Lech Lecha – What is in God\’s \”Will\”? New Covenant?

In Genesis 15 we read about God\’s promise to Abram (Later he becomes Abraham). God takes Abram out to look toward heavens and "count" the stars.

In the Book of Formation, written by Abraham, he reveals the knowledge God gave him during that event. God showed him the structure of the spiritual system and the ten sefirot.
15:17 God said "I brought you out of Ur of the Chaldees to give you this land to inherit it." "לָתֶת לְךָ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת, לְרִשְׁתָּהּ". "The Land" "הָאָרֶץ" in this form always refers to the Land of Israel where the whole creation began with the Aleph and centered around the "רֶץ" (more on this subject another time.)

In Genesis 15 we read about God\’s promise to Abram (Later he becomes Abraham). God takes Abram out to look toward heavens and "count" the stars.

In the Book of Formation, written by Abraham, he reveals the knowledge God gave him during that event. God showed him the structure of the spiritual system and the ten sefirot.
15:17 God said "I brought you out of Ur of the Chaldees to give you this land to inherit it." "לָתֶת לְךָ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת, לְרִשְׁתָּהּ". "The Land" "הָאָרֶץ" in this form always refers to the Land of Israel where the whole creation began with the Aleph and centered around the "רֶץ" (more on this subject another time.)

Abram asks God "whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?".
Why did Abram question God about this? Didn\’t he believe God, when he was at his presence?

The answer is that at that moment Abram realized that he was responsible for whatever happens in his life. The "stars" and the spiritual system showed him a different future.  His question was correct and in place.
God didn\’t delay the answer and immediately instructed Abram with a strange request. "Bring me a heifer עֶגְלָה, a goat וְעֵז  and a ram וְאַיִל, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon". The English translation talks about three years, in other places there are other translation/interpretations.

The important point here is that there are 3,3,3 elements. Together 9 + 2 (dove and pigeon). 
The tree of Life has three triangles + Malchut at the base. So here we have 9+2=11 elements. We know that there are 10 Sefirot so what is the connection here?. Abraham in Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Formation) tells us that there are 10 sefirot and NOT nine, and then he continues, 10 and NOT eleven.

The structure of the Tree of Life has 10 sefirot. When the light flows through the tree of life there are 11 sefirot which are active (Including Da\’at) and 9 sefirot(Malchut in the dark) when they\’re not active.
 All elements split in the middle to give opportunity to Abram to connect them together.  This is the point where Abram has established his channel to the sefira of Chessed.

In the continuation of the chapter, God reveals the future to Abram.  All the elements in this story are deeply coded but we can find few key elements that connect to the future. The word "פְּגָרִים" (carcasses) has the numerical value of 333 and "עַיִט" (bird of prey) is 89. Together we get 422 (the value of the word "שבעים", seventy). By adding 2 for the kolel we get 424, which equals to Mashiach Ben David. The great Torah commentator, Rashi, comments on this verse (15:11) for the word "וַיַּשֵּׁב" (=318) that it implies to The Mashiach.
For those who understand this (כחבחגתנהימ = 546 x 10 = 5460 + 318 = 5778 (=2018))

 Abram was 70 during that event. He was born in 1948 (Hebrew Calendar) and the covenant was 70 years later in 2018. In his book "The Divine Calendar", Jeff (Ezra) Meiliken writes about the connection and parallels of the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars. Interesting point is the nation of Israel had declared its independence in 1948 and 70 years later; in 2018 we expect to see a great revelation of the Light and may be a new covenant with Mashiach presence.

Genesis – 613+7=620. Do You Get It?

The divine letters behind the word " בְּרֵאשִׁית" are "אבגיתץ". The first word means "In the beginning" and the second has the energy of unconditional love.
I commented on this in several of my commentaries to the Torah. This week we start reading the Torah from the beginning. The truth is that we are not repeating the Torah because it is the channel of the Light to this world and as such year 5769 is different from 5768. The Torah reveals new and different light.
 
The divine letters behind the word " בְּרֵאשִׁית" are "אבגיתץ". The first word means "In the beginning" and the second has the energy of unconditional love.
I commented on this in several of my commentaries to the Torah. This week we start reading the Torah from the beginning. The truth is that we are not repeating the Torah because it is the channel of the Light to this world and as such year 5769 is different from 5768. The Torah reveals new and different light.
When I read the beginning again today I understand new things. It is not the same Torah, the light is different and unique for this year.
This year the story of creation tells me a similar story but with different focus. The first Mitzvah is "Be fruitful and multiply". What does it mean in the global level?
The book of Genesis is related to the level of Keter. (Exodus = Chokmah, Leviticus=Binah, Numbers=Zeir Anpin and Deuteronomy=Malchut).  There are 613 Mitzvoth in the Torah that are observed by Jews and seven by noahides. Together they count to 620. As we know 620 is the value of the word Keter, which is the seed level of creation, the cause of everything.

