Link to Shemini First Part

The second part of the verse "וְעַל-פְּנֵי כָל-הָעָם אֶכָּבֵד" explains the effect of the cause of "אֶקָּדֵשׁ" with "אֶכָּבֵד" the parallel is the use of the same number of letters and same vowels. The root of "אֶכָּבֵד "  is "כבד" and it is related to a revelation or "גילוי" in Hebrew. The numerical value of the root is 26, which is the value of the name "יקוק". The action of "קדש" cause "כבד"  or "כבוד" and the revelation of the Light  as it say in Vayikra (9:6)
"וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה, זֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר-צִוָּה יְהוָה תַּעֲשׂוּ–וְיֵרָא אֲלֵיכֶם, כְּבוֹד יְהוָה. ",
 in (Ezekiel 43:4) "וּכְבוֹד יְהוָה, בָּא אֶל-הַבָּיִת", (Exodus 16:7) "וּרְאִיתֶם אֶת-כְּבוֹד יְהוָה"  and in many other places.

Nadav and Avihu made a great revelation of light that Moshe and Aharon understood. It said (10:3) "וַיִּדֹּם אַהֲרֹן", And Aaron held his peace.

Every Yom Kippur we read from the story and the scarify of Nadav and Avihu from the parasha of Shemini. Yom Kippur is a day of total connection to Binah (We do not eat on that day so our bodily desires won\’t interfere and ground us when drawing the spiritual energy of Binah).

The Ari HaKadosh explains that they wanted to make the correction of the sin of Adam and complete the correction of the world "Tikkum Olam".

Commentaries explain that the fire to burn the sacrifices for Aharon and the Nation came from inside the Tabernacle. When Nadav and Avihu saw the Light of the creator so close to them, they assumed that they had the power, as Kohanim to make the final connection of the Light to the world and remove all negativity. The Ari said that they made few mistakes and they couldn\’t succeed in achieving their goal. This doesn\’t take the value from their action that left us with channel for all generations. Another famous selfless act was done by Miriam the Prophetess and gave us a healing connection. (B"H in another article).

Their death was unique because their body stayed complete when the fire from G-d took their soul like the fire that comes down to burn the sacrifices.

Later we read in the Torah in Parashat Ballak about Pinchas the Kohen doing an extreme act of killing the head of the tribe of Shimon in order to stop a plague that invaded the camp of Yisrael. The Zohar explains that after he killed Zimri, the people of his tribe came to attack Pinchas and out of fright, his soul went out of his body and got replaced by the soul of Nadav and Avihu, his uncles. This also explains why Pinchas could stay as a Kohen after he made the killing. His new soul had no part in the killing. We also know that Pinchas became Eliyahu the Prophet and he never died. We all know the role of Eliyahu Hanavie in every Brit that connects the soul to the Light; He visits us in the Night of the Seder to connect us to the final redemption and will come to announce the Mashiach (B"H today, Amen.)

Parashat Shemini has 91 verses and as we showed earlier it is the gimatria value of Nadav and Avihu. The parasha also has the middle of the Torah in double letters (10:16) "דָּרֹשׁ דָּרַשׁ" and the middle of the Torah in Letters (11:42) with the Large letter "ו " that we know is the letter that channels the light of the Torah as it appears at the top of every column in the Torah (except for 6 special places) and its size makes a bridge to Binah. 

Please read this article several times to get better understanding of the higher connection we get this Shabbat from the Torah reading of Shemini. 

 

 

I\’m nearly in tears…

Mashiach sent me an email.

Yes. Mashiach sent me an email last week. He attached his book of over 1054 pages describing what Mashiach is, the process, his life story (some of it), Lots of Gematria calculations of his name and his family. In the book he presents proof that he is the “irrefutable” Mashiach. He wanted Ezra, my friend and me, to work with him to be the "King Mashiach".

I started reading his book seriously but after a couple of hundred pages I found myself jumping through the pages, all the way to the end. It was loaded with gematria “proofs” that he is the King Mashiach.

He is actually on the same mailing list as you and he receives my articles and reads them (maybe with different mind set). Hopefully this article can also be an answer to his e-mail.

His book made me happy and at the same time sad. I am happy, because I know of three more people who claimed to be Mashiach.  None of them convinced me to be the real one, but who am I to judge?
The happiness I feel is in the fact that every such person that comes forward as Mashiach signifies how close we are to the Final Redemption. Many of us believe that Mashiach is already among us.

The way I see is like a morning break. You can see the light of the Sun before it rises over the horizon. Some people have great desire to connect to the Light of the Creator. This desire is so strong that they can’t even wait for “the call” and are ready to go for it right now.

I feel sad when I can’t see the real Mashiach in them. They all have great souls (=vessel=desire). Most of them are defined as “Crazy” by their friends. Remember that “Crazy” is a quality and a gift that G-d gave us to do more.

Our sages tell us that King David, in blessed memory, asked G-d why he made “craziness” in the world. G-d told him that it is a quality that the world needs to have and promised him that one day he will thank him for that. Indeed, we know the story about Achish from the Bible, the King of Gat whose people caught King David and when they wanted to bring him to the King, King David acted like a crazy person and the king of Gat released him. (Read the full story in Samuel 1 Chapter 20). Please remember that Mashiach is from the seed of David.

Mashiach comes with the power of the Creator to redeem us. Moses went to Pharaoh’s palace to demand “Let my people go!” How come mighty Pharaoh didn’t tell his guards: “How dare you let this man come to me, take this “Basket Case” and throw to the Nile! And no basket this time…”

We realize here that there are greater powers involved with the process of redemption. Once it starts, it is unstoppable.

When Mashiach comes he will have no fear, no dependency of any kind. He posses the power of Creation in his mouth. His words will create new reality and whoever will object him may die just by the vapor blowing out of his mouth.

The person to be Mashiach may not know his job until the moment G-d (through Moses) will connect his soul to the soul of Mashiach.
The redemption process is described as the Exodus from Egypt but with greater miracles and wonders.
The Baal Shem Tov whose first name was Israel, awakened the souls of the Israelites to the spirit of Mashiach. He “tuned” his disciples, especially his close students to make a paradigm shift in the mind of the Jewish people. Like Moses in his time The Baal Shem Tov couldn’t enter the Land of Israel, because his great soul could have brought the Light of Mashiach before time.
(We are getting closer to the connection to the parasha of this week, Shemini).
 
We cannot ridicule any one that claims to be Mashiach. They are the Nadav and Avihu of the process. Their desire to do for the Light is beyond their self social preservation. If they do not have hidden selfish agenda then they are at the level of righteousness.

Remember that before the Red Sea split, one person needed to go into the water, with his certainty and selfless act in order to create the opening for the others. That was Nachshon Ben Aminadav and now we have some others that help us believe that there is a real Mashiach and he is close to reveal himself.

