יְקוָק is my shepherd

Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1) has the last three plagues Locusts, Darkness and killing of the first born.

The process of ten plagues was forced on Pharaoh by God in order to reveal Zeir Anpin. The Torah tells us directly that God “hardened” Pharaoh’s heart so that he wouldn’t let go of the Israelites. He didn’t have a choice. He had to suffer all the way until his first born was killed in the last plague.

God’s plan was to install the spiritual system called Zeir Anpin, through the revelation of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Prior to that, the world could easily enjoy direct light and fulfillment of the left column.

With the revelation of Z”A came the laws of restriction, which are the famous 613 precepts. 248 of them help us connect to the light of the creator and 365 to avoid negativity.

The ten plagues made room for the Ten Utterances. To remove the negativity from its root, there had to be the ten steps as I described in a previous commentary http://rabbishimon.com/index.cfm/feature/32_2. Killing the first born was a must to achieve this goal and allow Z”A to be revealed in the world. The desire to receive without sharing can no longer exists without negative effect.

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The Zohar helps us understand this principal. Rabbi Yossi (Zohar Bo #94), said that “the world could not exists but for the head (leaders) of the people. If the leaders are righteous, then the people benefit the good. If they are not then woe to the world and woe to the people”

The Zohar references Samual2 24:17 “וַיֹּאמֶר דָּוִד אֶל-יְקוָק בִּרְאֹתוֹ אֶת-הַמַּלְאָךְ הַמַּכֶּה בָעָם, וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי חָטָאתִי וְאָנֹכִי הֶעֱוֵיתִי, וְאֵלֶּה הַצֹּאן, מֶה עָשׂוּ: תְּהִי נָא יָדְךָ בִּי, וּבְבֵית אָבִי.”

“When David saw the angel who was striking down the people, he said to the LORD, \”I have sinned; I, the shepherd, have done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Let your hand fall on me and my family.”

Leaders have the responsibility for their people. The head of the nation, the head of the community, the head of the family, Rabbis, teachers, every kind of leadership carries a responsibility to the group one leads even if it is a task team at work. I have a responsibility for what I write. Everything must be thought to have a positive effect. If I lead you away from the Light, I am responsible for it.

Don\’t get caught with the sins of your leaders.

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