Beshalach – Why are you crying out to me?

The Israelites left Egypt with a lot of gold, silver and clothing, arriving the sea shore and the Egyptians coming behind them with their top warriors. They got panicked and started crying to G-d. (Exodus 14:11) They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn\’t we say to you in Egypt, \’Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians\’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!".


The Israelites left Egypt with a lot of gold, silver and clothing, arriving the sea shore and the Egyptians coming behind them with their top warriors. They got panicked and started crying to G-d. (Exodus 14:11) They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn\’t we say to you in Egypt, \’Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians\’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!".

It is strange that immediately after leaving the "hard work" in Egypt they were ready to go back. This is not what I want to discuss here but just to shed some light on this, the Ari explains that this story also reveals the secrets of the soul (Israel) leaving the body (Egypt) and Pharaoh (is the Evil inclination). The Red Sea here represents the river of fires of hell and the Soul represents Israel who is scared to go in to the sea for the cleansing process. The Egyptian army represents the negative forces that try to get the maximum energy from the soul as long as it is close to the body. The soul wishes to go back to the body (Egypt) and prefers the limitation of the body over the pain of the soul crossing the rivers of hell.

After my mother passed away she came to my older sister in a dream on the same night of the funeral and she looked better than she was in her last months but she appeared (quietly) in the house in her wheelchair. Three nights after that my mother came back to my sister in another dream and this time she looked well , standing in a large and unknown place, with a lot of light and dressed in light a color suit.

My sister does not understand kabbalah or has never read the Ari ever but the dreams partially explain the process of the soul as it ascends to the higher levels to its resting place. The soul starts the process on a lower spiritual level and may even have difficulties to get out of the physical gravity, then after three days the fire of hell helps separate the soul from the negativity of the lower levels.

It is said that even great righteous people, go briefly through the fire of hell in order to purify their soul from any "left over" physical desires and get ready for the spiritual clothing given above.
We see how the Torah is an amazing source of knowledge and from one story we can learn so much on different levels. Now lets go back to where the Israelites were crying out to G-d and complaining to Moshe. Exodus 14:13 "Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.".
Immediately after that on 14:15 G-d is telling Moshe "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on."

Here, the Zohar gives us a lesson on how and when to pray and how to connect to miracles. It uses the story of Jonah the prophet that prayed to G-d from the belly of the fish but in the Israelites case, they did not need to pray as G-d said, "stop crying, just move on. ".

That "Move on" is the connection to the highest level possible, the seed of creations, the place called "Mazala" "מזלא ". This is where the miracle of splitting the Red Sea came from.
The first letters of "Why are you crying to me?" "מַה-תִּצְעַק אֵלָי " are "אמת " and it means truth.
This special word is the signature of G-d. And it flows through the central column. This is the strait line from Keter(Light) through Tiferet (Jacob, אמת־ליעקב ), Yessod (Joseph) and Malchut (King David).

א is the first letter of the Alef-Bet, מ is the middle one and ת is the last one. In order to draw the Light of miracles we need to connect to the truth with our actions. Our heart should be open to the light without any agenda.

The word "מזלא " means luck and also from the same root comes "pouring fluids" "נוזל ".
When we are straight with the Light and pure in our actions we do not have to pray because the connection is automatic. Rabbi Ashlag tells us that the purpose of prayer is to draw the light we need to be good and act in truth.

In our daily prayers twice in the morning and once in the afternoon, seven days a week, we use a verse that sums this up beautifully. Psalms 145:18
קָרוֹב יְקוָה, לְכָל-קֹרְאָיו– לְכֹל אֲשֶׁר יִקְרָאֻהוּ בֶאֱמֶת
G-d is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Pekudei – Who built the Tabernacle?

אִם-יְהוָה, לֹא-יִבְנֶה בַיִת שָׁוְא עָמְלוּ בוֹנָיו בּוֹ

Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. (Psalms 127:1)

 

Bezalel and Oholiab completed the job of building the Tabernacle. The Zohar explains that Bezalel whose name means, in the shadow of G-d, utilized the Hebrew letters to create all that he needed.  It was mind over matter, the supreme alchemy, using the “chemistry” of the Alef Bet.

Rabbi Shimon reveals us in the Zohar that the letters are divided into groups of threes. There are two male letters and one female letter in each group.  There are nine females and eighteen males. Total of twenty seven letters (22 base + 5 finals).

The nine females are the final four, which are “קרשת” and the five final letters that are “םןץףך”. There are supernal letters that come from Binah (the eighth sefirah) and letters from the level of Malchut.