 

"מצוה" (Mitzvah, precepts) translates to the Tetragramaton when we convert the first two letters to their At-Bash value, מצ in את־בש gives יה. When we unify all together as one in front of the creator we can connect to Keter.
In my commentary to Behar (http://rabbishimon.com/index.cfm/feature/124) we found out that your neighbor is your brother. Love him even if he is not going to the same house of worship nor has a different name or symbol on his door.
The first day of creation is described as "יוֹם אֶחָד" (day one). One in Hebrew has the same numerical value of "אהבה", Love. It is not called "First day" but day ONE for the oneness and completion in it. The cause and thought of creation was reflected on the first day and it was Love (unconditional love).
Keter is the power behind the Aleph of "אבגיתץ". This is the force that pours love to us and sustains us. Looking at this simple equation (613 +7 = 620) we learn only one thing. UNITY. LOVE (Unconditional Love).
Let\’s start again and this time remember that our future depends on love among all, unconditionally.

I love you all (unconditionally)

 

Vayetze – Balancing the spiritual system

Jacob was born with a mission to be a chariot to the sefira (spiritual dimension) of Tiferet. This is the central column and the balance. Right is Abraham, left is Isaac and both were not enough to establish the connection to the upper three sefirot (Keter, Chokmah and Binah). He was born perfect and all his actions were to follow and support the spiritual system.

וַיִּירָא, וַיֹּאמַר, מַה-נּוֹרָא, הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה: אֵין זֶה, כִּי אִם-בֵּית אֱלֹקים, וְזֶה, שַׁעַר הַשָּׁמָיִם 

And he was afraid, and said: \’How full of awe is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven\’

Jacob got out of his home city and reached a place where he slept, had a dream (the most famous dream in the world…) and after he woke up he realized that he found the gates of heaven. In the dream, G-d reveals an amazing future for Jacob and promises not to leave him until he fulfills his words to Jacob.

Jacob didn\’t even ask to see G-d.

Jacob was born with a mission to be a chariot to the sefira (spiritual dimension) of Tiferet. This is the central column and the balance. Right is Abraham, left is Isaac and both were not enough to establish the connection to the upper three sefirot (Keter, Chokmah and Binah). He was born perfect and all his actions were to follow and support the spiritual system.

Genesis 25:27 " וְיַעֲקֹב אִישׁ תָּם ", the English translation for this is "Jacob was a quiet man ", but the word " תָּם " in Hebrew means flawless and complete.

Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael came from the Left and Isaac from the right. Isaac brought Esau and Jacob. Esau from the left and Jacob from the Right.

Jacob knew about the great mission he had in life even before he was born. He let Esau come out first but he was holding his heal. He knew Esau\’s weaknesses and used it to buy his birthrights.

Now Jacob goes Lavan, his uncle to have a stronger control over the left side energy. The early sages tell us that Rachel and Leah were twins and at the age of 14 when Jacob met them. Leah was supposed to marry Esau and Rachel was supposed to marry Jacob. Rashi comments that Leah\’s eyes were soft (or weak as some translations use) because she cried a lot thinking of her future marriage to Esau. Leah was born first and she is related to the level of Binah (female side) represented by the first letter " ה " of the Tetragrammaton. Rachel is related to Malchut, the last letter " ה " of the Tetragrammaton. Jacob was supposed to take his place in the Middle as Tiferet, Zeir Anpin, and the letter " ו " of the Tetragrammaton.

Jacob\’s soul was determined to fulfill its mission and was ready for any work required to achieve that goal. The whole spiritual system depended upon him. Jacob had to succeed and he put a heavy price on himself to connect to his wife. He \’volunteered\’ seven years of work for Rachel. Remember that Jacob was about 60 years old at that time.

The Zohar asks why Jacob didn\’t suggest less time like 10 or 12 months. The reason was that Jacob didn\’t look for a \’good deal\’ with his uncle, Lavan. He wanted to pay the full price to connect to his wife. He knew that she is on the spiritual level he needs to connect and seven years were the exact time needed to connect to all the seven levels. In a well performed wedding, the bride (Malchut) surrounds the groom, seven times until she stands next to him. This connection is finalized with seven blessings.

Hinduism also takes the bride and groom together where they circle a fire seven times. On the last round (seventh) the female leads.

After the seven years, Jacob approached Lavan and asked for his wife (Genesis 29:21) " וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב אֶל-לָבָן הָבָה אֶת-אִשְׁתִּי, כִּי מָלְאוּ יָמָי; וְאָבוֹאָה, אֵלֶיהָ " "And Jacob said unto Laban: \’Give me my wife, for my days are filled, that I may go in unto her". Even though the deal was to work seven years for Rachel, Jacob did not ask specifically for her, he asked for his wife. The Zohar reveals that G-d wanted him to marry Leah first and connect to Binah, which is a higher and concealed level.

Lavan\’s two twin girls were planned to marry his sister\’s twin boys. Leah was intended to Esau and Rachel for Jacob. Lavan knew that he will benefit more from keeping Jacob longer with him. Jacob already carried the blessing from G-d (Genesis 28:14) " וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כָּל-מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה, וּבְזַרְעֶךָ " "…And in you and in your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed". His \’businesses\’ grew tremendously while Jacob was working for him. Lavan\’s selfishness was good for Jacob and he could fulfill his spiritual mission and connect to Leah and Rachel (Binah and Malchut).