To connect to that light we need to express the love and care for each other, because this is the only force that can guarantee the coming of Mashiach soon. The world was created with the power of Unconditional love (as it is coded in the first word of the Torah with בראשית = אבגיתץ = אהבת־חנם, see my articles on Genesis).
In genesis 1 it says "and the spirit of G-d is hovering over the water". Kabbalists explain that it is the spirit of Mashiach. The Torah is Water.
There are 6 special letters at the top of the columns in the Torah scroll. Those letters are “ביה־שמו”, the numerical value equals to “המשיח”, the Mashiach and also equals to “משה־חי”, Moses is alive.

Moshe =345 and he brought the Torah to us from above. His spirit exists in every generation as a live connection to the Light of the Torah.
When we all as one (אחד=13) will be with love (אהבה Ahavah = 13), we will create the connection to Moses, 345. The two forces of Love from below and Moshe from above will create the Mashiach (=358) revelation.

Then as the sages tell us, the old Torah will be voided and a new Torah will come.
Many expect Mashiach to come and heal their ailments of money, health and relationships. This is like the desire to win the lottery. It is selfish. It sounds good, the plans are great but as we know only less than ten percent of the winners enjoy it.

The Talmud teaches us (Tractate Shabbat 31a) about the great Hillel that was asked by a potential convert to teach him the whole Torah while standing on one foot. Hillel replied, "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That\’s the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go study it!"

It is time to think outside ourselves, we want mashiach because we want to get closer to the Light.  It is time to cleanse our heart with tears of true desire for the Light. It is our real lost love that we want to find again.  We want to break all the selfish desires and express love to each other, unconditionally.

I love you all,

Shabbat Shalom,

Zion Nefesh

 

" אִשָּׁה כִּי תַזְרִיעַ, וְיָלְדָה זָכָר " ( Leviticus 12:2)
If a woman be delivered, and bear a man-child

The Zohar for this parasha discusses the different aspects of the connection between the male and female, and the light that flows as a result of it.

When Adam was created he had two faces (sides) Genesis (1:27)

" וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹקים אֶת-הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ, בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹקים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ:  זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בָּרָא אֹתָם ",
"
And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them."

The Zohar explains "זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בָּרָא אֹתָם" ("Male and Female he created them") means that both were connected back to back. They were one but couldn\’t see each other. G-d said (Genesis 2:18)

"וַיֹּאמֶר יְקוָק אֱלֹק ים, לֹא-טוֹב הֱיוֹת הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ; אֶעֱשֶׂה-לּוֹ עֵזֶר, כְּנֶגְדּוֹ "
"And God said: \’It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help for him "

" כְּנֶגְדּוֹ ", "for him", means in front of him. " וַיִּקַּח, אַחַת מִצַּלְעתָיו " (and he took one of his ribs). The word for rib in Hebrew is" צל " which also means side, like the side of a building. " אַחַת ","one", is in the female form.

The Zohar continues to explain that G-d brought Eve to Adam as a bride to the groom and blessed them (1:28). The blessing was like the seven blessings in a wedding ceremony, the "Kidushin". Those blessings build and create the unification of the Seven Sefirot (Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchut). This way a complete form of light and vessel is established. The couple is united and bonded with the spiritual system.

Why it takes two to Tango? (or to have children)

Initially, G-d created Adam and Eve as one in order to establish a desire for them to seek each other and connect. Like us, we crave something that we have already had a taste for. A person that never tasted a good chocolate (or similar), will not have the desire for it.  Adam and Eve were Zeir Anpin and Malchut on the spiritual level. G-d took them through the process of separation in order to give them the opportunity to desire and work on connecting to each other. That connection draws light to the world.

After G-d removed Eve from the side of Adam it said (Genesis 2:21,22,23,24) 
"
וַיִּקַּח, אַחַת מִצַּלְעֹתָיו, וַיִּסְגֹּר בָּשָׂר, תַּחְתֶּנָּה" , "G-d took one of his ribs, and closed up the place with flesh instead ". This is the separation of Eve from Adam or Malchut from Zeir Anpin. Then in Genesis 2:23          
"
וַיֹּאמֶר, הָאָדָם, זֹאת הַפַּעַם עֶצֶם מֵעֲצָמַי, וּבָשָׂר מִבְּשָׂרִי; לְזֹאת יִקָּרֵא אִשָּׁה, כִּי מֵאִישׁ לֻקְחָה-זֹּאת \’
"
And Adam said: \’This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.\’"

 Adam recognized the separation and called her "זֹּאת \’" (it is also a code for Malchut).

The final advice in 2:24
"
עַל-כֵּן, יַעֲזָב-אִישׁ, אֶת-אָבִיו, וְאֶת-אִמּוֹ; וְדָבַק בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ, וְהָיוּ לְבָשָׂר אֶחָד"
"
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh"


Father and Mother as explained in previous commentaries refer to Chokmah and Binah, that give birth to Zeir Anpin (Male energy, "
זכר ") and Malchut. Their purpose is to connect and be one "אֶחָד ", numerical value is 13, same as love "אהבה ".

When a person connects to another woman, he creates a major flaw in his spiritual connection to the light and the correction of it is very hard. (Zohar Tazriah).
"
אשה־אחרת ", "another woman", is a woman who belongs to another man. (Please don\’t think of belonging as in property. Two parts of the same soul \’belong\’ to each other.) The Zohar uses the words "אשת־אחר " and it can be translated as a woman who is married to another man, and also a woman from the impure system.

"אחר " in the Torah refers to the bad and impure side of the Tree of Knowledge.

The word " עֵזֶר " "help" in Genesis 2:18 has the meaning of help and also a tool. When we rearrange the order of the letters we get "זרע ", which means seed. In our reference this is  the seed that is created when a man (male energy) and a woman (female energy) unite.

When we think about the process of unification and creating life, we realize how great the miracle of creation is. The numerical value of the first two letters " רז " is 207, which is the same as Light. " אור ". The third letter " ע " equals to 70, which represents the seven Sefirot (Each Sefira contains ten inner Sefirot). The light comes in with the unification.

The Ari Hakadosh, explains that the first service of Yom Kippur is to open the arc, bring out Torah scrolls and recite a verse from psalms (97:11) " אוֹר, זָרֻעַ לַצַּדִּיק וּלְיִשְׁרֵי-לֵב שִׂמְחָה " ("Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.").

The seed of the Light for the whole year is at that point in Yom Kippur. Opening the Arc is in the level of Chokamh and Binah (Kabbalistically called Father and Mother). The Torah scroll is Zeir Anpin, rolled in a shape of the letter Vav and held upright to channel the Light to Malchut (the world of action). 

The Ari gives a deeper meditation and suggest s that a man should do his best just to be able to carry one of the Torah scrolls taken out of the Arc on the night of Yom Kippur. The first Torah that is brought out of the Ark is the seed of all.