 

 

אִם-יְהוָה, לֹא-יִבְנֶה בַיִת שָׁוְא עָמְלוּ בוֹנָיו בּוֹ

Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. (Psalms 127:1)

 

Bezalel and Oholiab completed the job of building the Tabernacle. The Zohar explains that Bezalel whose name means, in the shadow of G-d, utilized the Hebrew letters to create all that he needed.  It was mind over matter, the supreme alchemy, using the “chemistry” of the Alef Bet.

Rabbi Shimon reveals us in the Zohar that the letters are divided into groups of threes. There are two male letters and one female letter in each group.  There are nine females and eighteen males. Total of twenty seven letters (22 base + 5 finals).

The nine females are the final four, which are “קרשת” and the five final letters that are “םןץףך”. There are supernal letters that come from Binah (the eighth sefirah) and letters from the level of Malchut.

Before I lose you with technical details, please understand that the spiritual system is very much like electrical circuit. The flow of energy has strict rules.

There is nothing random. Nothing, Nothing, Nothing. The term “random” is invented by frustrated scientists to explain phenomena that they can\’t explain or control. Fortunately, most scientists nowadays come closer to spirituality and better understanding of the real nature of nature.

 

The Tabernacle is a device that helps us connect to the light of the Creator. This light is the power that drives all existence. G-d took us out of Egypt holding our hands and keeping us safe like in a mother\’s womb. Now before coming to the Land of Israel and giving us control over our life and ability to be like him, he gave us the tools to connect.

 

In previous Torah portions, we received the personal tools and now the Tabernacle as a tool to connect the light to all peoples.

 

Before we born, we were "wired" to another device (mother) that provided us with the light’s energy needed to build our vessel. The Ari teaches us that every three months in the womb, a baby moves to another level of their development.  After nine months (3×3) the pregnancy gets completed (the vessel) and ready to go into labor.

The Zohar tells us that Bezalel used the 42 letters that G-d used for creation

(תעיגלפזקשקוציאבגיתצקרעשטננגדיכשבטרצתגחקבטנ)

 to make all the parts of the Tabernacle. In 39:32 they finished the building and brought the Tabernacle to Moses.

 

וַתֵּכֶל–כָּל-עֲבֹדַת, מִשְׁכַּן אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד;

וַיַּעֲשׂוּ, בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל–כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָה אֶת-מֹשֶׁה, כֵּן עָשׂוּ

"All the work of the Tabernacle was finished…; and the children of Israel did according to all that G-d commanded Moses, so did they"

 

A famous Torah commentator tells us that the first four words of the verse is numerically equal to "the twenty fifth of Kislev". This is the day of the Miracle of Chanukah.

This miracle is about connecting the Light to the Holy Temple (vessel). Immediately after that (Exodus 39:42-43) Moses saw that they had done all that G-d commanded and he blessed them."

It is a little bit puzzling that after all that was done, G-d tells Moses (40:1-16) to fabricate the Tabernacle. These sixteen verses detail how to put together all parts of the Tabernacle.  This shows us that there is another process to complete the process.



 

What is G-d telling Moses to do here?

The Zohar explains on 39:33 that they brought the Tabernacle to Moses. It is like bringing the bride to the groom. They built the vessel and Moshe who represented the Light, needed to activate it. G-d told him when to do it and how to do it, exactly.

 

We can easily calculate that from the 25th of Kislev to the first of Nisan, as G-d instructed Moses to activate the Tabernacle, there are three months and 7 days.
The seed was planted when Moses blessed them when they brought the Tabernacle to him. After that there was three months of concealment to establish the vessel and build its desire for the Light. Like in pregnancy, during the first three months it is hard to know if the woman is carrying a baby. Also When Moses was born; his mother concealed him for three months (exodus 2:2).

 

Timing is important. Rosh Hashanah and the First of Nisan are two heads of the year, one is female and one is male for the light and vessel.

 

When we have desire to create and build something, we can do it with the power of consciousness, which is energized by the power of the letters we carry with us.

The letters are embedded in our name and DNA. On smaller scale we have the power to achieve whatever our mind is set to. If we define our goals clearly and to the detail, like all the parts of the Tabernacle, we can achieve them when we apply the spiritual laws given to us by G-d.

You can build the most sophisticated computer with the best parts, but it will not give you anything if it is not connected to a power source.

 

At the end of verse 40:33 Moses finishes the work.

וַיְכַל מֹשֶׁה, אֶת-הַמְּלָאכָה

Immediately after, in 40:34, G-d appears in the Tabernacle.
וַיְכַס הֶעָנָן, אֶת-אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד; וּכְבוֹד יְהוָה, מָלֵא אֶת-הַמִּשְׁכָּן

“Then the cloud covered the tent, and the glory of the G-d filled the tabernacle”

 

Moses connected the Tabernacle (vessel) to the Light and activated it on the first day of Nisan. When we have a vessel and a proper connection, the Light must appear, unconditionally.

