The 9th of Av (Tisha B\’Av): Separating the Good from the Bad

I started writing this article a while back but withheld releasing it because I was afraid of the negative impact it might have. I was concerned it could be the cause of separation as a result of hatred. This, of course, is a big responsibility that cannot be taken lightly. However, having seen the development of recent events, I felt compelled to release the article at this time. In fact, this will be the first in a new series of articles to make us more aware of the times we live in.

Before I continue, I want to make it very clear that my intention is not to create hatred or to cause pain to anyone. Rather, I simply want to make us aware of a phenomenon that is manifesting (and gaining strength) in our world today. We need to become aware—and empowered with a new type of information—so we can make the best decisions of how to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

The “good” I refer to in the title of this article are the Israelites: you and the countless others who have the consciousness and intent to bring more light to the world. The “bad” are the Erev Rav. The Erev Rav (ערב רב), or the mixed multitudes, are the souls of the 2.4 million individuals who left Egypt alongside the 600,000 Israelites. The Zohar states that all the souls that came out of Egypt during the Exodus will be present in the final generation—our generation—before the dawning of a new age. This means we will find four Erev Ravs for one Israelite living among us today.

In recent news, we learned about a Jewish business giant filled with greed and a “grab all you can” attitude. We also read about rabbis and political leaders involved in criminal activities that included the trading of body organs. We should know that the people spoken about in the news are the Erev Rav. And, their acts have shamed all Israelites. (In fact, ערב רב has the same letters as רבב רע, which means evil flaw on the Israelites.) Therefore, it’s time for us to recognize who these individuals are and how to separate ourselves from them with the sole intent of seeking protection from their influence.

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In our generation, the generation preceding the coming of Mashiach, the Erev Rav have picked up tremendous strength—power and influence in all forms. These souls are “energy” parasites, clinging to the Israelites in order to consume their energy any way they can. Our work is to find ways of protecting ourselves, yet not have any hatred towards anyone, even if we are certain we are standing in front of an Erev Rav. Any form of hatred or harm caused to a single person, regardless of who they may be, creates negativity that dims the light of the Creator in this world. As Israelites, we must remember that everything in this world is filled with the light of the Creator (otherwise, it would not exist), and our role is to reveal it—not dim it.

I use the term Israelite because the Torah (the Bible) and the Zohar do not ever use the word Jews (יהודים). The Torah doesn\’t mention this word at all. In the Bible, all occurrences of this word related to the exile of Judah. There is instance in which the word Jew (יהודי) in the singular form is used: it is found in the scroll of Esther when referring to Mordechai, who was exiled with the tribe of Judah (hence, the root of the word Jew), another similar instance in Aramaic in the book of Daniel (5:13) \”הוּא דָנִיֵּאל דִּי-מִן-בְּנֵי גָלוּתָא דִּי יְהוּד\” . This exile specified in Jeremiah 52. In all other instances, the word used is always Israelites, the Sons of Israel.

The souls of the Israelites are rooted in the central column; they come directly from the lineage of Jacob the Patriarch, who was given the name Israel. The people known as Jews have a different spiritual process, which includes a greater responsibility to all the Israelites around the world. It is no coincidence that Jews can be found living nearly everywhere in the world since their role is to be a “lighthouse” for all of humanity. It is important to know this to ensure we are more clear on our roles and thus how best to distinguish between the Erev Rav and the Israelites. Many Jewish people are part of the Erev Rav. They were given an opportunity to redeem themselves because at one time they believed in system of the Torah and the Tree of Life.

I highly recommend you stay connected to the Zohar, especially the portions featured in the Daily Zohar newsletter (http://DailyZohar.com). These daily portions give you direct access to the sacred text of Tikkunei Zohar, which is what Moses told Rabbi Shimon would be the protection for our generation.

In this new series of articles, I will highlight sections from the Zohar and provide quotes related to the Erev Rav and their impact upon the world. Please read these new articles with the sole intent to be informed and to find the best way to protect yourself from the influence of the Erev Rav.

5 thoughts on “The 9th of Av (Tisha B\’Av): Separating the Good from the Bad”

  1. HI Zion
    just to clarify Mordechai was from the tribe of Benjamin as was Esther; the commentators go to great lengths to explain why he is referred to as ‘hayehudi’; as far back as KIngs in the Bible , the bible begins to speak separately of the Jews (JUdah And Benjamin) from the Israelites (10 tribes of Northern KIngdom). I do believe it is important as you state and as you mention about the Zohar for us today to start using the term ISraelites more often then Jews to remind us not to forget our ‘lost brethren’ and that we are part of a much larger whole that ne day will be reunited. THis notwithstanding, you are quire right to mention the influence of the Erev Rav today, who most likely can be found amongst modern day Jews and amongst the lost tribes wherever they may be. I vaguely recall that the Vilna Gaon wrote a book about the redemption where he goes into the growing influence of the Ereve RAv as the redemption approaches.

  2. Zion and Ezra,
    Thank you and Blessings to you both, for helping all of us, see the Light
    emanating through the darkness.That we all must be Pro-active not reactive.
    The choice is ours to make. G-D WILLING. We shall be steadfast in our resolve
    and allow the Zohar to be our guide. AMEN.
    With All My Love,Respect and Appreciation,
    Chaim Shlomo
    (ISRAELITES FOREVER MY SISTERS AND BROTHERS) AMEN.

  3. Thank you for the points you contribute to the article. I edit the article to emphasis on the references in the Bible to the root word for Jews came from the references to the exile of Judah, short sound as Jew. In Hebrew ??????? and ????????.

  4. Hi

    This is extemely positive, the truth is always positive, thank you for writing this article and I look forward to more. Emet, nothing like it.

    Serge (Zeilyk Moshe)

  5. shalom thank rabbanoit for the point y not have book religius jewish heer in venezuela but this day old the children of israel and gentail christian lisent one leson in life we need to heer wath ha-shem speak wath is the righ way and wath is the misguided wrong way and way not enderet the way the jewish people who sing in opoticion to ha-shem and is the day wen The fast commemorates the destruction of the The First Temple’s destruction began on the 7th of Av and Second Temple on August 4th 70 CE, the leson is whoo y im beter man and jewish in the eyes of men and to ha-shem gd of israel and helping to beter for israel and old minking shalom

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