" וְיָלְדָה זָכָר ","and delivered a man child"  is a result of the connection. " זָכָר " is the appearance of the light. This word also reveals the light in it with the letters of " רז "=" אור " =" אין־סוף ". The other letter is "כ ", the letter of Keter, the highest sefira. It is also the letter of the Sun. This letter also opens forward, in a giving state. "זָכָר " (=male) is and should be a channel for the Light.

The Zohar talks about the circumcision, Brit (" מילה ") done on the eighth day. During the circumcision, the father, or the Mohel acting on behalf of the father, removes the foreskin, " ערלה ", which represents the Sin of Adam and Eve and the snake. The process is the first correction of the body. By removing that negativity we connect the child " זָכָר " to the light. Naming the child immediately after the circumcision is important. The name connects the body to the root of the soul of his name and it is done after the removal of the negativity. The child is now connected to Binah.

It is important to understand that all our prayers are for the purpose of unifying the male (Zeir Anpin, " יקוק ") and the Female (Malchut, " שכינה "). This draws the light and keeps it flowing to this world. If all prayers and spiritual connections stopped, the world would go out of existence.

The Kabbalists teach us that all of our spiritual and physical connections should start with the " לשם־יחוד־קודשה־בריך־הוא־ושכינתיה " (for the purpose of unifying the Holy one, bless be he and the Shechinah) " יה " and " וה ".


B"H we will merit witnessing the final connection of the Light and Vessel in equality (Zechariah 14:9)

"וְהָיָה יְקוָק לְמֶלֶךְ, עַל-כָּל-הָאָרֶץ; בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, יִהְיֶה יְקוָק אֶחָד–וּשְׁמוֹ אֶחָד . ",
And G-d shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall the G-d be One, and His name one.

 Today, Amen.

 I Love you all, Shabbat Shalom,

Zion Nefesh

 

"ויקרא־אל־משה־וידבר־יקוק־אליו־מאהל־מועד־לאמר"

The Torah has five books. The number five in Kabbalah represents the Ten Sefirot as Keter, Chokmah, Binah, Zeir Anpin (six levels) and Malchut. The first book, "בראשית" (Genesis) is Keter, "שמות" (Exodus) is Chokmah, "ויקרא" (Leviticus) is Binah, "במדבר" (Numbers) is Zeir Anpin and "דברים" (Deuteronomy) is Malchut.

 

The process of transformation from Spiritual to physical is called "השתלשלות", evolving. Keter is coming from the unknown and the source of the light, Chochma, channels the light and Binah begins the process of manifestation or the forming of the vessel. (To simplify, vessel is a container of light with ability to create or cause an action in this world).

The book of Bereshit is the source of everything in this world.  Shemot (= names in Hebrew) brings the revelation of the light through the process and the miracles of breaking the bondage to Egypt, the revelation on Mount Sinai and the completion of building the Tabernacle.

 

In Vayikra (Leviticus) we have the tools to activate and use the light. The first verse "ויקרא־אל־משה" with small Aleph initiates the connection of the Light through the Tabernacle and the Torah as "לוחות־העדות" is in the Arc. Rabbi Yosef Gikatilla in "Saarei Orah" (part "א") explains that the Aleph is for Ohel Moed "אוהל־מועד". The call to Moshe from Ohel Moed is a connection of the Light from the level of Malchut, the small Aleph. 

 The Zohar begins the parasha with Rabbi Elazar quoting Yeshayahu (Isaiah) the prophet saying to king Ahaz, "שאל־לך־אות־מעם־י׳־אלוקיך", then asking the question "What\’s the difference between the first and the last generations?" and answers that the first generations knew the supernal wisdom of the letters and how to combine them into powerful tools to control actions in this world. Even the wicked ones in Yisrael, Like King Ahaz knew the letters of Binah and the Letters of Malchut.

The letters are the secret of the vessel and the light, which comes from Binah with the essence of Zeir Anpin and worlds of Briah, Yetzirah, Asiya (Creation, Formation, and Action).

Those are the letters given to Moshe on Mount Sinai and contain in the Torah.  
There are 16 occurrences in the Torah with different size letters. Ten large letters connect us to the level of Binah and six small letters connect us to Malchut of Zeir Anpin.


The first letter of the Torah is the letter "
ב" of "בראשית". It signifies that the seed of the Torah is in Binah. That is where the energy comes to Zeir Anpin (The Torah). The first verse of the Torah says "בראשית־ברא־אלקים־את" that is, in the beginning G-d created “את”. Hebrew Aleph Bet was created first and "את" is the first and the last letter of it. The Zohar says that 2000 years before the world was created G-d played with the Hebrew letters. In another place it says that G-d was looking in the Torah and creating the world. This teaches us that the Hebrew letters are above all dimensions. When a scriber ("סופר־סתם") writes a Torah scroll he must be clean physically and spiritually, His consciousness should be pure and must go to the Mikveh before he starts writing.

 
Before writing each letter he should touch the scroll with the ink to make a tiny mark and meditate on the letter Yod, "י" (to connect the letter to the upper levels) as a start for the actual letter. There are many rules on writing a Kosher Torah and even if one of them is broken, it invalidates the whole Torah Scroll and it can not be used as a tool to draw the light. There are many printing devices that can print a magnificent and accurate Torah scroll, but without the needed consciousness it cannot be used.


A person that orders a Torah scroll must choose the scriber that is going to do the writing carefully, in order to have the best channel of light possible for him and for the people that will read and listen to the reading from it.

 

The top of every column in the Torah scroll begins with the letter "ו", the columns in the Torah are like the letter "ו", and only in six places the letters at the top of the columns are different. Those letters spells "ביה־שמו" numerical value "המשיח", "The Mashiach" 

In ten places in the Torah there are 32 dots above the letters, representing 10 Sefirot and the 22 letters of the "א־ב". They channel the 32 paths of wisdom (Chokmah). The first letter of the Torah is "ב" and the last one is "ל", together it is "לב" (numerical value 32) which also means "Heart".

There are 32 teeth in the mouth for the same reason. (To channel that energy). It says "Life and Death by the hand of the tongue", "חיים־ומות־ביד־הלשון". This tells us that we are constructed to be channels for the light and that we have the ability to build or destroy with our words.

The Ari Hakadosh in the beginning of "Shaar Ruach Hakodesh" (Part of Kitvei Ha\’Ari) said that with every word we say we create an angle; positive or negative depending on the word. The positive angles help us in time of need and the negative angels create blockages when we don\’t need them.

The letters of the Torah and the words we hear from the reader on Shabbat are very important connections for us to draw the necessary energy from the reading. When we hear the process of sacrifices in the Tabernacle to cleanse a person from impurity, we also connect to the same energy.

