look toward all directions then you are already in.

G-d is actually took Moshe to a higher spiritual dimensions and showed him the future. That is why it said " וּרְאֵה בְעֵינֶיךָ: כִּי-לֹא תַעֲבֹר, אֶת-הַיַּרְדֵּן הַזֶּה. " see for your eyes that you can not cross the Jordan . G-d showed Moshe that the nation is not ready for the great revelation of light that would be revealed if Moshe entered the Land.

To understand this, I will use terms relate to electrical circuit. The land of Yisrael is not a piece of real estate, it has a unique value. It considered as the negative pole, ground, and the (-). The light is the positive charge, the (+). Connecting both closes the circuit and a flow of electrons begins. When we do spiritual connections we create a similar circuit and the light flows through us.

Moshe was at a very high state, if he were to enter the land of Yisrael it was like flipping the main switch and the full revelation of Light will occur.
The main connectors of the Light to the world are in Jerusalem . The Temple mount is the ground (-) and in the Holy of Holies is the (+) and a connection could be made to draw the Light.

The high priest used to do it once a year, during the Yom Hakipurim service. (Remember to put special focus this coming Yom Kippur to the part of the prayer that describes the service of the Kohen in the Holy of Holies).

If the nation is not ready then it is like connecting a small electrical device (like a battery operated one) to a high voltage. It could burn or damage the small device.

The people needed to build more capabilities to connect to the light. This requires work and they were not ready for that. G-d showed Moshe the process that the nation will go through in order to reach the point of full revelation of Light, the time of Mashiach.

Many righteous people that lived outside the land of Yisrael , were not allowed to come to Yisrael because of a similar reason Moshe was denied.

Great righteous people could flip the switch before the people are ready.
The Baal Shem Tov, was one, the Ari came to the Land only for a short time to transfer knowledge to Rabbi Chaim Vital, when he tried to reveal greater light, his son became ill and died. As we know The Ari died at the young age of 38. If he were to reach 40, he could have "turned on" the switch and bring the final redemption.

There are few great tzaddikim in recent generations that got hurt when they tried to come to Yisrael and expedite the coming of Mashiach.

Here is Moshe\’s prayer to G-d (Deuteronomy 3:24) " אֲדֹנָי יְקוִק, אַתָּה הַחִלּוֹתָ לְהַרְאוֹת אֶת-עַבְדְּךָ, אֶת-גָּדְלְךָ, וְאֶת-יָדְךָ הַחֲזָקָה–אֲשֶׁר מִי-אֵל בַּשָּׁמַיִם וּבָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר-יַעֲשֶׂה כְמַעֲשֶׂיךָ וְכִגְבוּרֹתֶךָ "
and ( 3:25 ) " אֶעְבְּרָה-נָּא, וְאֶרְאֶה אֶת-הָאָרֶץ הַטּוֹבָה, אֲשֶׁר, בְּעֵבֶר הַיַּרְדֵּן: הָהָר הַטּוֹב הַזֶּה, וְהַלְּבָנֹן "

Moshe start with " אֲדֹנָי יְקוִק ", which are the upper name and the lower name of G-d. " גָּדְלְךָ, וְאֶת-יָדְךָ הַחֲזָקָה ", " מִי-אֵל בַּשָּׁמַיִם וּבָאָרֶץ ", " יַעֲשֶׂה כְמַעֲשֶׂיךָ וְכִגְבוּרֹתֶךָ ", are all connection of upper and lower on different levels.

Then " הָהָר הַטּוֹב הַזֶּה ", the Temple mount in Jerusalem , and " הַלְּבָנֹן " is the Holy Temple , the upper connection. " הַלְּבָנֹן ", is numerical value of " קבלה ", Kabbalah.

The higher connection is made with the knowledge of Kabbalah. Kabbalah has more acceptances in our time and everyone is allowed to study because we are closer to the ultimate revelation of the Light.

The day that represents the full revelation of Light has the code word " הַיּוֹם ", "The Day" or "Today". Moshe reveal to the Yisraelites and to us the day of Mashiach and how to merit seeing him. (Deuteronomy 4:4) " וְאַתֶּם, הַדְּבֵקִים, בַּיקוָק, אֱלֹהֵיכֶם–חַיִּים כֻּלְּכֶם, הַיּוֹם "
" But you that did cleave unto the G-d your God are alive every one of you this day."

To merit the day we need to be as close as we can to the Light. This will sustain us alive, on the day of Mashiach.

The parasha connects us to the ten utterances (or better known as the ten commandments), which is the total connection to the Light. Also to the first verse " שְׁמַ ע , יִשְׂרָאֵל: יְקוָק אֱלֹהֵינוּ, יְקוָק אֶחָ ד " and the first chapter of the prayer of Shema Yisrael.

(Chapter 6:5) that begins with " וְאָהַבְתָּ ", "and you shall love". The highest connection to the Light is with Love.
The numerical value of " וְאָהַבְתָּ " is 414, which is equal to twice Light, " אור ". Two lights create connection of upper and lower.

Every act of love creates unity and connection to the light. " אהבה " (=13=" אחד ", one), twice = 26 = " יקוק ". There are three loves in this chapter " בְּכָל-לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁךָ, וּבְכָל-מְאֹדֶךָ ". Three times love " אהבה " = 39 = " טל ", "Dew". We know from the prophecy that the resurrection of the dead at the time of the final redemption will be with dew coming from the sky. That dew is the upper name " יהו " spelled in full as " יוד־הא־ואו " = 39 (10 times this = sky = " שמים "). When we connect with connect with all types of love we are able to draw the upper light.

The whole prayer of " שְׁמַע, יִשְׂרָאֵל " has 248 words and exactly 1000 letters. Just to let you know the power of this prayer.

It is simple math. The more we love, the more we connect to the light.
Loving creates affinity with the light. It is the bond that gives us life. It is the reason for the whole creation. G-d created the world with unconditional love.

We just passed the 9 th day of Av. On that day the two Holy Temples destroyed. Both times for the reason of the destruction were hatred for no reason. That goes against the essence and the reason of creation and that is why it caused the light to go away and created the opening for the negativity that followed.