This connection created a flow of light to the world through him and we see that after he connected to Rachel, Leah began having children. All of the children were spiritual giants with awesome forces and that is because Jacob made the perfect connection and the light could flow without negativity attached to it.

The sages also tell us that only after Rachel was given to Jacob; Lavan could have sons of his own. Jacob\’s work affected everything. It wasn\’t a selfish action; he did it for the whole world. The world became stable and the upper two triangles were formed. (Keter. Chokmah, Binah and Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet). Josef came after Jacob as the Sefirah of Yesod to extend the central column and channel the light to Malchut. Aharon and Moshe (Netzach and Hod) formed the vessel by bringing the Torah to the people.

The Zohar of Vayetze, talks about the power of consciousness in relation to Jacob\’s actions.

A pure consciousness and actions connect us to our mission in life and let us draw successful outcome.

Toldot – The hunt for food and blessings

Jacob was destined to continue the line of Abraham and Isaac. He knew what his work was before coming to the world. He let Esau come out first to remove the negativity attached to every first born (from the first sin). He bought the blessings before Isaac was ready to give them. Genesis 25:30,31,32 "וַיֹּאמֶר, יַעֲקֹב:  מִכְרָה כַיּוֹם אֶת-בְּכֹרָתְךָ, לִי.", "And Jacob said: \’ First sell me your birthright.\’". Birthright in Hebrew is "בְּכֹרָתְךָ" spelled as "בִּרְכָתֶךָ" "your blessing". When Esau sold Jacob his birthright he also sold him his blessing. Jacob did a "Kosher deal" and Esau left to his fault.

וַיֶּאֱהַב יִצְחָק אֶת-עֵשָׂו, כִּי-צַיִד בְּפִיו; וְרִבְקָה, אֹהֶבֶת אֶת-יַעֲקֹב.

Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison; and Rebecca loved Jacob  

Isaac is the left column, he represents the desire (for the light).Esau expressed this desire in the material world and created affinity with Isaac on that level. Love is the same word as equality and oneness in the Torah. Rebecca loved Jacob because she was Malchut (female energy) and he was pure and represented the central column (the channel of the light).

To connect to the energy of Isaac and draw his blessings, a material connection is required. Isaac instructed his first son to go for a hunt and bring it to him. Genesis 27:3, 4 "וְעַתָּה שָׂא-נָא כֵלֶיךָ, תֶּלְיְךָ וְקַשְׁתֶּךָ; וְצֵא, הַשָּׂדֶה, וְצוּדָה לִּי, צידה (צָיִד). " "go out to the field with your weapons and hunt…. and make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless you before I die."

Here lies a secret on how to draw the Light into our lives. First we have to work for our food, then let go of it in order to create a space for the light to come in.

In simple terms, open your desire to have the material things but do not stop there. Share it, because when you do so you connect with the original thought of creation "to benefit others". That creates affinity with the Light and allows it to flow into your life

Now Rebecca knew that Esau was not fit to handle and channel the blessing of his father. This blessing was supposed to affect the continuation of the coming generations and Jacob was the right channel for this light.

Rebecca commanded him to follow her instructions.

Genesis 27:8, "וְעַתָּה בְנִי, שְׁמַע בְּקֹלִי–לַאֲשֶׁר אֲנִי, מְצַוָּה אֹתָךְ" "Now therefore, my son, listen to my voice according to that which I command you".

Jacob was a "good boy" and didn\’t want to lie to his father but Rebecca did everything to keep Jacob pure of \’sins\’ and she took it under herself  "וַתֹּאמֶר לוֹ אִמּוֹ, עָלַי קִלְלָתְךָ בְּנִי; אַךְ שְׁמַע בְּקֹלִי, וְלֵךְ קַח-לִי " "And his mother said to him: \’Upon me be your curse, my son; only listen to my voice, and go fetch me them."

 

Jacob was destined to continue the line of Abraham and Isaac. He knew what his work was before coming to the world. He let Esau come out first to remove the negativity attached to every first born (from the first sin). He bought the blessings before Isaac was ready to give them. Genesis 25:30,31,32 "וַיֹּאמֶר, יַעֲקֹב:  מִכְרָה כַיּוֹם אֶת-בְּכֹרָתְךָ, לִי. ", "And Jacob said: \’ First sell me your birthright.\’". Birthright in Hebrew is "בְּכֹרָתְךָ" spelled as "בִּרְכָתֶךָ " "your blessing". When Esau sold Jacob his birthright he also sold him his blessing.  Jacob did a "Kosher deal" and Esau left to his fault.

Esau\’s lesson teaches us not to fall into immediate gratifications, which distruct us from the real purpose and work in life, the Light and the continuation process.

