Shoftim – How to remove negativity?

" וּבִעַרְתָּ " "put away" appears four times in Shoftim. The Zohar brings a discussion about four ways to kill the negativity Lord (Sama–el) with a Sword, Strangulation, Stoning and with Fire.

The Zohar quotes (Isaiah 34:5) " כִּי-רִוְּתָה בַשָּׁמַיִם, חַרְבִּי; הִנֵּה עַל-אֱדוֹם תֵּרֵד " " For My sword hath drunk its fill in heaven; behold, it shall come down upon Edom ". Sama-el is the minister (" שר ") of Edom .

" וּבִעַרְתָּ הָרָע, מִקִּרְבֶּךָ "
" put away the evil from the midst of you "

" וּבִעַרְתָּ " "put away" appears four times in Shoftim. The Zohar brings a discussion about four ways to kill the negativity Lord (Sama–el) with a Sword, Strangulation, Stoning and with Fire.

The Zohar quotes (Isaiah 34:5) " כִּי-רִוְּתָה בַשָּׁמַיִם, חַרְבִּי; הִנֵּה עַל-אֱדוֹם תֵּרֵד " " For My sword hath drunk its fill in heaven; behold, it shall come down upon Edom ". Sama-el is the minister (" שר ") of Edom .

The sword of G-d is built from the Name " יקוָק ". The letter " י " is the head of the sword, the " ו " is the body and the two " ה "s are the two sides of the blade.

The energy is revealed with the prayer of "Shema Yisrael" (4 paragraphs of 42+72+50+72 + (12 words at the beginning) = 248 words with 1000 letters).

The Shema prayer is the most powerful tool we have to destroy the negative side. Our sages direct us that when we do not have time to pray the whole Morning Prayer then we should at least say the Shema and the Amida (The silent prayer). The Sehma destroys the negativity on our way to the higher spiritual level and the 18 blessings of the silent prayer get us to connect and draw the light we need.

The Ari explains that in the process of reincarnation we go through four types of death in order to cleanse the soul on different levels.

Now we are close to Rosh Hashanah, the two Judgment days. The negative side, our opponent, comes to court with our list of negative actions to get us in trouble and to take the beneficent of the Light that we should receive for the coming year away from us.

This parasha is always read just before the month of Elul. The month that prepares us for Rosh Hashanah. It provides us with the teaching and support system to battle and win over negativity.

" שֹׁפְטִים וְשֹׁטְרִים, תִּתֶּן-לְךָ בְּכָל-שְׁעָרֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר יקוָק אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ "
"Judges and officers you shall make for you in all thy gates, which G-d is given you ".

Our Sages advice that the gates refer to the gates to our soul. The eyes, the ears, the mouth and the nose. The openings that connect us to the Sefirot; eyes are Chokmah, ears are Binah, nose is Zeir Anpin and mouth is Malchut.

The mouth has the power to build and kill. A wrong word at the wrong time ("Lashon Hara" "Evil Speak") can leave a scar in both sides for life, to the one that says it and the one that listens to it. Some words we have said in the past and now we regret, can never be erased unless you make a real soul cleansing and the Light allows you to forget.

The words we say to our friends or our children, especially at young age are engraved in their soul and essence. Their behavior in life is determined by the way we talked to our children at young age.

In Rosh Hashanah service there are 30 blowings of the Shofar, which are dedicated to the removal of this kind of "sin", " שפיכות־דמים " "blood shed". The soul is in the blood and when we hurt someone\’s soul it is like blood shed.

We should take our words seriously; a small joke can hurt a person for life. Bringing death on a person is a one time thing. Hurting a soul is a reoccurring event, a continuous killing of a part of a soul.

When the eyes are exposed to a negative sight, it burns the image into the soul. It could take years to erase such image. Righteous people keep their eyes down to avoid exposure to negativity and contamination of their souls. A person should look up to the sky from time to time to connect the upper and the lower.