Moses activated the first device to connect to the Light for us and he will do the same with the final one, the Third Temple in Jerusalem. Today, Amen.

 

Terumah – Move it or lose it

Terumah deals with the materials, measurements and methods that were needed to build the Tebernacle.  The discussion on the parasha is one of the longest in the Zohar and it gives us the real meaning behind the simple story. 

Most of the articles in Zohar Terumah discuss the connection between Binah and Malchut. Rabbi Shimon said that when G-d created the world (level of Malchut, represented by the last letter "ה" of the Tetragrammaton, "יקוק"), it was in the same process as Above (Binah, represented by the first "ה" of "יקוק").

Terumah deals with the materials, measurements and methods that were needed to build the Tebernacle. The discussion on the parasha is one of the longest in the Zohar and it gives us the real meaning behind the simple story. 

Most of the articles in Zohar Terumah discuss the connection between Binah and Malchut. Rabbi Shimon said that when G-d created the world (level of Malchut, represented by the last letter "ה" of the Tetragrammaton, "יקוק"), it was in the same process as Above (Binah, represented by the first "ה" of "יקוק").

The Zohar and The Ari explain that in the process of Creation, Malchut that was only Judgment got elevated to Binah to connect and draw energy of Mercy in order to sustain its existence. They are parallel to each other to allow flow of the energy. That is why Malchut and Binah use the same letter ה. in the weekly cycle; Shabbat is when we are elevated to Binah to draw the light for the whole week. All that we need comes from Binah. Yom kippur is the highest level of connection to Binah.

In every Morning Prayer we recite a special song of the day and announce “היום־יום־שלישי־בשבת־קודש” “Today is the (day name) day of Holy Shabbat”. This tells us that every day receives energy from Shabbat, which is Binah..

When it is said "ויקחו לי תרומה" (And they will take for me donation), obviously G-d doesn’t need our Gold, Silver and Copper but out of his love to us he asks us to contribute to the building of the Tabernacle. See articles Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 on http://www.RabbiShimon.com. The verse that completes the story of creation says, "אשר ברא אלהים לעשות"  “that G-d created for us to make” Genesis 2:3. It all depends on our actions.

Of the 3 metals, Gold represents left Column and Isaac, Silver represents Right Column and Avraham, Copper represents Central column and Jacob. At the beginning of the silent prayer (Amidah) and in many other prayers we use the patriarchs as a key to open the upper gates for us. The daily prayers also relate to them, Morning is Chessed for Avraham, Mincha is Gevurah for Isaac and Arvit is Tiferet for Jacob.

Zevulun and Yisasschar, two of Jacob’s sons made a special deal. Zevulum was a traveling businessman and didn’t have much time for spirituality. Yisasschar dedicated himself to the study of Torah and spirituality. They agreed to equally share the gain of their dealings, Zevulun shared his profits with his brother in return for equal share of Yisasschar’s spiritual light. The Ramchal, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, a great kabbalist tells us that a Torah study can bring you closer to the level of Yesod (the funnel of the light to the world and it is above Malchut). A person supporting the needs of a Torah student draws the light from Binah to himself. We can understand this now because a supporter and a contributor to the continuation of Torah studies in this world behaves like the light of Binah.

G-d wants to open a channel of light for us and all we need to do is to put some effort from our side. We just left Egypt, and G-d made the Egyptians to like the Israelites and give them their gold, silver and clothing. Now G-d gives us the opportunity to give back from what he gave us.

In Chronicles1 we read the story of King David on how he collected Gold, Silver and other precious items from the people to build the Holy Temple. In 29:14 he says
וְכִי מִי אֲנִי, וּמִי עַמִּי, כִּינַעְצֹר כֹּחַ, לְהִתְנַדֵּב כָּזֹאת
כִּימִמְּךָ הַכֹּל, וּמִיָּדְךָ נָתַנּוּ לָךְ
“"But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”

It is a great lesson from King David to make us understand that it is all from the Creator. Even the richest person in the world cannot take his gold with him to the grave. Sooner or later they will be robbed and they cannot do or say anything about it. Even the great Pharaohs and their gold inside the Pyramids could not keep the thieves away.

When we give back we create movement that is critical to keep our being and to add to it. Everything in this world is in movement. Even the hardest metal consists of molecules and atoms in a constant movement in space. That is what gives it identity. Resting state is actually a transformation state.