 

Vayera – The Seed of Mashiach

What makes Avraham so special? We can find one of the reasons in the above verse from Genesis 22:2. When G-d "Tested" Avraham he instructed him to take his son to the land of Moriah and offer him there on one of the mountains. We all know the story. Some ten years ago I heard a taped lecture by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginzburg and he refers to this verse as a dialog between G-d and Avraham.

"וַיֹּאמֶר קַח-נָא אֶת-בִּנְךָ אֶת-יְחִידְךָ אֲשֶׁר-אָהַבְתָּ, אֶת-יִצְחָק"
"And He said: \’Take now your son, your only son, that you loved, Isaac"

Avraham is the chariot (Channel) to the sefirah of Chessed (loving, kindness). Chessed is the first revelation of the Light in this world. The Zohar explains in Genesis 2:4 " אֵלֶּה תוֹלְדוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ, בְּ הִ בָּרְאָם " that the word " בְּ הִ בָּרְאָם " which means "when they were created" has the same letters as " בְאַבְרָהָם ". The world was created with Chessed and by the merit of Avraham.

What makes Avraham so special? We can find one of the reasons in the above verse from Genesis 22:2. When G-d "Tested" Avraham he instructed him to take his son to the land of Moriah and offer him there on one of the mountains. We all know the story. Some ten years ago I heard a taped lecture by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginzburg and he refers to this verse as a dialog between G-d and Avraham.

G-d: Take your son!
Avraham: Which one?
God: Your only son.
Avraham: I have two sons.
G-d: The one that you loved.
Avraham: I love them both.
G-d: Isaac.

This interesting conversation teaches us that Avraham had built in him unconditional love. He treated everyone equally, he was known also as a great host. Everyone was welcome in his home.

Ishmael was his son from his wife\’s servant, yet he treated him as equal.

Because he was able to accept the light of the creator unconditionally and share it with everyone, he merited to be the chariot to the sefirah of Chessed. He is the one that opens the gate of prayers for us. All major prayers begin with Avraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are the three lead chariots of the Light to this world and Avraham is leading.

To open the upper gates for the Light to flow into our lives, we need to be like Avraham, practicing unconditional love and sharing.

One of the great lessons I learned from the Zohar is related to Avraham and it gives us understanding and power to have the unconditional love. The Zohar tells us that Terach, Avraham\’s father, was a negative person and idol worshiper. His son established a connection to the light to flow down to our world. If we were to think that the world would\’ve been a better place without him then we are wrong. We never know what would come out of a person. We should never think about killing someone, but send them love and light.

A change or transformation comes with light, not darkness. Terach changed himself, left idol worshiping, turned to be a positive and loving person shortly after Avraham was born.

We find more of such an example in this parasha with the story of Lot and his daughters. We read about Avraham coming to save his brother, Lot , from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra. After Lot left Sodom and find refuge in a cave, the older daughter made her father drunk and had sexual connection with him (Genesis 19:33 ). From this connection we have the seed of Mashiach and the final redemption. (The son was Moav…Ruth… David…)

There is a special dot above letter " וּ " of the word " וּבְקוּמָהּ ". The four letters " קוּמָה " is the same as " מקוה ", Mikveh, which is a special water pool that cleanses spiritually. " ו " is the letter that channels the Light to the world. The dot puts this particular one on a higher level.

This word is also related to the time when G-d will rise to remove all negativity from the world. " קוּמָה יְ ק וָ ק , וְיָפֻצוּ אֹיְבֶיךָ, וְיָנֻסוּ מְשַׂנְאֶיךָ, מִפָּנֶיךָ " (Numbers 10:35 ).

You may think that Lot \’s daughter made a terrible act but the result was not so. Rav Shraga Berg, commented on that and said that the older daughter saw the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra as the destruction of the whole world. Her mother had turned to stone earlier and she believed that with her action she will save the world by creating continuation. That consciousness merited her to have a son that from his seed, Mashiach will come. Let us hope it will be today, Amen.

Chayei Sarah – Resurrection of the dead.

The sages in the Midrash tell us that when the angel of the other side (left column system, Sam–ael), saw that he lost the soul of Yitzchak, he went to Sarah and told her that Yitzchak was slaughtered by Avraham and sacrificed to G-d.

Sarah cried six times, three to connect to the lower three Sefirot and three to the upper three Sefirot. Her soul left her body and she died. She was 127 years old.

וַתָּמָת שָׂרָה, בְּקִרְיַת אַרְבַּע הִוא חֶבְרוֹן
And Sarah died in Kiriath Arba–the same as Hebron

The sages in the Midrash tell us that when the angel of the other side (left column system, Sam–ael), saw that he lost the soul of Yitzchak, he went to Sarah and told her that Yitzchak was slaughtered by Avraham and sacrificed to G-d.

Sarah cried six times, three to connect to the lower three Sefirot and three to the upper three Sefirot. Her soul left her body and she died. She was 127 years old.

The Torah tells us that she died in Kiryat Arba (meaning city of four) and continues immediately and explains that Kiryat Arba is Hebron. The root word is " חֶבְר " and it means connection of two sides.