The eyes are also known as the "window to the soul". When you look into a person\’s eyes a little longer than a brief look we can feel the other person. If you try that with different people you would immediately feel the connection, positive or negative.

We may get a "chill", become annoyed or even fall in love just because we looked into a person\’s eyes.

Similar situations happen where the ears are involved.

We learn another protection from negativity with the story of a slain that is found in the land between two cities. If the killer is not known, the judges measure the distance from the slain to the closest city.

This city is found to be responsible for the killing and it should conduct the process of cleansing from that negativity. Why does the closet city to the slain take responsibility for the removal of that negativity?

Connecting to the light increases our surrounding light. If the light is strong, it pushes away darkness to a greater distance from us.
The Zohar says, a little light pushes away a lot of darkness.
The closest city is responsible because they did not connect to the Light enough to push away negativity.
The Torah says (21:2) that the elders and the judges measure the distance. The elders come first because they symbolize the light of wisdom we have.

The Torah teaches us that we need to associate ourselves with the right people, people that are connected to the Light.

Staying close to a tzaddik, helps us during the year and especially during Rosh Hashanah when the negative side tries to get his share from us.

If we stand in court with a tzaddik next to us then it would be very hard to find our own negativity.

Watch your "gates" and be close to the Light.

VeZoat Haberacha – Beresheet – Solving The Mystery, where is Moshe?

G-d is giving a personal care for Moshe upon him leaving the world. As we know from the Zohar, Moshe was at the level of Daat (the connection Sefirah of Chokmah and Binah). It is above the physical level. In Deuteronomy 31:2, Moshe is telling the Israelites " And he said unto them: \’I am a hundred and twenty years old this day; I can not go out and come in anymore; " in his preparation to transfer the leadership to Joshua . Go out and come in refers to the traveling from the physical to the spiritual in order to talk to G-d. No one could see G-d and live because to see G-d you need to be spiritual. Moshe could transform himself to go between the two dimensions.

" וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה, אֲשֶׁר בֵּרַךְ מֹשֶׁה אִישׁ הָאֱלֹקְים–אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: לִפְנֵי, מוֹתוֹ. "
" And this is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, blessed the children of Israel before his death "

The parasha of V\’zot Haberacha is the final parasha of the Torah. Kabbalah explains that this is the level of Malchut of Malchut, which is the total manifestation of the Light.

The first verse has twelve words and it is the connection to all the blessings the Israelites received from G-d. The Zohar tells us that the first letter " ו " is the reference to Zeir Anpin, (The Light) and " זֹאת " is the reference to Malchut (the Vessel). The first word also has the numerical value of 414, which is equivalent to twice the value of the word " אור " (Light). The following 3 letters " הבר " also value to 207 = " אור ". The next two is " כה " = 25 (I\’ll explain later).

There are three streams of Lights revealed with the first 7 letters of the Parasha to bring this ultimate manifestation of the Light in balance.

In the blessings of the Kohanim (Priests in the Holy Temple), G-d is instructs the priests to bless the Israelites with the word " כֹּה " Numbers (6:23) " דַּבֵּר אֶל-אַהֲרֹן וְאֶל-בָּנָיו לֵאמֹר, כֹּה תְבָרְכוּ אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: אָמוֹר, לָהֶם ". The seed of the blessing is in the word " כֹּה ". After that (numbers 6:24,25,26) comes the three verses that begins with the Letter " י ", " יְבָרֶכְךָ ", " יָאֵר " and " יִשָּׂא " that draws down the three levels of light for the right, left and central column.

The twelve words create the channels to the twelve tribes, and the twelve months of the year. The parasha is always read on Simchat Torah, the eighth day of Sukkoth. We know that the Eighth connects us to the level of Binah, a full revelation of light on this world.

The Ari (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria), reveals us that on that day we have a complete unification of the Light and the vessel, (Z"A and Malchut). We explained on previous commentary that when we have supernal connection of the Light and Vessel, a couple should not connect physically.