The Zohar and Kabbalah reveal that G-d created the world with the name of 42 letters. The name is the first 42 letters in the 42 words prayer of the " אנא־בכח ", Ana B\’koach. The 42 letters derived from the first 42 letters of the Torah.

The first 6 letters are " אבגיתץ " and they are the inner code behind the word " בראשית ". " אבגיתץ " has the numerical value of 506 and it is equal to " אהבת־חנם ", "Unconditional Love".

Every prayer we finish with " עלינו־לשבח ", which is equal to 506. The end must connect to the beginning in order to close the "circuit" and draw the light.

In Isaiah 11:1-9, we read the prophecy on the time of the coming of Mashiach.
" וְיָצָא חֹטֶר, מִגֵּזַע יִשָׁי; וְנֵצֶר, מִשָּׁרָשָׁיו יִפְרֶה ….. " " And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a twig shall grow forth out of his roots "

" כִּי-מָלְאָה הָאָרֶץ, דֵּעָה אֶת-יְקוָק, כַּמַּיִם, לַיָּם מְכַסִּים. "
"for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."

The knowledge of G-d is " דֵּעָה אֶת-יְקוָק " = 506. The prophecy reveals that the reason for the coming of Mashiach is because the earth is full of the knowledge of G-d, which is Unconditional Love.

Knowing (= connecting) G-d is to practice unconditional love. If you can not love, in order to reveal light, at least do not hate. Hate cause disconnection and destruction.

The Talmud says that a generation that the Holy Temple in not built in their times is a generation that destroys the Temple .

Now that you have the formula to bring Mashiach, ask yourself… and ask again…

Help people understand this, in a loving and caring way. Forward this article to as many people as you can so we can all come closer to the light and merit Mashiach, " הַיּוֹם ", Amen.

Devarim – What G-d really wants from us

The book of Deuteronomy is the fifth (or the seventh! See commentary to Behalotcha ) and the last book of the Torah.
It is at the level of Malchut. Moshe begins his talk to the nation of Yisrael and "give them on the head". He scolds them for their behavior and disbelief in the G-d.

The book of Deuteronomy is the fifth (or the seventh! See commentary to Behalotcha ) and the last book of the Torah.

It is at the level of Malchut. Moshe begins his talk to the nation of Yisrael and "give them on the head". He scolds them for their behavior and disbelief in the G-d.

(Deuteronomy 1:26-29) " וְלֹא אֲבִיתֶם, לַעֲלֹת; וַתַּמְרוּ, אֶת-פִּי יקוָק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם. " " You would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of G-d "

" ו ַתֵּרָגְנוּ בְאָהֳלֵיכֶם, וַתֹּאמְרוּ, בְּשִׂנְאַת יקוָק אֹתָנוּ, הוֹצִיאָנוּ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם–לָתֵת אֹתָנוּ בְּיַד הָאֱמֹרִי, לְהַשְׁמִידֵנוּ "

"And you murmured in your tents, and said: \’Because G-d hated us, He brought us out of the land of Egypt , to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us"

And the effect was ( 1:34 , 35) " ו ַיִּשְׁמַע יקוָק, אֶת-קוֹל דִּבְרֵיכֶם; וַיִּקְצֹף, וַיִּשָּׁבַע לֵאמֹר "

" אִם-יִרְאֶה אִישׁ בָּאֲנָשִׁים הָאֵלֶּה, הַדּוֹר הָרָע הַזֶּה–אֵת, הָאָרֶץ הַטּוֹבָה, אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּעְתִּי, לָתֵת לַאֲבֹתֵיכֶם "

" And G-d heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and swore, saying " " \’surely there shall not one of these men, even this evil generation, see the good land, which I swore to give unto your fathers,"

Again and again they try to go away from G-d ( 1:41 , 42, 43) and then the results were ( 1:44 ).

When following the way of G-d, all obstacles, removed ( 2:32 , 33)

" וַיֵּצֵא סִיחֹן לִקְרָאתֵנוּ הוּא וְכָל-עַמּוֹ, לַמִּלְחָמָה–יָהְצָה " " Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, unto battle at Jahaz."

Then G-d help " וַיִּתְּנֵהוּ יקוָק אֱלֹהֵינוּ, לְפָנֵינוּ; וַנַּךְ אֹתוֹ וְאֶת-בָּנָו, וְאֶת-כָּל-עַמּוֹ ", " And G-d delivered him up before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people ".

Moshe knows that he will leave the world in 37 days and he want to give the nation the final lessons on how to see and trust G-d in order to win their enemies.

When a righteous person leave the world, all his spiritual work translated as Light stays in Malchut.

Today, the fifth of Av, is the hillulah (death anniversary of Rabbi Isaac Luria, "the Ari Hakadosh". We celebrate this day because of the great light the Ari reveal in the world.

His light created a cosmic signature that we can connect to every year. A holiday " חג ", in Hebrew means "circle". It is repeated every year. " שנה " is the root word for \’repeat\’ and also \’change\’.

As we know Malchut, the physical world doesn\’t have a light of its own. The light is revealed ONLY when we push it back, (you can not see your hand in the dark, unless the light reflects from it).

The book of Deuteronomy, " דברים " " משנה־תורה ", reflects and therefore reveals the light of the whole Torah.

Moshe in his words guide us to understand that we need to trust G-d so he can bless and do the work for us. (1:11) " יקוָק אֱלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵכֶם, יֹסֵף עֲלֵיכֶם כָּכֶם–אֶלֶף פְּעָמִים; וִיבָרֵךְ אֶתְכֶם, כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר לָכֶם " " The G-d of your fathers, make you a thousand times so many more as you are, and bless you, as He has promised you!– " and (1:30) "יקוָק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם הַהֹלֵךְ לִפְנֵיכֶם, הוּא יִלָּחֵם לָכֶם:  כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה אִתְּכֶם, בְּמִצְרַיִם–לְעֵינֵיכֶם. " " God who goes before you, He shall fight for you, according to all that He did for you in Egypt before your eyes \’

And (1:31) " ו ּבַמִּדְבָּר, אֲשֶׁר רָאִיתָ, אֲשֶׁר נְשָׂאֲךָ יקוָק אֱלֹהֶיךָ, כַּאֲשֶׁר יִשָּׂא-אִישׁ אֶת-בְּנוֹ–בְּכָל-הַדֶּרֶךְ אֲשֶׁר הֲלַכְתֶּם, עַד-בֹּאֲכֶם עַד-הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה " " and in the wilderness, where you has seen how that G-d carry you, as a man carry his son, in all the way that you went, until you came unto this place ".