So what is the city of four and what is the connection that is referred here. The great Torah commentator, Rashi, explains that the name is after the four couples that are buried there, Adam and Eve, Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchak and Rivka, Yaakov and Leah. Rachel is in Bethlehem on the way to Jerusalem but the reason for that is related to the coming of Mashiach and I will explain this in another article.

Avraham found the cave in the fields that belongs to Efron. He could see the image of Adam and Eve. He also saw that they were buried by the entrance to the Garden of Eden that was in the cave of Machpelah (from the root word " כפל " \’double\’ in Hebrew).

That was the reason why he wanted to have ownership of this place. He was ready to pay any price and he did pay the full price. His intension was to give us, the future generations, the connection to the tree of life. The patriarchs and the matriarchs that are buried there protect the entrance to the Garden of Eden for us until the time of the resurrection of the dead.

The Zohar of this parasha dedicates a lengthy article about the resurrection of the Dead. When we read the above, we get a hint to the underlying power that is revealed in this parasha.

The ten spiritual giants who are buried in the \’cave of the double\’, in Hebron , signify the importance of the place and the connection between the upper and lower. The Zohar refers to the Machpela as the place of connecting upper and lower Jerusalem .

Avraham bought the land form Efron. His name comes from the word " עפר ", which means dust of the earth. The numerical value is 350.

Efron is written in the Torah as " עֶפְרוֹן " When Avraham paid him for the field and the cave (Genesis 23:16 ) his name was written as " עֶפְרֹן " with the letter Vav missing from the name. That makes the numerical value of 400, the exact amount Avraham paid for his purchase. The commentator "Baal Haturim" also mentions that " עֶפְרֹן " has the same numerical value of " עין־רע ", "evil eye".

We learn a great lesson from this transaction. When we pay the full price, we take ownership and remove any negativity from the deal. Avraham took the Vav from Efron, that letter represents the pipe and the connection of upper and lower. At the same time he controlled Efron\’s evil eye.

(Just to make it clear. I do not suggest that you will start paying any price for your future purchases. What is important is that when it comes to something of great value to you, you should make sure that the seller is satisfied with the deal. You do not want their \’evil eye\’ attached to your new possession. Especially when you buy a business, a house, a car or anything that you will use on a daily basis.)

The Zohar tells us a story of King Solomon that one day he took control over the king of demons. King Solomon asked him what is the best advice he can give him and the answer was "Pay full price to avoid the negativity from coming in".

We want the blessings in everything we do and have. In 24:1 we connect to the blessing of G-d to Avraham " וַיקוָק בֵּרַךְ אֶת-אַבְרָהָם, בַּכֹּל ", "and G-d had blessed Abraham in all things" (We use this blessing when we recite the blessing over the food, \’Birkat Hamazon\’)

Avraham established control over the gates to the Garden of Eden and bridged the gap between death (our world, Tree of Knowledge Good and Bad) and life (Garden of Eden and Tree of Life). This is the reason the Zohar talks a lot about the system of death and resurrection of the dead in the discussion of this parasha.

One important point from the Zohar is about the existence of the special bone in a body named " עצם־הלוז ". This bone is not connected to or fed by the body. It is a tiny bone in an unknown place between the head and the body. There are several opinions to the actual place but the Ari (Rabbi Isaac Luria) and Rabbi Avraham Azulai said that its place is at the base of the neck. It could not be anywhere else because the head represents the top three Sefirot (Keter Chokmah and Binah) and the body connects to the lower seven Sefirot.

The Zohar explains that when the special dew " טל " (The deeper meaning is the " יהו " in Milui or " יוד־הא־ואו "), will come down from heaven (upper three Sefirot), it will touch the neck bone and will get soften and expand to four directions to form the body anew.

The Zohar also describes that G-d took dust " עפר " from the earth and spread it to four directions to create Adam.

When it says " כי-עפר אתה, ואל-עפר תשוב " "for you are dust, and unto dust you shall return." we see the past and the future. It doesn\’t say into the ground as in death of the body, but to " עפר ", which is the seed of its creation and its resurrection.

We learn from the Zohar that the neck bone " עצם־הלוז " (numerical value is 248), is the starting point in creating Adam\’s body. " עפר " (dust) also appears first time in the creation of Adam. Genesis 2:7 " וַיִּיצֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם, עָפָר מִן-הָאֲדָמָה " "Then G-d formed man of the dust of the ground". That dust is the seed of the physical body encapsulate into the neck bone " עצם־הלוז ", which is immortal. It will stay until the resurrection of the Dead. It is interesting to know that babies are born with 350 bones in their body. 350 is the numerical value of " עָפָר ", dust. As the baby grows to become adult, many bones fused together to form 206 bones and 42 joints and together 248. It is the same numerical value as Avraham and " עצם־הלוז " (neck bone).

" עפר " is " ע " = 70 + " פר "= 280 = " םןץףך ". Some of you will understand this but the main point is to understand that Avraham bought more than a piece of real estate; he bought a future for us.

