Today, the seventh of Sivan,  is  the Hillulah, Death Anniversary of the Baal Shem Tov. One of the famous Rabbis in the last 450 years. His soul was so high and it is said that such a soul comes to the world only once in a thousand years.
 
It is also said that he came to the world to wake up the soul of all Israelites. His father merited such a son because he went out of his way to help a stranger on Shabbat.
A Kabbalaist ‘Maase Yechiel”, said that the Baal Shem Tov had the soul of Nefesh of Atziluth and the Holy Ari had his soul from Ruach of Atziluth. They both came to the world at the same period to create a bridge to the spiritual system that was lost because of the religiosity of people.
 
The existence of his and the Ari’s souls brought so much light to the world and Europe that,  the whole world of that time came out of the dark ages. Art and science began to flourish in the world.
 
There are lots of information and stories about the Baal Shem Tov that you can easily find on the Internet but I wrote this piece to wake us all to the same consciousness that the Baal Shem Tov brought to the world. “Don’t just do it, put your soul and love in it”
 
The soul is our connection to the light. The deeper aspect of knowledge is connection. King David, whose death anniversary was yesterday, said in Psalms 3:6 “ בְּכָל-דְּרָכֶיךָ דָעֵהוּ וְהוּא, יְיַשֵּׁר אֹרְחֹתֶיךָ” “Know him in all your ways and he will direct your path”
We should connect our soul to the light with all our actions then we can enjoy the guidance and blessings.

 

 

 

This weeks reading is Mishpatim (Exodus 21)

The Zohar opens this parasha with Rabbi Shimon saying “, הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים וְאֵלֶּה”, “Now these are the ordinances which you shall set before them”, these are the laws of reincarnation. The laws for the souls coming back to this world, according to the judgment they had received based on their prior life actions.
When the Torah says “חִנָּם יֵצֵא לַחָפְשִׁי וּבַשְּׁבִעִת יַעֲבֹד שָׁנִים שֵׁשׁ עִבְרִי עֶבֶד תִקְנֶה כִּי”, If thou buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve; and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.”, This reveals some of the secrets of reincarnation. The soul returns to the world because of its sins, or because it didn’t complete Torah and Mitzvoth in its life. By those laws, the soul is forced to come back dressed in a physical body.

Read the rest of this article here: http://rabbishimon.com/?p=725

Another article titled “Slavery or Freedom? What is your choice?” here: http://rabbishimon.com/?p=455

 

” וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה, אֲשֶׁר בֵּרַךְ מֹשֶׁה אִישׁ הָאֱלֹקְים–אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: לִפְנֵי, מוֹתוֹ. ”
” And this is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, blessed the children of Israel before his death ”

The parasha of V\’zot Haberacha is the final parasha of the Torah. Kabbalah explains that this is the level of Malchut of Malchut, which is the total manifestation of the Light.

The first verse has twelve words and it is the connection to all the blessings the Israelites received from G-d. The Zohar tells us that the first letter ” ו ” is the reference to Zeir Anpin, (The Light) and ” זֹאת ” is the reference to Malchut (the Vessel). The first word also has the numerical value of 414, which is equivalent to twice the value of the word ” אור ” (Light). The following 3 letters ” הבר ” also value to 207 = ” אור “. The next two is ” כה ” = 25 (I\’ll explain later).

There are three streams of Lights revealed with the first 7 letters of the Parasha to bring this ultimate manifestation of the Light in balance.

In the blessings of the Kohanim (Priests in the Holy Temple), G-d is instructs the priests to bless the Israelites with the word ” כֹּה ” Numbers (6:23) ” דַּבֵּר אֶל-אַהֲרֹן וְאֶל-בָּנָיו לֵאמֹר, כֹּה תְבָרְכוּ אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: אָמוֹר, לָהֶם “. The seed of the blessing is in the word ” כֹּה “. After that (numbers 6:24,25,26) comes the three verses that begins with the Letter ” י “, ” יְבָרֶכְךָ “, ” יָאֵר ” and ” יִשָּׂא ” that draws down the three levels of light for the right, left and central column.

The twelve words create the channels to the twelve tribes, and the twelve months of the year. The parasha is always read on Simchat Torah, the eighth day of Sukkoth. We know that the Eighth connects us to the level of Binah, a full revelation of light on this world.

The Ari (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria), reveals us that on that day we have a complete unification of the Light and the vessel, (Z”A and Malchut). We explained on previous commentary that when we have supernal connection of the Light and Vessel, a couple should not connect physically.

We read V\’zot Habracha and immediately after we start the reading of Bereshit (Genesis).

We make the connection from below to upper; we connect the Malchut (Deuteronomy, V\’Zot Habracha) with Keter (Genesis, The story of creation).