The Ari writings on this parasha, talks about the 7 Edomite kings that are a kabalistic secret to the creation of the world and the process of correction and elevating the sparks of light from negativity to make the final correction of the world and to bring about Mashiach.

This is the essence of the parasha, to understand that distancing ourselves from the Light puts us in trouble and loss.

The Shabbat we read Devarim is called " שבת־חזון " because of the Haphtarah, which is from Isaiah 1, Isaiah brings the words of G-d about the behavior of the nation. He describes in harsh words how the people left the ways of G-d.

(Isaiah 1:4) " הוֹי גּוֹי חֹטֵא, עַם כֶּבֶד עָו‍ֹן–זֶרַע מְרֵעִים, בָּנִים מַשְׁחִיתִים; עָזְבוּ אֶת-יקוָק, נִאֲצוּ אֶת-קְדוֹשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל–נָזֹרוּ אָחוֹר. " " Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil-doers, children that deal corruptly; they have forsaken the LORD, they have contemned the Holy One of Israel , they are turned away backward ".

Isaiah compares the nation\’s ways to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah . (Read Isaiah 1:9, 10).

(1:11) " לָמָּה-לִּי רֹב-זִבְחֵיכֶם יֹאמַר יְהוָה, שָׂבַעְתִּי עֹלוֹת אֵילִים וְחֵלֶב מְרִיאִים; וְדַם פָּרִים וּכְבָשִׂים וְעַתּוּדִים, לֹא חָפָצְתִּי " "  כִּי תָבֹאוּ, לֵרָאוֹת פָּנָי–מִי-בִקֵּשׁ זֹאת מִיֶּדְכֶם, רְמֹס חֲצֵרָי "

" To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me? saith the LORD; I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats. "

"When ye come to appear before Me, who hath required this at your hand, to trample My courts?"


What G-d really wants from us?

"  רַחֲצוּ, הִזַּכּוּ–הָסִירוּ רֹעַ מַעַלְלֵיכֶם, מִנֶּגֶד עֵינָי:  חִדְלוּ, הָרֵעַ. " " לִמְדוּ הֵיטֵב דִּרְשׁוּ מִשְׁפָּט, אַשְּׁרוּ חָמוֹץ; שִׁפְטוּ יָתוֹם, רִיבוּ אַלְמָנָה "

" Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes, cease to do evil; " " Learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. "

In simple words, G-d doesn\’t want our prayers and sacrifices. If we are not good to each other then no matter how much we pray, G-d will ignore and won\’t listen to us.

This prophecy tells us exactly that the important is not the prayer, but the action.

There is a little story in the Zohar about two of the students of Rabbi Shimon that visited a house and the child that was a high soul didn\’t want to greet them because he felt that they didn\’t do their morning prayer. The two great rabbis said that the child is correct and that is because they were busy with helping someone.

This teaches us that the first priority is to help people. Prayers are important for us to draw the light of the creator and be able to help others. The reward of a Mitzvah is a Mitzvah. When we do good deeds, we have the merit and opportunity to do more of them.

When we pray, we should ask G-d to give us the opportunity to help others, to be smart in order to teach and guide others, to be rich and zillionaires because we want to create more jobs and sustenance for many people and families.

When we are all thinking about each other instead of the self then (Isaiah 1:27 )

" צִיּוֹן, בְּמִשְׁפָּט תִּפָּדֶה; וְשָׁבֶיהָ, בִּצְדָקָה "

I won\’t even put the English translation because it can never reveal the power of this verse.

" צִיּוֹן " is the Light that comes from the " יה " of Holy name through the " ו " (Yesod).

When we are with justice " בְּמִשְׁפָּט " (central column), " וְשָׁב "+ " יה " is the return of the supernal Chokmah and Binah to Malchut " בִּצְדָקָה ".

These five words of verse 27 with numeric value of 1600 have the secret of the coming of Mashiach. Today, Amen.

Matot Mas’ei – Man Woman – Light and Vessel

A man has the power to annul his daughter\’s or wife\’s vows but not his vows.

The reason for that is that a female is a vessel and a man is a channel for the Light. They are connected to his Light and If he hears his daughter or wife making a vow, it makes him part of the process. He can then deny channeling the Light from coming to the vessel.

אִישׁ כִּי-יִדֹּר נֶדֶר לַיקוָק, אוֹ-הִשָּׁבַע שְׁבֻעָה לֶאְסֹר אִסָּר עַל-נַפְשׁוֹ–לֹא יַחֵל, דְּבָרוֹ: כְּכָל-הַיֹּצֵא מִפִּיו, יַעֲשֶׂה

" When a man make a vow unto the LORD, or swear or make an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeded out of his mouth "

This Shabbat we read the last two parasha of the book of Bamidbar. The book is at the level of Zeir Anpin, the light. Next Shabbat we start reading the fifth book, Deuteronomy, Devarim also called Mishneh Torah (repeated Torah) and it is in the level of Malchut, the manifestation level.

The word " דברים " comes from " דיבור ", "speaking". The Torah prepares us for the next step and teaches us the importance of our words. It is the tool we use to draw the Light.

The Zohar define humans as " מדבר ", one who speaks. This put us above all nature and closer to G-d.

The parasha starts with the laws of vows. If a man makes a vow or swears an oath, he shall not break his word and must act according to the words that came out of his mouth.

A man has the power to annul his daughter\’s or wife\’s vows but not his vows.

The reason for that is that a female is a vessel and a man is a channel for the Light. They are connected to his Light and If he hears his daughter or wife making a vow, it makes him part of the process. He can then deny channeling the Light from coming to the vessel.

