Behar – Bechokotai – The Light of the seventh


Those are the last two Parashot of the book of Vayikra. The book deals with the work of the Kohanim and the Levites. In Kabbalah, the five books are related to the five dimension of Bereshit=Keter and the tip of the letter Yod, Shemot=Chokmah of the letter Yod, VaYikra=Binah=the upper letter He, Bamidbar=Zeir Anpin=the letter Vav and Devarim=Malchut=the last letter He of the name.

In Bereshit we connected to the seed level of creation, in Shemot we connected to the names of G-d, the power, the miracle and the forces that rule our universe. In Vayikra we are connecting to the higher level of tools to draw the Light of the Creator to our dimension.

At the end of the book we are closing the connection to Binah level with a bridge of Behar and Bechokotai.

Behar (=207=Light=”אור”) talks about the seventh. The seventh is the Shabbat that we are connecting to the level of Binah. Every thing we want to connect to the light must go beyond the seventh. The Brit Milah is on the Eighth day, The Kidushin in the wedding ceremony starts with the Bride surrounding the Groom seven times then seven blessings (continues for seven days). A child born before the seventh month doesn’t have much chance to stay alive. Even the Tabernacle was initiated after the seventh day. The major concept here is to take what ever we start and let it develop through the seven levels of our world and go through a Shabbat in the process to connect to Binah. There are many such examples that you can find by yourself.

G-d is telling us on the second verse of the parasha that when we come to the land which he is giving us “וְשָׁבְתָה הָאָרֶץ, שַׁבָּת לַיהוָה”, the land will rest, a Shabbat to G-d. Basically G-d is connecting the land to the level of Shabbat (Binah) “שַׁבָּת לַיהוָה”.

The rest are details about the process and how to connect the land to Binah. It includes the supernal level of Binah that comes after seven times seven, the fiftieth day is a total connection to Binah. The parasha ends with (Vayikra 26:2) “אֶת-שַׁבְּתֹתַי תִּשְׁמֹרוּ, וּמִקְדָּשִׁי תִּירָאוּ: אֲנִי, יְהוָה”, which again emphasize the importance of the connection to the seventh.


“אִם-בְּחֻקֹּתַי, תֵּלֵכוּ; וְאֶת-מִצְו‍ֹתַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ, וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם. ד וְנָתַתִּי גִשְׁמֵיכֶם, בְּעִתָּם; וְנָתְנָה הָאָרֶץ יְבוּלָהּ, וְעֵץ הַשָּׂדֶה יִתֵּן פִּרְיוֹ.”

The last parasha starts with a condition (26:3) “3. If you walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; 4 then I will give your rains in their season, and the land shall yield her produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.”

To understand what it means when the Torah uses the term “בְּחֻקֹּתַי”, “חוקים”,”משפטים” I will take you to the beginning of Sefer Yetzirah (by Avraham Avinu, the patriarch).

The first paragraph reads “בשלשים ושתים נתיבות פליאות חכמה חקק יה יהוק צבאות את עולמו בשלשה ספרים ספר וספר וסיפור” and it translates to “In two and thirty most occult and wonderful paths of wisdom did JAH the Lord of Hosts engrave his name: God of the armies of Israel. He created this universe by the three Sepharim, Number, Writing, and Speech.” The simple translation of “חקק” by the context is “engrave”. The Hebrew words read as “Law”. The 32 paths are the basis for all the laws of the universe. As you know the Torah begins with the letter Bet “ב” and ends with the letter lamed “ל” and together gives the value of 32.

G-d created for us a system of cause and effect “סיבה- ומסובב”. All is coded with the numbers “מיספרים”.

To make physical from spiritual, you need to create definition and limitations. Take for example, a thought that goes through your mind and if you want to express it you tell it or write it. Doing so puts limitation or puts border to the thought, it is transferred to the physical with limits. It no longer has the freedom that you have in your mind. A book “ספר” is a limited version of thoughts.

The last verse of the parasha and of the book of VaYikra is “אֵלֶּה הַמִּצְו‍ֹת, אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָה אֶת-מֹשֶׁה–אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: בְּהַר, סִינָי.” “These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in Mount Sinai.” 

The reference is obvious to the Torah given on Mount Sinai. We always read this parasha before the holiday of Shavuot, when we receive the gift of the Bible.

Understanding the deeper meaning of the Laws of cause and effect described in the Torah, help us connect to the Light of the Creator ion a better way.

link to text of sefer Yetzirah


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