We read V\’zot Habracha and immediately after we start the reading of Bereshit (Genesis).

We make the connection from below to upper; we connect the Malchut (Deuteronomy, V\’Zot Habracha) with Keter (Genesis, The story of creation).

The sum of the first seven letters " וְזֹאת הַבְּרָ " is 621 and it equals to Keter " כתר " = 620 + 1 for the whole.

We start the New Year with the blessing of Moshe where he repeats the blessings given to the sons of Yaakov and Yosef. They are not alive at the time of the blessings but in this process, the light of the blessing is revealed and projected for the whole year.

Deuteronomy (34:6) " וַיִּקְבֹּר אֹתוֹ בַגַּי בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב, מוּל בֵּית פְּעוֹר; וְלֹא-יָדַע אִישׁ אֶת-קְבֻרָתוֹ, עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה ", " And he was buried in the valley in the land of Moab over against Beth-peor; and no man knew of his burial site unto this day "

G-d is giving a personal care for Moshe upon him leaving the world. As we know from the Zohar, Moshe was at the level of Daat (the connection Sefirah of Chokmah and Binah). It is above the physical level. In Deuteronomy 31:2, Moshe is telling the Israelites " And he said unto them: \’I am a hundred and twenty years old this day; I can not go out and come in anymore; " in his preparation to transfer the leadership to Joshua . Go out and come in refers to the traveling from the physical to the spiritual in order to talk to G-d. No one could see G-d and live because to see G-d you need to be spiritual. Moshe could transform himself to go between the two dimensions.

When Moshe passed away he was in a spiritual form and therefore, no one could handle a burial for him. Moshe is actually alive and will reveal himself with the Mashiach. As we explained in previous commentary, the Word " היום " (this day) is a code word for the day Mashiach will be revealed. The verse above tells us that no one "knew" his burial site. The Torah uses past tense to tell us that we will see Moshe in the Future, which is " הַיּוֹם " (this day).

Where is Moshe Now?

The Ari (Rabbi Isaac Luria) in Shaar Halikutim , Genesis, gives some explanation about the name of 42 (Ana B\’Koach). This name created the whole world and it comes from the first 42 letters of the Torah. The first 6 letters are " אב גי תץ " are from the first word of the Torah " בְּרֵאשִׁית " "in the beginning".

The Ari says that the first two letters " אב ", in Hebrew, Father, is Moshe because he is the Father of the Torah. The next two letters, " גי " (numerical value 13) are from the verse " וַיִּקְבֹּר אֹתוֹ בַגַּי … " (Deuteronomy 34:6) for Moshe that revealed the 13 attributes (Which we read in Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkoth). The last two of the six " תצ " for Moshe as in (Deuteronomy 33:4) " ת ּוֹרָה צִ וָּה-לָנוּ, מֹשֶׁה ".

We see that the word " בְּרֵאשִׁית " starts with a large letter " ב ", and is spelled out as " בית ", that means house in Hebrew.

In the above verse (34:6) " וַיִּקְבֹּר אֹתוֹ בַגַּי בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב, מוּל בֵּית פְּעוֹר; " we have a missing letter " א ", in the third word of the verse. The commentator "Baal Haturim" says that this letter is missing so no one can know Moshe\’s burial site. Rashi says that Moshe\’s burial site was ready from the days of creation.

We understand that there is no physical burial and Moshe\’s soul is where G-d placed him.

The Torah scroll written on 248 columns that each one of them start with the letter " ו ", except for six places and the different letters are " ביהשמו ". We see the letters of Moshe\’s name in the Middle. The numerical value is equivalent to " משה־חי ", (Moshe is alive), also equal to " המשיח ", (The Mashiach).

My friend, Ezra, pointed to me that the numerical value in (34:6) of " בַגַּי בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב " is equal to 357 and when we add 1 for the missing letter " א " we get 358, which is the numerical value for " משיח " (Mashiach).