When the words come out of the mouth, the Light is formed to supply the energy to it. It is automatic. The man must follow his words because the Light comes immediately. If he doesn\’t, then that energy is taken by the other side and used for negativity.

A young female that still lives with her father is connected to his Light. A husband and wife got connected through marriage and the process of the seven blessings, "Kidushin" that forms a unit of male and female. The male controls the Light flow into the unit and therefore he can annul her vows.

A woman is at the Malchut level and her words can manifest without much work. Her desire (vessel) makes things happen. (It is easy to understand now the saying "behind a successful man, there is a successful or powerful wife").

In a true marriage, the husband feels strongly the power of his wife\’s desires; she can make or break the relationship.

The power of the vessel is like a magnet. Like a metal drawn to a magnet, the light is drawn to a vessel.

When her vows annulled, " וַיקוָק, יִסְלַח-לָהּ " the Light forgives her. The English translation hides the real spiritual process. The root word " סְלַח " =98= " צח ", means clean, pure. Because the man annulled her vow, she is not responsible for its fulfillment and the Light cleanses her.

If a man annulled the vow of his daughter or wife he takes the responsibility. (Numbers 30:16) " וְאִם-הָפֵר יָפֵר אֹתָם, אַחֲרֵי שָׁמְעוֹ–וְנָשָׂא, אֶת-עֲו‍ֹנָהּ " " But if he shall make them null and void after that he has heard them, then he shall bear her iniquity ".


The parasha deals with the 42 stations the yisraelites made in their journey to the Land of Yisrael .

The number 42 connects us to the beginning of the book of Genesis. This number represents the first 42 letters of the Torah and with them the whole world was created. This is the name of 42 or " מב־שמות ". We have the prayer of the "Ana B\’Koach" " אנא־בכח " to connect to its energy.

Before the "repeated Torah" of Deuteronomy, the Torah closes the circle and connects to the beginning.


Pinchas- Cause and Effect

G-d in (numbers 25:4) instructed Moshe on how to remedy the situation. Moshe follows the instruction and tell his judges to kill all the people that have joined with the "Baal Peor", the negativity. As I explained in commentary to Balak, the cause of negativity was that the sexual connection is at the level of the Sefirah of Yesod. It is the channel of the Light to this world. This negative join drained the Light of the Yisraelite toward the Malchut of the other side.

וַיַּרְא, פִּינְחָס בֶּן-אֶלְעָזָר, בֶּן-אַהֲרֹן, הַכֹּהֵן; וַיָּקָם מִתּוֹךְ הָעֵדָה, וַיִּקַּח רֹמַח בְּיָדוֹ

The cause: (numbers 25:1)
וַיֵּשֶׁב יִשְׂרָאֵל, בַּשִּׁטִּים; וַיָּחֶל הָעָם, לִזְנוֹת אֶל-בְּנוֹת מוֹאָב.

And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit harlotry with the daughters of Moab .

(numbers 25:3) וַיִּצָּמֶד יִשְׂרָאֵל, לְבַעַל פְּעוֹר

And Israel joined himself unto the Baal of Peor;

The effect: (numbers 25:3)
; וַיִּחַר-אַף יְהוָה, בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל. and the anger of the G-d was kindled against Israel

We see that the effect came immediately and in the same verse (25:3). We learn from that that there is always an effect that follows a cause.

G-d in (numbers 25:4) instructed Moshe on how to remedy the situation. Moshe follows the instruction and tell his judges to kill all the people that have joined with the "Baal Peor", the negativity. As I explained in commentary to Balak, the cause of negativity was that the sexual connection is at the level of the Sefirah of Yesod. It is the channel of the Light to this world. This negative join drained the Light of the Yisraelite toward the Malchut of the other side.

That caused a plague. G-d did not create the plague. The people\’s action did. G-d and Moshe wanted to stop that.

Pinchas was a high soul and he saw the point where the Light was going toward the negative side. He saw what is going on in the spiritual levels, he saw the people dying because the Light was going away. He saw the spiritual body of the Israelite weakened through the channel of Yesod. He took a spear " רמח " and thrust both of them in the place where their body joined together.

" רמח ", numerical value of 248. This is the number of parts in the body. Rearranging the letters, gives us the Hebrew word for womb " רחם ", where the human body initially forms. And also has the meaning of mercy,

The sixth sefirah of Yesod is the last one of the six sefirot of Zeir Anpin, represented by the letter " ו ".

Pinchas stopped the negativity at the source by killing the leaders of the act with the right tool. He did not go to kill "bad people"; he repaired the corrupted channel, Yesod, of the Israelites and restored the light to their body (spiritual).

When looking at the Torah in Parshat Pinchas, we see that there is a small letter Yod in the name of Pinchas. The sages explain that the regular letters of the Torah are at the level of Zeir Anpin, The large letters connects to the level of Binah and the small letters connects to Malchut of Zeir Anpin.

The small Yod of Pinchas shows his connection to the ten sefirot of Light in Malchut.

Later we see a broken Vav at the word Shalom " שָׁלוֹם " (Numbers 25:12). Normally a broken letter in the Torah disqualify the Torah from use. In this case the letter has a gap that channels the Light that Pinchas reveal with his act.

The letters in the Torah are vessels, the carrier of light. Each letter is a defined light. The spaces in the Torah represent unrestricted Light. (That is why you can not touch the Torah with bare hands). The spaces reveal greater Light than the letters.

When a person goes up to the Torah he looks at the letters and read. There must be Eye Mouth Ear connection to draw and channel the light to the congregation. Even if a reader knows the Torah flawlessly by heart, he can not stand by the Torah and recite the verses without looking at the letters. The person that makes the Torah blessing must connect with his eyes to every word read in the Torah.

The letter Vav appears in the word Shalom " שָׁלוֹם ". The root of the word is " שלם ", which means completeness. Pinchas repaired the broken body of the Isrealite. He made it whole again.

There is also a new paragraph starts after the words " וַיְהִי, אַחֲרֵי הַמַּגֵּפָה " "and after the plague" ( Numbers 26:1 ). This space comes in the middle of the verse.

