Exodus 30:23,24,25

וְאַתָּה קַח-לְךָ, בְּשָׂמִים רֹאשׁ, מָר-דְּרוֹר חֲמֵשׁ מֵאוֹת, וְקִנְּמָן-בֶּשֶׂם מַחֲצִיתוֹ חֲמִשִּׁים וּמָאתָיִם; וּקְנֵה-בֹשֶׂם, חֲמִשִּׁים וּמָאתָיִם.וְקִדָּה, חֲמֵשׁ מֵאוֹת בְּשֶׁקֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ; וְשֶׁמֶן זַיִת, הִין.  וְעָשִׂיתָ אֹתוֹ, שֶׁמֶן מִשְׁחַת-קֹדֶשׁ–רֹקַח מִרְקַחַת, מַעֲשֵׂה רֹקֵחַ; שֶׁמֶן מִשְׁחַת-קֹדֶשׁ, יִהְיֶה

Exodus 30:34,35,36

 וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה קַח-לְךָ סַמִּים, נָטָף וּשְׁחֵלֶת וְחֶלְבְּנָה, סַמִּים, וּלְבֹנָה זַכָּה:  בַּד בְּבַד, יִהְיֶה.וְעָשִׂיתָ אֹתָהּ קְטֹרֶת, רֹקַח מַעֲשֵׂה רוֹקֵחַ, מְמֻלָּח, טָהוֹר קֹדֶשׁ.וְשָׁחַקְתָּ מִמֶּנָּה, הָדֵק, וְנָתַתָּה מִמֶּנָּה לִפְנֵי הָעֵדֻת בְּאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד, אֲשֶׁר אִוָּעֵד לְךָ שָׁמָּה; קֹדֶשׁ קָדָשִׁים, תִּהְיֶה לָכֶם.

The first three verses with 39 words and relates to the making of the holy anointing oil “שֶׁמֶן מִשְׁחַת-קֹדֶשׁ”. The second set of three verses with 42 words relate to making of the incense “קְטֹרֶת”.

The two elements are made only for the priests while serving in the Holy Tabernacle. Anyone else who dares to connect to the oil or to the Incense cut himself from the Light.

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar, describes this Torah part of the incense as the highest level in our daily prayers. We recite it twice in the morning and once in the afternoon.

In the burial place of Rabbi Shimon you can find a large frame on the wall with the incense prayer. Rabbi Shimon said that if people knew the power and significant of it, they would tie the words on their heads like a crown.

G-d gave the priests the tools to connect to his light on a higher level. The anointing oil, “שֶׁמֶן” has the numerical value of 390 (10 times the number of words in the three verses) and also the same value of Heavens, “שמים”. 39 is also the gematria of “טל” (=Dew) that comes from the sky down to earth. It is the expanded (Milui) value of the upper three letters of the name of G-d, “יהו”, (יוד־הא־ואו) and relates to the resurrection of the dead.

The incense, “קְטֹרֶת”, in the holy temple ascends to the supernal gates of heavens. The 42 words are the key connection to the seed of creation and to where the light emanates from.

The preparation of the incense is called “מַעֲשֵׂה רוֹקֵחַ”, translated to “act of the mixer of spices”. In Hebrew, the word “רוֹקֵחַ” is used for a pharmacist. This word has the numerical value of 314, like in the name of G-d “ש־ד־י”. The incense gave the priests protection when they served in the Holy.

G-d “blew” the soul into Adam through his nose, a fact that kept this channel pure and not involved in the sin of Adam. It is a channel to the light.

One of the visible miracles in the Holy temple was of the smoke that came out from the burning of the Incense. It was ascending to heavens in straight line. It didn’t matter if the weather was windy. The scent carried to a great distance (miles away).

The incense helped the priests to increase their soul capacity to draw the light in their work. It put them on a “high” state and they could easily ignore the body consciousness, especially in the service of Yom Kippurim.

The word for anger in Hebrew is called “חרון־אף”, incensed, burning of the nose. When we get angry, we burn the soul inside of us and let negativity in. Breathing is the process of drawing light. The word for air in Hebrew is אויר (אור + י), which made from the word for Light and the letter Yud that signifies the 10 sefirot.

With every breath we take in we connect to the light and sustain our lives. When in anger we do the opposite.

Take a deep breath and smell the light.

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