" וּבִעַרְתָּ הָרָע, מִקִּרְבֶּךָ "
" put away the evil from the midst of you "
" וּבִעַרְתָּ " "put away" appears four times in Shoftim. The Zohar brings a discussion about four ways to kill the negativity Lord (Sama–el) with a Sword, Strangulation, Stoning and with Fire.
The Zohar quotes (Isaiah 34:5) " כִּי-רִוְּתָה בַשָּׁמַיִם, חַרְבִּי; הִנֵּה עַל-אֱדוֹם תֵּרֵד " " For My sword hath drunk its fill in heaven; behold, it shall come down upon Edom ". Sama-el is the minister (" שר ") of Edom .
The sword of G-d is built from the Name " יקוָק ". The letter " י " is the head of the sword, the " ו " is the body and the two " ה "s are the two sides of the blade.
The energy is revealed with the prayer of "Shema Yisrael" (4 paragraphs of 42+72+50+72 + (12 words at the beginning) = 248 words with 1000 letters).
The Shema prayer is the most powerful tool we have to destroy the negative side. Our sages direct us that when we do not have time to pray the whole Morning Prayer then we should at least say the Shema and the Amida (The silent prayer). The Sehma destroys the negativity on our way to the higher spiritual level and the 18 blessings of the silent prayer get us to connect and draw the light we need.
The Ari explains that in the process of reincarnation we go through four types of death in order to cleanse the soul on different levels.
Now we are close to Rosh Hashanah, the two Judgment days. The negative side, our opponent, comes to court with our list of negative actions to get us in trouble and to take the beneficent of the Light that we should receive for the coming year away from us.
This parasha is always read just before the month of Elul. The month that prepares us for Rosh Hashanah. It provides us with the teaching and support system to battle and win over negativity.
" שֹׁפְטִים וְשֹׁטְרִים, תִּתֶּן-לְךָ בְּכָל-שְׁעָרֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר יקוָק אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ "
"Judges and officers you shall make for you in all thy gates, which G-d is given you ".
Our Sages advice that the gates refer to the gates to our soul. The eyes, the ears, the mouth and the nose. The openings that connect us to the Sefirot; eyes are Chokmah, ears are Binah, nose is Zeir Anpin and mouth is Malchut.
The mouth has the power to build and kill. A wrong word at the wrong time ("Lashon Hara" "Evil Speak") can leave a scar in both sides for life, to the one that says it and the one that listens to it. Some words we have said in the past and now we regret, can never be erased unless you make a real soul cleansing and the Light allows you to forget.
The words we say to our friends or our children, especially at young age are engraved in their soul and essence. Their behavior in life is determined by the way we talked to our children at young age.
In Rosh Hashanah service there are 30 blowings of the Shofar, which are dedicated to the removal of this kind of "sin", " שפיכות־דמים " "blood shed". The soul is in the blood and when we hurt someone\’s soul it is like blood shed.
We should take our words seriously; a small joke can hurt a person for life. Bringing death on a person is a one time thing. Hurting a soul is a reoccurring event, a continuous killing of a part of a soul.
When the eyes are exposed to a negative sight, it burns the image into the soul. It could take years to erase such image. Righteous people keep their eyes down to avoid exposure to negativity and contamination of their souls. A person should look up to the sky from time to time to connect the upper and the lower.
The eyes are also known as the "window to the soul". When you look into a person\’s eyes a little longer than a brief look we can feel the other person. If you try that with different people you would immediately feel the connection, positive or negative.
We may get a "chill", become annoyed or even fall in love just because we looked into a person\’s eyes.
Similar situations happen where the ears are involved.
We learn another protection from negativity with the story of a slain that is found in the land between two cities. If the killer is not known, the judges measure the distance from the slain to the closest city.
This city is found to be responsible for the killing and it should conduct the process of cleansing from that negativity. Why does the closet city to the slain take responsibility for the removal of that negativity?
Connecting to the light increases our surrounding light. If the light is strong, it pushes away darkness to a greater distance from us.
The Zohar says, a little light pushes away a lot of darkness.
The closest city is responsible because they did not connect to the Light enough to push away negativity.
The Torah says (21:2) that the elders and the judges measure the distance. The elders come first because they symbolize the light of wisdom we have.
The Torah teaches us that we need to associate ourselves with the right people, people that are connected to the Light.
Staying close to a tzaddik, helps us during the year and especially during Rosh Hashanah when the negative side tries to get his share from us.
If we stand in court with a tzaddik next to us then it would be very hard to find our own negativity.
Watch your "gates" and be close to the Light.