Rabbi Avraham Abulafia refers to the verse in Genesis 1:2, " וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים, מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם ", " and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters " and says that the spirit of G-d is the spirit of Mashiach hovering over the water.

The Torah is water and the spirit of G-d, the Mashiach is the letters of " ביהשמו " that is like hovering over the Torah and it represents the spirit of Mashiach.

The sages said that Moshe is the first redeemer and will be the last redeemer. We know that Moshe is alive and he holds the spirit of Mashiach. Let us pray that he will reveal himself with the Mashiach, Today, Amen.

 

Ki Tetze – Make war not peace?

"כִּי-תֵצֵא לַמִּלְחָמָה, עַל-אֹיְבֶיךָ; וּנְתָנוֹ יְקוָק אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּיָדֶךָ–וְשָׁבִיתָ שִׁבְיוֹ. " The Torah teaches us how to go to war against our enemies. Every day we wake up to a new war.
I am not talking about a fist fight or cannons firing on the neighbors.
We have an enemy that always wants to invade our domain and take as much as he can from us. Most people are not aware of him but he is our worst enemy and also our best friend (?!).

"כִּי-תֵצֵא לַמִּלְחָמָה, עַל-אֹיְבֶיךָ; וּנְתָנוֹ יְקוָק אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּיָדֶךָ–וְשָׁבִיתָ שִׁבְיוֹ. " The Torah teaches us how to go to war against our enemies. Every day we wake up to a new war.
I am not talking about a fist fight or cannons firing on the neighbors.
We have an enemy that always wants to invade our domain and take as much as he can from us. Most people are not aware of him but he is our worst enemy and also our best friend (?!).

The parasha of Ki Tetze, teaches us how to identify and deal with him. We have a choice to fight him or submit to him.

In 21:10 we read "and if you go to war on your ENEMIES, G-d will deliver HIM into your hand and have captives"…" and you saw a beautiful woman, and you desired her and you took her to be your wife". The rest of the story talks about hair styles, nails, dressing, crying and sex. I will not talk about the details but here is a quick kabalistic dictionary. Hair = Wires to draw
energy, nail= holds negative energy, dress = surrounding light,
crying = opening to the level of Chokmah, Father = Chokmah (right
column), Mother =Binah (left column), sex= connection of light and
vessel. 
Rashi, comments on this verse "and you took her to be your wife", and says that here the Torah is talking about the evil inclination.
We have one enemy and he appears in many forms and makes battles with us. Where ever we go, he is there to challenge us. We can not make one single decision without him interfering and pushing in his point.

The Torah reveals that even if we see the battles ahead, there is only one enemy and to win, all we need to do is go to war with him and G-d will deliver him into our hands.
It is an amazing guarantee. All we need is to go out to war and that\’s it, G-d will deliver.

The evil side wants to take away our connection to the Light. He comes in many tempting forms; beautiful woman, delicious cake, yummy ice-cream, easy money, skipping a spiritual connection, and lots more. It is not easy to fight him all the time but it is also a gift to us from G-d. He created this world for us to work. Genesis (2:3) "אֲשֶׁר-בָּרָא אֱלקִים לַעֲשׂוֹת ".

G-d gave us the gift of free choice, the ability to choose and create. Be like G-d. Every thing outside the basic elements of nature was created by us. From the first piece of cloth, first wheel to the space station orbiting earth.

G-d created the system of cause and effect with the built in force that tempts and offers us the wrong choices. The light of the creator is always there. The problem is that the force of negativity always attaches itself to the good and blocks us from connecting to it.

It is like a shell of the nut or of a fruit. We need to break through the Shell (Klipa in Hebrew) in order to get to the fruit. The harder the shell, the more potent is the fruit. Negative is always in the open. No effort is needed to connect to it. All the "easy to get" are from the negative. If you do not work for it, it is from the negativity. We all know the saying "easy come, easy go". If it comes easy, it is not ours and negativity can claim it back at any moment.