When it says "ונשלמה־פרים־שפתינו" "we will pay sacrifices with our lips" it means that the power of the words are like the sacrifices in the Temple . Since the Temple is not accessible and we can not bring sacrifices to the Kohen to remove any negativity from ourselves, we read and recite the process that was done in the Temple. With this knowledge and the Ari\’s teaching on creating angels with our words, we can begin to understand the reason for all the different prayers we recite on a daily basis, Shabbat and Holidays.

Another revelation from Zohar Vayikra is about Moshe who couldn\’t go inside the cloud in the Tabernacle. "ולא־יכול־לבוא־משה־אל־אהל־מועד־כי־שכן־עליו־הענן". The question is why he couldn’t go inside the cloud now when he could be in the cloud on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights before. The Zohar explains that on the Mountain the cloud was from Malchut and on the Tabernacle, it was from Binah. All the chariots and the vessels of the supernal Tabernacle were in this cloud.
That was the hidden process that came from the left column of Binah, called "Mishkan and Ohel Moed" to establish the presence of the Shechinah in the lower levels and to give us support.

 

" אִשָּׁה כִּי תַזְרִיעַ, וְיָלְדָה זָכָר " (Leviticus 12:2)
If a woman be delivered, and bear a man-child

The Zohar for this parasha discusses the different aspects of the connection between the male and female, and the light that flows as a result of it.

When Adam was created he had two faces (sides) Genesis (1:27)

" וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹקים אֶת-הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ, בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹקים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ:  זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בָּרָא אֹתָם",
And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.

The Zohar explains "זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בָּרָא אֹתָם" ("Male and Female he created them") means that both were connected back to back. They were one but couldn’t see each other. G-d said (Genesis 2:18)

וַיֹּאמֶר יְקוָק אֱלֹקים, לֹא-טוֹב הֱיוֹת הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ; אֶעֱשֶׂה-לּוֹ עֵזֶר, כְּנֶגְדּוֹ
“And God said: \’It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help for him

" כְּנֶגְדּוֹ ", “for him”, means in front of him. " וַיִּקַּח, אַחַת מִצַּלְעתָיו " (and he took one of his ribs). The word for rib in Hebrew is" צל " which also means side, like the side of a building. " אַחַת ",”one”, is in the female form.

The Zohar continues to explain that G-d brought Eve to Adam as a bride to the groom and blessed them (1:28). The blessing was like the seven blessings in a wedding ceremony, the "Kidushin". Those blessings build and create the unification of the Seven Sefirot (Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchut). This way a complete form of light and vessel is established. The couple is united and bonded with the spiritual system.

Why it takes two to Tango? (or to have children)

Initially, G-d created Adam and Eve as one in order to establish a desire for them to seek each other and connect. Like us, we crave something that we have already had a taste for. A person that never tasted a good chocolate (or similar), will not have the desire for it.  Adam and Eve were Zeir Anpin and Malchut on the spiritual level. G-d took them through the process of separation in order to give them the opportunity to desire and work on connecting to each other. That connection draws light to the world.

After G-d removed Eve from the side of Adam it said (Genesis 2:21,22,23,24) 
וַיִּקַּח, אַחַת מִצַּלְעֹתָיו, וַיִּסְגֹּר בָּשָׂר, תַּחְתֶּנָּה” , “G-d took one of his ribs, and closed up the place with flesh instead”. This is the separation of Eve from Adam or Malchut from Zeir Anpin. Then in Genesis 2:23          
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וַיֹּאמֶר, הָאָדָם, זֹאת הַפַּעַם עֶצֶם מֵעֲצָמַי, וּבָשָׂר מִבְּשָׂרִי; לְזֹאת יִקָּרֵא אִשָּׁה, כִּי מֵאִישׁ לֻקְחָה-זֹּאת \’
And Adam said: \’This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.\’

 Adam recognized the separation and called her "זֹּאת \’" (it is also a code for Malchut).

The final advice in 2:24
עַל-כֵּן, יַעֲזָב-אִישׁ, אֶת-אָבִיו, וְאֶת-אִמּוֹ; וְדָבַק בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ, וְהָיוּ לְבָשָׂר אֶחָד
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh


Father and Mother as explained in previous commentaries refer to Chokmah and Binah, that give birth to Zeir Anpin (Male energy, "
זכר ") and Malchut. Their purpose is to connect and be one "אֶחָד ", numerical value is 13, same as love "אהבה ".

When a person connects to another woman, he creates a major flaw in his spiritual connection to the light and the correction of it is very hard. (Zohar Tazriah).
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אשה־אחרת ", “another woman”, is a woman who belongs to another man. (Please don’t think of belonging as in property. Two parts of the same soul ‘belong’ to each other.) The Zohar uses the words "אשת־אחר " and it can be translated as a woman who is married to another man, and also a woman from the impure system.

"אחר " in the Torah refers to the bad and impure side of the Tree of Knowledge.

The word " עֵזֶר " “help” in Genesis 2:18 has the meaning of help and also a tool. When we rearrange the order of the letters we get “זרע", which means seed. In our reference this is the seed that is created when a man (male energy) and a woman (female energy) unite.

When we think about the process of unification and creating life, we realize how great the miracle of creation is. The numerical value of the first two letters " רז " is 207, which is the same as Light. " אור ". The third letter " ע " equals to 70, which represents the seven Sefirot (Each Sefira contains ten inner Sefirot). The light comes in with the unification.

The Ari Hakadosh, explains that the first service of Yom Kippur is to open the arc, bring out Torah scrolls and recite a verse from psalms (97:11) " אוֹר, זָרֻעַ לַצַּדִּיק וּלְיִשְׁרֵי-לֵב שִׂמְחָה " ("Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.").

The seed of the Light for the whole year is at that point in Yom Kippur. Opening the Arc is in the level of Chokamh and Binah (Kabbalistically called Father and Mother). The Torah scroll is Zeir Anpin, rolled in a shape of the letter Vav and held upright to channel the Light to Malchut (the world of action). 

The Ari gives a deeper meditation and suggest s that a man should do his best just to be able to carry one of the Torah scrolls taken out of the Arc on the night of Yom Kippur. The first Torah that is brought out of the Ark is the seed of all.

" וְיָלְדָה זָכָר ",”and delivered a man child” is a result of the connection. " זָכָר " is the appearance of the light. This word also reveals the light in it with the letters of " רז "=" אור " =" אין־סוף ". The other letter is “כ”, the letter of Keter, the highest sefira. It is also the letter of the Sun. This letter also opens forward, in a giving state. “זָכָר” (=male) is and should be a channel for the Light.