We were born with the desire for the self. It is the engine that makes our heart pump and circulate the blood in the body to keep it alive. That is why desires come from the heart. It holds the desire to live. Imbalanced desires hurt the heart. People that know their desires and how to balance them have healthy hearts. Feel your heart beat in different situations to realize this truth.

Increased desire for the self creates “Fat” (blockages) and enforces the laws of entropy on the spiritual and physical level. To keep a healthy and balanced diet you need to “burn” the same or more energy you draw into yourself. This process is called Terumah” “תרומה” in Hebrew.

When we give away from what we have we create a transformation, a movement that keeps us connected to the system and with the cycle of life (Elevation to the light).
No movement forces us into a state of losing our identity and to a negative transformation (Entropy, decay). We need to renew all the time. The best fuel for that is to connect to the light by giving from our energy. Whatever we have comes from the Creator whether it is money, knowledge or time. When we give to others, we act as the Creator from the level of Binah. Giving Terumah (Donation) creates Temurah (change) and draws the light of Binah.

In Zohar Terumah (With Hasulam # 537) Rabbi Chia says “It is time to act for G-d” (Psalms 119:126) and he explains that as long as people occupy themselves with the Torah, all the worlds, heaven and earth are held in existence. When they neglect the study and connection to the Torah, the worlds become weaker.

Here we understand that it all depends on our actions. WE need to connect and draw the Light from Binah for our personal strength and for the whole world. Every action that draws light to the world brings us to the final revelation of the Light in this world and to seeing the third Temple on the Holy Mount in Jerusalem.

 

Tezaveh – Blood on the clothings of the High Priest

The Kohen\’s work was actually for us. He used to put himself in great risk going into the Holy of Holies to draw the light for us and for the whole world. If the Kohen didn\’t do his work correctly then he would die in the Holy of Holies.
When the Kohen went into the Holy, he had to focus his consciousness in the action to draw the light to the world. This had to be on pure spiritual form because if his body created limitation and if for one split second he thought of him self then the great energy of the Light would burn them. We know that before the destruction of the temples, the Kohanim would die almost every year.


The Zohar opens with "תצוה ואתה" to help us make a connection between Zeir Anpin "ו" (the upper level) and Malchut "אתה" (our level).

The 8 garments of Kohen Gadol (Aharon) and 4 garments of simple Kohen are significant in their work of the Kohen to draw the Light to this world. Total number of garments is 12, which is very significant. The breast plate also has 12 stones. 12 permutations of the "יקוק", 12 tribes, 12 months and 12 signs of the Zodiac. The Tabernacle was initiated on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, which is the first month of the year.
G-d instructs Moshe to teach Aharon and his sons all that they need to know to serve and draw the light and remove any negativity or impurity from the Israelites. G-d also warns the Kohen to follow the rules exactly or he will die. The description of the Kohen clothing includes little bells that the Kohen should have while serving in the Holy.

The Kohen\’s work was actually for us. He used to put himself in great risk going into the Holy of Holies to draw the light for us and for the whole world. If the Kohen didn\’t do his work correctly then he would die in the Holy of Holies.

When the Kohen went into the Holy, he had to focus his consciousness in the action to draw the light to the world. This had to be on pure spiritual form because if his body created limitation and if for one split second he thought of him self then the great energy of the Light would burn them. We know that before the destruction of the temples, the Kohanim would die almost every year.

 The Jewish people need to be "ממלכת־כהנים־וגוי־קדוש", “A nation of priests and holy nation”. Our duty is to be pure and serve as a channel for the whole world. (That is why jews are spread all over the world.).

The Torah tells us about the Cities of refuge. If someone killed another person by accident, they used to go to those refuge cities. They can leave the city only after the Kohen died. The reason for this is that if the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) did his work perfectly then all the negativity would be removed and there would be no openings to have "accidents".

This process also teaches about the importance of consciousness while doing a Mitzvah. We all know that if a man says a blessing and meditate for the others and they say Amen then it is like they did it themselves. Our work in this world is to do for others, from the High Priest to every one of us. "מצ־וה" is a connection to the light. The "מצ" in אתבש (gimatria method) makes "יה"  and together it forms the name of G-d.

The Zohar describes the affect of doing the spiritual work to bring our souls to a higher level and warns us with the harms of anger. Anger causes the good parts of our souls to leave our body and immediately get by impurity and negative entities. We loose everything that we have earned to that point and it takes us a much greater work to regain what we already had. The Zohar calls this situation "עבודה־לאל־זר", work (worship) another G-d. When our pure soul leaves, another negative soul enters and from that moment on we start serving that negative soul. This is the reason that after getting angry we feel emptiness. Even if we find a good reason to get angry on someone and "give it to him", we can never enjoy that "victory" over the other person.
Anger is fire and it burns. In another palce The Zohar says that being angry on Shabbat, is a great " חלול־שבת", desecration of Shabbat.