The Zohar brings a story about King Solomon that one time he held the king of all demons captive. King Solomon asked him to reveal the greatest secrets to avoid negativity. The king of demons told him that to avoid and to keep away negativity; a person should always buy in full price. Free gifts draw the negativity and let it get attached to us.

When we go to war we break the Klipa and we can expose and enjoy the fruit. The war is a payment to receive the Light. Understanding that negative force is always there puts us on guard and ready to battle.
We can consider him as a friend that encourages us to do our best. In the Olympic Games many of the contestants break their records because they have a strong opponent next to them.

To expand our vessel and be able to draw bigger light we need this opponent to challenge us everyday. Going down is easy. Climbing up is hard but on each step up you can feel the achievement and elevation of the spirit. The more you go down the more you feel the energy drain out.
When a person doesn\’t have challenges in life, it means that he is in the negative side.

A rich person knows that the moment he rests, he start losing. There is no resting on the way up. G-d gave us the Shabbat to rest from the daily battles. Thank G-d for Shabbat.

"כִּי-יִהְיֶה לְאִישׁ, בֵּן סוֹרֵר וּמוֹרֶה "
In (21:18), we find the story of the stubborn and rebellious son. This son is our negative actions. Father and Mother are Chokmah and Binah, which are the higher connections to the Light. When we do not use the GPS (G-d Provided System), we suffer the consequences. If we still do not follow the Light then we take our negativity to the open, "the elders of the city and the gate of his place". This action is done to break the inner shell (Klipa) and become exposed to the Light.

"וְלָקַח אֲבִי הַנַּעֲרָ, וְאִמָּהּ;
וְהוֹצִיאוּ אֶת-בְּתוּלֵי הַנַּעֲרָ,
אֶל-זִקְנֵי הָעִיר–הַשָּׁעְרָה "
The word in Hebrew for a girl is "נַּעֲרָה ", in the Torah (22:15) it is written as "נַּעֲר " that means a young man. The Torah reader in Shabbat must read it as "נַּעֲרָה ". The Zohar explains that this is the secret of the connection to our soul. The soul is light (Male) and the vessel is female. The Torah teaches us here how to reconnect to our pure soul (virgin) and how to remove negativity that was attached to it by our negative actions.
This word appears 13 times in the parasha, in chapter 22 to give us the power of purification.

We are in the month of Elul, a time that we use to cleanse "our bad history" with reflecting on our actions, doing "Teshuvah" and reciting the "Selichot". A main connection in Selichot is the 13 attributes of G-d. As you know the 13 attributes were mentioned first time when Moshe begged and prayed to G-d on behalf of the Yisraelites to avoid punishment for their negative actions.

There are 47 mitzvoth (out of the 613) to signify a lot of opportunities to draw the light into our life, especially in the month of Elul and before Rosh Hashanah.

We need to remember not to love  negativity even if it looks nice and easy on the surface. Losing the light is  harder and it takes longer to build than to destroy. Go to war against our negativity, expose it and cleanse it. If we have some history to clean, we should go back to the source, to the person, open up and cleanse any negativity that was  there.

 

Re\’eh – I found the sons of God…

And you are one of them! Are you?

Before you treat me like a crazy person, please go to Deuteronomy 14:1 "You are the children of the LORD your God…". The Hebrew words used are " בָּנִים אַתֶּם, לַיקוָק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם" and there is no mistake when referring to "Sons".

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And you are one of them! Are you?

Before you treat me like a crazy person, please go to Deuteronomy 14:1 "You are the children of the LORD your God…". The Hebrew words used are " בָּנִים אַתֶּם, לַיקוָק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם" and there is no mistake when referring to "Sons".