The Zohar talks about the circumcision, Brit (" מילה ") done on the eighth day. During the circumcision, the father, or the Mohel acting on behalf of the father, removes the foreskin, " ערלה ", which represents the Sin of Adam and Eve and the snake. The process is the first correction of the body. By removing that negativity we connect the child " זָכָר " to the light. Naming the child immediately after the circumcision is important. The name connects the body to the root of the soul of his name and it is done after the removal of the negativity. The child is now connected to Binah.

It is important to understand that all our prayers are for the purpose of unifying the male (Zeir Anpin, " יקוק ") and the Female (Malchut, " שכינה "). This draws the light and keeps it flowing to this world. If all prayers and spiritual connections stopped, the world would go out of existence.

The Kabbalists teach us that all of our spiritual and physical connections should start with the " לשם־יחוד־קודשה־בריך־הוא־ושכינתיה " (for the purpose of unifying the Holy one, bless be he and the Shechinah) " יה " and " וה ".


B"H we will merit witnessing the final connection of the Light and Vessel in equality (Zechariah 14:9)

"וְהָיָה יְקוָק לְמֶלֶךְ, עַל-כָּל-הָאָרֶץ; בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, יִהְיֶה יְקוָק אֶחָד–וּשְׁמוֹ אֶחָד. ",
And G-d shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall the G-d be One, and His name one.

 Today, Amen.

 

 

"ויקרא־אל־משה־וידבר־יקוק־אליו־מאהל־מועד־לאמר"

The Torah has five books. The number five in Kabbalah represents the Ten Sefirot as Keter, Chokmah, Binah, Zeir Anpin (six levels) and Malchut. The first book, "בראשית" (Genesis) is Keter, "שמות" (Exodus) is Chokmah, "ויקרא" (Leviticus) is Binah, "במדבר" (Numbers) is Zeir Anpin and "דברים" (Deuteronomy) is Malchut.

 

The process of transformation from Spiritual to physical is called "השתלשלות", evolving. Keter is coming from the unknown and the source of the light, Chochma, channels the light and Binah begins the process of manifestation or the forming of the vessel. (To simplify, vessel is a container of light with ability to create or cause an action in this world).

The book of Bereshit is the source of everything in this world.  Shemot (= names in Hebrew) brings the revelation of the light through the process and the miracles of breaking the bondage to Egypt, the revelation on Mount Sinai and the completion of building the Tabernacle.

 

In Vayikra (Leviticus) we have the tools to activate and use the light. The first verse "ויקרא־אל־משה" with small Aleph initiates the connection of the Light through the Tabernacle and the Torah as "לוחות־העדות" is in the Arc. Rabbi Yosef Gikatilla in "Saarei Orah" (part "א") explains that the Aleph is for Ohel Moed "אוהל־מועד". The call to Moshe from Ohel Moed is a connection of the Light from the level of Malchut, the small Aleph. 

 The Zohar begins the parasha with Rabbi Elazar quoting Yeshayahu (Isaiah) the prophet saying to king Ahaz, "שאל־לך־אות־מעם־י׳־אלוקיך", then asking the question "What\’s the difference between the first and the last generations?" and answers that the first generations knew the supernal wisdom of the letters and how to combine them into powerful tools to control actions in this world. Even the wicked ones in Yisrael, Like King Ahaz knew the letters of Binah and the Letters of Malchut.

The letters are the secret of the vessel and the light, which comes from Binah with the essence of Zeir Anpin and worlds of Briah, Yetzirah, Asiya (Creation, Formation, and Action).

Those are the letters given to Moshe on Mount Sinai and contain in the Torah.  
There are 16 occurrences in the Torah with different size letters. Ten large letters connect us to the level of Binah and six small letters connect us to Malchut of Zeir Anpin.


The first letter of the Torah is the letter "
ב" of "בראשית". It signifies that the seed of the Torah is in Binah. That is where the energy comes to Zeir Anpin (The Torah). The first verse of the Torah says "בראשית־ברא־אלקים־את" that is, in the beginning G-d created “את”. Hebrew Aleph Bet was created first and "את" is the first and the last letter of it. The Zohar says that 2000 years before the world was created G-d played with the Hebrew letters. In another place it says that G-d was looking in the Torah and creating the world. This teaches us that the Hebrew letters are above all dimensions. When a scriber ("סופר־סתם") writes a Torah scroll he must be clean physically and spiritually, His consciousness should be pure and must go to the Mikveh before he starts writing.

 
Before writing each letter he should touch the scroll with the ink to make a tiny mark and meditate on the letter Yod, "י" (to connect the letter to the upper levels) as a start for the actual letter. There are many rules on writing a Kosher Torah and even if one of them is broken, it invalidates the whole Torah Scroll and it can not be used as a tool to draw the light. There are many printing devices that can print a magnificent and accurate Torah scroll, but without the needed consciousness it cannot be used.


A person that orders a Torah scroll must choose the scriber that is going to do the writing carefully, in order to have the best channel of light possible for him and for the people that will read and listen to the reading from it.

 

The top of every column in the Torah scroll begins with the letter "ו", the columns in the Torah are like the letter "ו", and only in six places the letters at the top of the columns are different. Those letters spells "ביה־שמו" numerical value "המשיח", "The Mashiach" 

In ten places in the Torah there are 32 dots above the letters, representing 10 Sefirot and the 22 letters of the "א־ב". They channel the 32 paths of wisdom (Chokmah). The first letter of the Torah is "ב" and the last one is "ל", together it is "לב" (numerical value 32) which also means "Heart".

There are 32 teeth in the mouth for the same reason. (To channel that energy). It says "Life and Death by the hand of the tongue", "חיים־ומות־ביד־הלשון". This tells us that we are constructed to be channels for the light and that we have the ability to build or destroy with our words.

The Ari Hakadosh in the beginning of "Shaar Ruach Hakodesh" (Part of Kitvei Ha\’Ari) said that with every word we say we create an angle; positive or negative depending on the word. The positive angles help us in time of need and the negative angels create blockages when we don\’t need them.

The letters of the Torah and the words we hear from the reader on Shabbat are very important connections for us to draw the necessary energy from the reading. When we hear the process of sacrifices in the Tabernacle to cleanse a person from impurity, we also connect to the same energy.

When it says "ונשלמה־פרים־שפתינו" "we will pay sacrifices with our lips" it means that the power of the words are like the sacrifices in the Temple . Since the Temple is not accessible and we can not bring sacrifices to the Kohen to remove any negativity from ourselves, we read and recite the process that was done in the Temple. With this knowledge and the Ari\’s teaching on creating angels with our words, we can begin to understand the reason for all the different prayers we recite on a daily basis, Shabbat and Holidays.