When a righteous person is angry, it is good because his anger is for the sake of Torah and in order to help the other person. As it says "The Torah is Fire". A righteous person never "looses himself in anger", he always thinks in the ways of Torah and for the others. 

 

Rosh Hashanah – You have an invitation to appear in court.

No matter if you are going to be in a synagogue or not, you will appear in front of the judge. You and all that exist. Your physical appearance is not required. Your soul will be there whether you want it to be or not. 
No matter if you are going to be in a synagogue or not, you will appear in front of the judge. You and all that exist. Your physical appearance is not required. Your soul will be there whether you want it to be or not. 
So you ask, should I go to pray or not? What difference does it make? How can you talk to the judge and ask for leniency or cancelation of sins (as they call your negative actions)?
Since you cannot speak for yourself, what is the best tool to connect and affect the judgment?
The simple answer is the Shofar. All the other prayers are preparation for this process and that is why the Shofar is blown at the very high points in the prayers of Rosh Hashanah.
I will take you to the time you were born for a moment. I mean day one in life. What was the first sound leaving the womb? It was either a scream, or a cry or some kind of expression of pain.
The soul fought not to go out to the physical and limited world. All babies all over the world have a similar expression. As they grow up, it becomes more organized into a language.
The basic sound is a connection to the Light. Music, tones of expressions are easily understood through different races (even with animals you can hear the fear, the pain or the joy) and cultures.  It is important to understand this because basic natural sound goes beyond our physical existence. A cry of a baby can touch our soul quickly and deeply and move us for action. That is the babies\’ tool to ask and receive help to better their condition.
In Rosh Hashanah, we are judged by actions and desires driven by the left column. The master motivator of the left column to do negative actions is the one that prosecutes us in the upper court. To control him we use two ways. One is the reading of the torah on the first day about the birth/seed of the left column, the birth of Isaac. On the second day we read about the binding of Isaac, which gives us control over the left column. The other tool is the sound of the Shofar that is made from a ram\’s horn (again left column energy. Remember how we took the ram into our house before leaving Egypt… ) .
With the sound of the Shofar (as the Zohar says) we confuse the prosecutor to the point that he cannot layout his case against us and the judgment for the coming year is positive and full of new opportunities to better our life in the physical and spiritual realm.
Clean your ears like you never did. Listen to the Torah and the Shofar. Do not miss a sound. Your whole year depends on it.

Shabbat Sukkot – To See and to Know G-d.

There is a special reading for the Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot. It is from parashat Ki Tissa.
The story is that Moshe asks G-d to show him the way so he can find grace in his sight and connect to the nation. Moshe also tells G-d that if he does not reveal himself then the nation will not go up to the Land.

There is a special reading for the Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot. It is from parashat Ki Tissa.
The story is that Moshe asks G-d to show him the way so he can find grace in his sight and connect to the nation. Moshe also tells G-d that if he does not reveal himself then the nation will not go up to the Land.

It is strange because a verse prior to that (just before the beginning of this reading (Exodus 33:11) it says "וְדִבֶּר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה פָּנִים אֶל-פָּנִים, כַּאֲשֶׁר יְדַבֵּר אִישׁ אֶל-רֵעֵהוּ", "And G-d spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend"

The Torah is the laws, our guidance and it has rules, judgments. This is the face of G-d Moshe was seeing. Moshe knows that it would be hard for the Yisraelites to come to the land only with the Torah so he asks G-d to reveal the side of Mercy, the thirteen attributes that can save them in time of judgment.

The verse that begins with the thirteen attributes starts with the word "וַיַּעֲבֹר". This word is built from "עב" =72 and "ריו" =216. Together they are the numerical value of "חסד" and "גבורה". The sefirot that represents the right column and the left column. Putting them together creates balance.

There is more to it but the importance is to understand that Moshe did a good job for us to draw that energy of mercy and balance. We used the thirteen attributes many times during the last weeks to cleanse and draw mercy to us during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Sukkot is one of the three Holidays, "Regalim", that we need to attend and be seen in the Holy Temple. The Sukkah is the tool like the Holy Temple. It connects us to the light of Mercy and to the Holy Temple energy.
Having a Sukkah is good but sleeping, eating and studying in it makes a greater connection to draw the light of mercy to us for the whole year.

Yom HaKippurim -5 meals- all you can eat .

We appeared in front of the judge on Rosh Hashanah and now ten days later we receive the judgment. This is our life force budget for the year. What is the quality of our life for the coming year going to be?