This week, on the 24 th of Mar Cheshvan, is the Hillulah of Rabbi Avraham Azulai, a great Kabbalist who was born in Morocco , lived and died in Hebron . He had the opportunity to get into the Garden of Eden and come out alive. In his book "Chessed L\’Avraham" he reveals many Kabbalah Secrets. I will send a separate email related to this.

Noah – What language?

The Zohar explains that at that time the people had the ability to use the Holy language, Hebrew, to create material things. They were in unity and wanted to connect to the left column and draw direct energy without using the right column energy and going through the process of earning the light.

Genesis (11:1)
” וַיְהִי כָל-הָאָרֶץ, שָׂפָה אֶחָת, וּדְבָרִים, אֲחָדִים ”
“And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech.”

The Zohar explains that at that time the people had the ability to use the Holy language, Hebrew, to create material things. They were in unity and wanted to connect to the left column and draw direct energy without using the right column energy and going through the process of earning the light.

They found a spiritual place ” וַיִּמְצְאוּ בִקְעָה בְּאֶרֶץ שִׁנְעָר ” ” they found a plain in the land of Shinar “. ” בִקְעָה ” (plain), in Hebrew ” ה – בִקְעָ “, means a rip in the letter ” ה “. They wanted to split the energies coming to this world and have their own system like G-d. ” שִׁנְעָר “, the name of the place has numerical value of 620, which is Keter, the Top Sefira that all emanates from it.

G-d did not allow it because it would’ve created a complete destruction of the world. The only way was to mix the language so their words will not connect to the correct energies that gave them the forces to create.

The power that the Hebrew has is the power of creation. We don’t now have the power of the light behind it but when used properly with positive consciousness it can create new realities.

The language of the Zohar connects us to the spiritual levels and has the power to change us and the world around us. The more we connect to it, the more light we receive and it helps to remove darkness from our lives.

 

Vayishlach – The power of consciousness

Jacob established the channel for the central column. And brought balance to the world. His sons came from that pure seed and they were all great spiritual forces. Each of them represents one of the 12 energies of the year (The Zodiac).

וַיֵּלֶךְ רְאוּבֵן וַיִּשְׁכַּב אֶת-בִּלְהָה פִּילֶגֶשׁ אָבִיו, וַיִּשְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל .

Jacob established the channel for the central column. And brought balance to the world. His sons came from that pure seed and they were all great spiritual forces. Each of them represents one of the 12 energies of the year (The Zodiac).

G-d was waiting for the right people to connect to him and draw more light to the world. Like in physical light, all you need to is to remove the blockage from its path.

Rachel was on a higher level and after she died, Reuben knew that if his father connects to Bilha, it would not be the same as with Rachel or His mother, Leah.

When Rachel gave Bilha to Jacob she used her as a tool to bring children for herself. The consciousness is the actual control of the connection between a man and a woman.

A couple should always conceal their place and time of connection. When done it should be in total darkness (to disconnect from the material world around and to have better influence of their consciousness into the act.). A women counts seven \’clean\’ days after her monthly cycle is finished. On the eighth day she goes to the Miqveh (ritual immersing in water for spiritual cleansing). That night she bonds with her husband to make the Mitzvah of " פרו־ורבו " "be fruitful and multiply".

This act is very important; the vessel (egg) in the woman is ready to receive the light (seed of the man). The seed is caledl " זרע " = 277 in Hebrew and is built from " רז " = " אור " = 207 + " ע " = 70 (represent seven lower Sefirot). For the knowledgeable of you read Psalms 97:11 " אוֹר, זָרֻעַ לַצַּדִּיק; וּלְיִשְׁרֵי-לֵב שִׂמְחָה ". (Notice that the letter vav is missing from the second word).

If another person knows about a connection of a couple, they could influence the consciousness of the connection and the result could be a child that is not really theirs.

When Rachel gave Bilha to Jacob she actually controlled the connection and the consciousness. The children came pure and spiritually high.

Reuben knew that his father would connect to Bilha on the eighth day, the \’Mitzvah\’ day. Rachel was gone so the connection would be with Bilha and not with the proper consciousness. This could bring a child that was not at the level of his brothers. The Zohar explains that Reuben moved his father\’s bed on the Mitzvah day (the eighth day) and created a disconnection in the spiritual realm between Jacob and Bilha.

He did the right thing and for that, the Torah scroll shows a new paragraph to begin in the middle of the verse. That space in the middle of the verse signifies a great light. The verse ends with " וַיִּהְיוּ בְנֵי-יַעֲקֹב, שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר " " Now the sons of Jacob were twelve ".

We learn about the importance of the consciousness that is involved when a husband and wife is connected. Bringing a child to the world is a serious act and not a simple physical connection and transferring some matter between one and the other. Only one seed can penetrate the egg and once it does, all the rest \’escorting\’ seeds are there to help the connection of the Light and vessel. It maybe a tiny, microscopic matter but it can carry a world of consciousness.

Genesis-1 – Introduction to understanding the Torah and the ways of G-d

Rabbi Shimon in the Zohar (Behaalotcha) curses every person that relate only to the stories of the Torah. He says that a simple person can write more exciting stories to entertain the people. The Torah is a code, a guide for us to seek and study in order to connect and draw its light.

" בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ וְהָאָרֶץ, הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבּ "
"אבגיתצקרעשטןנגדיכשבטרצתגחקבטנעיגלפזקשקוצית"
Genesis, below it is the name used for the creation, and the translation to English.

The big difference is that the world was created with the Hebrew letters, not English or any other language. It is important to know and remember that. In order to understand anything beyond the simple story of genesis or the Torah, we need to connect to and understand the Hebrew Letters, then the Hebrew words, then the Hebrew story.

Rabbi Shimon in the Zohar (Behaalotcha) curses every person that relate only to the stories of the Torah. He says that a simple person can write more exciting stories to entertain the people. The Torah is a code, a guide for us to seek and study in order to connect and draw its light.

In Zohar Beresheet, Rabbi Shimon says that the Torah has 70 faces and all of them are true. The Hebrew word for face is " פנים " (panim), which is the same word for inner (P\’nim). To understand that, imagine a person in front of you. When you see his face you can tell a little bit about him, you can read him from the look on his face. Is he happy, sad, amused, depressed, disturbed etc…

A kabbalist can read the character of the person from his face. He can also tell what month he was born. The inner energy is revealed on the surface through the face and the palm of the hand. (G-d willing I will post some articles about palm and face reading in the future). It is a language by itself. So is the Torah.

Throughout these series of Genesis articles I will try to guide you through the understanding of the different codes and symbols in the Torah.

The first word of the Torah is " בְּרֵאשִׁית ". Rabbi Shimon wrote the "Tikunei HaZohar", which are seventy discussions about that first word. The Hebrew meaning of the name is "Corrections of the Zohar".

The purpose of those writings is to establish a support to the Shechina (the Female aspect of the Light of the creator) and to allow continuous flow of the Light to this world. As Rabbi Shimon explains, it is because of the seven sefirot of the physical realm (Chessed through Malchut). Each one has the ten dimensions (Sefirot) for a total of 70.

The Torah existed 2000 years before the creation of the world and when G-d came to create the world he used the Torah as a blue print. The seventy faces of the Torah are reflected in the creation process.

See special article by Ezra Meiliken about 70 times in the Torah where G-d is calling to Moshe. http://rabbishimon.com/rs/torahc.cfm?p=Vayedaber

The seven days of creation forms the Seven Sefirot and before we start explaining each day\’s process and energy, we will go back to the time (if we can call it as such) before the creation and even before the thought of creation came to be.

Why G-d created the world?

As we mentioned earlier the Hebrew letters existed before creation. They held our souls in the spiritual state. G-d was giving us all that we had. We had a continuous flow of light that sustained us without any limit.

One day, the souls pushed the Light away. They wanted to be like G-d. They felt what is called in Kabbalah, the "Bread of Shame" or as is known in Aramaic, "Nahama Dichsufa" and in Hebrew " לחם־בזיון ".

To understand this, imagine that your father is the richest person in the world and all your desires are fulfilled instantly and unconditionally. You reach a point that you feel a drive to be like your father. Like your father, you wish to give and not to receive.

Now even if your father tries to persuade you that you do not need to work for eternity, you still can\’t live with the shame that you are supported and dependent. You want to be a creator of your world by yourself. So it goes to a point that you want to leave home.

But home is actually everywhere. Everything around you is still owned by your father and he already did all the work. There are no jobs available for you to work and build. You say to your father, "Stop! I don\’t want to receive from you any more. I want to earn everything I need or want.

At this point your father feels your strong desire and with great love he builds you a unique biosphere, one that has only the basics. You need to build all the rest from the ground up.

In order to give you the opportunity to be a creator like him, he hides himself from you and even takes the memory of him out of you so you can have a real fresh start to work and earn your right to be a creator of your life.

This is the cause of creation. G-d created the world for us, for our benefit. His creation gives us the opportunity to be creators, to be like him, to be like G-d.

The testimony for that is in Genesis2:3.this paragraph completes the story of creation and declare its purpose with the last words
" אֲשֶׁר-בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת "
"Which God created to make."

The beginning word is " בְּרֵאשִׁית ". The code behind this word is the six letters of the 42 letter name, " אבגיתץ ". The energy of this word is " אהבת־חנם " "unconditional love" and redemption. This is the power and seed of creation. G-d is only love.

The 42 letters of the Torah Genesis 1:1, begins with " ב " and ends with " ב " (see the verse at the beginning of the article). This letter is the beginning letter for blessings " ברכה " and as it is spelled out " בית ", means a house. One of Tikunei HaZohar explains " בְּרֵאשִׁית " in the form of " ראש־בית ". The same letters mean "head of the house".

The 42 letters of creation begins with " א " and ends with " ת ", which are the beginning and end letter of the Alef-Bet to signify the perfect order of creation.