Remember that we are in the book of Deuteronomy, which is the last book of the Pentateuch and it represents Malchut, the level of manifestation. Since we are talking Torah here, the manifestation is revelation of the previous 4 books. Like the light of the sun traveling in space, you know it is there and can find many hints to its existence (Heat , Radiation etc..) but you won\’t see it until it is reflected from a material object.

The light of the whole Torah is revealed here by Moses. The book itself is also called "Mishneh Torah", which means the "repeated Torah".

The name of this portion is "Re\’eh" and it means "To see". The numerical value is 206 and with the Kolel (adding 1 for the whole) = 207 = Light (אור) = Secret (רז). When we add the letter Yod we have ראיה = seeing and its numerical value is 216. This number represents the 72 names of God (216 letters) and the female aspect of the light in Malchut.

Now let\’s reveal the real secret of this verse. The whole verse says "You are the children of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead". This means a simple thing: "Death has nothing to do with the body".

Ask any physicist about what happens to the body after death? Is it gone? He will answer you that the body is still in existence, just in a different form. The atoms of all people from the past are still traveling in space (don\’t look up to the sky) and you may even be inhaling the atoms of Abraham or Mozart or … at this moment.

The Zohar comments about this verse that we are the sons of God when we connect Chokmah (Aba = Father) and Binah (Ima = Mother). This connection to father and mother put us in the state of Son of God. This can be achieved when we act with consciousness above the material. When you read the parasha you find many examples on how to connect higher. I will bring just one example that demonstrates how much God gives us the opportunity to connect to him and get certified as "Son of God".

In 15:7-10 God tells us to be generous and help the poor. In 15:11 we read "There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward those of your people who are poor and needy in your land.", Again "There will ALWAYS be poor people in the land.". God promises us an endless supply of poor people. When we see poor people we should not think that someone else will take care of them. We should do that willingly and with open heart. Only then you can have the God\’s blessings like a good son.

Connect to Father and Mother and start with your own parents. Treat them with all the respect and love  and not just because it is the fifth commandment; "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you" ,but because it is the closest connection you have to supernal Father (Chokmah) and supernal Mother (Binah). Give them a call and say you love them. If your parents passed away then share this article and/or the lesson of it with other people.


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Devarim – The Vision – Past Present and Future

This Shabbat is called "Shabbat Chazon", (Shabbat of Vision). The name is after the prophecy that we read after this week\’s Torah reading.

It is the first chapter in Isaiah and also the first prophecy of the prophet that brings most of the final redemption prophecies. His name Isaiah means "God will redeem".

Here I bring you the actual chapter in English translation (NIV) and after each verse I\’ve added my explanation. I suggest you read each verse twice.

 

 

This Shabbat is called "Shabbat Chazon", (Shabbat of Vision). The name is after the prophecy that we read after this week\’s Torah reading.

It is the first chapter in Isaiah and also the first prophecy of the prophet that brings most of the final redemption prophecies. His name Isaiah means "God will redeem".

Here I bring you the actual chapter in English translation (NIV) and after each verse I\’ve added my explanation. I suggest you read each verse twice.

Isaiah 1

 1 The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

         The vision of the future

 2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth!

             For the LORD has spoken:
       "I reared children and brought them up,
       but they have rebelled against me.

 

         Calling Heaven and Earth is like addressing the whole creation.

 3 The ox knows his master,
       the donkey his owner\’s manger,
       but Israel does not know,
       my people do not understand."

         In nature, an Ox knows his master and a donkey knows who feeds him. The people of Israel did not connect to the upper source of the light, Chokmah and Binah.

 4 Ah, sinful nation,
       a people loaded with guilt,
       a brood of evildoers,
       children given to corruption!
       They have forsaken the LORD;
       they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
       and turned their backs on him.

         Not only they didn\’t draw the available Light from the Holy one; they transferred their light to negativity.

 5 Why should you be beaten anymore?
       Why do you persist in rebellion?
       Your whole head is injured,
       your whole heart afflicted.