Every physical manifestation begins with a thought or a spiritual event.

In Yom Kippur we connect to the spiritual event to "download" the Light we were \’budgeted\’ for in the New Year. In order to draw this light we need to prepare our vessel (Spiritual) to receive it.

We appeared in front of the judge on Rosh Hashanah and now ten days later we receive the judgment. This is our life force budget for the year. What is the quality of our life for the coming year going to be?

Every physical manifestation begins with a thought or a spiritual event.

In Yom Kippur we connect to the spiritual event to "download" the Light we were \’budgeted\’ for in the New Year. In order to draw this light we need to prepare our vessel (Spiritual) to receive it.

The Torah tells us " בֶּעָשׂוֹר לַחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי הַזֶּה יוֹם הַכִּפֻּרִים הוּא, מִקְרָא-קֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה לָכֶם, וְעִנִּיתֶם, אֶת-נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם ". " On the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement; there shall be a holy convocation unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls; "

The Hebrew word " וְעִנִּיתֶם "is translated as "Atonement" but the deeper intention is to make our soul poor " עני ". King David in Psalms says " תְּפִלָּה, לְעָנִי כִי-יַעֲטֹף " "a prayer for the poor". When a person comes as poor with his prayers then he is answered.

The purpose of the five limitations we are required to accept on Yom Kippur help us become "poor" and have our vessel ready to receive the Light for the whole year.

The five limitations are: Eating, Drinking, Washing, Wearing leather (especially shoes), using oil for the body.

Eating and drinking, washing and use of body oil will activate the body in receiving physical feed and block the Light from coming in. The leather shoes connect us to the sin of Adam and Eve and the energy of death that was brought on them (us) by the snake. (Leather is made from a dead animal).

The Holy Ari (Rabbi Isaac Luria) includes a couple\’s physical unification in the third limit (washing) and explains that on Yom Kippur Malchut is elevated to Binah to connect and draw the light to the physical. When a husband and wife connect on the lower level they create corruption in the supernal connection and the light goes to the negative in Yom Kippur. If a child comes out from this relation then his soul is from the negative side.

The Ari also reveals the " ענוי " ( Atonement ) has the same numerical value as " צום " (fast) and " קול " (voice). Fasting and praying are the main connections we use on Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur should be a happy day. The five prayers connect us to the process of elevating Malchut to Keter (at the time of Ne\’ilah). We should not miss any of the connections. Imagine that the bank is open for twenty four hours and you are suppose to come and get your yearly budget.

Try not to miss any of the 5 spiritual meals and eat all that you can. (Especially if you are a man). There is a difference between men\’s and women\’s connection but we\’ll talk on this in another time.

Mishpatim – Reincarnation

Mishpatim – 5767 – Reincarnation

 

The Zohar opens this parasha with Rabbi Shimon saying ", הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים וְאֵלֶּה", "Now these are the ordinances which you shall set before them", These are the laws of reincarnation. The laws for the souls coming back to this world, according to the judgment they had received based on their prior life actions.

When the Torah says "חִנָּם יֵצֵא לַחָפְשִׁי וּבַשְּׁבִעִת יַעֲבֹד שָׁנִים שֵׁשׁ עִבְרִי עֶבֶד תִקְנֶה כִּי" , If thou buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve; and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.", This reveals some of the secrets of reincarnation. The soul returns to the world because of its sins, or because it didn\’t complete Torah and Mitzvoth in its life. By those laws, the soul is forced to come back dressed in a physical body. That is the meaning of the word Re-In-Carnation, which means renewal in the flesh. The Hebrew word is "גלגול", Gilgul, that comes from cycle, and in Kabbalah it relates to the wheels of the souls.

So the soul gets to be reborn in a new body and a new time of birth (Hebrew Month=different Mazal, different work) to complete its mission and process in life during the 70 years of life.

The six years in the parasha refers to the six sefirot of Zeir Anpin (Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod). If the soul is from the side of the Shechinah, which is the seventh, then it says "חִנָּם לַחָפְשִׁי יֵצֵא" .

A tzadik that has earned a soul from Malchut of Atzilut has no work. Like the aspect of Shabbat, which has no work and no slavery.

 

Parashat Mishpatim comes immediately after Yitro, with the Ten Commandments, (the correct translation is "Ten Utterances") that teaches us the laws of life and gives us the Torah as a guide to go through life following the way of G-d with 613 "items" in this guide. 248 DOs and 365 DON\’Ts.

Yitro, Numerical Value 616= HaTorah, merited to have a parasha with the Ten Commandment on his name because he converted. The Zohar says that because Yitro, "Heard" and broke his heart ("Lev Nishbar"), he disconnected from all idols and revealed a great light.  Moshe, learned and listened to his advice.