Another revelation from Zohar Vayikra is about Moshe who couldn\’t go inside the cloud in the Tabernacle. "ולא־יכול־לבוא־משה־אל־אהל־מועד־כי־שכן־עליו־הענן". The question is why he couldn’t go inside the cloud now when he could be in the cloud on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights before. The Zohar explains that on the Mountain the cloud was from Malchut and on the Tabernacle, it was from Binah. All the chariots and the vessels of the supernal Tabernacle were in this cloud.
That was the hidden process that came from the left column of Binah, called "Mishkan and Ohel Moed" to establish the presence of the Shechinah in the lower levels and to give us support.

 

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 (Leviticus 2:13) Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.

G-d created an amazing spiritual system for us. The law that governs this system is cause and effect and it is established this way so that we can create and achieve whatever we set our mind to. (See articles Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 on RabbiShimon.com to understand the reason and cause of creation)

The system presents us with challenges along the way to accomplish our goals. We can never enjoy success if we don’t overcome the obstacles. Even if you are the fastest runner in the world, you will not be satisfied until you compete and win other top runners.

The ultimate challenge is the winning over your SELF. ‘Your’ is your soul and ‘SELF’ is your body. It has its own consciousness and desires and even if the soul governs the body, the body dictates what, when and how to do everything.

The body gravity is so strong that it contaminates the pure soul. The soul (part of the divine) gets into the body with mercy. It is a gradual process that starts in the dark, in the protection of the womb. When the process of bonding the soul with the body gets completed, they start their process in life.

The soul comes from the divine and the body that created in the level of Malchut, comes from physicality. They don’t really like each other and the first opportunity that the body gets damaged, the soul is happy to leave it. The soul needs the cleansing to continue to stay with the body.

Now what is the connection between this and Vayikra?

We were given the system and the Torah as a guide to use it. The Tabernacle was provided as a tool to draw the light of G-d and sustain existence.  G-d wants to leave us alone so we can enjoy the freedom to work and achieve our goals by ourselves. Since there are and will be challenges, we are at the risk of hurting ourselves, and especially our souls.

In Vayikra G-d provides us the technologies to purify our souls from contamination through the Priests and the Levites.

The process involves slaughtering of animals, splashing and pouring their blood against the Holy Altar and salting and burning them.

How does this purify us from negativity?

The animal is a living creature that we own and bring to the priest to transform its body (physical) to spiritual. The blood is the carrier of the soul and when it separates from the body of the animal the soul ascends up (spiritually).  The salt is a substance that has the highest desire of the self and it draws the blood into it. Salt “מלח” in Hebrew has the numerical value of 78, which is 3 times 26 (3 is for the three spiritual columns (right left and center), 26 = the value of the Tetragramaton). The Altar, “מזבח” has the value of 57 (זן) and (אוכל), both words are 135 + 2 for the Kolel(adding 1 for each word) = 137, which is “קבלה”, Kabbalah.

This process creates the channel and opportunity for the light of the creator to be revealed. This light cleanses the person or the people that connect to this specific offering.

What is Kabbalah?

You may know the word and you may know the Hebrew meaning of it, but what it really means is a port to connect to the upper dimensions and to the Light of the Creator.

This port of “קבלה” is concealed in the Bible under the word “מצבה” “Pillar”, they both have the same numerical value.

Read Genesis 28:17,18, Genesis 31:13,  Deuteronomy 16:17,  Exodus 24:4 and Hosea 3:4 for some examples that help us understand the connection of “מַצֵּבָה” (קבלה) as a portal to connect to the light.

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, created the books of the Zohar immediately after the destruction of the second Temple. It is the main writing of Kabbalah and it gives us the opportunity to connect to a light that was not available since the times of the Holy Temple.

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When we are connected to the port of Kabbalah, our soul is cleansed. We are then able to channel and reveal more light in the world. This is the way of the kabbalists. Be one.

 

I\’m nearly in tears…

Mashiach sent me an email.

Yes. Mashiach sent me an email last week. He attached his book of over 1054 pages describing what Mashiach is, the process, his life story (some of it), Lots of Gematria calculations of his name and his family. In the book he presents proof that he is the “irrefutable” Mashiach. He wanted Ezra, my friend and me, to work with him to be the "King Mashiach".

I started reading his book seriously but after a couple of hundred pages I found myself jumping through the pages, all the way to the end. It was loaded with gematria “proofs” that he is the King Mashiach.

He is actually on the same mailing list as you and he receives my articles and reads them (maybe with different mind set). Hopefully this article can also be an answer to his e-mail.

His book made me happy and at the same time sad. I am happy, because I know of three more people who claimed to be Mashiach.  None of them convinced me to be the real one, but who am I to judge?
The happiness I feel is in the fact that every such person that comes forward as Mashiach signifies how close we are to the Final Redemption. Many of us believe that Mashiach is already among us.

The way I see is like a morning break. You can see the light of the Sun before it rises over the horizon. Some people have great desire to connect to the Light of the Creator. This desire is so strong that they can’t even wait for “the call” and are ready to go for it right now.

I feel sad when I can’t see the real Mashiach in them. They all have great souls (=vessel=desire). Most of them are defined as “Crazy” by their friends. Remember that “Crazy” is a quality and a gift that G-d gave us to do more.

Our sages tell us that King David, in blessed memory, asked G-d why he made “craziness” in the world. G-d told him that it is a quality that the world needs to have and promised him that one day he will thank him for that. Indeed, we know the story about Achish from the Bible, the King of Gat whose people caught King David and when they wanted to bring him to the King, King David acted like a crazy person and the king of Gat released him. (Read the full story in Samuel 1 Chapter 20). Please remember that Mashiach is from the seed of David.

Mashiach comes with the power of the Creator to redeem us. Moses went to Pharaoh’s palace to demand “Let my people go!” How come mighty Pharaoh didn’t tell his guards: “How dare you let this man come to me, take this “Basket Case” and throw to the Nile! And no basket this time…”

We realize here that there are greater powers involved with the process of redemption. Once it starts, it is unstoppable.

When Mashiach comes he will have no fear, no dependency of any kind. He posses the power of Creation in his mouth. His words will create new reality and whoever will object him may die just by the vapor blowing out of his mouth.

The person to be Mashiach may not know his job until the moment G-d (through Moses) will connect his soul to the soul of Mashiach.
The redemption process is described as the Exodus from Egypt but with greater miracles and wonders.
The Baal Shem Tov whose first name was Israel, awakened the souls of the Israelites to the spirit of Mashiach. He “tuned” his disciples, especially his close students to make a paradigm shift in the mind of the Jewish people. Like Moses in his time The Baal Shem Tov couldn’t enter the Land of Israel, because his great soul could have brought the Light of Mashiach before time.
(We are getting closer to the connection to the parasha of this week, Shemini).
 
We cannot ridicule any one that claims to be Mashiach. They are the Nadav and Avihu of the process. Their desire to do for the Light is beyond their self social preservation. If they do not have hidden selfish agenda then they are at the level of righteousness.