G-d created a house for us with love and we need to work and earn everything to fulfill our goal in life. If we don\’t earn it, it is not ours. That was the condition of creation which we wanted to have and we should accept and follow it in every action we take. If you are poor and have a difficult life, it is part of the process and you should be happy that you have harder work than others. If you are a zillionaire, you have more responsibility and more people to take care of and be a creator on a larger scale.

There is no rest until Mashiach comes. Today, Amen.

 

Vayechi – The Architect signed his work.

The Architect signed his work.

" וַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב, אֶל-בָּנָיו; וַיֹּאמֶר, הֵאָסְפוּ וְאַגִּידָה לָכֶם, אֵת אֲשֶׁר-יִקְרָא אֶתְכֶם, בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים "

Vayechi is the last parasha in Genesis "בְּרֵאשִׁית " and as such, completes the level of the whole book, Keter "כתר ". Keter is the point above the head where the original thought comes in to our mind. All our actions precede a thought. We do not control the original thought. It comes to us from the spiritual realm, enters the brain (right and left) and gets processed before action is taken.

Vayechi is called "parasha stumah" "פרשה־סתומה ", meaning closed parasha. This term is used when the end of the previous parasha and the start of the next parasha are on the same line with no space.

The Torah is such an amazing code and tool that we cannot even grasp its awesomeness. Like Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon said that every letter in the Torah is holy and in it s perfect place. Rabbi Akiva adds that he can give "mountains" of lectures on every letter in it. The rules of writing the Torah preserved this tool\’s integrity without corruption for the last 3320 years.
Vayechi is a closed parasha in order to connect the light from the whole book of Genesis into it.

When we listen to the parasha, we have the opportunity to connect to the light of Keter, to the thought and purpose of the whole creation. On the individual level you can meditate to connect to your own purpose in life and ask for the right thoughts to come to you and guide you in your life.

The book of Genesis starts with the special letter "ב " (Bet) at the top of the first column and in this parasha we find the letter "י " at the top of the column (Genesis 49:8).

The two special letter sums up to 12 to bring the power of Jacob\’s blessing to his 12 sons. Since Keter represents the original thought of creation then the end is already included in it. The Architect knows how the building will look like before he draws the first line on the drawing board.

The architect of our universe put the whole creation in Genesis, from beginning to end. This is why Rabbi Shimon wrote the 70 "Tikunim", explanations, to the first word of the Torah, "בְּרֵאשִׁית ", which is the beginning of all beginnings. Vayechi completes the first book and seals the thought of creation.

Jacob (Tiferet), before he died, made a connection with Joseph (Yesod), so that the flow of the light of the central column would continue through Joseph (Yesod) to Malchut. This was done at the beginning of the parasha when Jacob asked Joseph to put his hand under his thigh and made him swear. "שבועה " in Hebrew is from the root word, seven "שבע ". This act connects the upper six sefirot to the seventh, Malchut. That is why the sages say that if a person swears and does not follow his commitment, it is like destroying worlds.

At this stage Jacob knews G-d\’s plan and he gathered his sons to give them the blessings. Genesis 49:1
" וַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב, אֶל-בָּנָיו; וַיֹּאמֶר, הֵאָסְפוּ וְאַגִּידָה לָכֶם, אֵת אֲשֶׁר-יִקְרָא אֶתְכֶם, בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים "
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said: \’Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you which shall happened to you in the end of days.

We see that Jacob actually brought them together to tell them what would happen in the end of days. As we mentioned earlier, Keter holds everything in it, the beginning and the end. Jacob saw the future and he channeled the proper energy to his sons through the different blessings.

Special attention to the two verses 48:16 "הַמַּלְאָךְ הַגֹּאֵל אֹתִי מִכָּל-רָע, יְבָרֵךְ אֶת-הַנְּעָרִים , וְיִקָּרֵא בָהֶם שְׁמִי, וְשֵׁם אֲבֹתַי אַבְרָהָם וְיִצְחָק; וְיִדְגּוּ לָרֹב, בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ ." "the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named in them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.\’". Jacob connects his own angels to the children of Joseph and to all of us. This blessing is used on Friday nights for fathers to bless their children (with the energy of Shabbat, of completion).

The other special verse is in 49:22 "בֵּן פֹּרָת יוֹסֵף, בֵּן פֹּרָת עֲלֵי-עָיִן; בָּנוֹת, צָעֲדָה עֲלֵי-שׁוּר .", "Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine by a fountain; its branches run over the wall." This gives the protection from all evil eyes. All the blessings are important, for financial and spiritual growth. The number of verses in this parasha is 85 and it is equal to "פה ", mouth, to strengthen the power of Jacob\’s blessings to his sons and to all of us.

At the end of the Parasha, Joseph asks his brothers to swear to him that when G-d will redeem them they will take its bones (also essence) with them. "וַיַּשְׁבַּע יוֹסֵף, אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר: פָּקֹד יִפְקֹד אֱלֹהִים אֶתְכֶם, וְהַעֲלִתֶם אֶת-עַצְמֹתַי מִזֶּה ." "And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying: \’God will surely remember you, and you shall carry up my bones from hence."

Let us pray that the final redemption will be Today, Amen.