The Ari Ha\’Kadosh explains that Yitro is a reincarnation of Kayin and Moshe of Hevel.  Yitro fulfilled his mission in life by transforming himself from being a master of idols and switching from negative side to positive.
Kayin killed Hevel because he was jealous that Hevel was born with two wives.


When Yitro came to Moshe, he said "Ani Chotencha Yitro", The Ari points to the Abbreviation Alef Chet and Yod, which is spelled as ACHI (My brother in Hebrew) and he adds, "I brought your wife and her children with me". This is how he corrected his sin.

We must remember that it is almost impossible for a person to fulfill all 613 mitzvoth in one life time. A simple example is mitzvoth of the Kohen,Yibum, Redemption of the first born and many similar. Each Mitzvah creates a different connection to the creator. A soul needs to go through several life times to cleanse its sins and remove "Bread of Shame", "Nahama D\’chsufa".

 

Parashat Mishpatim gives us the secrets of the Gilgul and ability to have the power to go through our Gilgulim with success and correct as much as we can in this.

The Ari said that if a person did not follow his Tikkun (corrections),it is as if he didn\’t live his life. Rabbi Ashlag, Baal Hasulam, said that to find out your Tikkun, you need to look where it is hard, where you feel uncomfortable, then work on it until it is resolved. For example; if a person has problem with neighbors, he needs to get to a point to make peace and friendship with neighbors, otherwise no matter where he goes, the similar problems until he corrects it.

 

Vayakhel – What is between pain and roses?

Life is not a rose garden! Is it? Some may say yes, some may say not. They are both right.

If your nose can sense the pleasant scent and your eyes can see the beauty, you are lucky. Or maybe not… If you want to own that beauty, touch and hold it close to you then prepare yourself to get hurt.

The Zohar Volume 1 chapter 1 talks about the Rose and reference Song of Songs 2:1,2 “אֲנִי חֲבַצֶּלֶת הַשָּׁרוֹן, שׁוֹשַׁנַּת הָעֲמָקִים”, “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” “כְּשׁוֹשַׁנָּה בֵּין הַחוֹחִים, כֵּן רַעְיָתִי בֵּין הַבָּנוֹת” “As the Lily amongst the thorns”. Rabbi Chizkiyah discusses this and says that as the Rose is White and Red, so is the community of Israel. The Malchut, has Merci (white) and Judgment (red).

 
Vayakhel – What is between pain and roses?
 

Life is not a rose garden! Is it? Some may say yes, some may say not. They are both right.

If your nose can sense the pleasant scent and your eyes can see the beauty, you are lucky. Or maybe not… If you want to own that beauty, touch and hold it close to you then prepare yourself to get hurt.

The Zohar Volume 1 chapter 1 talks about the Rose and reference Song of Songs 2:1,2 “אֲנִי חֲבַצֶּלֶת הַשָּׁרוֹן, שׁוֹשַׁנַּת הָעֲמָקִים”, “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” “כְּשׁוֹשַׁנָּה בֵּין הַחוֹחִים, כֵּן רַעְיָתִי בֵּין הַבָּנוֹת” “As the Lily amongst the thorns”. Rabbi Chizkiyah discusses this and says that as the Rose is White and Red, so is the community of Israel. The Malchut, has Merci (white) and Judgment (red).

 

The Zohar explains that when the Torah refers to the nation, it means the mix multitude, (ערב־רב). When the nation came to Aharon (Exodus 32:1, in the previous parasha) it is said “וַיִּקָּהֵל הָעָם עַל-אַהֲרֹן, וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו קוּם עֲשֵׂה-לָנוּ אֱלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר יֵלְכוּ לְפָנֵינוּ”, “the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him: \’Up, make us a god who shall go before us;”. That was the beginning of the sin of the Golden Calf.

Three chapters later, in the beginning of the Parasha (Exodus 35:1) the Torah uses the same word to begin the process of cleansing. “וַיַּקְהֵל” has the same letters and the same numerical value of 151, which is equal to “מקוה”,”Mikveh”, the ritual pool for spiritual cleansing. We live in a paradoxical world, where good and bad coexist at the same time. “ויקהל” is used for drawing the highest negativity of idol worshipping and the desire for the self and also for the power of the Shabbat. The Mitzvah (precept) of Shabbat is in the second verse, following the gathering the congregation of Israel by Moses.

 

Why did this great sin happen? Could it have been avoided? We’d like to think “Yes, of course”.

How could they be so close to the Light, see miracles on a daily basis and yet turn to idols?  Also how come Aharon helped them build it and make the event as a “holiday for G-d”? (Exodus 32:5).