         You reached a lower point.

 6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head
       there is no soundness–
       only wounds and welts
       and open sores,
       not cleansed or bandaged
       or soothed with oil.

 

 7 Your country is desolate,
       your cities burned with fire;
       your fields are being stripped by foreigners
       right before you,
       laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.

         All the benefits that were available for you went to negativity.

 8 The Daughter of Zion is left
       like a shelter in a vineyard,
       like a hut in a field of melons,
       like a city under siege.

         The kingdom of the light (Malchut) left undesired.

 9 Unless the LORD Almighty
       had left us some survivors,
       we would have become like Sodom,
       we would have been like Gomorrah.

         By the grace of God the Light kept flowing to sustain us.

 10 Hear the word of the LORD,
       you rulers of Sodom;
       listen to the law of our God,
       you people of Gomorrah!

         To all the greedy ones and those who don\’t treat others with human dignity.

 11 "The multitude of your sacrifices–
       what are they to me?" says the LORD.
       "I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
       of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
       I have no pleasure
       in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

         I\’ve had it with you! I don\’t need your offerings. You are trying to cover your evil actions with burnt offerings and I don\’t want them.

 12 When you come to appear before me,
       who has asked this of you,
       this trampling of my courts?

         Who asked you to come and try to connect to me? Don\’t come with your pride to desecrate my Holy places.

 13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
       Your incense is detestable to me.
       New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations–
       I cannot bear your evil assemblies.

         Stop all your offerings and prayers, I don\’t want them. Your Torah reading on Shabbat is rejected.  (Torah reading of Shabbat is the highest connection of the week and draws the most Light).

 14 Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts
       my soul hates.
       They have become a burden to me;
       I am weary of bearing them.

         Your monthly blessings and holidays are full of selfishness and it makes me sick.

 15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
       I will hide my eyes from you;
       even if you offer many prayers,
       I will not listen.
       Your hands are full of blood;

         Don\’t even try to raise your hands in prayer. You will never reach higher levels. I don\’t want to hear you when you act with greed and selfishness.

 16 wash and make yourselves clean.
       Take your evil deeds
       out of my sight!
       Stop doing wrong,

         Cleanse yourself from negativity and stop your selfish desires.

 17 learn to do right!
       Seek justice,
       encourage the oppressed.
       Defend the cause of the fatherless,
       plead the case of the widow.

         Seek the tree of life and the central column with the right actions.

 18 "Come now, let us reason together,"
       says the LORD.
       "Though your sins are like scarlet,
       they shall be as white as snow;
       though they are red as crimson,
       they shall be like wool.

         As I promised you, I will help you purify yourself.

 19 If you are willing and obedient,
       you will eat the best from the land;

         If you just open your desire for it I will bestow only good upon you.

 20 but if you resist and rebel,
       you will be devoured by the sword."
       For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

         Your going away from the path is like a sword that will hurt you.

 21 See how the faithful city
       has become a harlot!
       She once was full of justice;
       righteousness used to dwell in her–
       but now murderers!

         I gave you connection to the Tree of Life and now you let negativity have a strong hold on it.

 22 Your silver has become dross,
       your choice wine is diluted with water.

         Your fake sharing acts are no longer accepted.

 23 Your rulers are rebels,
       companions of thieves;
       they all love bribes
       and chase after gifts.
       They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
       the widow\’s case does not come before them.

         Social structure is also corrupted.

 24 Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty,
       the Mighty One of Israel, declares:
       "Ah, I will get relief from my foes
       and avenge myself on my enemies.

         It will come to the point where I will have to force the cleansing process.

 25 I will turn my hand against you;
       I will thoroughly purge away your dross
       and remove all your impurities.

         I won\’t stop until I remove all negativity.

 26 I will restore your judges as in days of old,
       your counselors as at the beginning.
       Afterward you will be called
       the City of Righteousness,
       the Faithful City."