Remember that before the Red Sea split, one person needed to go into the water, with his certainty and selfless act in order to create the opening for the others. That was Nachshon Ben Aminadav and now we have some others that help us believe that there is a real Mashiach and he is close to reveal himself.

To connect to that light we need to express the love and care for each other, because this is the only force that can guarantee the coming of Mashiach soon. The world was created with the power of Unconditional love (as it is coded in the first word of the Torah with בראשית = אבגיתץ = אהבת־חנם, see my articles on Genesis).
In genesis 1 it says "and the spirit of G-d is hovering over the water". Kabbalists explain that it is the spirit of Mashiach. The Torah is Water.
There are 6 special letters at the top of the columns in the Torah scroll. Those letters are “ביה־שמו”, the numerical value equals to “המשיח”, the Mashiach and also equals to “משה־חי”, Moses is alive.

Moshe =345 and he brought the Torah to us from above. His spirit exists in every generation as a live connection to the Light of the Torah.
When we all as one (אחד=13) will be with love (אהבה Ahavah = 13), we will create the connection to Moses, 345. The two forces of Love from below and Moshe from above will create the Mashiach (=358) revelation.

Then as the sages tell us, the old Torah will be voided and a new Torah will come.
Many expect Mashiach to come and heal their ailments of money, health and relationships. This is like the desire to win the lottery. It is selfish. It sounds good, the plans are great but as we know only less than ten percent of the winners enjoy it.

The Talmud teaches us (Tractate Shabbat 31a) about the great Hillel that was asked by a potential convert to teach him the whole Torah while standing on one foot. Hillel replied, "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That\’s the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go study it!"

It is time to think outside ourselves, we want mashiach because we want to get closer to the Light.  It is time to cleanse our heart with tears of true desire for the Light. It is our real lost love that we want to find again.  We want to break all the selfish desires and express love to each other, unconditionally.

I love you all,

Shabbat Shalom,

Zion Nefesh

 

 Link to Shemini First Part

The second part of the verse "וְעַל-פְּנֵי כָל-הָעָם אֶכָּבֵד" explains the effect of the cause of "אֶקָּדֵשׁ" with "אֶכָּבֵד" the parallel is the use of the same number of letters and same vowels. The root of "אֶכָּבֵד "  is "כבד" and it is related to a revelation or "גילוי" in Hebrew. The numerical value of the root is 26, which is the value of the name "יקוק". The action of "קדש" cause "כבד"  or "כבוד" and the revelation of the Light  as it say in Vayikra (9:6)
"וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה, זֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר-צִוָּה יְהוָה תַּעֲשׂוּ–וְיֵרָא אֲלֵיכֶם, כְּבוֹד יְהוָה. ",
 in (Ezekiel 43:4) "וּכְבוֹד יְהוָה, בָּא אֶל-הַבָּיִת", (Exodus 16:7) "וּרְאִיתֶם אֶת-כְּבוֹד יְהוָה"  and in many other places.

Nadav and Avihu made a great revelation of light that Moshe and Aharon understood. It said (10:3) "וַיִּדֹּם אַהֲרֹן", And Aaron held his peace.

Every Yom Kippur we read from the story and the scarify of Nadav and Avihu from the parasha of Shemini. Yom Kippur is a day of total connection to Binah (We do not eat on that day so our bodily desires won\’t interfere and ground us when drawing the spiritual energy of Binah).

The Ari HaKadosh explains that they wanted to make the correction of the sin of Adam and complete the correction of the world "Tikkum Olam".

Commentaries explain that the fire to burn the sacrifices for Aharon and the Nation came from inside the Tabernacle. When Nadav and Avihu saw the Light of the creator so close to them, they assumed that they had the power, as Kohanim to make the final connection of the Light to the world and remove all negativity. The Ari said that they made few mistakes and they couldn\’t succeed in achieving their goal. This doesn\’t take the value from their action that left us with channel for all generations. Another famous selfless act was done by Miriam the Prophetess and gave us a healing connection. (B"H in another article).

Their death was unique because their body stayed complete when the fire from G-d took their soul like the fire that comes down to burn the sacrifices.

Later we read in the Torah in Parashat Ballak about Pinchas the Kohen doing an extreme act of killing the head of the tribe of Shimon in order to stop a plague that invaded the camp of Yisrael. The Zohar explains that after he killed Zimri, the people of his tribe came to attack Pinchas and out of fright, his soul went out of his body and got replaced by the soul of Nadav and Avihu, his uncles. This also explains why Pinchas could stay as a Kohen after he made the killing. His new soul had no part in the killing. We also know that Pinchas became Eliyahu the Prophet and he never died. We all know the role of Eliyahu Hanavie in every Brit that connects the soul to the Light; He visits us in the Night of the Seder to connect us to the final redemption and will come to announce the Mashiach (B"H today, Amen.)

Parashat Shemini has 91 verses and as we showed earlier it is the gimatria value of Nadav and Avihu. The parasha also has the middle of the Torah in double letters (10:16) "דָּרֹשׁ דָּרַשׁ" and the middle of the Torah in Letters (11:42) with the Large letter "ו " that we know is the letter that channels the light of the Torah as it appears at the top of every column in the Torah (except for 6 special places) and its size makes a bridge to Binah. 

Please read this article several times to get better understanding of the higher connection we get this Shabbat from the Torah reading of Shemini. 

 

 
"וַיֹּאמֶר יְקוָק אֶל-מֹשֶׁה, אֱמֹר אֶל-הַכֹּהֲנִים בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן; וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם, לְנֶפֶשׁ לֹא-יִטַּמָּא בְּעַמָּיו."
"And the LORD said unto Moses: Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them: There shall none defile himself for the dead among his people"
 
The Zohar ask the question "what is the point of saying "unto the priests the sons of Aaron".  Isn\’t it obvious that the priests are the sons of Aaron, and answers that the instructions are for the sons of Aaron and not the sons of Levi, because Aaron is the beginning of the line of all the Kohanim (priests) in the world.
 
The Holy One Blessed be He, selected him to create peace in the world. Aaron\’s ways elevated him to that position and duty because all his life he was working to bring peace in the world. Because of that The Holy one elevated him to the priesthood in order to bring peace to the ones that serve the Holy on the upper levels. By his work, Aaron cause a unification of The Holy one and the Shechina and peace is made in all the worlds. This is the reason it said "אֱמֹר אֶל-הַכֹּהֲנִים בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן" (: Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron).
 