 

The Israelites go through the cycle of good and bad. Every time they got close to a big revelation of light, a sin took place. It is like you can’t get closer to the light without having blood in your hand. This Rose (Malchut) draws a lot of blood from us.

 

After Moshe came down the mountain and saw the nation with the Golden calf, he destroyed it by burning it to dust which he spread over the water and gave to the Israelites to drink (Exodus 32:20). He transformed the negativity into positivity for those that didn’t participate in the sin.

 

In 32:26-29 he tells the Levites to go through the camp and kill their brothers, friends and relatives and then they would get blessings.

 

All the sacrifices done by the priests involved slaughtering and blood. When blood spills, it releases the soul that was in the blood. “כִּי הַדָּם, הוּא הַנָּפֶשׁ” (Deuteronomy 12:20-29).  This is what creates a connection to the light. The blood when it circulates through the body, hold the soul and keeps us alive. This is at the level of Malchut. Blood has the numerical value of 44 (12+32) and with the Kolel (adding 1 for the whole) is 45, which is the same as the gematria value for the name of G-d that represents Zeir Anpin, the light.

 

When the nation made the Golden calf, G-d told Moses to leave since they were sinning. Why didn’t G-d tell Moses to go just before they fell into the negativity? Didn’t G-d know it?

From this, we understand that there is a process that we must follow to reach the ultimate revelation of light.

 

Suffering is part of it. The three major sins in the history of the world are the Sin of Adam and Eve that they couldn’t wait six hours to Shabbat. Then here the nation couldn’t wait another six hours for Moses to come down the mountain and the third one is the sin of the 12 spies, which to my humble opinion, if six of them were to tell the truth about the land, the terrible results of 40 years in the desert and death of the whole generation that came out of Egypt could have been avoided.

 

It is all related to the six day of creation and it echoes through the generations to our times (the sixth millennium).

 

The three sixes (666) that is related to the sins are also related to the final redemption. In the DivineCalendar book (http://DivineCalendar.com), Ezra (Jeff) Meiliken reveals to us the deeper secrets of the number 666 and its connection to the final redemption.

 

Remember that before we are able to enjoy our house, we need to own it. For that we need to pay the full payment. Only then we can sit and relax.

 

On every pain you go through in life, on every tear you shed, open your heart to G-d and say “I am not complaining, I am paying”….

 

 
 

 

Shabbat Zachor and the special reading.

On Shabbat before Purim in addition to the regular Torah reading we read a small paragraph from the end of parashat "Ki Teitzeh". "Zachor Et Asher Asa Lecha Amalek BaDerech Betzetchem MiMitzrayim", "Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt! (Deuteronomy 25)".  What is so special about this shabbat?

On Shabbat before Purim in addition to the regular Torah reading we read a small paragraph from the end of parashat \”Ki Teitzeh\”. \”Zachor Et Asher Asa Lecha Amalek BaDerech Betzetchem MiMitzrayim\”, \”Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt! (Deuteronomy 25)\”.

The day of Shabbat includes the whole coming week in itself. (Every day during the Morning Prayer, Shacharit, we say \”היום־יום־שלישי־בשבת־קודש\” “today is the third day of the Holy Shabbat”. We also announce the new moon on Shabbat. The short paragraph of Zachor gives us the ability to overcome doubts, (Amalek in Gimatria equal doubts) \”עמלק־=ספק\”, and have certainty in our connection to the Light. Purim is a celebration of certainty. Mordechai and Esther were thinking about G-d and not the people. Mordechai risked his life and the life of all Jews when he refused to bow to Haman Hagagi. Because of their certainty, they merited the miracle of overcoming Haman.

It is important to know that Haman was a descendent of Amalek. Shemuel the prophet ordered King Saul to kill Agag, the King of Amalek and all that belonged to him. King Saul failed by keeping some goods as offerings to G-d and he brought Agag as prisoner. Agag was killed by Shemuel but before that he had the opportunity to be with a woman and have a child who continued the line of Amalek all the way to Haman. Mordechai succeeded to destroy Haman and his ten sons (representing the 10 levels of negativity and that is why the reader of the megilah needs to read their names in one breath).

Zachor is also a reminder of the final redemption, when G-d promised to remove Amalek for ever and that means no negativity ever again. Rabbi Avraham Azulai, in the book \”Chessed L\’Avraham\” said that the final redemption is a state that is better than what the Garden of Eden was, before the sin. The reason for that is, before the sin, the Snake was there and had the potential to harm and eventually he did. In the final redemption, there will be no negativity. B\”H we will all merit seeing Mashiach and the final redemption, today, Amen.