         I will restore the connection of Jerusalem to the upper levels and create continuous flow of the light to this world.

 27 Zion will be redeemed with justice,
       her penitent ones with righteousness.

         The upper channel of Yesod (6th sefirah) will hold the central column and will draw chokmah and Binah (Supernal Father and Mother) to all levels (7 sefirot) of the material world.

The reading from Isaiah ends at verse 27, in order to have a positive note and hope for the vision of the future.

Before he passes away from the world, Moses reveals God\’s promise to fight the final battle for us and remove all negativity.

The rest of Isaiah\’s prophecy (Isaiah 1:28-31) tells us that when God reveals himself to all and brings the light of redemption, all negativity and those who left the connection with God, will burn and cease to exists.

 

What do we need to learn from this message?

The prophecy teaches us that if we are not good to each other (verse 16, 17), there are no open door to God.

Before we do any "religious" or "spiritual" ritual, there is one important and simple rule. Treat each other with human dignity with love and without any personal agenda.

If you see a person in need on the way to your Temple, Church, Mosque or Synagogue, remember that God want you to be good to others BEFORE you come to him.

If you are late to the service because you helped others, God will look at you like a father is proud of his child\’s achievement. Don\’t hurt anybody, don\’t cheat and don\’t lie, especially to yourself. If you still have negativity to cleanse and you find yourself in a place of worship, have a simple prayer from the bottom of your broken heart. "God, please help me clean my act, help me love others like myself". Just repeat it again and again and again and again until you feel the light comes in. (I did it myself countless times in the past until I felt no more anger or hate toward others). Only then I took a prayer book into my hands.

One bad apple…

God is telling Moses to inform the children of Israel that they are about to enter the Land that he chose for them as inheritance.  God gives specific instructions to remove and destroy the inhabitants of the Land with all their idols and places of worship.

What is the connection? Why should they suffer? They didn\’t do anything bad. Where is the sin (cause) to bring a punishment (effect)?

 

וְהָיָה, כַּאֲשֶׁרדִּמִּיתִי לַעֲשׂוֹת לָהֶם–אֶעֱשֶׂה לָכֶם

Numbers 33:55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants ofthe land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thornsin your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.

Numbers 33:56 And then I will do to you what I plan to do tothem.\’"

God is telling Moses to inform the children of Israel that they are about to enter the Land that he chose for them as inheritance.  God gives specific instructions to remove and destroy the inhabitants of the Land with all their idols and places of worship.

God is specific, "this is your land and you can divide itamong yourselves". Then comes verse 33:55 (above), which we can easily understand. If we leave some of them in the land, they can cause trouble. It makes complete sense. But when we come to 33:56 (above), it doesn\’t make much sense.Here God is saying that whatever he planned to do to them, will be done to the Israelites.

What is the connection? Why should they suffer? They didn\’t do anything bad. Where is the sin (cause) to bring a punishment (effect)?

 

This is a point where we should understand the reason forthe whole creation. God made this world for us with a perfect system of cause and effect. On the Seventh day, God turned on the main switch and the world started running on the basic principles of cause and effect. God is the system.God is in every Atom of existence, ready to empower every desire that we have.We can do good or bad with that force, it is our choice.

In verse 33:56 the Torah teaches us that if we leave room for negativity, it will invade every part of our existence, the eyes represent the consciousness and the sides are our outer existence.

The Hebrew text explains the effect deeper than the simple English translation. It uses the root word "image", like in "\’Letus make man in our image". This is the process of evolution fromspiritual to material. When the chaos is the manifestation of the forces of negativity,if we let it stay in our dwelling then we will have chaos as well.

"One bad apple spoils the barrel"

Get rid of negativity from yourself and your environment. Aslong as you fight it out you\’ll be in good shape, but if you give up and let itin, chaos will rain.

Shoftim – Do you want to knock on heavens door?

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.

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.