In my humble opinion, the beginning of the parasha is the point where the G-d made a genetic change (signature) in the Kohanim\’s DNA. It is known the Kohanim carry a special "Kohen Gene".
There are three words in the verse with the root of "אמר", which implies a higher level transfer of light (like in the story of creation that was made with ten saying of "וַיֹּאמֶר").
"וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם, לְנֶפֶשׁ" and you speak to them, "לְנֶפֶשׁ", to the soul, "לֹא-יִטַּמָּא בְּעַמָּיו" shall not be impure among the people.
Aaron and his sons and all the Kohanim that followed became channels to draw the Light of the Creator from the upper to the lower. The Kohanim have strict rules of behavior. When examining those rules closely we find that they are made to keep the purity and not to negatively affect the DNA of the Kohen. In (21:5) we read "וּבִבְשָׂרָם–לֹא יִשְׂרְטוּ, שָׂרָטֶת" (shall not make any cuttings in their flesh). A Cut in body affects the DNA of the cells and leaves a visible scar (even if the cell renews itself, the \’memory\’ of the cut remains!!!…B"H I\’ll discuss this issue in another article).
Verse (21:8) says "וְקִדַּשְׁתּוֹ–כִּי-אֶת-לֶחֶם אֱלֹהֶיךָ, הוּא מַקְרִיב; קָדֹשׁ, יִהְיֶה-לָּךְ–כִּי קָדוֹשׁ, אֲנִי יְקוָק מְקַדִּשְׁכֶם" (Thou shalt sanctify him therefore; for he offereth the bread of thy God; he shall be holy unto thee; for I the LORD, who sanctify you, am holy.) The English translation of the verse, which copied form the Jewish Publication Society version (1917) does not or can not translate the true meaning of the text in Hebrew. This verse sums up the essence of the Kohen as unique "קָדֹשׁ, יִהְיֶה-לָּךְ", his duty "כִּי-אֶת-לֶחֶם אֱלֹהֶיךָ, הוּא מַקְרִיב" and the fact that G-d made him (the Kohanim) so ("אֲנִי יְהוָה מְקַדִּשְׁכֶם"). We explained in the commentary to the portion of Shemini that "קָדֹשׁ" is the connection of upper and lower (Binah and Malchut). This root appears four times in this verse to represent the full connection to the light (as in the four letters name "יקוק\’).
It is known that when the Kohanim served in the Holy Temple and drew the light to the world, there were no wars. The whole world was in peace like the time of King Solomon. His name "שלמה־המלך" comes from the root of "שלם", which means whole or complete and peace. When you read "שלום" (peace) is the same as "שלם" (complete, without any lack).
Unfortunately as time passed the Kohanim did not keep the strict purity required from them from the Torah and a corruption happened in their DNA. This damage to the channel affected the amount of Light the Kohen could draw to the world, and it wasn\’t enough to keep and sustain complete peace. (Can you imagine how big is the lack of Light is in our days that we have so many wars, nature disasters and not even good leaders for the nations of the world…).
The destruction of the first Temple happened because of hatred for no reason, which is a peace breaker, and if there is no peace the Light can not flow to the world. The second temple was built but couldn\’t hold on long because the DNA corruption was too deep. Many Kohanim died while trying to draw the Light to the world during the Yom HaKippurim service in the Holy Temple. If the channel is not pure enough, it can\’t hold the light.
The Kohen was instructed not to connect to death of any kind. In 21:12 we read "וּמִן-הַמִּקְדָּשׁ, לֹא יֵצֵא, וְלֹא יְחַלֵּל, אֵת מִקְדַּשׁ אֱלֹהָיו:  כִּי נֵזֶר שֶׁמֶן מִשְׁחַת אֱלֹהָיו, עָלָיו–אֲנִי יְהוָה." (Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD.) .Again, the English translation maybe close to the words but far from the meaning. I\’ll translate it here in a way that it will be closer to the Hebrew meaning. "He shall not leave the Temple so he won\’t create un-holiness (" וְלֹא יְחַלֵּל", is from the root of "חול" and "חלל" (space) to the Temple of his G-d because he was anointed with the blessing of G-d, I am G-d.  
The simple understanding from reading this verse is that if a Kohen leaves the Temple, he brings negativity to the Temple of G-d. This is a little bit strange because if he is out of the Temple then how come he can create blemish or un-holiness to the Temple of G-d.
The purpose of the existence of the Temple is (was) to provide a tool for the Kohen to draw the Light to the world. (Remember that in this world we (genesis 1) "אשר־ברא־אלקים־לעשות" must work to earn any benefit of the light).
The Kohen is the Holy channel of Light and, as explained earlier, every action the Kohen is involved with affects his channel. He must stay pure and holy to use the G-d given tool to draw the Light.
Many know the great Tzaddik, Rabbi Yisrael Abu Chatzeirah, the "Baba Sali",  of blessed memory. His name translated to "Praying Father", he prayed for many people and created many amazing miracles. He kept his purity in many ways. He testified on himself that the fact that he never trimmed his beard kept his channels open. He kept the purity of his eyes. His head was completely covered so it would be easy to stay away from unnecessary and distracting images. He didn\’t look at women\’s faces.
By keeping his purity he could be a channel for the Light to bless and pray to heal others. He was the one that re-opened the synagogue of the Ari in Safed that was closed for many years. People that try to enter and connect to the holiness of the Ari couldn\’t do that without getting gravely sick or even die when entering the synagogue.
Now we can easily understand verse 21:21 "כָּל-אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר-בּוֹ מוּם, מִזֶּרַע אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן–לֹא יִגַּשׁ, לְהַקְרִיב אֶת-אִשֵּׁי יְקוָק:  מוּם בּוֹ–אֵת לֶחֶם אֱלֹקָיו, לֹא יִגַּשׁ לְהַקְרִיב" (no man of the seed of Aaron the priest, that hath a blemish, shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire; he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God.).
 
If any person from the seed of the Kohen has a flawed DNA, "מוּם מִזֶּרַע" then he can not serve the Holy. This is also the reason why the same kind of people can not get "Aliah" (going up, make elevation) to the Torah. Whoever gets Aliah should meditate to be a channel to draw the Light of the Torah reading for the whole congregation. In Shabbat we have seven "Aliot" to connect to the Seven Sefirot (Chessed (Kohen), Gevurah (Levi), Tiferet (Yisrael), Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchut). The first three create the vessel for the light; the first letter of Kohen כ, Levi ל and Yisrael י, create the word "כלי", which means vessel.
 
Every Kadish and prayer includes the blessings of "עושה־שלום־במרומיו־הוא־ברחמיו־יעשה־שלום־עלינו־ועל־כל־עמו־ישראל" or "המברך־את־עמו־בשלום", which comes close to or at the end of the prayer. 
In the future we will have a complete peace with the intervention of G-d. "עושה־שלום־במרומיו", G-d that is making peace (=completion) above , "יעשה־שלום־עלינו". Will make peace on us and the whole nation of Yisrael.
The parasha is mentioning the major holidays that the Kohen need to perform a special service at the Temple.
 
B"H we\’ll merit soon seeing the Holy Temple and the Kohanim doing their work to bring peace for the whole world. Amen.

 

 

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