A new beginning took place after the plague. That space reveals a lot of Light.

G-d explains Pinchas action as " פִּינְחָס בֶּן-אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן-אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן, הֵשִׁיב אֶת-חֲמָתִי מֵעַל בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, בְּקַנְאוֹ אֶת-קִנְאָתִי, בְּתוֹכָם; וְלֹא-כִלִּיתִי אֶת-בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, בְּקִנְאָתִי "

" \’ Pinchas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned My wrath away from the children of Israel, in that he was very jealous for My sake among them, so that I consumed not the children of Israel in My jealousy ".

The English translation is for the story, not for the hidden Torah code. "Turned the wrath away", means that he stop the effect of their negative actions. " בְּקַנְאוֹ " is built from " ב " in " קַנְא " and " ו ". " קַנְא " has the numerical value of 151 = " מקוה ", cleansing and Vav. Simply to tells us that Pinchas purified the letter Vav, the channel.

G-d rewarded him with eternal priesthood. We know that Pinchas became Eliyahu Hanavie, Elijah the prophet, and he never died. He is always present (when invited) in the ceremony of "Brit" (circumcision) to help the new child remove the negativity and connect to the Light. It is called entering to the covenant of Avraham (numerical value = 248!).

Pinchas brought new life to the people of Yisrael. The Parasha mentions all the tribes, holidays and sacrifices. The light of this parasha is so strong that we read parts of it on a daily basis (more than once). Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, and all major holidays.

The Zohar goes in length to describe the human body parts and the spiritual connection of each part.

The Kohen duty is to channel the Light to the people and heal them. Pinchas did the ultimate and gave us through this parasha Light to use everyday.

He will be the one, as Elijah, to announce the ultimate peace " מבשר שָׁלוֹם " with the coming of Mashiach, Today, Amen.

Mishpatim – 5768 – Slavery or Freedom? What is your choice?

Slavery or Freedom? What is your choice?

In last year’s commentary on Mishpatim, I had explained that the Zohar teaches us that in this parasha we find the laws of reincarnation.
If you did not read it then I highly suggest you read it now before continuing with the rest of this article. Click Here: Mishpatim 5767

The Zohar explains in Mishatim that the Torah gives us good advice and we all depend on it. The Holy One, Bless be He, gives a protection to our souls so we can keep it away from negative influences. In other words, it protects us from “selling our soul to the Devil”. The common image of that is a dark deal between the Devil (Red eyes, Horns, Forked tail…) and a person where the devil promises special powers in return for the person’s eternal soul. This is a great invention by the negative side in order to distract us from the real truth that is very simple. We sell our soul to negativity, each time we prefer to satisfy the material and physical desires without making a connection to the light. The purpose of the soul is to seek and reveal the light, not the material things.

The Zohar explains that when the soul enters the body, its light disappears. The reason for that is to give us the ability to control the left side (negativity, Selfishness, body consciousness) and reveal greater light. It is like planting wheat seeds in the ground. They disappear and dissolve in the ground but then, end up growing 100 times fold.

Maybe even clearer example is how a man and a woman connect together. Their minds are with joint consciousness (higher light) and they transfer this mind’s energy to seeds that get planted deep in the dark. The seeds disappear and a new creation is formed with the purpose to reveal light.

When the soul comes out in a new body, it comes with the desire to grow and absorb all the energy they can connect to.

The mother’s breast milk is the closest source to the light. The milk is naturally produced because of the desire of the new born. It is amazing how this fluid contains all the life force a baby needs for a year or more to grow.
Many mothers know that the amount of milk in their breasts depends on the desire of the child to draw more. When the child stops or slows down his consumption, the milk production behaves accordingly.

Another example that teaches us how the light is drawn to the vessel(desire) upon its existence can be found in Kings 2 chapter 4:6. The Oil (light) stopped when there were no more vessels to fill.
My mother, G-d bless her soul, breast fed 8 children of her own and 3 other babies (in different times) since their mother was not there or didn’t have milk. It was while she was breast feeding one of us. A woman has two breasts to be able to feed more than one child at a time.
It is known that mother’s milk is the best for the mental and physical health of a child. The child seeks the missing light when he gets placed in the body and gets disconnected from the greater light.
Sarah the Matriarch was of almost 100 years old when she breast fed many other babies (400) to prove all the people that she delivered and nurtured Isaac. That is why it is said in the Torah Genesis 21:7 “הֵינִיקָה בָנִים, שָׂרָה ” that “Sarah would be nursing children”. The reference is to children, in plural, not singular, because she had only one child.

As the soul grows, there gets to be a change in the process at age 12 for female, Bat Mitzvah and 13 for male, Bar Mitvzah. Another part of the soul joins the existing one and a biological change also takes place. A girl is now able to bring children to the world and fulfill the Mitzvah of be fruitful and multiply. A boy now carries his own correction. He has a new file and every action he does affects his soul and future.

Their soul now must work to reveal light in the world and follow the precepts (Mitzvoth, מצוות ). מצוה is the act of revealing light. The first two letters מצ in את־בש (At-Bash is a Kabbalistic method of Gematria) become “יה ”. The word מצוה (mitzvah) becomes the name of G-d,” יקוק ”.

There are 53 precepts mentioned in this parasha to connect us to the 53 portions of the Torah. Also in Hebrew it is גנ , which is abbreviation for the word reincarnation of the souls in Hebrew “גלגול־נשמות ”. גנ also means gene. The connection to the Torah affects our Genes and the reincarnation process.

We read in Joshua (1:8) “לֹא-יָמוּשׁ סֵפֶר הַתּוֹרָה הַזֶּה מִפִּיךָ, וְהָגִיתָ בּוֹ יוֹמָם וָלַיְלָה, לְמַעַן תִּשְׁמֹר לַעֲשׂוֹת, כְּכָל-הַכָּתוּב בּוֹ: כִּי-אָז תַּצְלִיחַ אֶת-דְּרָכֶךָ, וְאָז תַּשְׂכִּיל. ”.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night that you observe to do according to all that is written there; for then you shall make your ways prosperous, and then you shall have good success”.

