כִּי-תֵצֵא לַמִּלְחָמָה עַל-אֹיְבֶךָ, וְרָאִיתָ סוּס וָרֶכֶב עַם רַב מִמְּךָ–לֹא תִירָא, מֵהֶם: כִּי-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ עִמָּךְ, הַמַּעַלְךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם
"When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you"
In Deuteronomy 20 we have the first set of instructions on what to do when we go out to war against our enemies. The next set is in the next chapter and is read from the Torah in the next parasha of Ki Teitze.
Moses delivers this message and tells the people that in the case of going out to war, we should not fear because God that elevates us from Egypt is with us. Why does Moses mention Egypt and what is the connection to going out to war.
The word Egypt "מִצְרָיִם" appears 50 times in the Torah. The last appearance of this word is in the verse before the last verse of the Torah. Egypt symbolizes the strongest level of desire for the self and therefore draws a lot of negativity. When Israelites were in Egypt they reached the 49th level of negativity. God sent Moses to elevate us from that negativity and connect us to the highest level of light in this world, the Torah.
Moses reminds us that God brought us up and he is with us on our path to reach to the 50th gate of Light, which is the Level of Binah. Reaching that heavenly gate requires us to go to war against the negativity that is holding us down. The encouragement that God is with us is to support us in keeping the fight to win against negativity and make progress in going toward the gate.
The High Priest, the Kohen, that is the channel of the light to the world, tells the people to keep their certainty because God is walking with them to fight for them against their enemies and will bring them to salvation.
Now the next step before going to war, the officers will talk to the people and send home those who fall into few categories. One of them is a person that built a house and didn\’t settle in it yet. This one should go home.
20:7 if anyone become pledged to a woman and not married her? He should go home.
In 20:8 "Is any man afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his brothers will not become disheartened too." He must go home before corrupting the others with his fears and weak heart.
Without going into all the hidden codes and symbols in these verses, we need to learn that the wars that the Torah talks about are always against the negativity that surround us and the negativity inside of us.
The people that are not permitted or free from going to war are those with incomplete vessel. They cannot hold the light and they must go home.
The weak hearted one doesn\’t have the certainty and therefore no affinity with the light. He has a flawed vessel. It is also the same reason to why you cannot sacrifice an animal with a flaw. (see 17:1)
This week we read the codes to fight to remove negativity from our environment. Next week is the war on the individual level.
The lesson is that with certainty with the Light, we can channel the light to do the work for us and remove negativity from our environment to bring us closer to the 50th gate, to the level of Binah.
Opening the 50th gate will bring the final redemption. This is the reason why Egypt mentioned 50 times in the Torah. The final appearance is in the last two verses of the Torah. The last letters of the last 4 words of the Torah spells "יִמְלֹךְ", which means, will reign.
The song of the see sang after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and broke out of the bondage of Egypt. That moment represent the past present and future of the redemption.
In Exodus 15:18 (at the end of the song of the see) we read "יְהוָה יִמְלֹךְ, לְעֹלָם וָעֶד." "God will reign forever and ever". We see the code word that represents the opening of the 50th gate and the revelation of the Light of Binah. The numerical value of the 4 words is 376, which is the same value for the word peace "שלום" as in the finale peace. "יְהוָה מֶלֶךְ, יְהוָה מָלָךְ; יְהוָה יִמְלֹךְ, לְעֹלָם וָעֶד" is in our daily prayer. It says God is king, God was king and God will reign forever and ever.
The first 6 words that connect present past and future equal 358, which is Mashiach. The whole 8 words with the kolel (608+8) = 616 = "התורה", "The Torah". No need to add explanation here. We can see the light clearly.
God wants us to hold his hand and to come closer and open the gate. This is the purpose of creation. We had thrown down in order to come up. The road is there, paved and with huge signs of light. Turn on your GPS. Let us all go there.