The sum of the first seven letters ” וְזֹאת הַבְּרָ ” is 621 and it equals to Keter ” כתר ” = 620 + 1 for the whole.

We start the New Year with the blessing of Moshe where he repeats the blessings given to the sons of Yaakov and Yosef. They are not alive at the time of the blessings but in this process, the light of the blessing is revealed and projected for the whole year.

Deuteronomy (34:6) ” וַיִּקְבֹּר אֹתוֹ בַגַּי בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב, מוּל בֵּית פְּעוֹר; וְלֹא-יָדַע אִישׁ אֶת-קְבֻרָתוֹ, עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה “, ” And he was buried in the valley in the land of Moab over against Beth-peor; and no man knew of his burial site unto this day ”

G-d is giving a personal care for Moshe upon him leaving the world. As we know from the Zohar, Moshe was at the level of Daat (the connection Sefirah of Chokmah and Binah). It is above the physical level. In Deuteronomy 31:2, Moshe is telling the Israelites ” And he said unto them: \’I am a hundred and twenty years old this day; I can not go out and come in anymore; ” in his preparation to transfer the leadership to Joshua . Go out and come in refers to the traveling from the physical to the spiritual in order to talk to G-d. No one could see G-d and live because to see G-d you need to be spiritual. Moshe could transform himself to go between the two dimensions.

When Moshe passed away he was in a spiritual form and therefore, no one could handle a burial for him. Moshe is actually alive and will reveal himself with the Mashiach. As we explained in previous commentary, the Word ” היום ” (this day) is a code word for the day Mashiach will be revealed. The verse above tells us that no one “knew” his burial site. The Torah uses past tense to tell us that we will see Moshe in the Future, which is ” הַיּוֹם ” (this day).

Where is Moshe Now?

The Ari (Rabbi Isaac Luria) in Shaar Halikutim , Genesis, gives some explanation about the name of 42 (Ana B\’Koach). This name created the whole world and it comes from the first 42 letters of the Torah. The first 6 letters are ” אב גי תץ ” are from the first word of the Torah ” בְּרֵאשִׁית ” “in the beginning”.

The Ari says that the first two letters ” אב “, in Hebrew, Father, is Moshe because he is the Father of the Torah. The next two letters, ” גי ” (numerical value 13) are from the verse ” וַיִּקְבֹּר אֹתוֹ בַגַּי … ” (Deuteronomy 34:6) for Moshe that revealed the 13 attributes (Which we read in Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkoth). The last two of the six ” תצ ” for Moshe as in (Deuteronomy 33:4) ” ת ּוֹרָה צִ וָּה-לָנוּ, מֹשֶׁה “.

We see that the word ” בְּרֵאשִׁית ” starts with a large letter ” ב “, and is spelled out as ” בית “, that means house in Hebrew.

In the above verse (34:6) ” וַיִּקְבֹּר אֹתוֹ בַגַּי בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב, מוּל בֵּית פְּעוֹר; ” we have a missing letter ” א “, in the third word of the verse. The commentator “Baal Haturim” says that this letter is missing so no one can know Moshe\’s burial site. Rashi says that Moshe\’s burial site was ready from the days of creation.

We understand that there is no physical burial and Moshe\’s soul is where G-d placed him.

The Torah scroll written on 248 columns that each one of them start with the letter ” ו “, except for six places and the different letters are ” ביהשמו “. We see the letters of Moshe\’s name in the Middle. The numerical value is equivalent to ” משה־חי “, (Moshe is alive), also equal to ” המשיח “, (The Mashiach).

My friend, Ezra, pointed to me that the numerical value in (34:6) of ” בַגַּי בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב ” is equal to 357 and when we add 1 for the missing letter ” א ” we get 358, which is the numerical value for ” משיח ” (Mashiach).

Rabbi Avraham Abulafia refers to the verse in Genesis 1:2, ” וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים, מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם “, ” and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters ” and says that the spirit of G-d is the spirit of Mashiach hovering over the water.

The Torah is water and the spirit of G-d, the Mashiach is the letters of ” ביהשמו ” that is like hovering over the Torah and it represents the spirit of Mashiach.

The sages said that Moshe is the first redeemer and will be the last redeemer. We know that Moshe is alive and he holds the spirit of Mashiach. Let us pray that he will reveal himself with the Mashiach, Today, Amen.

 
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Fetus in the womb by Leonardo Da Vinci

In part 2, we go to ground zero—the beginning of creation, before the formation of the body.

In the beginning, there was nothing. On the other hand, we can also safely say that everything was already there. Well, there was nothing material but only the thought of creation, the endless energy of creation. You need not be religious or spiritual to accept that premise; just stay on this path to explore the how and why of it (the answer to why is simple but will be answered in a later chapter).