After Moshe was gone and Joshua took over the leadership, G-d gave him his best advice “follow the Torah”. G-d did not tell him to pray or call on him. Just follow the Torah. Everything is in the Torah. This is where we can draw the light that we miss from the time we were with the Light and before we were pushed into the body. I say “pushed”, because the soul knows what is going to happen and it resists the separation from the Light and returning to a body.

When the soul leaves the body it travels toward the light. People with near death experience always tell the same story of “going through a tunnel” and at the end of it they see a great loving and comforting Light.
The “Tunnel” effect is the physical darkness surrounding the soul. When the soul reaches the end of the tunnel a complete separation from the body occurs and there is no turning back.

I know two people with such experience. Both have the same attitude and request towards death. They ask the people around them not to try and revive them if they are in a comma or similar state. They just want to go back to the Light they saw and felt.

Recently I was in Israel to sit Shiva for my mother and met a family friend who was in the hospital for over a year, hooked to a heart machine. They couldn’t find him a matching heart for all that time.
The one that they finally found had belonged to a famous 24 year old model that passed away very quickly due to a rare brain virus or disease. He was over 60 years when he got the new heart and now he is in great physical shape. Happy, smokes in chain and “enjoys life” as he says. When people ask him why he smokes, he answers that he doesn’t care to die. When he was in a coma state he saw his relatives and enjoyed a great time in the Light. It doesn’t matter to him that he can live a longer life with a perfect heart. He is a happy and fun person to be with.
I share this story with you not for you to start smoking and don’t care to die but to understand that being close to the light, gives you freedom. This where we came from and this is where we will return to.

Zohar Mishpatim holds one of the special sections with a lot of concealed secrets in it. This section’s name is Idra De Mishkanah, meaning, the “Assembly of the Tabernacle”. There is no mention of the known Tabernacle that held the Holy Ark. This section talks about the head, “The Head of the King”, the face, the hair, the eyes, the eye brows, forehead, nose, mouth and other related parts of the face. Then the Zohar talks about the Hebrew letters and the light related to them. This section is so hard to understand and even though Rabbi Ashlag in his translation and commentary to the Zohar, explains a lot on each part, it is still hard to understand. One thing obvious is that it talks about the dwelling (Tabernacle=Mishkan=dwelling place) of the soul in the body and the head is the king of the body. The face, “פנים ” in Hebrew and it also means Inner. The letters connect to the soul.

The Zohar reveals us that the Torah existed 2000 years before G-d decided to create the world. Then he created it while looking at the Torah. The Zohar says that the whole Torah is one holy name of G-d. If you take one letter out of it then you put a flaw in the Holy Name and transfer the Light to the other side.
We were with the Light, before creation that was done with the Hebrew letters of the Torah. That is why the Torah represents all our souls.

In Yitro, we received the Laws of the Torah. When we adhere to the Torah we complete our process in life and don’t need to reincarnate. Since we are not perfect, Mishpatim comes to explain the laws of reincarnation that is how to connect to the Light with every incarnation and how to set a perfect dwelling for the soul in the body. Our actions need to connect us to the Torah and draw the light to the soul.
The Letters of the Torah holds the light for our soul and it is the main source to draw the necessary light to sustain the soul in our body and make him happy to do the work assigned to him in this life.

We quoted the Zohar earlier that G-d created the world from looking at the Torah. We never had any doubts in the Zohar’s accuracy in every word it says but for the first time in 5768 years we have the scientific proof that the Zohar is absolutely correct. You can find it all in “The Divine Calendar” by Ezra (Jeff) Meiliken.

Next week is Parashat Terumah and we will read about the blue print and the process of building the actual Tabernacle. We are going there from the inner personal connection to the Light, out to the greater tool to draw light for the whole world.
Isn’t it so amazing and beautiful?
I’ll explain more on Terumah. Feel free to forward this article to any of your friends. Help them connect to the Torah and the Light. Give their soul a fresh breath of Light to help and strengthen them in their life process and work.

Zion Nefesh

Vaera and Bo

Vaera and Bo – a little light pushes away a lot of darkness

The two Torah portions of Vaerah and Bo are connected with the 10 plagues. Vaerah brings the story of the first seven and Bo brings the last three.
The most important questions are why are there 10 plagues? Why did G-d harden Pharaoh\’s heart?

In this short article I will try to explain the amazing teaching the Torah gives us here. First remember that we just started the Book of Exodus and Jacob connected to Joseph to form the connection from the upper triangle of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet) to Joseph (Yesod).

Think of this as the power outlet on the wall ready to channel the energy out. Joseph is the source or the positive (hot wire). Having that setting, the spiritual system is with great potential of manifestation.

The first verse of Vaera reveals the desire of the Light to show more of its forces in this world.
Exodus 6:2, 3 "God also said to Moses, "I am the LORD. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them."
"וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹקים, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה; וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו, אֲנִי יְקוָק."
"וָאֵרָא, אֶל-אַבְרָהָם אֶל-יִצְחָק וְאֶל-יַעֲקֹב–בְּאֵל שַׁדָּי; וּשְׁמִי יְקוָק, לֹא נוֹדַעְתִּי לָהֶם"
We see that G-d prepares Moshe for a greater revelation of light and asks him to prepare the people to connect to the new forced, (6:7)
וְלָקַחְתִּי אֶתְכֶם לִי לְעָם, וְהָיִיתִי לָכֶם לֵאלֹקים;
 וִידַעְתֶּם, כִּי אֲנִי יְקוָק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, הַמּוֹצִיא אֶתְכֶם, מִתַּחַת סִבְלוֹת מִצְרָיִם.

(6:7) I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
G-d wanted to fulfill his promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the process had to start now.  After Joseph established the channel of Yesod, the Light needed to flow to the world and like electrical system, the power needed consumers to keep the flow.  G-d needed the people for that and in many ways they had no choice but to accept.

