The Ari explains that when God created the world he distant the light from a ‘Middle point’ to create the world of Malchut. Then, a line of light was drawn down from the outer /endless into the middle which formed the seven Sefirot from above to blelow.
The mitzvah of the Lulav on Sukkot puts us back in the middle point. The Lulav represents the original line of light and the six directions connect us to the sphere of light that surrounds us. We can now connect to the flow of the light of Chessed that comes down to the world after Yom Kippur. The Lulav and the Sukkah are our special tools to draw this light into our lives.
The Lulav Shaking meditation is arranged from Siddur Ha’ari as originally edited by Rabbi Asher.
When you see “Sefira of the Day”, replace it with the corresponding sefirah of the day. First day of the Holiday is Chessed then Gevura, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yessod and last day is Malchut.
The first column is the step number in the set toward one direction. The middle column is the meditation when we step forward with the Lulav and the third column is the meditation when we bring back the light and touch the chest (heart) with the Lulav.

We move forward with a small step with the right leg or just by leaning the body toward the direction we are going.
We go back and bring in the light from the outer sphere to the center, Malchut, which is us. DO NOT point the Lulav as a spear toward the direction you are turning. Keep it always in the up direction, even when you in the down direction. Turn your body, mind and consciousness to the right direction before you start the shaking . Shaking in Hebrew means ‘movement’ נענוע so gently shake the Lulav as if you scratch the sphere around you.

Every day we repeat the whole sets five times. The first one is for the blessings of connecting the Lulav, at Keter then for each letter of the YHVH in the aspect of Chokmah, Binah, Zeir Anpin and Malchut.

Here, I selected the most important meditation.
Complete and detailed meditation can be found in Siddur HaAri. A PDF can be downloaded from http://DailyZohar.com

The six directions and meditation
Chessed

Gevurah

Tiferet

Netzach

Hod

Yessod

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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.

 

 

 

On Shabbat before Purim in addition to the regular Torah reading we read a small paragraph from the end of parashat \”Ki Teitzeh\”. \”Zachor Et Asher Asa Lecha Amalek BaDerech Betzetchem MiMitzrayim\”, \”Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt! (Deuteronomy 25)\”.

The day of Shabbat includes the whole coming week in itself. (Every day during the Morning Prayer, Shacharit, we say \”היום־יום־שלישי־בשבת־קודש\” “today is the third day of the Holy Shabbat”. We also announce the new moon on Shabbat. The short paragraph of Zachor gives us the ability to overcome doubts, (Amalek in Gimatria equal doubts) \”עמלק־=ספק\”, and have certainty in our connection to the Light. Purim is a celebration of certainty. Mordechai and Esther were thinking about G-d and not the people. Mordechai risked his life and the life of all Jews when he refused to bow to Haman Hagagi. Because of their certainty, they merited the miracle of overcoming Haman.

It is important to know that Haman was a descendent of Amalek. Shemuel the prophet ordered King Saul to kill Agag, the King of Amalek and all that belonged to him. King Saul failed by keeping some goods as offerings to G-d and he brought Agag as prisoner. Agag was killed by Shemuel but before that he had the opportunity to be with a woman and have a child who continued the line of Amalek all the way to Haman. Mordechai succeeded to destroy Haman and his ten sons (representing the 10 levels of negativity and that is why the reader of the megilah needs to read their names in one breath).

Zachor is also a reminder of the final redemption, when G-d promised to remove Amalek for ever and that means no negativity ever again. Rabbi Avraham Azulai, in the book \”Chessed L\’Avraham\” said that the final redemption is a state that is better than what the Garden of Eden was, before the sin. The reason for that is, before the sin, the Snake was there and had the potential to harm and eventually he did. In the final redemption, there will be no negativity. B\”H we will all merit seeing Mashiach and the final redemption, today, Amen.

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