When you think about the initial stage of the body, you probably think about a fetus in a womb. Yet, the body is actually the sum of all the processes involved in bringing the body to its current state.
It all starts with a thought.

Before a building is built, there is a desire by someone to have a building. Then the architect envisions and designs the entire building in his mind before he draws the first line. To put pencil down on paper requires thought; where to put the first dot and draw a line to another point requires thought. The architect won’t be able to draw the first line if he does not have the beginning and the end of it already in his mind. All this happens before any materials are brought in to build the building.

The thought of the original desire and the architect are joined together to set the course of the building. You can see and experience the thought as you enter the building—if it was made for leisure or work, perhaps comfortable or not. So, the thought is a significant part of the whole process, and it will remain with the matter created during its entire existence.

There would be no fetus if there was no connection between male and female. Their act begins with the thought to unite their abilities to procreate. While one brings a seed, the other supplies the vessel to hold and nourish the seed.

Their thoughts start the connection on the spiritual level and gradually—through a process, the connection generates matter (the seeds) that is implanted in the vessel (womb רחם). Then, the vessel takes care of the growth process which is a transformation of energy to what we refer to as matter. This creates a fully functioning body: one that thinks, talks, and creates more of its own kind. The key word is continuity. Please remember this term as it’s a key to the whole of existence; this will be discussed a little later in this series.

The way the body forms in the womb teaches us that this amazing process is actually a spiritual transformation. The famous “Material Girl” turned spiritual after giving birth to her first child. A mother that is fully aware of this amazing process cannot be non-spiritual. The mother does not simply assemble body parts to form a little person. She transforms the elements of Air, Water, Earth and Fire into energy in mysterious ways which ultimately result in the creation of another living being. And, all it took to start this process were a desire and a thought.

For those of you wondering about unwanted pregnancies (“accidents,” rape, etc.), please note that those are outside the natural and pure process. Those types of pregnancies relate to the evolution of corrupted thoughts.

To be continued…

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This series of articles is dedicated to the elevation of the souls of my Father and Mother, Yichye ben Chaim and Yehudith bat Nechemia. After they both passed away I felt strongly to write about the body and souls and how they are working together in this existence, we call life.

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“When both parents are gone it closed a chapter of a generation. Their descendants inherit their spiritual path. This determines the ability and the kind of spiritual work they\’ll do. If the parents were spiritual and in their actions they were sharing and helping others, then it would be easy for the children to follow that path. If not, then they\’ll have harder work. The age of the parents at the time they passed away is also an indication on the spiritual work of the children. This is the secret behind the first commandment, which I wrote about in a previous article on http://rabbishimon.com.”

 What is a Generation?

The word for generation in Hebrew is “דור” and it comes from the root word “דר”, which means to dwell or dwelling. Our souls dwell in material body and in a material world to be able to act and make changes that affect the soul. To explain it simply imagine electrical power, it won’t affect any thing until it is channeled through a device. Without the electrical power this device is just a simple matter. (This is not completely true because there is no matter, only what we perceive as matter.

”דרי מעלה” and “דרי מטה”, Upper and lower “Dwellers”.

The sages refer to two kinds of “dwellers”, upper and lower. They do not refer to the tenants in the floor above or below you, they refer to the souls that dwell here with us, in the limited body and the souls in the supernal worlds (notice plural form).

When a soul passes away she receives a special clothing to match her spiritual level. It determines the level of freedom in the spiritual realm. The higher the soul, so is the ability to move between levels.

After the first seven days the soul can disconnect from the material level and start ascending. This process could take usually up to a year, when the flesh of the body dissolved in the ground.

Now when the body consciousness of the person is strong then it takes longer time for the soul to leave the body. This is very painful process. The soul must be separated form the body in order to continue with the spiritual process. This process is called “Hell”.

Righteous people, that dedicate their lives for the service of others, may keep their body intact in the ground. Their spiritual work elevated their material body to a higher consciousness where there is no negativity and therefore no decay.

They have shorter process to separate the soul from the body. They experience little or no pain. That explains why the sages said that even righteous people pass through the gates of hell.

To understand what the fire of hell is, look at fire as the element or tool, which transforms matter to “spiritual”. Fire evaporates water quicker than other “solid” materials. As the body consciousness gets “thicker”, it requires more fire for the process.

The sacrifices in the Holy Temple were such transformation. The priest transfers the “sins” to the animal and the fire consumed the material body and released the negative energy. There are different types of sacrifices and this is for another paper. Just understand that fire transform and actually separate matter to energy. Because matter does not disappear from existence, it transforms.

If the body disappeared it doesn\’t mean that its energy lost.

to be continued…
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