That is the reason for the command to Pharaoh "שַׁלַּח אֶת-עַמִּי, וְיַעַבְדֻנִי" (Let my people go, so that they may worship me)

The completion of the Vessel

Moshe and Aharon with their willingness to walk the way of G-d became the base of the lower triangle. Moshe as the level of Netzah and Aharon as Hod complete the five sefirot that makes the vessel for the light (Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach and Hod). Yesod (Joseph) is the funnel to continue the Light from the vessel to the world.

With the upper three sefirot of Keter, Chokmah and Binah we have the magic of eight that causes a greater revelation of the light and Zeir Anpin has a face name (יְקוָק).
The Holy Ari, reveals to us that Zeir Anpin was born (start its revelation in the world) and that is why G-d assigned Moshe of 80 years old for the mission to bring this light to the world.  As I mentioned in the commentary to Shemot, Pharaoh was not aware of the spiritual force of יְקוָק. He couldn\’t accept any command from unknown G-d but since he was the head of the impure system and the desire for the self, the new revelation had to be the most negative place.

The Zohar teaches us, "A little light pushes away a lot of darkness". Pharaoh suffered because the Light chose to appear there, where the people of G-d were.
The ten plagues are the result of the revelation of the Light of Zeir Anpin.  We see how each plague is connected to the level of the Light revealed.

   1. Water to Blood – in the water (lower and basic element)
   2. Frogs – Lower level creatures connecting water and land
   3. Gnats – small and came upon men and animals.
   4. Flies – in the air and spread fast everywhere, including people and houses.
   5. Livestock Diseased – More significant plague that affect movement (horses, donkeys and camels) and food (cattle and sheep and goats).
   6. Boils – caused by the hand of Moshe and spread from the sky throughout the land of Egypt.
   7. Thunder and Hail – comes from the sky with deadly force.
   8. Locusts – Comes from unknown source into the land of Egypt and devoured all that was left after the hail–everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.
   9. Darkness – A paralyzing darkness on the physical and mind level.
  10. Death of the Firstborn – The last and final hit. Disconnecting the negativity from its source.

We see how the strength of the plague is getting stronger as it continues.  When the Light appears, darkness must go. This is why Pharaoh had no chance against the awesome light of Zeir Anpin.  This light matured later with the revelation on Mount Sinai and the giving of the Torah.

Exodus 13:1 "The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Consecrate to me every first born male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether man or animal".

This is the cost of keeping the first born alive. G-d took them under his protection and in order to keep them we have to go through the process of "redemption of the first born". This is a process where the parents bring the child to the Cohen to pay him to keep their son with them. This process is done 40 days after the child is born and in simple calculation we find out that it is on the tenth day after the ten month from the planting of the seed. Remind you of something?

If you have a first born child or you are a first born, it is never too late to go through the process. Consult your Rabbi.

On a personal level we learn to be responsible to our actions. There is an automated cause and effect system and we are all must follow its laws.  If we have a file with negative records we need to bring the light in and clear it. It may cause us some pain in the process but we will be free after that.

Many people that goes back to religion or spirituality, feels that effect and if they are not aware to the laws described above, they think that the system goes against them and if they gives up before paying the full payment.

In Isaiah 51:17 we read at the time before the final redemption "הִתְעוֹרְרִי הִתְעוֹרְרִי, קוּמִי יְרוּשָׁלִַם, אֲשֶׁר שָׁתִית מִיַּד יְקוָק, אֶת-כּוֹס חֲמָתוֹ; אֶת-קֻבַּעַת כּוֹס הַתַּרְעֵלָה, שָׁתִית–מָצִית"
Awake, awake! Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the LORD the cup of his wrath, you who have drained to its dregs the goblet that makes men stagger.

The Hebrew words explain better that when we finish paying for our negativity (cleansing by the Light), we will wake up to (Isaiah 51:22) "כֹּה-אָמַר אֲדֹנַיִךְ יְקוָק, וֵאלֹהַיִךְ יָרִיב עַמּוֹ, הִנֵּה לָקַחְתִּי מִיָּדֵךְ, אֶת-כּוֹס הַתַּרְעֵלָה–אֶת-קֻבַּעַת כּוֹס חֲמָתִי, לֹא-תוֹסִיפִי לִשְׁתּוֹתָהּ עוֹד"
 (Isaiah 51:22) "This is what your Sovereign LORD says, your God, who defends his people: "See, I have taken out of your hand the cup that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink again."

Let us pray for the day, hopefully today, to see G-d takes away from us all pain and suffering and reveal Mashiach, Amen.

Vayechi – The Architect signed his work.

The Architect signed his work.

" וַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב, אֶל-בָּנָיו; וַיֹּאמֶר, הֵאָסְפוּ וְאַגִּידָה לָכֶם, אֵת אֲשֶׁר-יִקְרָא אֶתְכֶם, בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים "

Vayechi is the last parasha in Genesis "בְּרֵאשִׁית " and as such, completes the level of the whole book, Keter "כתר ". Keter is the point above the head where the original thought comes in to our mind. All our actions precede a thought. We do not control the original thought. It comes to us from the spiritual realm, enters the brain (right and left) and gets processed before action is taken.

Vayechi is called "parasha stumah" "פרשה־סתומה ", meaning closed parasha. This term is used when the end of the previous parasha and the start of the next parasha are on the same line with no space.

The Torah is such an amazing code and tool that we cannot even grasp its awesomeness. Like Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon said that every letter in the Torah is holy and in it s perfect place. Rabbi Akiva adds that he can give "mountains" of lectures on every letter in it. The rules of writing the Torah preserved this tool\’s integrity without corruption for the last 3320 years.
Vayechi is a closed parasha in order to connect the light from the whole book of Genesis into it.

When we listen to the parasha, we have the opportunity to connect to the light of Keter, to the thought and purpose of the whole creation. On the individual level you can meditate to connect to your own purpose in life and ask for the right thoughts to come to you and guide you in your life.

The book of Genesis starts with the special letter "ב " (Bet) at the top of the first column and in this parasha we find the letter "י " at the top of the column (Genesis 49:8).

The two special letter sums up to 12 to bring the power of Jacob\’s blessing to his 12 sons. Since Keter represents the original thought of creation then the end is already included in it. The Architect knows how the building will look like before he draws the first line on the drawing board.

The architect of our universe put the whole creation in Genesis, from beginning to end. This is why Rabbi Shimon wrote the 70 "Tikunim", explanations, to the first word of the Torah, "בְּרֵאשִׁית ", which is the beginning of all beginnings. Vayechi completes the first book and seals the thought of creation.

Jacob (Tiferet), before he died, made a connection with Joseph (Yesod), so that the flow of the light of the central column would continue through Joseph (Yesod) to Malchut. This was done at the beginning of the parasha when Jacob asked Joseph to put his hand under his thigh and made him swear. "שבועה " in Hebrew is from the root word, seven "שבע ". This act connects the upper six sefirot to the seventh, Malchut. That is why the sages say that if a person swears and does not follow his commitment, it is like destroying worlds.

At this stage Jacob knews G-d\’s plan and he gathered his sons to give them the blessings. Genesis 49:1
" וַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב, אֶל-בָּנָיו; וַיֹּאמֶר, הֵאָסְפוּ וְאַגִּידָה לָכֶם, אֵת אֲשֶׁר-יִקְרָא אֶתְכֶם, בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים "
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said: \’Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you which shall happened to you in the end of days.

We see that Jacob actually brought them together to tell them what would happen in the end of days. As we mentioned earlier, Keter holds everything in it, the beginning and the end. Jacob saw the future and he channeled the proper energy to his sons through the different blessings.

Special attention to the two verses 48:16 "הַמַּלְאָךְ הַגֹּאֵל אֹתִי מִכָּל-רָע, יְבָרֵךְ אֶת-הַנְּעָרִים , וְיִקָּרֵא בָהֶם שְׁמִי, וְשֵׁם אֲבֹתַי אַבְרָהָם וְיִצְחָק; וְיִדְגּוּ לָרֹב, בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ ." "the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named in them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.\’". Jacob connects his own angels to the children of Joseph and to all of us. This blessing is used on Friday nights for fathers to bless their children (with the energy of Shabbat, of completion).

The other special verse is in 49:22 "בֵּן פֹּרָת יוֹסֵף, בֵּן פֹּרָת עֲלֵי-עָיִן; בָּנוֹת, צָעֲדָה עֲלֵי-שׁוּר .", "Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine by a fountain; its branches run over the wall." This gives the protection from all evil eyes. All the blessings are important, for financial and spiritual growth. The number of verses in this parasha is 85 and it is equal to "פה ", mouth, to strengthen the power of Jacob\’s blessings to his sons and to all of us.

At the end of the Parasha, Joseph asks his brothers to swear to him that when G-d will redeem them they will take its bones (also essence) with them. "וַיַּשְׁבַּע יוֹסֵף, אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר: פָּקֹד יִפְקֹד אֱלֹהִים אֶתְכֶם, וְהַעֲלִתֶם אֶת-עַצְמֹתַי מִזֶּה ." "And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying: \’God will surely remember you, and you shall carry up my bones from hence."

Let us pray that the final redemption will be Today, Amen.

Vayishlach – The power of consciousness

Jacob established the channel for the central column. And brought balance to the world. His sons came from that pure seed and they were all great spiritual forces. Each of them represents one of the 12 energies of the year (The Zodiac).

וַיֵּלֶךְ רְאוּבֵן וַיִּשְׁכַּב אֶת-בִּלְהָה פִּילֶגֶשׁ אָבִיו, וַיִּשְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל .

Jacob established the channel for the central column. And brought balance to the world. His sons came from that pure seed and they were all great spiritual forces. Each of them represents one of the 12 energies of the year (The Zodiac).

G-d was waiting for the right people to connect to him and draw more light to the world. Like in physical light, all you need to is to remove the blockage from its path.

Rachel was on a higher level and after she died, Reuben knew that if his father connects to Bilha, it would not be the same as with Rachel or His mother, Leah.

When Rachel gave Bilha to Jacob she used her as a tool to bring children for herself. The consciousness is the actual control of the connection between a man and a woman.

A couple should always conceal their place and time of connection. When done it should be in total darkness (to disconnect from the material world around and to have better influence of their consciousness into the act.). A women counts seven \’clean\’ days after her monthly cycle is finished. On the eighth day she goes to the Miqveh (ritual immersing in water for spiritual cleansing). That night she bonds with her husband to make the Mitzvah of " פרו־ורבו " "be fruitful and multiply".

This act is very important; the vessel (egg) in the woman is ready to receive the light (seed of the man). The seed is caledl " זרע " = 277 in Hebrew and is built from " רז " = " אור " = 207 + " ע " = 70 (represent seven lower Sefirot). For the knowledgeable of you read Psalms 97:11 " אוֹר, זָרֻעַ לַצַּדִּיק; וּלְיִשְׁרֵי-לֵב שִׂמְחָה ". (Notice that the letter vav is missing from the second word).

If another person knows about a connection of a couple, they could influence the consciousness of the connection and the result could be a child that is not really theirs.

When Rachel gave Bilha to Jacob she actually controlled the connection and the consciousness. The children came pure and spiritually high.

Reuben knew that his father would connect to Bilha on the eighth day, the \’Mitzvah\’ day. Rachel was gone so the connection would be with Bilha and not with the proper consciousness. This could bring a child that was not at the level of his brothers. The Zohar explains that Reuben moved his father\’s bed on the Mitzvah day (the eighth day) and created a disconnection in the spiritual realm between Jacob and Bilha.

He did the right thing and for that, the Torah scroll shows a new paragraph to begin in the middle of the verse. That space in the middle of the verse signifies a great light. The verse ends with " וַיִּהְיוּ בְנֵי-יַעֲקֹב, שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר " " Now the sons of Jacob were twelve ".

We learn about the importance of the consciousness that is involved when a husband and wife is connected. Bringing a child to the world is a serious act and not a simple physical connection and transferring some matter between one and the other. Only one seed can penetrate the egg and once it does, all the rest \’escorting\’ seeds are there to help the connection of the Light and vessel. It maybe a tiny, microscopic matter but it can carry a world of consciousness.